Danny Thomas

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Muzyad Yakhoob
  • Birth Place: Deerfield, MI
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 01/06/1912, Capricorn
  • Date of Death: 02/06/1991
  • Profession: Comedian; actor; producer
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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:
  • Charles Jacobs - Father
  • Margaret Jacobs - Mother
  • Rose Marie Thomas - Wife
  • Marlo Thomas - Daughter
  • Theresa Thomas - Daughter
  • Tony Thomas - Son
  • Danny Thomas Awards:
  • 1970 Emmy: Outstanding Dramatic Series - Nominee
  • 1956 Emmy: Best Actor-Continuing Performance - 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
  • 2004 Emmy: Bob Hope Humanitarian Award - Winner
  • 1991 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee

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