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Danny Thomas

Biography

Most widely known for starring in the sitcom, MAKE SPACE for Daddy, he’s also the creator of St. Jude Children’s Study Hospital. He performed under his delivery name Amos Jacobs Kairouz early in his profession before changing it to Danny Thomas after two of his brothers. He began like a nightclub comedian. He wedded Rose Marie Mantell in 1936 plus they experienced three kids. He was the daddy of Broadway celebrity, Marlo Thomas.

Quick Facts


Full Name Danny Thomas
Date Of Birth January 6, 1912
Place Of Birth Deerfield, MI
Height 1.8 m
Profession TV Actor
Education University of Toledo
Nationality American
Spouse Rose Marie Mantell Thomas, Rose Marie Mantell Thomas
Children Marlo Thomas, Tony Thomas, Terre Thomas
Parents Charles Yakhoob Kairouz, Margaret Christen Kairouz
Siblings Tom Jacobs
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actor Starring In A Regular Series, TV Land "Hey! It's...!" Award
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Continuing Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Dramatic or Comedy Series
Movies Journey Back to Oz, The Jazz Singer, I'll See You in My Dreams, Call Me Mister, Big City, The Unfinished Dance, The Milton Berle Show: Vol. 3, Side by Side
TV Shows The Danny Thomas Show, The Danny Thomas Hour, The Joey Bishop Show, I'm a Big Girl Now, Make Room for Granddaddy, The Practice, The Bill Dana Show, Four Star Revue, One Big Family, The Dick Powell Show
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1Alongside himself, his Make Room for Daddy (1953) co-stars, Angela Cartwright and Rusty Hamer all appeared in the episode of The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (1956), on New Years' Day, 1959.
2Was very good friends with: Shirley Jones, Florence Henderson, Angie Dickinson, Telly Savalas, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Johnny Carson, Larry Manetti, Cesar Romero, Doris Day, Sheldon Leonard, Bill Bixby, Andy Griffith, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Jonathan Winters, Jane Wyman, Ronald Reagan, Joey Bishop, José Ferrer, Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, Garry Moore, Peter Marshall, Steve Allen, Mickey Mantle, Rose Marie, Tony Bennett, Phyllis Diller, Ella Fitzgerald, Patti Page, Ray Anthony, Paul Junger Witt, Paul Lynde, Bob Newhart, Mickey Rooney, Ruta Lee, Shecky Greene, Perry Como, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Charles McGraw, Beverly Garland and Dinah Shore.
3Was the only actor to appear in every episode of Make Room for Daddy (1953), except for 11, in the second-to-last season.
4Several of his screenplays and lyrics songs were written by Jerry Seelen.
5He was most widely known to be a social butterfly.
6His uncle Abe Lastfogel was head of the prestigious William Morris Agency.
7Surrogate father of Rusty Hamer, Sherry Jackson and Angela Cartwright.
8Inducted into the Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame in 2015 (inaugural class).
9He was considered for the role of Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972) before Marlon Brando was cast.
10Before Martin Short went on to have a successful career in comedy, he used to work with Thomas in his early career.
11Resided in Los Angeles, California, from 1947 until his death in 1991.
12Moved to Detroit, Michigan, from 1932 to 1940.
13Was born on a horse farm. He rode horses, when he was young.
14According to his Make Room for Daddy (1953) co-star, Angela Cartwright, she said in an interview that Danny was absolutely loud and gregarious, the opposite of her own father.
15Long before Carrie McDowell became a member of the Christian pop/dance duo, 'Two Hearts,' with her husband, Michael Hodge, she once opened a show with him, in Reno, Nevada.
16Tried to get a television show that starred Tim Conway (formerly of McHale's Navy (1962)), but it failed to sell. Conway provided Thomas with some great laughs, offstage of Thomas's production company.
17When Thomas was age 35, his father, Charles Yakhoob, was diagnosed with lung cancer. Like Thomas himself, his father was a heavy smoker. His father died in 1953.
18When he was born, he was nicknamed 'Muzzy'.
19His widow, Rose Marie Mantell Thomas, died on July 12, 2000, at 86.
20When Thomas was working on an episode of The Lone Ranger (1949), he was hired to make sounds of horses' hooves by beating his chest with 2 toilet plungers.
21Was invited back to take part in a show to benefit the Lebanese Red Cross in Beirut. [1974].
