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Dave Thomas (VII) (1932–2002)

Born during the Depression to a dirt-poor single mother in Atlantic City. New Jersey, Dave Thomas was adopted as an infant by a traveling construction worker and his wife. Moving out on his own at age 15, Thomas held a succession of jobs in the food industry, starting out as a busboy and working his way up. A fateful meeting in 1956 with Col. ... See full bio »

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 1996 Wendy's Chicken Nuggets Commercial (Video short)
Dave Thomas
 1994 Bionic Ever After? (TV Movie)
Dave Thomas (uncredited)
 1991 Wendy's 1991 Dave's Deluxe Commercial (Short)
Dave Thomas
 1990 Wendy's 1991 Dave's Deluxe Commercial (Short)
Dave Thomas
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 2006 American Eats (TV Series documentary)
- History on a Bun (2006) ... Self
 1996 Oops! The World's Funniest Outtakes 3 (TV Movie)
 1995 Biography (TV Series documentary)
 1994 Angela (TV Series)
- Dave Thomas (1994) ... Self
 1993 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (TV Special)
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 2018 Failure in the Morning (TV Series)
Self - Spokesman
- Be Kind and Rewind (2018) ... Self - Spokesman
 2003 The Corporation (Documentary)
Self - Wendy's Commercial (uncredited)
 1998 Biography (TV Series documentary)
- Dave Thomas: Made to Order (1998) ... Self

Personal Details

Other Works:

Book: "Well Done: The Common Guy's Guide to Everyday Success" See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 1 Article | See more »


Lorraine Buskirk  (his death)  (5 children)

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His ad campaign is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the "Longest Running Television Advertising Campaign Starring a Company Founder." See more »


White shirt and red tie, as seen in his commercials

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