DANNY THOMAS BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Danny Thomas was born January 6th, 1912 in Deerfield, Michigan on a horse farm with the birth name Muzyad Yakhoob. His parents were Lebanese Immigrants and they later changed his name to Amos Jacobs. Thomas was raised in Toledo, Ohio and attended a Roman Catholic Church. He went to Woodward High School and then The University of Toledo. A week after his 24th birthday, he married Rose Marie Cassaniti in 1936. Thomas first performed under his Anglicized birth name, "Amos Jacobs", before choosing the stage name, 'Danny Thomas', which were the first names of two of his brothers.
He began his entertainment career singing on the radio in the 1940's in, "The Bickersons" before becoming a nightclub emcee and comedian. In the 1950's, Danny starred in a television comedy, "Make Room For Daddy" which ran from 1953 to 1964 and it what he is most known for today.
Danny also starred in various films such as, "The Jazz Singer" (1952) and "I'll See You in My Dreams" (1951), however, his film career was not nearly as successful as his television and producing career. He worked on many popular shows including, "The Dick Van Dyke Show", "The Andy Griffith Show" and "The Mod Squad". He also produced three series for Walter Brennan, "The Real McCoys", "The Tycoon" and "The Guns of Will Sonnett", all on ABC during the late 1950's and 1960's.
Danny was also responsible for founding St Jude's Research Hospital, which opened in Memphis, Tennessee in 1962. The organization helps find cures for children's diseases.
In 1970, Danny reunited with most of the cast from, "Make Room For Daddy" to do a follow up, "Make Room For Granddaddy", however this barely lasted a whole season. He was though, nominated for the best performance by an actor in a television series in 1970 for his role on this series. Danny's last series was, "One Big Family" (1986-1987).
One year before he passed away, Danny published his autobiography, "Make Room for Danny" (1990). Danny Thomas passed away on February 6th, 1991 from heart failure. Danny and his wife, Rose Marie are buried in a memorial garden on the grounds of St. Jude's. He was a posthumous recipient of the 2004 Bob Hope Humanitarian Award. Danny had completed filming a commercial for St. Jude Hospital a few days before his death and this final commercial aired as a tribute to him.
His two children also followed career in the entertainment industry. His daughter, Marlo Thoman, is married to talk show host Phil Donahue. His son, Tony Thomas, is a television producer and his other daughter, Terre Thomas, is a former actress.
1988 The Spike Jones Story
1988 Side by Side
1980 Celebrity Commercials and Bloopers
1979 The Return of the Mod Squad
1978 Three on a Date
1978 Kojak: In Full Command
1975 Satan's Triangle
1974 Shivaree on Delancey Street
1973 Remember When
1972 Second Chance
1971 Journey Back to Oz
1970 The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again
1969 The Pigeon
1969 The Over-the-Hill Gang
1969 The Monk
1969 The Ballad of Andy Crocker
1969 Black Brigade
1968 The Guns of Will Sonnett
1967 Cricket on the Hearth
1966 Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title
1965 The Lucy Show: Lucy Helps Danny Thomas
1964 Looking for Love
1963 The Dick Van Dyke Show: It May Look Like a Walnut!
1961 The Dick Van Dyke Show
1960 The Andy Griffith Show
1960 Road to Lebanon
1958 The All-Star Christmas Show
1953 The Jazz Singer
1953 The Danny Thomas Show
1953 Shower of Stars
1953 Make Room for Daddy
1957 The Danny Thomas Show
1951 I'll See You in My Dreams
1951 Call Me Mister
1948 The Big City
1948 Texaco Star Theater
1947 The Unfinished Dance