22Before he was a successful comedian, both he and Rose Marie Mantell Thomas worked as amateur entertainers at WMBC in Detroit, Michigan.
23His granddaughter, Dionne, was named after Dionne Warwick.
24His daughter, Terre Thomas, began singing in grade school.
25Interviewed in "The Great Comedians Talk About Comedy" by Larry Wilde. [1968]
26His nephew, Rodney Abbas, a beloved local celebrity in Redford Township, Michigan, died August 13, 2013, at the age of 71.
27Was a posthumous recipient of the 2004 Bob Hope Humanitarian Award.
28Was a spokesperson for Union Fidelity Life Insurance Company in the 1980s.
29Attended the University of Toledo, where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
30Began his show Make Room for Daddy (1953) at age 41.
31Was born during a snow blizzard.
32His widow, Rose Marie Mantell Thomas, was Italian.
33His series Make Room for Daddy (1953) was actually based on 14 years of Thomas' own life, depicted the comedian as an entertainer whose main problem was spending as much time as possible with his family.
34Before he was a successful comedian, he did everything from bussing tables, to punch-press operator's assistant, and a lumber yard watchman.
35His son Tony Thomas ran his own production company with Susan Harris and Paul Junger Witt.
36Through Rose Marie, he saw Marjorie Lord in the play 'Anniversary Waltz.' Thomas went to see her backstage and invited her to come down to the studio to discuss her playing one of his weekly dates on Make Room for Daddy (1953), where the two began a lifelong friendship from 1956 until Thomas's own death in 1991.
37Never retired from acting.
38Began his film career as a contract player for MGM in 1947 and Warner Bros. in 1951.
39Appeared on the front cover of TV Guide 9 times.
40Had a son, Chris Thomas, who was born out of wedlock. [8 May 1960].
41Before Aaron Spelling had his own production company, he worked for Thomas.
42Was healthy and physically active until his death of a heart attack at age 79.
43Was always ashamed of his small-town roots, and forsook Deerfield, Michigan. It may also be that he only lived there for such a short time that he didn't feel he owed anyone anything.
44Just before Larry Gelbart became a successful comedy writer, he worked for Thomas' radio show, after his father, whom Thomas liked, showed him a lot of jokes Gelbart had written.
45His barber, Harry Gelbart (who was the son of M*A*S*H (1972)'s Larry Gelbart) had told some stories about him as a teenager.
46His first job was as an extra in a Charles Chaplin film, when he was only age 8.
47Just before his death, he made his last guest-appearance on Late Night with David Letterman (1982).
48Danny Thomas passed away on February 6, 1991, just prior to the release of his autobiography and a few days after he guest-starred on Empty Nest (1988).
49When Danny was age 10, he first became acquainted with the doings of Crotchy Callahan - one of the mainstays of his nightclub act for years.
50At Lewis Street Center, he was the center of his basketball team. At the time, he was only 5'10".
51The only time he got pied in the face was by his ex-Make Room for Daddy (1953) co-star, Marjorie Lord, who played his second wife on the show.
52Interred in a mausoleum on the grounds of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
53His uncle, Abe Lastfogel, died on August 25, 1984.
54Pictured on a nondenominated ("forever") USA commemorative postage stamp issued in his honor 16 February 2012. It also commemorated the 50th anniversary of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which Thomas founded in February 1962. Price of the stamp on day of issue was 45¢.
55His Aunt Julia died in a car crash in 1932 and his uncle Tenoose died the following year.
56His father couldn't run the farm alone and his mother was too weak, so she turned to her brother-in-law--the famous Uncle Tonoose--for help.
57Was a spokesperson for Post cereals and Dodge automobiles in the 1950s.
58Almost like Danny himself, his mother moved to Toledo, Ohio, with her family, when Margaret was only 10.
59When Rose gave birth to their last child, Tony Thomas, Danny was set to name him Charles Anthony, in honor of his father and uncle.
60Was a good friend of the late Sammy Davis Jr., who appeared at every one of Thomas' St. Jude's benefits.
61Was associated with his Make Room for Daddy (1953) co-star's, Angela Cartwright's family, whose sister, Veronica Cartwright, appeared with him on 2 episodes.
62While still a young man, Ronald Reagan used to play basketball in Thomas' backyard with the neighborhood kids.
63Had always wanted to do a television series, but it took a long time for he and producing partner--and fellow actor--Sheldon Leonard to develop the pilot of Make Room for Daddy (1953), due to Thomas' busy schedule.
64In the 1960s he was instrumental in developing the career of a struggling young actress named Mary Tyler Moore, by co-starring her with Dick Van Dyke in a sitcom he was developing--The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961).
65When he was only 3, Aunt Julia became a surrogate mother to him.
66In 1944, he volunteered to go overseas with Marlene Dietrich's USO Troop.
67His first radio show was called "The Happy Hour Club," where he used the antidote, penning his gift for acting the characters and making faces.
68His father, Charles Yakhoob, died in 1953.
69His Make Room for Daddy (1953) character was Lebanese, as was Thomas, in real-life.
70Had a lot of relatives who grew up on the same street of Toledo, Ohio.
71With Thomas' encouragement, after graduating from Woodward High School in Toledo, OH--which was also Thomas' alma mater--Jamie Farr decided to become an actor.
72Enjoyed singing, dancing, golfing, spending time with family, helping terminally ill children, dining, smoking, traveling and reading.
73His father, Charles Yakhoob, was a horsefarmer, and his mother, Margaret Christen, was a housewife and devoted mother to her other four children.
74Was a heavy smoker at an early age.
75Was drafted into the US army.
76His uncle Tonoose and Aunt Julia were originally from Detroit, MI.
77Was a Republican.
78Before his death, his final guest-starring appearance was on Empty Nest (1988), which was produced by his son Tony Thomas' production company.
79Billboard and Variety Magazines named him Best Newcomer in Radio in 1945, but he was eventually fired.
80Remained good friends with Angela Cartwright, during and after Make Room for Daddy (1953).
81His mother-in-law, Marie "Mary" Cassaniti, died in 1972.
82Was also a friend of the late Telly Savalas. Thomas guest-starred with Savalas on the last episode of Kojak (1973).
83Has a street named after him in Memphis, Tennessee.
84His entire family moved to Toledo, Ohio, after his birth, until times were better.
85Brother of Tom Jacobs.
86By the time his mother, Margaret Christen, reached 30, she had 12 pregnancies, but 10 children.
87Before he became a successful comedian and producer, he sold candy with his brother, Raymond, in a vaudeville theater called the Continuous Burlesque.
88He and his brother, Raymond, were a Vaudeville team, as children.
89Was the first actor to legally change his name, twice, before Jane Wyman and Robert Fuller.
90Graduated from Woodward High School in Toledo, Ohio, in 1931.
91Survived by his wife, Rosie Marie, of 55 years, and 3 children, Marlo Thomas, Terre Thomas and Tony Thomas.
92His daughter, Margaret Julia (A.K.A. Marlo Thomas), was named after his mother. She followed in her father's footsteps, being an actress.
93After his brother's Raymond's marriage in 1931, young Danny hitchhiked to Detroit, Michigan.
94Before he was a successful actor, he used to work at a nightclub in Chicago, Illinois.
95Met his future wife, Rose Marie Mantell Thomas, at a Happy Hour Club in Detroit, Michigan, when he was 23.
96Before he was a successful actor, he was a radio actor.
97Best remembered by the public for his starring role as nightclub singer - Danny Williams on Make Room for Daddy (1953).
98Father-in-law of Phil Donahue.
99Angela Cartwright's parrot was named after him.
100His Make Room for Daddy (1953) co-star, Angela Cartwright, said in an interview that TV producer Irwin Allen was a huge fan of Thomas' show, and asked her to audition for a sci-fi series he was producing that eventually wound up to be Lost in Space (1965), which was loosely based on the novel, "The Swiss Family Robinson".
101Godmother of his daughter Marlo Thomas was Loretta Young.
102Was offered the lead role in The Jolson Story (1946) after James Cagney turned it down. He also turned it down.
103Guest speaker at the 1973 National Boy Scout Jamboree in Butler, Pennsylvania.
104Founded St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
105Danny Williams, his character on Make Room for Daddy (1953), was ranked #5 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" in its 20 June 2004 issue.
106Co-starred on NBC Radio's "Drene Time" (1946-1947).
107He was a founding minority owner of the National Football League's Miami Dolphins.
108Child of Lebanese immigrants.
109Though he was a spokesman for Sanka decaffeinated coffee, he later confessed that he never drank it. He claimed he could drink cup after cup of Maxwell House coffee and still fall asleep minutes later.
110He took his stage name from his eldest brother Thomas and his youngest brother Danny. Most of his friends called him "Jake."


Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Unbroken Circle: A Tribute to Mother Maybelle Carter1979TV Special executive producer
Featherstone's Nest1979TV Movie executive producer
Starting Fresh1979TV Movie executive producer
The Return of Mod Squad1979TV Movie executive producer
Samurai1979TV Movie executive producer
Three on a Date1978TV Movie executive producer
Remember When1974TV Movie executive producer
Mod Squad1968-1973TV Series executive producer - 123 episodes
Captain Newman, M.D.1972TV Movie producer
Second Chance1972TV Movie executive producer
Make Room for Granddaddy1970-1971TV Series executive producer - 3 episodes
The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again1970TV Movie executive producer
Carter's Army1970TV Movie executive producer
The Ballad of Andy Crocker1969TV Movie executive producer
The Pigeon1969TV Movie executive producer
The Monk1969TV Movie executive producer
Wake Me When the War Is Over1969TV Movie executive producer
The Over-the-Hill Gang1969TV Movie executive producer
The New People1969TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
The Guns of Will SonnettTV Series executive producer - 49 episodes, 1967 - 1969 producer - 1 episode, 1967
Cricket on the Hearth1967TV Movie executive producer
The Danny Thomas Hour1967TV Series producer
Rango1967TV Series executive producer - 17 episodes
The Dick Van Dyke Show1961-1966TV Series executive producer - 158 episodes
Danny Thomas Meets the Comics1965TV Movie executive producer
The Joey Bishop ShowTV Series executive producer - 89 episodes, 1962 - 1965 producer - 1 episode, 1964
The Bill Dana Show1963-1964TV Series executive producer - 5 episodes
The Tycoon1964TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
The Real McCoys1957-1963TV Series executive producer - 33 episodes
The Andy Griffith Show1963TV Series executive producer - 8 episodes
Love and Marriage1959TV Series producer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Empty Nest1991TV SeriesDr. Leo Brewster
It's a Living1986-1989TV SeriesMr. Dee / Dr. Jacobs
Side by Side1988TV MovieCharlie Warren
One Big Family1986-1987TV SeriesJake Hatton
Benson1982-1984TV SeriesAlbert Breyer / Charlie Rosano
I'm a Big Girl Now1980-1981TV SeriesDr. Benjamin Douglass
That's Life1979
Danny Thomas: Young & Foolish1978TV Movie
Kojak1978TV SeriesAsst. Chief Howard Brokaw
Three on a Date1978TV MovieMan in Airport (uncredited)
Happy Days1978TV SeriesSean Cunningham
The Practice1976-1977TV SeriesDr. Jules Bedford
McCloud1974TV SeriesMarcus Rubin
Here's Lucy1973TV SeriesDanny Gallupi
The Bob Hope Show1958-1973TV SeriesPresident / Guest
Journey Back to Oz1972The Tin Man (voice)
Make Room for Granddaddy1970-1971TV SeriesDanny Williams
Mod Squad1971TV SeriesThe Good Friend
That Girl1969TV SeriesPriest
The Danny Thomas Hour1967TV SeriesPrince Wolfgang / Danny Williams / Danny / ...
