Danny Thomas

Actor + Comedian
Born Jan 6, 1912

Danny Thomas was an American nightclub comedian and television and film actor and producer, whose career has spanned five decades. Thomas was best known for starring in the television sitcom Make Room for Daddy (also known as The Danny Thomas Show). He was also the founder of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He was the father of Marlo Thomas, Terre Thomas, and Tony Thomas.… Read More

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1912 Birth Thomas was born in Deerfield, Michigan, to Charles Yakhoob Kairouz and his wife Margaret Taouk in 1912. … Read More


1932 20 Years Old In 1932, Thomas began performing on radio in Detroit at WMBC on The Happy Hour Club. … Read More
1936 24 Years Old He married Rose Marie Cassaniti in 1936, a week after his 24th birthday.
1940 28 Years Old After he moved to Chicago in 1940, Thomas did not want his friends and family to know that he went back into working clubs where the salary was better, so he came up with the pseudonym "Danny Thomas" (after two of his brothers). … Read More


1952 40 Years Old In films, he starred in The Jazz Singer opposite the popular contemporary vocalist Peggy Lee, a 1952 remake of the 1927 original and played songwriter Gus Kahn opposite Doris Day in the 1951 film biography I'll See You in My Dreams. … Read More
1959 47 Years Old On January 1, 1959, Thomas appeared with his Make Room for Daddy child stars, Angela Cartwright and Rusty Hamer, in an episode of NBC's The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford. … Read More
1961 49 Years Old Thomas was responsible for Mary Tyler Moore's first "big break" in acting. In 1961, Carl Reiner cast her in The Dick Van Dyke Show after Thomas personally recommended Moore. … Read More


1962 50 Years Old As a "starving actor" Thomas made a vow: If he found success, he would open a shrine dedicated to St Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes. In 1962, Thomas founded the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, with help from Dr. Lemuel Diggs and close friend, Miami Florida auto magnate Anthony Abraham. … Read More
1969 57 Years Old Two PGA Tour tournaments bore his name: the Danny Thomas-Diplomat Classic in south Florida in 1969 and the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic from 1970 to 1984. … Read More


1991 79 Years Old Thomas died on February 6, 1991, of heart failure at age 79. … Read More
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