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Jay Mohr (1970)

Jon Ferguson Mohr

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Jay Mohr is an American actor and stand up comedian. He is known for his role as Professor Rick Payne in the TV series Ghost Whisperer, the title role in the CBS sitcom Gary Unmarried, which ran from 2008 to 2010, and the back-stabbing sports agent Bob Sugar in Jerry Maguire.

  Biography  

 early life
Mohr was born in Verona, New Jersey to Jean, a nurse, and Jon Mohr, a marketing executive. He has two sisters, Julia and Virginia.

 career
 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, 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 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 the TV series Ghost Whisperer, which had developed into a regular role. Mohr also appeared in an episode of the hit sitcom Scrubs - "My Own Private Practice Guy" in 2003 and in an episode of The West Wing in 2004. Parts of Mohr's stand up was featured in Comedy Central's animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties.

Mohr starred as newly divorced dad Gary Brooks for two seasons on the CBS sitcom Gary Unmarried. Paula Marshall played his ex-wife. In January 2010 he took the role as Billy in Clint Eastwood's thriller film Hereafter. He was also set to guest star on NBC's fall 2010 show, Outlaw.

 Radio
Mohr has contributed frequently to The Jim Rome Show as a caller and has also guest-hosted the program. His nickname on the show is "Slam Man", and, more recently, the derisive "Weigh More" and "Ham Man" or "Salami Man". 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, 10th place in the 2009 Smack-Off, 6th place in the 2010 Smack-Off, and 6th place in the 2011 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 was, at one time, a frequent guest on the Opie and Anthony radio program. His appearances occurred less frequently after Mohr moved to California due to the time difference between California and New York. Instead, Mohr began appearing as a caller more frequently on the Ron and Fez Show. In June 2008, Mohr's work schedule allowed him to once again become a frequent contributor on Opie and Anthony.

 Podcast
Mohr hosts his own podcast entitled Mohr Stories. The podcast is hosted on the SModcast Podcast Network and is often taped in his garage, which he has dubbed "Fake Mustache Studios".

 Other work
In June 2004, Mohr's first book, Gasping for Airtime: Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live, was published by Hyperion and chronicled his two years working on Saturday Night Live. In May 2010, publisher Simon & Schuster released Mohr's second book, No Wonder My Parents Drank: Tales from a Stand-Up Dad.

 personal life
Mohr has a son, Jackson, from his six-year marriage with former model Nicole Chamberlain.

He married actress Nikki Cox on December 29, 2006. In December 2008, he filed legal papers requesting a legal name change to Jay Ferguson Cox Mohr, adding the surname of his wife. Mohr has been sober since 1996. He commented on the Late Late Show that he is of Scottish ancestry. Mohr was raised Presbyterian, but he converted to Roman Catholicism.

Mohr and Cox's son, Meredith Daniel Mohr, was born on May 5, 2011.

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