- 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.
- 1956, Emmy — Best Actor-Continuing Performance: Nominee
- 1955, Emmy — Best Actor Starring in a Regular Series: Winner
- 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
- 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
- 1955, Emmy — Best Written Comedy Material: Nominee
- Tony Thomas — Son
- Marlo Thomas — Daughter
- Charles Jacobs — Father
- Theresa Thomas — Daughter
- Margaret Jacobs — Mother
- Rose Marie Thomas — Wife
- Birth Name: Muzyad Yakhoob
- Birth Place: Deerfield, MI
- Died: February 6, 1991
- Profession: Comedian, Actor, Producer
Trending TonightSee all »
March Madness, The Blacklist: Redemption and more