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Frankie Thomas (I) (1921–2006)


This one-time wiry, curly-haired juvenile actor of 30s Depression era films grabbed major focus toward the end of his acting career as 50s space hero Tom Corbett on the smaller screen, then moved away from the limelight finally seeing his future in the cards. He was born Frank M. Thomas, Jr. on April 9, 1921, the only child of acting Manhattanites ... See full bio »

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Known For

Tom Corbett, Space Cadet
(1951-1955)
The Major and the Minor
The Major and the Minor Cadet Clifford Osborne
(1942)
Nancy Drew... Reporter
Nancy Drew... Reporter Ted Nickerson
(1939)
Tim Tyler's Luck
Tim Tyler's Luck Tim Tyler
(1937)

Filmography

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 1958 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Seaman Freddie
- Bilko Joins the Navy (1958) ... Seaman Freddie (uncredited)
 1954 First Love (TV Series)
Chris
 1951 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
- Valley Forge (1951) ... (as Frank Thomas)
 1949-1950 The Clock (TV Series)
- Someone Must Die (1950)
- Too Much Money (1949)
 1950 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
- Father Malachy's Miracle (1950) ... (as Frank Thomas)
 1950 Escape (TV Series)
Bellhop
- The Bellhop Story (1950) ... Bellhop (as Frankie Thomas Jr.)
 1949 One Man's Family (TV Series)
Cliff Barbour #1 (1949) (as Frank Thomas Jr.)
 1949 Suspense (TV Series)
Art
- Dr. Violet (1949) ... Art (as Frank Thomas Jr.)
 1949 Volume One (TV Series)
Bellhop
- The Bellhop's Story (1949) ... Bellhop (as Frankie Thomas Jr.)
 1949 A Woman to Remember (TV Series)
Charley Anderson
 1947 The Borden Show (TV Series)
- A French Dilemma (1947)
 1942 The Major and the Minor
Cadet Clifford Osborne
 1942 Always in My Heart
Martin Scott
 1941 Flying Cadets
Newton R. Adams / Ames
 1941 One Foot in Heaven
Hartzell Spence
 1939 Invisible Stripes
Tommy
 1939 On Dress Parade
Cadet Lt. Murphy
 1939 Angels Wash Their Faces
Gabe Ryan
 1939 Code of the Streets
Bob Lewis
 1939 Nancy Drew... Reporter
Ted Nickerson (as Frank Thomas Jr.)
 1938 Boys Town
Freddie Fuller
 1934 Wednesday's Child
Bobby Phillips
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Other Works:

Wrote a number of novels featuring the character Sherlock Holmes, including: Sherlock Holmes And The Golden Bird (Pinnacle, CA, 1979) paperback original. Sherlock Holmes And The Sacred Sword (Pinnacle, CA, 1980) paperback original. Secret Cases Of Sherlock Holmes (?, 1984) paperback original. Sherlock Holmes And The Treasure ... See more »

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3 Interviews | 2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Frankie Thomas Jr. | Frank Thomas Jr. | Frank Thomas
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Personal Quote:

I have no regrets. I got all the breaks I had coming. I consider myself to have been very lucky during my career, especially in knowing when to leave it. I smile when I think of those years but I've never missed any part of acting.

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Was up for the role of David Copperfield in David Copperfield (1935) for MGM but Louis B. Mayer thought he was not frail enough for the part. See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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