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Danny Thomas Fast Facts:
Father changed family surname from Yakhoob to Jacobs, and Thomas was renamed Amos Jacobs. He took the moniker of Danny Thomas on August 12, 1940, for a performance at a Chicago club.
Started working at 11 years old, selling candy and ice cream at a burlesque house; dropped out of high school after freshman year.
Began showbiz career in 1932 on a Detroit radio program, "The Happy Hour Club"; a guest appearance on Fanny Brice's radio show led to his own radio program, "The Danny Thomas Show" (1944-49).
Made TV debut in 1950 on
Four Star Revue
as a rotating weekly host with Ed Wynn, Jack Carson and Jimmy Durante; did not fare well and later declared the new medium "for idiots."
Began producing television in the late-1950s and eventually partnered with Sheldon Leonard and, later, Aaron Spelling.
Considered his greatest contribution to be the founding of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which opened in Memphis in 1962.
Received Congressional Gold Medal in 1983.
Inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1991.
Penned the 1990 autobiography
Make Room for Danny
Danny Thomas Relationships:
Marlo Thomas - Daughter
Charles Jacobs - Father
Theresa Thomas - Daughter
Tony Thomas - Son
Margaret Jacobs - Mother
Rose Marie Thomas - Wife
Danny Thomas Awards:
1956 Emmy: Best Actor-Continuing Performance - Nominee
1970 Emmy: Outstanding Dramatic Series - Nominee
1958 Emmy: Best Continuing Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic or Comedy Series - Nominee
1971 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
1955 Emmy: Best Actor Starring in a Regular Series - Winner
1955 Emmy: Best Written Comedy Material - Nominee
1959 Emmy: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Comedy Series - Nominee
2004 Emmy: Bob Hope Humanitarian Award - Winner
1991 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
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