Jay Tarses

Michael Jay Tarses (born July 3, 1939) is an American television comedy writer, producer, and occasional actor. He created and produced The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd and The Slap Maxwell Story, co-created Buffalo Bill (with Tom Patchett), and was an executive producer for The Bob Newhart Show. His daughter is Jamie Tarses, former ABC Entertainment chief and current partner in the Pariah production company.

Jay Tarses
Born (1939-07-03) July 3, 1939
Alma materWilliams College
OccupationActor, producer, screenwriter
Years active1971–present

Tarses was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Williams College in 1961.[1] He was co-creator and co-writer (with Andy Hamilton) of BBC Radio 4's situation comedy Revolting People, which was set in colonial-era Baltimore; he also plays the role of sour shopkeeper Samuel Oliphant to Hamilton's cheerfully corrupt British soldier Sergeant McGurk. His most notable acting role was as Coach Bobby Finstock in the 1980s teen comedy Teen Wolf. He also co-starred with Jim Carrey on the short-lived sitcom The Duck Factory in 1984.

Personal life

Tarses is the father of TV executive Jamie Tarses and TV writer Matt Tarses.[2]

Selected filmography




  1. "M. Jay Tarses, Class of 1961". Alumni Awards.
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  3. Wilson, Pamela. Encyclopedia of Television. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers. ISBN 9781884964268.
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