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|Also Known As:||Died:||February 6, 1991|
|Born:||January 6, 1912||Cause of Death:||heart attack|
|Birth Place:||Deerfield, Michigan, USA||Profession:||Producer ...|
Founded the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis TN in 1962
"He would hold an audience for an unprecedented length of time in the imagery of the story he was telling, and suddenly would come the punch line, and the ceiling would crack with laughter. He wove an illusion on the stage with no props, all by himself." --Phil Donahue about his father-in-law
"Sporting a cigar only slightly longer than his epic nose, mixing verbal sass with moralistic schmaltz, he shaped small-screen humor--along with the likes of buddies Milton Berle and Sid Caesar--for over four decades." --"People" Magazine, February 18, 1991
Title for TV series came from family's experience when Thomas was a nightclub entertainer on the road and his daughters would sleep in his room with their mother and use his dresser. When he returned home, they would have to clean out the dresser to "make room for Daddy".
He was given the Layman's Award by the American Medical Association.
Thomas received the Better World Award from the Ladies Auxillary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (1972)
He was awarded the Michelangelo Award from Boys Town of Italy (1973)
He received the Humanitarian award from the Lions International (1975)
Thomas was given the Father Flanagan-Boys Town Award (1981)
He has received the AFL-CI Murray-Green-Meany Award (1981)
The Touchdown Club gave him the Hubert H. Humphrey Award (1981)
He has received the Humanitarian Award from the Variety Clubs International (1984)
Thomas was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize (1980-81)
He was decorated a knight of Malta.
Thomas was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal from former President Reagan.
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