Get Smart1967TV SeriesMan on Street
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour1967TV SeriesCameo
Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title1966Diner Customer (uncredited)
Danny Thomas Reunion Special1965TV MovieDanny Williams
Looking for Love1964Danny Thomas
Make Room for Daddy1953-1964TV SeriesDanny Williams Robert Browning (dream sequence)
General Foods Opening Night1963TV Movie
The Dick Van Dyke Show1963TV SeriesKolak
The Joey Bishop Show1961TV SeriesDanny Williams
Zane Grey Theater1959-1961TV SeriesEd Dubro / Gino Pelletti
The Jack Benny Program1953-1959TV SeriesDanny Thomas
The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour1958TV SeriesDanny Williams
The Jazz Singer1952Jerry Golding
I'll See You in My Dreams1951Gus Kahn
Call Me Mister1951Pfc. Stanley Poppopolis
Big City1948Cantor David Irwin Feldman
The Unfinished Dance1947Mr. Paneros

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Andy Griffith Show1960-1968TV Series created by - 249 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Happy Days1978TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour1974TV Series performer - 1 episode
Journey Back to Oz1972performer: "H-E-A-R-T"
Make Room for Granddaddy1971TV Series performer - 1 episode
That Girl1971TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Bob Hope Show1970TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Ann-Margret Show1968TV Special performer: "Ballad of Minerva/It's Tough to Be a Go-Go Girl" - uncredited
Cricket on the Hearth1967TV Movie performer: "Cricket on the Hearth", "Through My Eyes", "The First Christmas"
Make Room for DaddyTV Series performer - 130 episodes, 1953 - 1964 writer - 2 episodes, 1959 - 1961
The Jack Benny Program1959TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Jazz Singer1952performer: "I'll String Along with You" uncredited, "Living the Life I Love", "I Hear the Music Now", "What are New Yorkers Made Of", "Lu Lulla Lu Hush-a-Bye"
I'll See You in My Dreams1951performer: "I Wish I Had a Girl", "Pretty Baby", "It Had to Be You", "Makin' Whoopee", "Your Eyes Have Told Me So" - uncredited
Texaco Star Theatre1951TV Series performer - 1 episode
Call Me Mister1951performer: "Lament to the Pots and Pans", "Military Life", "LOVE IS BACK IN BUSINESS"
The Unfinished Dance1947performer: "I Went Merrily Merrily on My Way", "Minor Melodies Too Deep for Me"

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Make Room for Granddaddy1970TV Series 1 episode
The Danny Thomas Hour1967TV Series 1 episode
The Bill Dana Show1964TV Series 1 episode
Make Room for Daddy1962-1964TV Series 35 episodes

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Danny Thomas1976TV SpecialHimself
CBS Salutes Lucy: The First 25 Years1976TV Movie documentaryHimself
Tony Orlando and Dawn1975-1976TV SeriesHimself
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Sammy Davis Jr.1975TV SpecialHimself
Sammy and Company1975TV SeriesHimself
The 47th Annual Academy Awards1975TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Documentary Short and Best Documentary Feature
The 1st Annual People's Choice Awards1975TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Jackie Gleason1975TV SpecialHimself
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour1973-1974TV SeriesHimself / Various Characters
Dinah Shore: In Search of the Ideal Man1973TV SpecialHimself
Jack Paar Tonite1973TV SeriesHimself
Cavalcade of Champions1973TV MovieHimself - Presenter
The Dean Martin Show1965-1972TV SeriesHimself
The ABC Comedy Hour1972TV SeriesHimself - Host
This Is Your Life1972TV SeriesHimself
Sing America Beautiful1971TV MovieHimself
Diana!1971TV SpecialHimself
The Pearl Bailey Show1971TV SeriesHimself
That Girl1971TV SeriesHimself
The Bob Hope Show1957-1970TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Singer / ...
Dinah's Place1970TV SeriesHimself
The 22nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1970TV SpecialHimself - Host
The Tim Conway Comedy Hour1970TV SeriesHimself
Can You Top This1970TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1969TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters1969TV SeriesHimself
The Andy Williams Show1969TV SeriesHimself
Carol Channing Proudly Presents the Seven Deadly Sins1969TV MovieHimself
The Ann-Margret Show1968TV SpecialHimself
The Don Rickles Show1968TV SeriesHimself
Carnival Nights1968TV SpecialHimself (Cameo)
The Danny Thomas Hour1967-1968TV SeriesHimself - Host / Father / Caleb Plummert
Cricket on the Hearth1967TV MovieHimself / Caleb (voice)
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Special1967TV MovieHimself
Danny Thomas Block Party: U.S.A.1967TV SpecialHimself
Danny Thomas Special: Guys 'n' Geishas1967TV SpecialHimself - Host
Danny Thomas' the Wonderful World of Burlesque: Third Edition1966TV SpecialHimself - Host
Danny Thomas Special: On the Road to Lebanon1966TV SpecialHimself - Host
Danny Thomas Special: Danny Goes Country and Western1966TV MovieHimself - Host
Danny Thomas Special: My Home Town1966TV SpecialHimself - Host
Hollywood Talent Scouts1966TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Palace1966TV SeriesHimself - Comedian
Danny Thomas' The Wonderful World of Burlesque: Second Edition1965TV SpecialHimself - Host
