Dave Thomas

Actor, Screenwriter, Director
A key figure in one of the most influential television comedies of the 20th century, Dave Thomas was the head writer and featured performer on "SCTV" (Global/CBC/NBC/Superchannel, 1976-1984) before enjoying a long and ... Read more »
Born: 05/19/1949 in St. Catharines, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (81)

Behind the Screams 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bones 1990 - 2002, 2004 - 2007, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grace Under Fire 1990 - 2007, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love on the Side 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bounty Hunters 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Voice

How I Met Your Mother 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Voice

King of the Hill 1993 - 2005, 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Simpsons 1997, 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

Weeds 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Turkey 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Narrator

Cosby 1993 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love Boat: The Next Wave 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Parker Lewis 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Primetime Glick 1993 - 1998, 2000 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Santa's Slay 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Brother Bear 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Tuke (Actor)

Intern Academy 2003 (Movie)

Dr. Denton Whiteside (Actor)

Disney's The Legend of Tarzan 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Fancy Dancing 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Caitlin's Way 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Rat Race 2001 (Movie)

Mr Grisham (Actor)

That '70s Show 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Home For the Holidays 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Mission Hill 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Uncle Gus 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

World's Funniest Pets 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Colonel Sanders: America's Chicken King 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Dave Thomas 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Nightmare Ned 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Pippi Longstocking 1997 (Movie)

of Thunder-Karlsson (Voice)

RSVP: The World's Funniest Party Disasters 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

RSVP: The World's Funniest Party Disasters 2 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Who Makes You Laugh? 2 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Picture Perfect 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Cybermania '94: The Ultimate Gamer Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Derby 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

John Candy: A Tribute 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Lassie Unleashed: 280 Dog Years in TV 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

GED -- Get It! 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Cold Sweat 1993 (Movie)

Larry Moore (Actor)

Coneheads 1993 (Movie)

The Highmaster (Actor)

Inside America's Totally Unsolved Lifestyles 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Boris and Natasha 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Boris and Natasha: The Movie 1992 (Movie)

Boris Badunov (Actor)

Public Enemy Number 2 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dave Thomas Comedy Show (01/25/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dave Thomas Comedy Show (05/28/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dave Thomas Comedy Show (06/04/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dave Thomas Comedy Show (06/18/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dave Thomas Comedy Show (06/25/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Andrea Martin: Together Again 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Second City's 15th Anniversary Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best of SCTV 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Moving 1988 (Movie)

Gary Marcus (Actor)

Love at Stake 1987 (Movie)

Mayor Upton (Actor)

Comic Relief 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Martin Short Concert For the North Americas 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

My Man Adam 1985 (Movie)

Jerry Swit (Actor)

Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird 1985 (Movie)

Sam Sleaze (Actor)

The Canadian Conspiracy 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Second City 25th Anniversary Special 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

SCTV Network 1977 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Show 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Strange Brew 1983 (Movie)

Doug McKenzie (Actor)

Twilight Theater 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

From Cleveland 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Stripes 1981 (Movie)

Emcee (Actor)

Home to Stay (TV Show)

Actor

Just Me and You (TV Show)

Actor

Kidz in the Wood (TV Show)

Actor

Maniac Mansion (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Polka (TV Show)

Narrator
Producer (8)

The Mullets 1990 - 2007, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Consulting Producer

Popzilla 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The New America's Funniest People 1990 - 2002, 2004 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Whatever Happened to Micheal Ray? 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Producer

The New Family Challenge 1995 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

B-Men 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Steel Collar Man 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Ambushed (TV Show)

Producer
Director (7)

Wander Over Yonder 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Celebrity Deathmatch 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 2002, 2004 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Crashbox 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Segment Director

Intern Academy 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Experts 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Strange Brew 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Ghost Mom (TV Show)

Director
Writer (3)

Intern Academy 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Spies Like Us 1985 (Movie)

(From Story)

Strange Brew 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Executive (1)

Scene of the Crime: Love Insurance 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive

Biography

A key figure in one of the most influential television comedies of the 20th century, Dave Thomas was the head writer and featured performer on "SCTV" (Global/CBC/NBC/Superchannel, 1976-1984) before enjoying a long and varied career as a writer, director, producer and actor in North American features and television shows. A gifted mimic, Thomas brought a distinctly acidic tone to his impersonations of Bob Hope, Richard Harris, G. Gordon Liddy and other famous and infamous characters on "SCTV," but his greatest contribution was undoubtedly Bob and Doug McKenzie, a pair of dense Canadians he created with co-star Rick Moranis. The characters were breakout stars on the show, and later enjoyed independent success with a hit record, as well as a cult feature, "Strange Brew" (1983). Thomas later divided his time between guest appearances on comedy specials, series regular work on "Grace Under Fire" (ABC, 1993-98), and directing and writing jobs on features "Spies Like Us" (1985) and "The Expendables." He later branched out into animation production with his own company, Animax, which provided content for major companies like Disney and ESPN. Still, it was his work on "SCTV" that made him an icon of Canadian comedy, and one of its primary architects in the halcyon 1970s and 1980s.

