Danny Thomas

TV Actor

Danny Thomas was born in Deerfield, Michigan, United States on January 6th, 1912 and is the TV Actor. At the age of 79, Danny Thomas biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 6, 1912
United States
Place of Birth
Deerfield, Michigan, United States
Death Date
Feb 6, 1991 (age 79)
Zodiac Sign
$20 Million
Film Actor, Film Producer, Television Actor
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Danny Thomas Life

Danny Thomas (born Amos Muzyad Yaqoob Kairouz, 1912-2002) was an American nightclub comedian, actor, engineer, and philanthropist whose career spanned five decades.

The eponymous Danny Thomas Show, one of the most successful and long-running situation comedies in American television history, was created and starred.

In addition to guest appearances on several of the comedy, talk, and musical variety programs of his day, his legacy includes a lifelong commitment to raising money for charity. Thomas' long career began in film, appearing in The Unfinished Dance (1947) and Big City (1948), opposite child actress Margaret O'Brien.

Danny Williams appeared in the long-running television series Make Room for Daddy (The Danny Thomas Show onwards), from 1953 to 1964, in which he appeared in the lead role.

He was also the founder of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

He is the father of Marlo Thomas, Terre Thomas, and Tony Thomas.

Early life

Danny Thomas, one of ten children, was born Amos Muzyad Yaqoob Kairouz on January 6, 1912, in Deerfield, Michigan, to Charles Yaqoob Kairouz and his wife Margaret Taouk. His parents were Maronite Catholic immigrants from Bsharri, Lebanon. Thomas was born in Toledo, Ohio, attending St. Francis de Sales Church, Woodward High School, and then the University of Toledo, where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. In the Catholic Church, Bishop Samuel Stritch of Toledo confirmed Thomas. Stritch, a native of Tennessee, was a lifelong spiritual advisor to Thomas and would later recommend the St. Jude Hospital in Memphis. Rose Marie Cassaniti was married in 1936, a week after his 24th birthday.

Thomas performed on radio in Detroit at the Happy Hour Club in 1932. "Amos Jacobs Kairouz," Thomas' first appearance under his anglicized birth name. Thomas did not want his relatives and family know he returned to working clubs where the pay was higher, so he came up with the nickname "Danny Thomas" (after two of his brothers).

According to the 1920 United States Census as Amos Jacobs, the same in the 1930 Census, and in 1940, in Detroit, Michigan, as Amos J. Jacobs, a radio and stage performer, he was living in Ward 6. Further, the 1930 Census shows that his parents were born in Syria; the 1920 census shows that they were born in "Seria" and that their mother tongue is "Serian." Lebanon was once part of the Ottoman Empire (until 1920) and Lebanese immigrants were identified as Syrians in the majority of the world and as Turks in Latin America.

Personal life

When Danny Thomas first met Rose Marie Mantell (born Rose Marie Cassaniti) (1914–2000), she was a struggling young comedian, performed on her own radio show in Detroit, Michigan, and was the niece of Marie "Mary" Cassaniti (1896–1972), a drummer and percussionist for "Marie's Merry Music Makers." Margaret Julia ("Marlo"), Theresa ("Terre"), and Charles Anthony ("Tony") Thomas married on January 15, 1936, and had three children, Margaret Julia ("Marlo"), Theresa ("Terre"), and Charles Anthony ("Tony") Thomas. The Thomas children followed their parents into entertainment in various ways, including Marlo as an actor and director, Tony as a television engineer, and Terre as a versatile singer-songwriter. Thomas Yaqoob, Danny's brother, appeared on Make Room For Daddy and The Andy Griffith Show.

In Prudence Lodge No. 1, Thomas was initiated to the Freemasonry. The grand master of 958, Chicago, died and was elevated to the opulent degree of Master Mason at Gothic Lodge #270 F&AM in Hamilton Square, New Jersey, on March 15, 1984, by special dispensation of the New Jersey Grand Master. In 1985, he was made a 32° Mason and also a Noble in Al Malaikah Shrine, which is located in Los Angeles, California. Thomas produced the intro to the Masonic Service Association's film When the Band Stops Playing.

Thomas, a devout Roman Catholic, was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre by Pope Paul VI in recognition of his services to the church and the people. In Beverly Hills, California, he was a member of the Good Shepherd Parish and the Catholic Motion Picture Guild. President Ronald Reagan awarded Thomas with a Gold Medal in 1983 for his work with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Thomas was one of the initial owners of the Miami Dolphins along with Joe Robbie, but soon after the purchase, he sold his shares. Thomas wanted to return to football with his purchase of the Shreveport Steamer. We had intended to move the team to Cleveland but the World Football League refused to allow it. He was an avid golfer with a ten golf handicap and competed with Sam Snead in a charity tournament. The Danny Thomas-Diplomat Classic in south Florida in 1969 and 1984, as co-founder Vernon Bell and co-founder Vernon Bell, the Danny Thomas-Diplomat Classic in south Florida. He was also the first non-Jewish member of the Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles.

Danny Thomas was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1990.


Danny Thomas Career

Careers other than television

Thomas in the 1940s playing shifty brother-in-law Amos in The Bickersons, which began as sketches on the music-comedy film Drene Time, starring Don Ameche and Frances Langford. On this program, Thomas was also depicted as a scattered Lothario. Jerry Dingle, the postman on Fanny Brice's The Baby Snooks Show, was one of his other television appearances. He appeared on NBC's famous NBC variety show The Big Show, hosted by stage legend Tallulah Bankhead in the early 1950s.

