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Also Known As: David William Thomas Died:
Born: May 20, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: St. Catharines, Ontario, CA Profession: screenwriter, actor, producer, director, advertising copywriter

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A key figure in one of the most influential television comedies of the 20th century, Dave Thomas was the head writer and featured performer on "SCTV" (Global/CBC/NBC/Superchannel, 1976-1984) before enjoying a long and varied career as a writer, director, producer and actor in North American features and television shows. A gifted mimic, Thomas brought a distinctly acidic tone to his impersonations of Bob Hope, Richard Harris, G. Gordon Liddy and other famous and infamous characters on "SCTV," but his greatest contribution was undoubtedly Bob and Doug McKenzie, a pair of dense Canadians he created with co-star Rick Moranis. The characters were breakout stars on the show, and later enjoyed independent success with a hit record, as well as a cult feature, "Strange Brew" (1983). Thomas later divided his time between guest appearances on comedy specials, series regular work on "Grace Under Fire" (ABC, 1993-98), and directing and writing jobs on features "Spies Like Us" (1985) and "The Expendables." He later branched out into animation production with his own company, Animax, which provided content for major companies like Disney and ESPN. Still, it was his work on "SCTV" that made him an icon of Canadian...

A key figure in one of the most influential television comedies of the 20th century, Dave Thomas was the head writer and featured performer on "SCTV" (Global/CBC/NBC/Superchannel, 1976-1984) before enjoying a long and varied career as a writer, director, producer and actor in North American features and television shows. A gifted mimic, Thomas brought a distinctly acidic tone to his impersonations of Bob Hope, Richard Harris, G. Gordon Liddy and other famous and infamous characters on "SCTV," but his greatest contribution was undoubtedly Bob and Doug McKenzie, a pair of dense Canadians he created with co-star Rick Moranis. The characters were breakout stars on the show, and later enjoyed independent success with a hit record, as well as a cult feature, "Strange Brew" (1983). Thomas later divided his time between guest appearances on comedy specials, series regular work on "Grace Under Fire" (ABC, 1993-98), and directing and writing jobs on features "Spies Like Us" (1985) and "The Expendables." He later branched out into animation production with his own company, Animax, which provided content for major companies like Disney and ESPN. Still, it was his work on "SCTV" that made him an icon of Canadian comedy, and one of its primary architects in the halcyon 1970s and 1980s.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
2.
  Ghost Mom (1993) Director
3.
  Experts (1989) Director
4.
  Strange Brew (1983) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Santa's Slay (2005)
2.
 Intern Academy (2004)
3.
 Brother Bear (2003) Voice Of Tuke
4.
 Rat Race (2001) Mr Grisham
5.
 Pippi Longstocking (1997) Voice Of Thunder-Karlsson
6.
 Derby (1995) Governor
7.
 Picture Perfect (1995) Ernie Barrett
8.
 Kidz in the Wood (1994) Tom Foster
9.
 Coneheads (1993) The Highmaster
10.
 Cold Sweat (1993) Larry Moore
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1948:
Born in St. Catherine's, Ontario, Canada
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Raised in North Carolina (date approximate)
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Spent part of his youth in England
1970:
Began acting in college; met Martin Short
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Performed with Short in "Macbeth"; he was Banquo, Short was Lennox
1972:
Early professional stage credit, Toronto production of "Godspell" starring Short and featuring Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy, Paul Shaffer, and Andrea Martin
1972:
TV debut, a regular on "The David Steinberg Show", a CBS summer replacement comedy-variety series
1973:
Left show business and worked as an advertising copywriter at McCann-Erickson in Toronto
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Wrote a comedic commercial for Coca-Cola, Canada starring Tim Conway
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Became head copywriter for Coca Cola, Canada
1975:
Left advertising at age 27 (date approximate)
1975:
Returned to acting; joined the Toronto company of Second City (date approximate)
1977:
Co-created, co-starred, and served as a head writer for the Toronto-based "SCTV", a TV show comprised of talents from the Toronto and Chicago companies (syndicated in the USA) (date approximate)
1978:
US TV dramatic acting debut, "Home to Stay", a CBS-TV movie shot in Canada
1980:
Wrote and acted in "From Cleveland", an unsold pilot videotaped in Cleveland, Ohio
1981:
Feature acting debut, "Stripes"
1982:
Left "SCTV"
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With frequent collaborator Rick Moranis, released a comedy album, "Bob and Doug McKenzie's Great White North", featuring their popular "SCTV" characters; the album went gold in the US and triple platinum in Canada
1983:
Feature debut as co-director and co-writer (with Moranis), "Strange Brew" (also co-starred)
1984:
Served as a performer and writer on "The New Show", a short-lived NBC comedy-variety series from producer Lorne Michaels
1985:
Received story credit for the feature, "Spies Like Us"
1985:
Narrated "The Last Polka", an HBO comedy "documentary" about a fictional polka team starring John Candy and Eugene Levy
1985:
TV producing debut, executive produced "Steel Collar Man", an unsold pilot for an adventure series about a superhuman android (also scripted)
1986:
Executive produced, directed, wrote and starred in his first TV special, "The Incredible Time Travels of Henry Osgood", an installment of "Showtime Comedy Spotlight"
1989:
Executive produced and wrote "B-Men", an unsold comedy adventure pilot aired on the "CBS Summer Playhouse"
1989:
Directed "The Experts", a late Cold War comedy starring John Travolta
1990:
Executive produced, wrote, and hosted "The Dave Thomas Comedy Show", a five-week CBS summer replacement series
1990:
Wrote and acted in episodes of "Maniac Mansion", a fantasy comedy series on the Family Channel
1990:
Co-created and co-executive produced "America's Funniest People" for ABC
1992:
Executive produced, wrote, and acted in "Inside America's Totally Unsolved Lifestyles", an ABC comedy special spoofing "reality-based" TV shows
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Debut as a sitcom regular, "Grace Under Fire" (ABC), starring Brett Butler
1993:
Directed and co-wrote "Ghost Mom", a supernatural comedy TV-movie on Fox
1997:
Formed Maple Palm Productions
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Education

McMaster University: Hamilton , Ontario - 1972
McMaster University: Hamilton , Ontario - 1973

Notes

Some sources (e.g. PR from ABC for "Grace Under Fire"; PR for "The Experts"; a "New York Times" article) state that Thomas has a MA in English from McMaster University while others (e.g. PR from Showtime for "Boris and Natasha") say he only has a BA. "Boris and Natasha" PR probably got it right when noting that Thomas had completed his BA and was beginning his MA when he left to work for CBC.

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wife:
Peter Roberts. Divorced.

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father:
Jonathan Thomas.
mother:
Moreen Thomas.
son:
Johnathan Michael Thomas.
daughter:
Emily Samantha Thomas.
son:
Harry Thomas.
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