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actor , Producer , writer

Michael Jay Tarses is an American television comedy writer and producer.


Tarses, Jay was born on July 3, 1939 in Baltimore.


Degree in theater, University Washington.


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. He was co-creator and co-writer (with Andy Hamilton) of BBC 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. Revolting People (2000) (BBC) (Co-Creator, with Andy Hamilton).


  • Other Work

    • Television writer Carol Burnett Show (Emmy award, 1972). Television executive producer, writer The Bob Newhart Show (with Tom Patchett), Buffalo Bill (with Tom Patchett), The Chopped Liver Brothers. Creator, executive producer, writer The Tony Randall Show (with Tom Patchett).

      Creator, executive producer We've Got Each Other (with Tom Patchett). Producer Mary (with Tom Patchett). Creator, producer, writer Open All Night (with Tom Patchett), The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, The "Slap" Maxwell Story.

      Executive producer, director, writer The Faculty. Formed Patchett and Tarses Comedy Team. Truck driver Allen Funt's Candid Camera, Pittsburgh.

      Appearances include (television series) Make Your Own Kind of Music, Open All Night, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, (specialists) Arthur Godfrey's Portable Electric Medicine Show, The Duck Factory. With Tom Patchett (films) Up the Academy, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan.