|Also Known As: ||
||February 6, 1991
||January 6, 1912
||Cause of Death:
||Deerfield, Michigan, USA
RATE AND COMMENT
Grew up in Toledo, Ohio
First job in entertainment world: selling candy and ice cream in aisle at local burlesque house at age 11
Began career on Detroit radio program, "The Happy Hour Club", an amateur show
Worked as master of ceremonies (and took name Danny Thomas, from first names of two of his brothers) at the 5100 Club in Chicago
Performed on Fanny Brice's radio show and was given own radio program, "The Danny Thomas Show"
Entertained troups in North Africa, Italy and Philippines during WWII
Film acting debut, "The Unfinished Dance"
First TV appearance as guest performer on "All Star Revue"
Notable feature film role, as Gus Kahn in "I'll See You in My Dreams" opposite Doris Day
Starred in TV series, "Make Room for Daddy/The Danny Thomas Show"
Week of his death, made personal book signing appearances promoting autobiography and appeared as doctor on son's program, "Empty Nest"