Danny Thomas Meets the Comics1965TV MovieHimself / Host
The Lucy Show1965TV SeriesHimself
Danny Thomas Special: Friends1965TV SpecialHimself - Host
Danny Thomas Special: The Wonderful World of Burlesque1965TV SpecialHimself - Host
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1965TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Danny Thomas Special: 40th Anniversary of the Coconut Grove1964TV SpecialHimself - Host
Danny Thomas Special1964TV SpecialHimself - Host
The Bill Dana Show1964TV SeriesHimself
Rendezvous in Space1964Documentary shortInterviewer / Narrator (uncredited)
The Joey Bishop Show1963-1964TV SeriesHimself
Password All-Stars1962-1963TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1959-1962TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Comedian / Himself
At This Very Moment1962TV SpecialHimself
The DuPont Show of the Week1961TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1957-1961TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Comedian / Singer
The Red Skelton Hour1961TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host
The 32nd Annual Academy Awards1960TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Celebrity Golf1960TV SeriesHimself
The Big Party1959TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Benny Hour1959/IITV SpecialHimself
Sunday Showcase1959TV SeriesHimself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1959TV SeriesHimself - Actor
The Juke Box Jury1958TV SeriesHimself
The All-Star Christmas Show1958TV MovieHimself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1957-1958TV SeriesHimself
Social Security in Action1958TV SeriesHimself
Club Oasis1957TV SeriesHimself - Surprise Guest
What's My Line?1957TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
Screen Snapshots 1856: The Mocambo Party1957ShortHimself
Screen Snapshots: Playtime in Hollywood1956Documentary shortHimself
Person to Person1955TV Series documentaryHimself
Dateline: Disneyland1955TV Special documentaryHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1955TV SeriesHimself
The Christophers1955TV SeriesHimself
The 27th Annual Academy Awards1955TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Shower of Stars1954TV SeriesHimself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Stars on Parade1954Documentary shortHimself
The Jimmy Durante Show1954TV SeriesHimself
A Star Is Born World Premiere1954TV ShortHimself
Strike It Rich1954TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1954TV SeriesHimself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1950-1953TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself / Himself - Comedian
The 25th Annual Academy Awards1953TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member (New York)
All Star Revue1950-1952TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself - Cameo / Performer
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood on the Ball1952ShortHimself
Texaco Star Theatre1951TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Comedian
The Actor's Society Benefit Gala1949TV MovieHimself - Performer
Screen Snapshots Series 27, No. 3: Out of This World Series1947ShortHimself
A Thousand and One Journeys: The Arab Americans2015Documentary
Sheldon Leonard's Wonderful Life2011Video documentary
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1964-1991TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Actor
Late Night with David Letterman1991TV SeriesHimself
Bob Hope: Don't Shoot, It's Only Me1990TV SpecialHimself
50 Years of Television: A Golden Celebration1989TV Movie documentaryHimself
Angela1989TV SeriesHimself
Bob Hope's Love Affair with Lucy1989TV MovieHimself
The Society of Singers Presents: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald1989TV MovieHimself
A Conversation with Dinah1989TV SeriesHimself (1989)
The Spike Jones Story1988TV Movie documentaryHimself
Happy Birthday, Bob: 50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC1988TV SpecialHimself
America's Tribute to Bob Hope1988TV Movie documentaryHimself
NBC Investigates Bob Hope1987TV SpecialMr. Mills
Candid Camera: First 40 Years1987TV MovieHimself
All-Star Party for Clint Eastwood1986TV SpecialHimself
Bob Hope Lampoons the New TV Scene1986TV MovieHimself
George Burns' 90th Birthday Party: A Very Special Special1986TV SpecialHimself - Cameo
Looney Tunes 50th Anniversary1986TV SpecialHimself
Danny Thomas Christmas1986TV SpecialHimself / Host
Bob Hope Buys NBC?1985TV SpecialHimself
The Cracker Brothers1985TV MovieHimself
A Museum of Broadcasting Tribute: Milton Berle - Mr. Television1985TV Movie documentaryHimself
Gala Opening of the American Ballet Theater1984TV MovieHimself
George Burns Celebrates 80 Years in Show Business1983TV MovieHimself
Save the Cable Cars Telethon1982TV MovieHimself
Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters1982TV SeriesHimself
All-Star Celebration Opening the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum1981TV MovieHimself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1981TV SeriesHimself
Bob Hope's 30th Anniversary Special1981TV SpecialHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1964-1980TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host / Himself / Himself - Actor / ...
