Danny Thomas

Actor, Singer, TV producer
Sporting the most prominent proboscis this side of Jimmy Durante, beloved comedian Danny Thomas received his start in nightclubs and worked his way on to radio and the big screen, where he appeared in such movies as the ... Read more »
Born: 01/06/1912 in Deerfield, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (52)

Empty Nest 1990 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Make Room For Granddaddy 1970 - 1971, 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's "Don't Shoot, It's Only Me" 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

A Conversation With Dinah 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's Love Affair With Lucy 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Tribute to Bob Hope 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC Investigates Bob Hope 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Side By Side 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

All Star Party For Clint Eastwood 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Lampoons the New TV Scene 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Candid Camera: The First 40 Years 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

One Big Family 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Buys NBC? 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns' 90th Birthday Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Getting the Last Laugh 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cracker Brothers 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Louise Mandrell: Diamonds, Gold and Platinum 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

I'm a Big Girl Now 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Special: Happy Birthday, Bob! 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Practice 1975 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Dinah in Search of the Ideal Man 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Journey Back to Oz 1974 (Movie)

(Voice)

The Many Faces of Comedy 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

City vs. Country 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Diana 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (11/16/70) 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The 22nd Emmy Awards 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Host

The Tim Conway Special 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ann-Margret Show 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Make More Room For Daddy 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

The Danny Thomas Hour 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

The Royal Follies of 1933 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title 1965 (Movie)

Diner Customer (Actor)

The 17th Emmy Awards 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Host

The Perry Como Show 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Make Room For Daddy 1953 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

Zane Grey Theater 1956 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

The Andy Griffith Show 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Emmy Awards 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Host

Operation Entertainment 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-Star Revue 1950 - 1953 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jazz Singer 1953 (Movie)

Jerry Golding (Actor)

The Big City (Movie)

Cantor David Irwin Feldman (Actor)

The Unfinished Dance (Movie)

Mr. Paneros (Actor)
Producer (20)

Featherstone's Nest 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Samurai 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Producer

Starting Fresh 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Producer

The Mod Squad 1968 - 1973 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Second Chance 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Carter's Army 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Producer

The Monk 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The New People 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Guns of Will Sonnett 1967 - 1969 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Rango 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Real McCoys 1957 - 1963 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Remember When (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Samurai (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Ballad of Andy Crocker (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Over-the-Hill Gang (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Pigeon (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Return of Mod Squad (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Three on a Date (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Wake Me When the War Is Over (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Sporting the most prominent proboscis this side of Jimmy Durante, beloved comedian Danny Thomas received his start in nightclubs and worked his way on to radio and the big screen, where he appeared in such movies as the first remake of "The Jazz Singer" (1952). However, it was on television where his career really thrived, and the enduring success of "Make Room for Daddy" (ABC/CBS, 1953-1964) helped establish the formula and production techniques that many later comedies would follow. Thomas also established himself as a top television producer with such hit shows as "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS, 1960-68), "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1961-66), and "The Mod Squad" (ABC, 1968-1973). He closed down production of "Make Room for Daddy" after 11 seasons, but returned to the premise only a few years later with "Make Room for Granddaddy" (ABC, 1970-71). Though that effort did not fly, nor did his other attempts to get another series off the ground, Thomas' achievements in the entertainment world were tough to match. As important as his showbiz work was his devotion to various philanthropic endeavors, including a key role in establishing the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Tennessee. His daughter, Marlo Thomas, also found fame on the small screen and continued that humanitarian work after his passing. For all of his considerable accomplishments, Thomas was remembered most fondly as Danny Williams, one of those archetypal television father figures that made viewers wish they were a part of his family.

Relationships

Theresa Thomas

Daughter

Rose Cassanti

Wife
born in 1914 married from January 15, 1936 until his death died at age 86 on July 12, 2000

Charles Jacobs

Father
Lebanese immigrant

Margaret Jacobs

Mother
Lebanese immigrant

Marlo Thomas Actor

Daughter
Actress-philanthropist married to talk show host, Phil Donahue

Tony Thomas

Son
producer of TV's "Golden Girls", "Empty Nest", "Lenny" and "Blossom" with partner Paul Junger Witt

EDUCATION

dropped out of high school in freshman year

Milestones

1991

Week of his death, made personal book signing appearances promoting autobiography and appeared as doctor on son's program, "Empty Nest"

1951

Notable feature film role, as Gus Kahn in "I'll See You in My Dreams" opposite Doris Day

1946

Film acting debut, "The Unfinished Dance"

1940

Worked as master of ceremonies (and took name Danny Thomas, from first names of two of his brothers) at the 5100 Club in Chicago

1932

Began career on Detroit radio program, "The Happy Hour Club", an amateur show

Starred in TV series, "Make Room for Daddy/The Danny Thomas Show"

Performed on Fanny Brice's radio show and was given own radio program, "The Danny Thomas Show"

Entertained troups in North Africa, Italy and Philippines during WWII

Grew up in Toledo, Ohio

First job in entertainment world: selling candy and ice cream in aisle at local burlesque house at age 11

First TV appearance as guest performer on "All Star Revue"

Bonus Trivia

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Founded the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis TN in 1962

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Title for TV series came from family's experience when Thomas was a nightclub entertainer on the road and his daughters would sleep in his room with their mother and use his dresser. When he returned home, they would have to clean out the dresser to "make room for Daddy".

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He was given the Layman's Award by the American Medical Association.

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Thomas received the Better World Award from the Ladies Auxillary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (1972)

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He was awarded the Michelangelo Award from Boys Town of Italy (1973)

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He received the Humanitarian award from the Lions International (1975)

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Thomas was given the Father Flanagan-Boys Town Award (1981)

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He has received the AFL-CI Murray-Green-Meany Award (1981)

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The Touchdown Club gave him the Hubert H. Humphrey Award (1981)

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He has received the Humanitarian Award from the Variety Clubs International (1984)

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Thomas was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize (1980-81)

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He was decorated a knight of Malta.

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Thomas was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal from former President Reagan.

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