Tony Thomas

Producer, Rock band member
Tony Thomas was born into show business royalty, the son of famed comedian and successful TV producer, Danny, and at first tried performing, forming a rock band with friends from Los Angeles' University High School. The ... Read more »
Born: 12/07/1948

Filmography

Producer (71)

Beauty and the Beast 1985 - 1986, 1989 - 1997, 2014 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Empty Nest 1985 - 1986, 1988 - 1997, 2014 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Blossom 1985 - 1986, 1989 - 1997, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Nurses 1985 - 1986, 1989 - 1997, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Wicked Ways 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Better Life 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Insomnia 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Everything's Relative 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Secret Lives of Men 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Brotherly Love 1985 - 1986, 1989 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Common Law 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The John Larroquette Show 1985 - 1986, 1989 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Local Heroes 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Minor Adjustments 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

My Guys 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Radiant City 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Daddy's Girls 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Muscle 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Office 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Blossom in Paris 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Herman's Head 1985 - 1986, 1991 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Mixed Nuts 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Country Estates 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Golden Girls 1985 - 1986, 1991 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Golden Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Woops! 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Final Analysis 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Good & Evil 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Walter and Emily 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Lenny 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Beauty and the Beast 1987 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Blossom 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

We'll Take Manhattan 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dead Poets Society 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Heartland 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mama's Boy 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

One Big Family 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Line 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Benson 1979 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hearts of Steel 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Moscow Bureau 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Arena 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Tough Cookies 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hail to the Chief 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Just Married 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

First Born 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Condo 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

It Takes Two 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

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

Executive Producer

Soap 1977 - 1981 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Yeagers 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Daughters 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Loves Me, Loves Me Not 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Practice 1975 - 1977 (TV Show)

Producer

Fay 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Producer

Griffin and Phoenix 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Producer

High Risk 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Associate Producer

Blood Sport 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Producer

A Cold Night's Death 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Associate Producer

Home For the Holidays 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Associate Producer

The Letters 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Associate Producer

Brian's Song 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Associate Producer

Making a Living (TV Show)

Executive Producer

No Place to Run (TV Show)

Associate Producer

Pearl (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Remember When (TV Show)

Associate Producer

Satan's Triangle (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Snatched (TV Show)

Producer

The Gun and the Pulpit (TV Show)

Associate Producer

The Letters (Movie)

(Producer)

Trouble in High Timber Country (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (3)

The Golden Girls: Their Greatest Moments 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Danny Thomas: Make Room For Danny 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Tony Thomas was born into show business royalty, the son of famed comedian and successful TV producer, Danny, and at first tried performing, forming a rock band with friends from Los Angeles' University High School. The group performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and on "That Girl," which starred Thomas' sister, Marlo. But by the end of the 70s, he had settled into producing and in 1970 was associate producer on "Brian's Song," the award-winning TV movie about the relationship between two football teammates that crossed racial lines. On that shoot, he became close with Paul Junger Witt, the movie's producer, and in 1972 became vice president of his father's company with Witt as president. He produced "Fay" and his father's "The Practice" TV series, as well as "Satan's Triangle" and other TV movies before joining with Witt to form Witt-Thomas Productions, and with writer (of the "Maude" abortion episode) Susan Harris to form Witt-Thomas-Harris Productions in 1976. In 1977, the latter entity scored its first hit with "SOAP," the ribald, ground-breaking ABC series lampooning serials. It ran through the 1981 season, but which time Witt-Thomas-Harris had already launched its more successful spin-off, "Benson." Throughout the 80s and into the 90s, Witt-Thomas and Witt-Thomas-Harris combined to form one of the most potent sitcom suppliers in TV. While the company had its share of flops ("Tough Cookies," "The Yaegers," ""Hail to the Chief"), its reputation was far outweighed by its successes, which included "Golden Girls" (1985-82), "It's A Living" (1980-82, revived in syndication, 1985), "Empty Nest" (1988-95), and "Blossom" (1991-95). During the early 90s, the company had seven sitcoms on the airwaves at one time, including "Herman's Head," one of Fox's first successful comedies. From 1993, "The John Larroquette Show" was a critical and ratings success for NBC. Witt-Thomas also dabbled a bit in drama series with less success. It's "Beauty & The Beast" was nominated for an Emmy in 1988, but ran sporadically on CBS from 1987-90 while it tried, unsuccessfully to find an audience to match its critical acclaim. Thomas and partner Witt (Harris was only involved in some of their sitcoms) moved into film production in 1984 with the unsuccessful "First Born," about a teen protecting his mother from her cocaine-dealing boyfriend. In 1985, Witt-Thomas-Harris pacted with Disney for a film production agreement in exchange for the syndication rights to "Golden Girls." In 1989, Witt and Thomas joined Steven Haft to produce "Dead Poet's Society," in which Robin Williams was a poetry instructor at a boarding school. One of the hits of the year, Witt and Thomas arrived as feature producers, earning a best picture Oscar nomination. Yet, subsequent efforts -- with Warner Bros. from 1992 -- have not matched the success of "Poet's Society." "Final Analysis" (1992) and "Mixed Nuts" (1994) were box office disappointments. Despite his early stab at a music career and his highly visible father and sister, Tony Thomas has been known to be publicity show, rarely giving interviews. Yet, his affable, bearded face can be seen among the "A" list at Hollywood events from time to time.

Relationships

Terre Thomas

Sister

Phil Donahue

Brother-In-Law
married to Marlo Thomas

Ann Souder

Wife

Danny Thomas

Father
died in 1991

Marlo Thomas Actor

Sister

Rose Thomas

Mother
born in 1914 died on July 12, 2000 at age 86

Milestones

1989

Produced (with Paul Witt and Steven Haft) "Dead Poet's Society"

1984

First feature film as producer "Firstborn"

1977

First hit series, "SOAP"

1976

Formed Witt-Thomas and Witt-Thomas-Harris Productions (with Paul Junger Witt and Susan Harris)

1975

First TV show as executive producer "Satan's Triangle"

1972

Vice President, Danny Thomas Productions

1970

Associate producer, "Brian's Song"

First Witt-Thomas drama series, "Beauty & The Beast"

Executive producer, "The Golden Girls"

Began in show business as drummer in rock band formed with friends; appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "That Girl"

Executive producer, "The John Larroquette Show"

Bonus Trivia

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Collectively, Witt-Thomas and Witt-Thomas-Harris programs and creative talents have won more than 70 Emmy Awards.

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In 1991, Entertainment Weekly Magazine ranked Tony Thomas, Paul Witt and Susan Harris collectively 65th on its Hollywood Power list.

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Not to be confused with the late British-born film historian of the same name.

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