Bob Hope's All-Star Look at TV's Prime Time Wars1980Himself
The Merv Griffin Show1976-1978TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Actor
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Happy Birthday, Bob1978TV SpecialHimself
CBS: On the Air1978TV Mini-Series documentary
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration1978TV SpecialHimself
Donny and Marie1978TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1974-1977TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Squares1977TV SeriesGuest Appearance

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hey Moe, Hey Dad!2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Pioneers of Television2008-2014TV Mini-Series documentaryDanny Williams - Make Room for Daddy Himself Danny Williams
American Masters2007TV Series documentary
Elvis Presley: Hot Shots and Cool Clips Volume 32007Video documentaryHimself
Jack Taylor of Beverly Hills2007DocumentaryHimself
Private Screenings2006TV SeriesMr. Paneros - 'The Unfinished Dance'
American Experience2005TV Series documentaryHimself
TV Land Moguls2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Nightclub Years2001TV Special documentaryHimself
Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song2001DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special2001TV Movie documentary
And Then We Ate...1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Bob Hope: Laughing with the Presidents1996TV Special documentaryHimself
Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television1996TV Special documentaryHimself
Biography1995-1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Andy Griffith Show Reunion1993TV SpecialHimself
Jack Benny: Comedy in Bloom1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1990-1992TV SeriesHimself / Himself - from the Bob Hope NBC Special DON'T SHOOT: IT'S ONLY ME
Bob Hope's Unrehearsed Antics of the Stars1984DocumentaryHimself
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage1983DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 20th Anniversary1982TV MovieHimself
Bob Hope's World of Comedy1976TV MovieHimself
Texaco Presents: A Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television1975TV SpecialHimself
Mondo Hollywood1967DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Frontier Justice1961TV SeriesGina Pelleti

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsThe "Hey! It's...!" Award (Favorite Cameo or Guest Star)That Girl (1966)
2004Bob Hope Humanitarian AwardPrimetime Emmy AwardsPosthumously. Marlo Thomas
1970Louella Parsons AwardGolden Apple Awards
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 6901 Hollywood Blvd.
1955Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Actor Starring in a Regular SeriesMake Room for Daddy (1953)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1991Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesEmpty Nest (1988)
1971Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Actor - Comedy or MusicalMake Room for Granddaddy (1970)
1970Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Dramatic SeriesThe Mod Squad (1968)· Aaron Spelling (executive producer)
· Tony Barrett
· Harve Bennett
1959Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Comedy SeriesMake Room for Daddy (1953)
1958Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Continuing Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic or Comedy SeriesMake Room for Daddy (1953)
1956Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Actor - Continuing PerformanceMake Room for Daddy (1953)
1955Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Written Comedy MaterialMake Room for Daddy (1953)


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#Quote
1My people are inherently storytellers. When I was a kid, the entertainment was somebody from the old country or a big city who came and visited and told tales of where they came from.
2[In 1976]: If there's a basic reason for the success of TV shows, it is their preoccupation with trouble. Nothing else is shared by so many people!
3[on his popularity of playing the forty-five something nightclub singer/father Danny Williams on Make Room for Daddy (1953)]: I've always felt ... well, in 'Make Room For Daddy,' we had fun, but we said something about disciplined love, love of children, love of neighbor and so on. That's lacking a lot right now. Unfortunately, mothers and fathers have to work so much now that we are getting more houses and fewer homes.
4[About to read the Academy Awards voting rules] For you people watching at home, this might be a good time to make some dip.
5If I were starting out today. I wouldn't make it.
6[In 1989]: Today, they've got no place to stink. I played the beer gardens when 3.2 beer first came out. Nobody listened. When men wanted to go to the bathroom, they didn't walk around you. They walked right in front of you and didn't care. But that was OK, because we were bad then.
7[In 1988]: Once in a while, I used to consider cheating. Then I would think of my Sicilian wife and a Sicilian funeral.
8[When asked if he was tempted by the gorgeous Vegas chorus girls]: Not in 36 years of marriage. However, the first woman who helps me cheat gets $400.
9[on the death of Lucille Ball in 1989]: She was the best female clown that ever lived, no question .... Lucy did everything - jumping in a barrel of cement, light her nose, eat candy off the conveyor belt.
10[In 1964]: All our shows have a preoccupation with trouble. Nothing is shared by so many people.
11[When his son Tony Thomas promised his father he shouldn't have to work, everyday]: That's the only promise Tony's ever broken.
12[Who responded in 1986 about his legs that are rebelling after a lifetime as a stand-up comedian]: Oh, no, that's different. A stand-up comedian doesn't have to wait for other people. Out there, it's only God, the audience and you.
