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Danny Thomas (I) (1912–1991)


Known primarily as a TV actor, he starred as a nightclub singer on the popular Make Room for Daddy (1953). He also served TV behind the cameras partnering with Sheldon Leonard and Aaron Spelling to create such shows as Dick Van Dyke's show, The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961), The Andy Griffith Show (1960) and Mod Squad (1968). He was also dedicated to ... See full bio »

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Known For

Make Room for Daddy
Make Room for Daddy Danny Williams / Robert Browning (dream sequence)
(1953-1964)
The Andy Griffith Show
(1960-1968)
The Dick Van Dyke Show
(1961-1966)
Mod Squad
Mod Squad Producer
(1968-1973)

Filmography

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 1979 The Unbroken Circle: A Tribute to Mother Maybelle Carter (TV Special) (executive producer)
 1979 Featherstone's Nest (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1979 Starting Fresh (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1979 The Return of Mod Squad (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1979 Samurai (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1978 Three on a Date (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1974 Remember When (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1968-1973 Mod Squad (TV Series) (executive producer - 123 episodes)
- And Once for My Baby (1973) ... (executive producer)
- Cry Uncle (1973) ... (executive producer)
- The Night Holds Terror (1973) ... (executive producer)
- Scion of Death (1973) ... (executive producer)
- Put Out the Welcome Mat for Death (1973) ... (executive producer)
 1972 Captain Newman, M.D. (TV Movie) (producer)
 1972 Second Chance (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1970-1971 Make Room for Granddaddy (TV Series) (executive producer - 3 episodes)
- Will the Real Diana Please Stand Up? (1971) ... (executive producer)
- Lucy and the Lecher (1971) ... (executive producer)
- A Hamburger for Frank (1970) ... (executive producer)
 1970 The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1970 Carter's Army (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1969 The Ballad of Andy Crocker (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1969 The Pigeon (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1969 The Monk (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1969 Wake Me When the War Is Over (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1969 The Over-the-Hill Gang (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1969 The New People (TV Series) (executive producer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.0 (1969) ... (executive producer)
  The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV Series) (executive producer - 49 episodes, 1967 - 1969) (producer - 1 episode, 1967)
- Three Stand Together (1969) ... (executive producer)
- The Man Who Killed Jim Sonnett (1969) ... (executive producer)
- The Sodbuster (1969) ... (executive producer)
- One Angry Juror (1969) ... (executive producer)
- The Trial (1969) ... (executive producer)
 1968 The Danny Thomas Hour (TV Series) (executive producer - 1 episode)
- The Last Hunters (1968) ... (executive producer)
 1967 Cricket on the Hearth (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1967 Rango (TV Series) (executive producer - 17 episodes)
- The Rustlers (1967) ... (executive producer)
- You Can't Scalp a Bald Indian (1967) ... (executive producer)
- If You Can't Take It with You, Don't Go (1967) ... (executive producer)
- In a Little Mexican Town (1967) ... (executive producer)
- Shootout at Mesa Flats (1967) ... (executive producer)
 1966 Danny Thomas' the Wonderful World of Burlesque: Third Edition (TV Special) (executive producer)
 1961-1966 The Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series) (executive producer - 158 episodes)
- The Last Chapter (1966) ... (executive producer: in association with)
- The Gunslinger (1966) ... (executive producer: in association with)
- Long Nights Journey Into Day (1966) ... (executive producer: in association with)
- Love Thy Other Neighbor (1966) ... (executive producer: in association with)
- You Ought to Be in Pictures (1966) ... (executive producer: in association with)
 1965 Danny Thomas Meets the Comics (TV Movie) (executive producer)
  The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series) (executive producer - 90 episodes, 1961 - 1965) (producer - 1 episode, 1964)
- Joey Discovers Jackie Clark (1965) ... (executive producer)
- What'll You Have? (1965) ... (executive producer)
- Joey the Star Maker (1965) ... (executive producer)
- Joey Changes Larry's Luck (1965) ... (executive producer)
- The Sergeant's Testimonial (1965) ... (executive producer)
 1963-1964 The Bill Dana Show (TV Series) (executive producer - 5 episodes)
- Phillips the Lover (1964) ... (executive producer: in association with)
- Danny Thomas, I Love You (1964) ... (executive producer: in association with)
- Blood from Two Turnips (1964) ... (executive producer: in association with)
- Master of Disguise (1964) ... (executive producer: in association with)
- Mr. Phillip's Watch (1963) ... (executive producer: in association with)
 1964 The Tycoon (TV Series) (executive producer - 1 episode)
- Horatio Alger Again (1964) ... (executive producer)
 1957-1963 The Real McCoys (TV Series) (executive producer - 33 episodes)
- Pepino's Mama (1963) ... (executive producer)
- Pals (1963) ... (executive producer)
- Don't Be Nosey (1963) ... (executive producer)
- The Auction (1963) ... (executive producer)
- Luke Grows a Beard (1963) ... (executive producer)
 1963 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series) (executive producer - 8 episodes)
- A Wife for Andy (1963) ... (executive producer)
- The Rivals (1963) ... (executive producer)
- The Darlings Are Coming (1963) ... (executive producer)
- Aunt Bee's Medicine Man (1963) ... (executive producer)
- The Great Filling Station Robbery (1963) ... (executive producer)
 1959 Love and Marriage (TV Series) (producer - 1 episode)
- Chip Off the Old Block (1959) ... (producer)
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Other Works:

(2/1/58) Appeared on "The Dean Martin Show" variety special. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 2 Articles | See more »


Alternate Names:

Danny Thomas Enterprises | Amos Jacobs

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Why should all shows be lumped into the category of 'situation comedy?' They should be called 'life shows,' because they reflect life. Do you know why they have the tragic and the comic masks in the theater? See more »

Trivia:

Before he was a successful comedian, both he and Rose Marie Mantell Thomas worked as amateur entertainers at WMBC in Detroit, MI. See more »

Trademark:

His loud, nasally voice See more »

Nickname:

Jake See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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