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Jay Mohr

Jay Mohr, 2004
Born Jon Ferguson Mohr
August 23, 1970 (1970-08-23) (age 39)
Verona, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor/Comedian
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Nikki Cox (2006-present)
Nicole Chamberlain (1998-2004)
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Jay Mohr (born August 23, 1970) is an American actor, impressionist and stand-up comedian, perhaps best known for his work on the critically acclaimed series Action. He is also known for playing Gary Brooks on the CBS sitcom Gary Unmarried and his recurring role as Professor Rick Payne on Ghost Whisperer.

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Personal life

Mohr was born Jon Ferguson Mohr in Verona, New Jersey to Jean, a nurse, and Jon Mohr, a marketing executive.[1] He has two sisters, Julia and Virginia. He also has one son, Jack, from his six-year marriage with former model Nicole Chamberlain. He married actress Nikki Cox on December 29, 2006.[2] Jay commented on the Late Late Show that he is of Scottish ancestry.[3] He has been sober since 1997.[4] In December 2008, he filed legal papers requesting a legal name change to Jon Ferguson Cox Mohr, adding the surname of his wife.[5]

Acting career

Mohr appeared as a featured player for the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons of Saturday Night Live. His 2004 memoir, Gasping for Airtime: Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live (ISBN 1-4013-0006-5), details this tumultuous period of his life, including his battle with chronic panic attacks. Though his potential was appreciated by SNL creator/producer Lorne Michaels, Mohr was impatient with his progression to full cast member, and left the show on bad terms. He has since reconciled with Michaels.

Mohr had a recurring role in the first season of The Jeff Foxworthy Show as Jeff Foxworthy's brother, Wayne. Mohr's first major film role was in 1996 when he played the conniving Bob Sugar, a sleazy sports agent in Jerry Maguire, followed in 1997 by a starring role in Picture Perfect. In 1999, Mohr starred in the television series Action, in which he played sleazy film producer Peter Dragon. Mohr later hosted a talk show on ESPN entitled Mohr Sports which ran briefly in 2001 before being cancelled. He was also the voice-over artist for Fox Sports Net's Beyond the Glory. Mohr has also appeared in movies such as Are We There Yet?, Small Soldiers, Go, and Pay It Forward, and The Groomsmen.

In 2003 and 2004, Mohr created, hosted, and was executive producer of NBC's Last Comic Standing reality television program. The show aired for three seasons, but was cancelled near the end of the third season due to poor ratings, only to be renewed later. Mohr was very vocal toward NBC concerning its cancellation[6] and did not return for the show's fourth season in 2006. Mohr was replaced with new host Anthony Clark, but he is credited as a consultant. On the season finale of Last Comic Standing 4, Jay performed as a guest comedian. He had a recurring role on on the TV series Ghost Whisperer, which had developed into a regular role. Mohr also starred in an episode of the hit sitcom Scrubs - "My Own Private Practice Guy" in 2003.

Mohr currently stars as newly divorced dad Gary Brooks on the CBS sitcom Gary Unmarried. Paula Marshall plays his ex-wife. in January 2010 he took the role as Billy in Clint Eastwood's thriller film Hereafter.[7]

Radio

Mohr has contributed frequently to The Jim Rome Show as a caller and has also guest-hosted the program. September 23, 2009 Jay was supposed to guest host the show but was running late because the drive-thru at In-N-Out Burger was backed up. His nickname on the show is "Slam Man" and Rome often lets him promote his upcoming comedy club appearances. Mohr finished in 7th place in the 2007 Smack-Off, 6th place in the 2008 Smack-Off and in 10th place in the 2009 Smack-Off. Jay is also known to do "drive-by" call-in's to the show to usually promote one of his stand-up shows or live events.

He used to appear frequently on the Opie and Anthony radio program, but because of the large time difference due to Mohr living in California, he instead appears frequently on the Ron and Fez Show as a caller. As of June 2008 due to his work schedule he is once again contributing frequently to the Opie and Anthony show.

Other work

Mohr was the Master of Ceremonies at BlizzCon 2007, 2008, and 2009. He was featured in three commercials for Diet Pepsi, where Mohr plays the agent for Diet Pepsi (the can), making deals with Diddy, Jackie Chan and a celebrity poker appearance.

Mohr can be heard as a semi-regular guest on the Ron and Fez and Opie and Anthony shows on XM Satellite Radio.

He hosted and performed at the closing-night festivities of the BlizzCon conference at the Anaheim Convention Center on August 4, 2007, as well as the competition night festivities of BlizzCon 2008 and 2009. He also hosted th 12th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards at the Dice summit in LAS VEGAS on the February 20, 2009.

As of January 22, Jay is hosting a Tax Laugh contest on YouTube for American software maker Intuit.

Mohr has brought his voice acting work to the realm of video games, including roles in Saints Row 2, Scarface, Leisure Suit Larry and Blitz: The League II (notable for once again playing a sleazy agent-type). He also lent his voice to the Simpsons episode "Insane Clown Poppy", in a cameo role doing an impression of Christopher Walken.

Mohr is also a guest sportswriter for Sports Illustrated.

Jay Mohr, 2009

Filmography

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