13[Who rhapsodized on his stand-up's role]: It's the epitome of entertainers: to stand alone and hold an audience. There aren't many who can do it. You either fight the bull or you conduct the symphony ... If the audience resists you, then you are like the matador in the so-called fight. Or you can be the conductor, calling for pianissimo or fortissimo-as you lead the symphony.
14Semi-retired? I've been working like crazy for the past three years.
15[Said about the dialect jokes are a forgotten art, thanks to over-sensitive groups and individuals]: From now on, I'm going to us as much dialect material as possible in my guest appearances. I can't use dialect stuff on my own show because it doesn't fit in.
16[In 1959]: Dialect jokes are the best weapons available to fight prejudice. People who complain about dialect bits cause more bigotry than they prevent. Afterall, everybody in this country belongs to some kind of minority group.
17I'll do Yiddish, Greek, Arabic, Negro, Italian and Irish vernaculars, and to heck with the squawks.
18Nobody has anything to be ashamed of regarding his national origins - and by golly, I'm trying to prove it.
19[Who said in 1964 about the character of St. Joseph]: It's a story that has never been told before.
20[Who said in 1962 about thanking people who contributed to his hospital]: It took a rabble-rousing, hook-nosed comedian to get your attention, but it took your heart, your loving minds, your generous souls to make this dream come true.
21[Of his ex-partner Sheldon Leonard developing another TV series]: Sheldon Leonard [his director] and I sometimes discuss it. We think we are tired and have no place to go. But then we say, 'What we would do if we quit? Start another series?' We could never find another cast and crew as congenial as this one. We love each other. We see more of each other than we do of our own families. Should we give this up?
22Why should all shows be lumped into the category of 'situation comedy?' They should be called 'life shows,' because they reflect life. Do you know why they have the tragic and the comic masks in the theater?
23[In 1961]: Situation comedy! I hate the term. There's all that talk about giving the public education on TV. We haven't yet educated the public to appreciate what it is getting now.
24[on the hospital he was promoting]: It is my belief that St. Jude Hospital will one day announce to the world the great tidings of a cure for leukemia or cancer or even both. I am proud to beg for this project.
25[When asked as to how long he could continue starring as Danny Williams]: I have options for two more years after this one. I'd like to do at least one more year in deference to the sponsors. Then I'd like to slow down and let the reruns work for me.
26Certainly we couldn't have asked for more awards or critical raves than we got in our first three years. And we got up to a good rating too. But last year, we came right in the middle of 'Climax' and we couldn't do a thing.
27[When asked if he thought Make Room for Daddy (1953) did much better during the 1957 season]: I don't see how I can say that it is, except that in our fifth year we should be working even better as a team. But I don't think that we have ever had a really bad show; at least that's what people tell me.
28[About art]: So, the success we've had is truly 'art for art's sake.'
29[About Make Room for Daddy (1953) being a ratings bonanza]: By all rights, I should have been off the air by now. Every law of television would dictate that I was through. And I could have done very well financially if I had quit. I then could have released our four-year backlog for reruns and made a lot of money. But everything in me revolted against quitting that way.
30[In 1957]: It's the difference between having your merchandise in the basement or having it in the street window.
31[When in 1945 his career began to escalate]: By 1946, I could have built an altar and fulfilled my obligation. By 1948, I could have built a small chapel. By 1950, I could have built a larger one.
32[When he moved to Chicago, where he worked at a small night club, where he was paid $50 a week, before he made $500]: I got through my act at 4:30 A.M. and I went to a 5 A.M. mass to thank God. As I knelt, I saw in the pew in front of me a huge pamphlet with St. Jude's picture mentioning a novena in honor of a national shrine. I remembered the vow I'd made and I saw why I come there. This was St. Jude's hometown.
33[In 1957]: I understand you're the patron of the hopeless. Well, that's me. I want to know whether I should stay in showbusiness. If I shouldn't, please make me a sign. If I do stay and if I make good in a big way, I'll build you a shrine.
34Then a fellow whose wife had just been cured of cancer of the womb came into this little night club where I was playing and told me about St. Jude, the patron of the hopeless. So I went around to church and told him.
35Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others.

#Trademark
1His loud, nasally voice
2Frequently played characters that were gruff in tone
3A couple of his characters were entertaining performers.
4He, Sheldon Leonard and son Tony Thomas each produced several long-running sitcoms and/or dramas.
5His bulbous nose

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