Danny Thomas
Actor, comedian
Danny Thomas
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.
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Workout for St. Jude Event to Raise Funds for Kids Battling Cancer - PR.com (press release)
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Founded in 1962 by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never
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Trophy Club to unveil new fire station Saturday - Fort Worth Star Telegram
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Fortunately, said Chief Danny Thomas, it took only a few minutes to contain the small fire that began in an air conditioning unit. Then as soon as the firetrucks pulled into the bay at the new $2.4 million fire station, firefighters were back to
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St. Jude: Danny's Dream - WBKO
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More than 70 years ago, Danny Thomas was a struggling entertainer. He handed over his last $7 in the collection box after being moved by an inspirational mass. When he realized what he'd done, he asked St. Jude, the patron saint of hopeless causes to
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Return Of Water Ski Show Helps Janesville Economy - WISC Madison
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"I grew up here in Janesville and learned to ski right here on this very river," said attendee Danny Thomas. Thomas brought along his two daughters, Jada and Reese, who spent the afternoon enjoying their first water ski show in their dad's home town
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Woman who shot at board member running for Greensboro City Council - Salisbury Post
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In November 1997, Brogden went to the home of Dr. Danny Thomas, who was then an associate superintendent in the Rowan-Salisbury system, and fired a gun at him. Thomas was not injured. Authorities said Brogden was angry about losing her job with the
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Prestatyn hoping for Thomas return boost - Rhyl Journal
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PRESTATYN are hoping that former Army opening batsman Danny Thomas who made a surprise re-appearance after two years in Columbia against Sefton Park at Beach Close last Saturday, will be available again for this week's home date with lowly Alder
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Sanders and Sharpe are moving, but Sabol stole the show - NFL News
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By Adam Rank NFL.com CANTON, Ohio -- There is an old story about how comedian Danny Thomas killed a room for an hour while the other comics cowered in the corner for fear of having to follow him. Nobody wanted to follow a
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Wilmoth gets another win - Tyler Star News
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In the closing laps Shaun Jett, Kyle Thomas, Daniel Hill, and Danny Thomas narrowed the gap with help from lapped traffic but could not catch Doll. In the Bridgeport Equipment & Tool Modifieds, Mike Wilson spanked the field for three weeks in a row
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Paid Notice: Deaths DELACORTE, VALERIE PASCAL
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DELACORTE--Valerie Pascal, (1919 2011) passed away on July 14th at her home in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Valerie was the devoted wife of the late George T. Delacorte, founder of Dell Publishing Company and a well known New York and Florida philanthropist. Valerie was born in Budapest, Hungary and educated at the Ursuline Convent. Graced with stunning
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Renewed Vision - Memphis Daily News
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Its 10 square blocks, with boundaries at Poplar Avenue, Danny Thomas Boulevard, Madison Avenue and Manassas Street, feature 25 registered historic sites. “The stories about the people, the way they lived, the effects of the yellow fever, really do tell
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Some recycling questions remain - Taylor Daily Press
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Taylor Public Works Director Danny Thomas said some of the confusion could be due to people being accustomed to separating out the various types of recyclable material — paper, aluminum, glass, plastic bottles and other types of materials
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Site of officer's fatal shooting prone to violence - KPHO Phoenix
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Danny Thomas, a Former Department of Liquor Licenses and Control investigator, worked the Mercado investigation for months. "It's just unbelievable to me that this stuff is still going on today, that's why I'm angry," he said
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Chatting with local TV legend Virginia Atter Keys is like hanging out with ... - Florida Times-Union
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Jacksonville television pioneer Virginia Atter Keys said Danny Thomas of "Make Room for Daddy" and "The Danny Thomas Show" was one of her all-time favorite interview. They shared a Lebanese heritage, and he even asked her to emcee one of his St. Jude
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Four Filipina nurses killed in Qatar road crash - gulfnews.com
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Another Filipina, Claryvil Miranda, a 34-year-old Indian nurse from Kerala, Danny Thomas, and their male Sudanese colleague, Mohammad Nasruddin Ahmad, 36, were also killed in the tragedy, around 45km from Doha. At least 10 persons, all HMC employees,
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TV Q&A with David Inman - Boston Herald
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The star was not Art Carney, however; it was Danny Thomas. He played retired vaudevillian Jake Hatton, who was living a quiet life in Seattle when his family — including grandson Brian, played by Dom DeLuise's son Michael — moved in
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Video: Sculpture Of Danny Thomas Revealed - Gamut News
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This Local News video “Sculpture Of Danny Thomas Revealed” is copyright by WREG – Memphis and brought to you by Gamut News. Feel free to share or embed this video but this video may not be broadcast, redistributed or rewritten in whole or part without
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Marlo Thomas - A.V. Club Chicago
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The actor: Marlo Thomas, who emerged early from the shadow of her father—comedian Danny Thomas—when she produced and starred in the proto-feminist sitcom That Girl while still in her twenties. Thomas went on to become a
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Danny Thomas
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1991
    Age 79
    Thomas died on February 6, 1991, of heart failure at age 79, in Los Angeles, California.
