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Rose Marie Mantell Thomas
Amos Muzyad Yakhoob Kairouz
Marlo Thomas Tony Thomas Terre Thomas
Woodward High School University of Toledo
Deerfield, Michigan, U.S.
Male
Charles Yakhoob Kairouz
Margaret Taouk
Capricorn
Deerfield, Michigan, U.S.
79
Los Angeles, California, U.S.[1]
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Who is Danny Thomas?

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Danny Thomas isn’t just noted for being the talented comedian and skilled actor that he was, but a true humanitarian. In his five decades long career, he started by working as a comedian in American nightclubs and soon progressed to become a television and film actor and later on producing shows and unravelling new talent and new faces. His best known work was as a cast member in the television sitcom ‘Make Room For Daddy’. Interestingly, during his struggling days, Thomas vowed to open a shrine dedicated to St Jude Thomas. In 1950, he along with his wife raised funds to realize his dream and founded St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in 1962. Ever since its inception, the hospital is dedicated to treating young children and saving their lives. It also indulges in finding cures for medical complexities.

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Danny Thomas Childhood & Early Life

Danny Thomas was born as Amos Muzyad Yakhoob Kairouz to Charles Yakhoob Kairouz and Margaret Taouk in Deerfield Michigan. He was one of the nine children born to the couple.

Raised as a Roman catholic, he attended the Woodward High School before enrolling himself at the University of Toledo. It was while at the university that he became a member of Tau Kappa Epilson fraternity.

Danny Thomas Career

In 1932, he began performing on radio on the happy Hour Club at WMBC. It was after moving to Chicago in 1940 that he changed his name to Danny Thomas.

All throughout the 1940s, he worked for various shows including The Bickersons, the music-comedy show ‘Drene Time’ and as ‘Jerry Dingle’ on The Baby Snooks Show. Furthermore, he made appearances on the popular NBC program ‘The Big Show’.

Not limiting himself to radio, he appeared in films as well. He played the character of a songwriter Gus Kahn in the film ‘I'll See You in My Dreams’ opposite Doris Day. Eventually, he was seen in the 1952 film ‘The Jazz Singer’ which was a remake of the original film of 1927 opposite Peggy Lee.

Venturing further, in 1953, he bagged a role in the television show, ‘Make Room For Daddy’. Later known as The Danny Thomas Show, it went on a 13 year stint, until 1965. It was his on and off screen chemistry with junior artist Angela Cartwright that went on to make the television series a big hit.

Meanwhile, in 1959, he starred along with child actors, Angela Cartwright and Rusty Hamer in an episode of NBC’s ‘The Ford Show’.

After his successful stint as a television actor, he turned into a television producer for the show, ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show. He went on to produce several more shows, including ‘The Andy Griffith Show’, ‘The Mod Squad’ amongst others.

Furthermore, he produced three series of the shows, ‘Walter Brennan: The Real McCoys’, ‘The Tycoon’ and ‘The Guns of Will Sonnett’. Other than producing the shows, he made guest appearances on his shows.

Other than coming up with new shows for audiences, he promoted new talent as well and was responsible for launching Mary Tyler ‘Moore’ in the television screen thus giving her ther first big break.

Towards the beginning of the 1970s, ‘Make Room for Daddy’ was revived for a second league, titled, ‘Make Room for Granddaddy’. Short lived, the series circled around the plot wherein he looked after his grandson while his daughter was away with her husband on a long business tour.

Following his reprising his role in ‘Make Room for Granddaddy’, he played a small role in the 1986-1987 season of ‘One Big Family’. A situational comedy, the show revolved around a semi-retired comedian whose grandchildren were orphaned after the death of their parents in car accident.

Other than starring in numerous television shows, films and radio, he made his presence felt in commercials as well endorsing a lot of products

Danny Thomas Awards & Achievements

He was honoured with the title of Knight Commander of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre by Pope Paul VI for his services to the church and the community.

In 1983, he was felicitated by the Congressional Medal of Honor by the then US President Ronald Reagan for his work with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Posthumously, he was bestowed with the 2004 Bob Hope Humanitarian Award.

Danny Thomas Personal Life & Legacy

It was during his struggling days as an actor that he met Rose Marie Mantell, who was an accomplished singer with her customized show. The two went into the wedlock on January 15, 1936.

The couple was blessed with three children - Margaret, Theresa and Charles Anthony.

During his struggling days, he had vowed to open a shrine someday when he was successful. Keeping up with his promise, he along with his wife inaugurated the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 1962.