The Danny Thomas Show was Thomas Thomas Thomas' own radio show. From 1942 to 1945, and on CBS from 1947 to 1948, the 30-minute weekly variety show was on ABC from 1942 to 1943.

Thomas appeared in the musical Call Me Mister (1951), following his two late 1940s films with Margaret O'Brien. In The Jazz Singer, Peggy Lee's well-known contemporary vocalist, a 1952 version of the 1927 original, he appeared later. In the 1951 film biography I'll See You in My Dreams, he portrayed songwriter Gus Kahn opposite Doris Day.

Thomas performed several Arabic folk songs with Toufic Barham in 1952 for a Saint Jude Hospital Foundation fundraiser record. The songs were released on the re-issue album The Music of Arab Americans: A Retrospective Collection later this year. Thomas recorded a number of vocal albums from 1952 to 1974, as well as appearing on other bands.

Television career

Thomas made a fruitful 11-year run (1953–1964) on Make Room for Daddy, which was later known as The Danny Thomas Exhibition. Jean Hagen, Sherry Jackson, and Rusty Hamer were his first family. The Hagen character died offscreen in 1956 and was replaced by Marjorie Lord; Angela Cartwright appeared in the film for the first time as Danny's stepdaughter. Sherry Jackson appeared on the series in 1958, but Penny Parker replaced her in the 1959-1960 season. Parker was written out of the series with her marriage to Patrick Hannigan, played by comedian Pat Harrington, Jr.

In an episode of NBC's The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, Thomas appeared with his other Make Room for Daddy children, Angela Cartwright and Rusty Hamer on January 1, 1959.

The show was produced at Desilu Studios, where Lucille Ball was performing in I Love Lucy with Desi Arnaz, and Bill Bixby (My Favorite Martian and others). In the years when many major American celebrities appeared in London, he had a major success at the London Palladium.

The program was revived for a season under the name Make Room for Granddaddy in 1970.

"I thought Danny was comedic and he was always cracking me up," Angela Cartwright (who talked about her on-camera relationship with her television stepfather Danny Thomas on ABC's groundbreaking ABC TV show Make Room for Daddy) said. He was loud and gregarious, but not like my true father, who is much more reserved than that. So, it was fun to be able to make smart comments and get away with it. I would never have talked to my real parents in this way, but I got away with it in the Williams family's make-believe world. Cartwright also stated that by the time Thomas' show ended, she wanted to be part of The Sound of Music: "I went on an interview for the part of Brigitta." Although I was still filming The Danny Thomas Show, I knew the film was coming to an end. I was the first von Trapp cast member after several auditions. Danny Thomas begged him to let me out of my deal so that I could be in the theater, but he was very gracious to let me out of the season's last show of the season. He didn't have to do that, and I'm very grateful he did."

Thomas performed The Wonderful World of Burlesque in 1965, 1966, including Lucille Ball, Jerry Lewis, Don Adams, Carol Channing, Andy Griffith, Sheldon Leonard, and Shirley Jones.

The Danny Thomas Hour is an American anthology television series that was broadcast on NBC from 1967-1968.

Thomas is a television producer (with Sheldon Leonard and Aaron Spelling as his co-workers) of The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Andy Griffith Show, That Girl, and The Mod Squad. During the late 1950s and 1960s, Thomas made three series for Walter Brennan: The Real McCoys, The Tycoon, and The Guns of Will Sonnett. Thomas appeared on cameos on shows he produced, including his appearance of the tuxedoed alien Kolak from the planet Twilo, "It May Look Like a Walnut."

Thomas was to blame for Mary Tyler Moore's first "big break" in acting. Carl Reiner performed her in 1961 after Thomas personally recommended Moore to Moore. He had remembered her as "the girl with three names" who he had turned down earlier, but he rediscovered her after a lengthy hunt through images and archives.

Thomas reunited the majority of his second Daddy cast (Marjorie Lord, Rusty Hamer, and Angela Cartwright) for a short-lived recap of the film Make Room for Granddaddy in the 1970s. The show was based in Japan, with Danny and Kathy Williams caring for their grandson by her granddaughter, Terry, who was away with her husband while serving in the Military and stationed in Japan.

Thomas' son, Tony, was a good television director by the mid-1970s. In 1975, Tony, along with Paul Junger Witt, founded Witt/Thomas Productions, and was responsible for his father's next three (and eventually final) starring cars. Thomas converted to series television 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.

Thomas was guest of honor in The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast, which aired on NBC on December 15, 1976. In an episode directed by series actor Telly Savalas, he appeared in "In Full Command" the long-running detective drama Kojak's series finale on March 18, 1978. He played a corrupt superior officer in the police department. He appeared in the 1988 television film Side by Side, opposite Milton Berle and Sid Caesar.

During the 1986-1987 season, Thomas was a leadlining actor in One Big Family, which aired in syndication. The situation comedy was based on a semi-retired comedian whose grandchildren were orphaned after their parents were killed in a car accident.

Thomas, like many actors on television, endorsed commercial products. Maxwell House, whose instant coffee he loved (although it had no decaffeinated) instant coffee and the coffee he actually drank had a high caffeine content), and Philips No. 4 (Brew) a short-lived "Better Cup Of Coffee" line of electric drip coffee makers were two firms that featured him in their advertisements. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's Research Hospital's one of his other "commercials" was actually a public-service alert with fund-raising targets.