17 Fantastic Truths About Danny Thomas

1. He had also appeared as a guest on several talk and variety shows.

2. He then achieved continuing success starring in the long-running television sitcom Make Room for Daddy , in which Thomas played the lead role of Danny Williams.

3. He was the father of Marlo Thomas, Terre Thomas, and Tony Thomas.

4. One of 10 children, Danny Thomas was born as Amos Muzyad Yakhoob Kairouz on January 6, 1912, in Deerfield, Michigan, to Charles Yakhoob Kairouz and his wife Margaret Taouk. Kairouz and Taouk are two prominent families from Bsharri.

5. Thomas was raised in Toledo, Ohio, attending St. Francis de Sales Church , Woodward High School, and finally the University of Toledo, where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Thomas was confirmed in the Catholic Church by the bishop of Toledo, Samuel Stritch.

6. Stritch, a native of Tennessee, was a lifelong spiritual advisor for Thomas, and advised him to locate the St. Jude Hospital in Memphis. He married Rose Marie Cassaniti in 1936, a week after his 24th birthday.

7. In 1932, Thomas began performing on radio in Detroit at WMBC on The Happy Hour Club.

8. After he moved to Chicago in 1940, Thomas did not want his friends and family to know he went back into working clubs where the salary was better, so he came up with the pseudonym “Danny Thomas” .

9. He was living in Ward 6, Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, according to the 1920 U. S. Census as Amos Jacobs, the same in the 1930 Census, and in 1940 living in Ward 2, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, as Amos J. Jacobs, a radio and theatrical artist.

10. Further, the 1930 Census states his parents were born in Syria; while the 1920 Census states that they were born in “Seria”, and that their mother tongue is “Serian”. Indeed, Lebanon was part of the Ottoman Empire until 1920, and Lebanese immigrants were then identified as Syrians in most of the world and as Turks in Latin America.

11. Thomas first reached mass audiences on network radio in the 1940s playing shifty brother-in-law Amos in The Bickersons, which began as sketches on the music-comedy show Drene Time, co-hosted by Don Ameche and Frances Langford.

12. Thomas also portrayed himself as a scatterbrained Lothario on this show.

13. Thomas also had his own radio program, The Danny Thomas Show.

14. The 30-minute weekly variety show was on ABC in 1942-43 and on CBS in 1947-48.

15. Thomas enjoyed a successful 13-year run on Make Room For Daddy, later known as The Danny Thomas Show.

16. Jackson left the series in 1958, and Penny Parker replaced her in the 1959-1960 series.

17. Parker was written out of the series with her marriage to the character Patrick Hannigan, played by comedian Pat Harrington, Jr.

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