Jay Thomas has died of complications from cancer, his agent said. The Emmy Award-winning "Murphy Brown" and "Cheers" actor was 69.
"Jay was one of a kind, never at a loss for words and filled with so much fun and wonderfully whacky thoughts and behavior," Buchwald said.
Thomas' publicist, Thomas Estey, confirmed the news to Variety.
"Jay Thomas was one of the funniest and kindest men I have had the honor to call both client and friend for 25 years-plus," he said.
Most recently, Thomas played Marty Grossman, the operator of a website called Stalker.com on the Showtime series "Ray Donovan."
It was his work in the 1990s as talk show host Jerry Gold on "Murphy Brown," though, that won him two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actor.
Thomas had appearances on other television shows, including "Married People," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Cold Case," "Boston Legal" and "Hung."
His film roles include the "Santa Clause" sequels, "Mr. Holland's Opus," "Dragonfly," and "Labor Pains."
In recent years, he hosted a radio show on Sirius XM called "The Jay Thomas Show."