Relationships

Moreen Thomas

Mother

Emily Samantha Thomas

Daughter

Harry Thomas

Son

Johnathan Michael Thomas

Son

Peter Roberts

Wife
divorced

Jonathan Thomas

Father

EDUCATION

McMaster University

Hamilton , Ontario 1972

McMaster University

Hamilton , Ontario 1973
met future "SCTV" cohorts Eugene Levy and Martin Short

Milestones

1997

Formed Maple Palm Productions

1993

Directed and co-wrote "Ghost Mom", a supernatural comedy TV-movie on Fox

1992

Executive produced, wrote, and acted in "Inside America's Totally Unsolved Lifestyles", an ABC comedy special spoofing "reality-based" TV shows

1990

Co-created and co-executive produced "America's Funniest People" for ABC

1990

Wrote and acted in episodes of "Maniac Mansion", a fantasy comedy series on the Family Channel

1990

Executive produced, wrote, and hosted "The Dave Thomas Comedy Show", a five-week CBS summer replacement series

1989

Directed "The Experts", a late Cold War comedy starring John Travolta

1989

Executive produced and wrote "B-Men", an unsold comedy adventure pilot aired on the "CBS Summer Playhouse"

1986

Executive produced, directed, wrote and starred in his first TV special, "The Incredible Time Travels of Henry Osgood", an installment of "Showtime Comedy Spotlight"

1985

Received story credit for the feature, "Spies Like Us"

1985

TV producing debut, executive produced "Steel Collar Man", an unsold pilot for an adventure series about a superhuman android (also scripted)

1985

Narrated "The Last Polka", an HBO comedy "documentary" about a fictional polka team starring John Candy and Eugene Levy

1984

Served as a performer and writer on "The New Show", a short-lived NBC comedy-variety series from producer Lorne Michaels

1983

Feature debut as co-director and co-writer (with Moranis), "Strange Brew" (also co-starred)

1982

Left "SCTV"

1981

Feature acting debut, "Stripes"

1980

Wrote and acted in "From Cleveland", an unsold pilot videotaped in Cleveland, Ohio

1978

US TV dramatic acting debut, "Home to Stay", a CBS-TV movie shot in Canada

1977

Co-created, co-starred, and served as a head writer for the Toronto-based "SCTV", a TV show comprised of talents from the Toronto and Chicago companies (syndicated in the USA) (date approximate)

1975

Left advertising at age 27 (date approximate)

1975

Returned to acting; joined the Toronto company of Second City (date approximate)

1973

Left show business and worked as an advertising copywriter at McCann-Erickson in Toronto

1972

Early professional stage credit, Toronto production of "Godspell" starring Short and featuring Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy, Paul Shaffer, and Andrea Martin

1972

TV debut, a regular on "The David Steinberg Show", a CBS summer replacement comedy-variety series

1969

Began acting in college; met Martin Short

1948

Born in St. Catherine's, Ontario, Canada

Performed with Short in "Macbeth"; he was Banquo, Short was Lennox

Became head copywriter for Coca Cola, Canada

With frequent collaborator Rick Moranis, released a comedy album, "Bob and Doug McKenzie's Great White North", featuring their popular "SCTV" characters; the album went gold in the US and triple platinum in Canada

Wrote a comedic commercial for Coca-Cola, Canada starring Tim Conway

Raised in North Carolina (date approximate)

Debut as a sitcom regular, "Grace Under Fire" (ABC), starring Brett Butler

Spent part of his youth in England

Bonus Trivia

.

Some sources (e.g. PR from ABC for "Grace Under Fire"; PR for "The Experts"; a "New York Times" article) state that Thomas has a MA in English from McMaster University while others (e.g. PR from Showtime for "Boris and Natasha") say he only has a BA. "Boris and Natasha" PR probably got it right when noting that Thomas had completed his BA and was beginning his MA when he left to work for CBC.

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