    More Details Hide Details Two days prior, he had celebrated St. Jude Hospital's 29th anniversary and filmed a commercial, which aired posthumously. He is interred in a mausoleum on the grounds of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee; Cassaniti, his wife of 55 years, was interred with him after her death in July 2000. Thomas was a posthumous recipient of the 2004 Bob Hope Humanitarian Award. On February 16, 2012, the United States Postal Service issued a first-class forever stamp honoring Thomas as an entertainer and humanitarian. The Danny Thomas Forever Stamp features an oil-on-panel painting depicting a smiling, tuxedo-clad Thomas in the foreground and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the background. Tim O’Brien created the artwork for the stamp, which was designed by Greg Breeding. William J. Glicker served as art director. Joining together to dedicate the stamp were Guy Cottrell, chief postal inspector and dedicating official; Thomas' son and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital board member, Tony; Richard Shadyac Jr., chief executive officer, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Dr. William E. Evans, director and chief executive officer, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; and Stephen Kearney, manager, Stamp Services, U.S. Postal Service.
  • 1990
    Age 78
    In 1990, Danny Thomas was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
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  • 1985
    Age 73
    During May 1985, he was made a 32° Mason and also a Noble in Al Malaikah Shrine located at Los Angeles, CA.
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  • 1984
    Age 72
    Thomas was initiated, passed, and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason Freemasonry at Gothic Lodge #270 F&AM located at Hamilton Square, NJ, on March 15, 1984, by special dispensation of the NJ Grand Master.
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  • 1983
    Age 71
    In 1983, President Ronald Reagan presented Thomas with a Congressional Gold Medal honoring him for his work with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
    More Details Hide Details Thomas was one of the original owners of the Miami Dolphins, along with Joe Robbie, but he sold his ownership share soon after the purchase. He was an avid golfer, claimed a ten golf handicap, and competed with Sam Snead in a charity event. 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. He was also the first non-Jewish member of the Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles.
  • 1976
    Age 64
    Thomas returned to series TV in the NBC sitcom, The Practice, from January 1976 to January 1977, and after that I'm a Big Girl Now, which aired on ABC from 1980 to 1981.
    More Details Hide Details The last series in which Thomas was a headlining star was One Big Family, which aired in syndication during the 1986–1987 season. The situation comedy's premise was set around a semi-retired comedian whose grandchildren were orphaned after their parents were killed in a car accident. Thomas, like many actors prominent in television, endorsed commercial products. In particular, two companies that featured him in their advertising were Maxwell House, whose instant coffee he endorsed (though it had no decaffeinated variant at the time, he later claimed he had been endorsing a "decaffeinated" instant coffee and the coffee he actually drank had a high caffeine content), and Philips Norelco's "Dial-A-Brew" version of its short-lived "Better Cup Of Coffee" line of electric drip coffee-makers. One of his other "commercials" was actually a public-service message, with fund-raising goals, for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
  • 1975
    Age 63
    Tony, along with Paul Junger Witt, formed Witt/Thomas Productions in 1975, and was responsible for his father's next three (and ultimately final) starring vehicles.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1961
    Age 49
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He had remembered her as "the girl with three names" whom he had turned down earlier, but rediscovered her after a lengthy search through photos and records. In the early 1970s, Thomas reunited most of his second Daddy cast (Marjorie Lord, Rusty Hamer, and Angela Cartwright) for a short-lived update of the show, Make Room for Granddaddy. Premised around Danny and Kathy Williams caring for their grandson by daughter Terry, who was away with her husband on a long business assignment, the show lasted one season. By the mid-1970s, Thomas' son Tony had become an accomplished television producer.
  • 1959
    Age 47
    On January 1, 1959, Thomas appeared with his other Make Room For Daddy child stars, Angela Cartwright and the late Rusty Hamer, in an episode of NBC's The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford.