He was an active member of the Good Shepherd Parish and the Catholic Motion Picture Guild in Beverly Hills, California.

Not many know the fact that he was an avid golfer and had two PGA Tournaments named after him.

He was the first non-Jewish member of the Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles.

He breathed his last due to heart failure on February 6, 1991. He was interred in a mausoleum on the grounds of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis

Posthumously, he was seen in a commercial of St Jude Hospital which he had shot right before his death.

For his humanitarian work and contribution as an entertainer, the US Postal Service honoured him by issuing a first class forever stamp, which had him enrobed in a tuxedo outside St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Danny Thomas Trivia

This actor of the television sitcom ‘Make Room For Daddy’ fame founded the St Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Danny Thomas Primetime Emmy Awards

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Danny Thomas awards

  • Primetime Emmy Awards

    • 1955
      Best Actor Starring in a Regular Series
      Make Room for Daddy (1953)
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Danny Thomas biography timelines

  • Danny Thomas was born as Amos Muzyad Yakhoob Kairouz to Charles Yakhoob Kairouz and Margaret Taouk in Deerfield Michigan. He was one of the nine children born to the couple.
    6th Jan 1912
  • In 1932, he began performing on radio on the happy Hour Club at WMBC. It was after moving to Chicago in 1940 that he changed his name to Danny Thomas.
    1932 To 1940
  • It was during his struggling days as an actor that he met Rose Marie Mantell, who was an accomplished singer with her customized show. The two went into the wedlock on January 15, 1936.
    15th Jan 1936
  • All throughout the 1940s, he worked for various shows including The Bickersons, the music-comedy show ‘Drene Time’ and as ‘Jerry Dingle’ on The Baby Snooks Show. Furthermore, he made appearances on the popular NBC program ‘The Big Show’.
    1940
  • Not limiting himself to radio, he appeared in films as well. He played the character of a songwriter Gus Kahn in the film ‘I'll See You in My Dreams’ opposite Doris Day. Eventually, he was seen in the 1952 film ‘The Jazz Singer’ which was a remake of the original film of 1927 opposite Peggy Lee.
    1952
  • Venturing further, in 1953, he bagged a role in the television show, ‘Make Room For Daddy’. Later known as The Danny Thomas Show, it went on a 13 year stint, until 1965. It was his on and off screen chemistry with junior artist Angela Cartwright that went on to make the television series a big hit.
    1953
  • Meanwhile, in 1959, he starred along with child actors, Angela Cartwright and Rusty Hamer in an episode of NBC’s ‘The Ford Show’.
    1959
  • During his struggling days, he had vowed to open a shrine someday when he was successful. Keeping up with his promise, he along with his wife inaugurated the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 1962.
    1962
  • In 1983, he was felicitated by the Congressional Medal of Honor by the then US President Ronald Reagan for his work with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    1983
  • Following his reprising his role in ‘Make Room for Granddaddy’, he played a small role in the 1986-1987 season of ‘One Big Family’. A situational comedy, the show revolved around a semi-retired comedian whose grandchildren were orphaned after the death of their parents in car accident.
    1986 To 1987
  • He breathed his last due to heart failure on February 6, 1991. He was interred in a mausoleum on the grounds of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis
    6th Feb 1991
  • Posthumously, he was bestowed with the 2004 Bob Hope Humanitarian Award.
    2004
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Frequently asked questions about Danny Thomas

  • What is Danny Thomas birthday?

    Danny Thomas was born at January 6, 1912

  • Where is Danny Thomas's birth place?

    Danny Thomas was born in Deerfield, Michigan, U.S.

  • What is Danny Thomas nationalities?

    Danny Thomas's nationalities is American

  • Who is Danny Thomas spouses?

    Danny Thomas's spouses is Rose Marie Mantell Thomas

  • Who is Danny Thomas childrens?

    Danny Thomas's childrens is Marlo Thomas Tony Thomas Terre Thomas

  • What was Danny Thomas universities?

    Danny Thomas studied at Woodward High School University of Toledo university

  • Who is Danny Thomas's father?

    Danny Thomas's father is Charles Yakhoob Kairouz

  • Who is Danny Thomas's mother?

    Danny Thomas's mother is Margaret Taouk

  • What is Danny Thomas's sun sign?

    Danny Thomas is Capricorn

  • When was Danny Thomas died?

    Danny Thomas was died at February 6, 1991

  • Where was Danny Thomas died?

    Danny Thomas was died in Los Angeles, California, U.S.[1]

  • Which age was Danny Thomas died?

    Danny Thomas was died at age 79