Jay Tarses

Jay Tarses
Born (1939-07-03) July 3, 1939
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Occupation Actor, producer, writer
Years active 1971–present

Michael Jay Tarses (born July 3, 1939) is an American television comedy writer and producer. 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.

Early life

Tarses was born in Baltimore, Maryland.


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

Selected filmography



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