    More Details Hide Details The show was produced at Desilu Studios, where Lucille Ball was appearing alongside Desi Arnaz Sr. in I Love Lucy, and it featured several guest stars who went on to star in their own shows, including Andy Griffith (The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry RFD), Joey Bishop, and Bill Bixby (My Favorite Martian and others). He also scored a major success at the London Palladium, in the years when many big American stars appeared there. In 1970, the program was revived for a season under the title Make Room for Granddaddy. (See below.) Angela Cartwright (who spoke about her on- and off-camera relationship with her TV stepfather, Danny Thomas, on a groundbreaking ABC TV show, Make Room for Daddy) had said: "I thought Danny was hilarious and he was always cracking me up. He was loud and gregarious, nothing like my real Dad who is far more reserved than that. So, it was fun to be able to make smart remarks and get away with it. I would never have talked to my real parents that way, but in the make-believe world of the Williams family I got away with that." Cartwright also added by the time Thomas' show had ended, if she wanted to join the cast of The Sound of Music: "I went on an interview for the part of Brigitta. I was still filming The Danny Thomas Show, but I knew the series was coming to an end.
  • 1952
    Age 40
    From 1952 through 1974 Thomas also recorded a number of vocal albums on his own, as well as participating on other albums.
    More Details Hide Details Thomas enjoyed a successful 13-year run (1953–1965) on Make Room For Daddy, later known as The Danny Thomas Show. Jean Hagen and Sherry Jackson were his first family. The Hagen character died in 1956, replaced by Marjorie Lord. Jackson left the series in 1958, and Penny Parker replaced her in the 1959-1960 series. Parker was written out of the series with her marriage to the character Patrick Hannigan, played by comedian Pat Harrington, Jr. Lord and Harrington died a few weeks apart between November 2015 and January 2016.
    In 1952 Thomas recorded an Arabic folk song for the album The Music of Arab-Americans: A Retrospective Collection.
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    In films, Thomas 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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1936
    Age 24
    They were married on January 15, 1936, and had three children, Margaret Julia ("Marlo"), Theresa ("Terre"), and Charles Anthony ("Tony") Thomas.
    More Details Hide Details Thomas' children followed him into entertainment in various capacities: his daughter Marlo is an actress, his son Tony is a television producer, and his daughter Terre Thomas is an accomplished singer-songwriter.
    He married Rose Marie Cassaniti in 1936, a week after his 24th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details In 1932, Thomas began performing on radio in Detroit at WMBC on The Happy Hour Club. Thomas first performed under his anglicized birth name, "Amos Jacobs Kairouz." After he moved to Chicago in 1940, Thomas did not want his friends and family to know 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).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1930
    Age 18
    Further, the 1930 Census states his parents were born in Syria; while the 1920 Census states that they were born in "Seria", and that their mother tongue is "Serian".
    More Details Hide Details Indeed, Lebanon was part of the Ottoman Empire until 1920, and Lebanese immigrants were then identified as Syrians in most of the world and as Turks in Latin America. Thomas first reached mass audiences on network radio in the 1940s playing shifty brother-in-law Amos in The Bickersons, which began as sketches on the music-comedy show Drene Time, co-hosted by Don Ameche and Frances Langford. Thomas also portrayed himself as a scatterbrained Lothario on this show. His other network radio work included a stint as Jerry Dingle the postman on Fanny Brice's The Baby Snooks Show, and appearances on the popular NBC variety program, The Big Show, hosted by stage legend Tallulah Bankhead. Thomas also had his own radio program, The Danny Thomas Show. The 30-minute weekly variety show was on ABC in 1942-43 and on CBS in 1947-48.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1920
    Age 8
    He was living in Ward 6, Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, according to the 1920 U. S. Census as Amos Jacobs, the same in the 1930 Census, and in 1940 living in Ward 2, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, as Amos J. Jacobs, a radio and theatrical artist.
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  • 1912
    Age 0
    One of 10 children, Danny Thomas was born as Amos Muzyad Yakhoob Kairouz on January 6, 1912, in Deerfield, Michigan, to Charles Yakhoob Kairouz and his wife Margaret Taouk.
    More Details Hide Details His parents were Maronite Catholic immigrants from Lebanon. Kairouz and Taouk are two prominent families from Bsharri. Thomas was raised in Toledo, Ohio, attending St. Francis de Sales Church (Roman Catholic), Woodward High School, and finally the University of Toledo, where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Thomas was confirmed in the Catholic Church by the bishop of Toledo, Samuel Stritch. Stritch, a native of Tennessee, was a lifelong spiritual advisor for Thomas, and advised him to locate the St. Jude Hospital in Memphis.
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