Danny Thomas


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Ray Aghayan

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Ray Aghayan on working with Danny Thomas

Army Archerd

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Army Archerd on Danny Thomas suggesting the "Good Morning" tagline of his future "Variety" column

Bruce Bilson

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Bruce Bilson on various people he worked with early in his career

Al Borden

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Al Borden on various stars he worked with in his career
Al Borden on working with Danny Thomas

Esme Chandlee

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Esme Chandlee on how new projects were started at MGM

Eddie Brill with Emerson College

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Eddie Brill on a Danny Thomas St. Jude benefit, and on George Carlin

Tim Conway

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Tim Conway on starring in Danny Thomas and Aaron Spelling's Rango

Richard Crenna

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Richard Crenna on Danny Thomas producing The Real McCoys
Richard Crenna on forming a production company with Danny Thomas and doing the pilot Captain Newman, M.D
Richard Crenna on producing Make Room for Granddaddy, starring Danny Thomas

Elias Davis

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Elias Davis and David Pollock on creating the show One Big Family  starring Danny Thomas

Sam Denoff

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Sam Denoff on producer Danny Thomas
Sam Denoff on Danny Thomas
Sam Denoff on fighting with Marlo Thomas and Bill Persky keeping the peace

George Spiro Dibie

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George Spiro Dibie on trying to get a directing job from Danny Thomas

Phil Donahue

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Phil Donahue on his father-in-law, Danny Thomas

Ruth Engelhardt

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Ruth Engelhardt on packaging I Spy for Sheldon Leonard and Danny Thomas

Rod Erickson

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Rod Erickson on turning down Danny Thomas' Make Room for Daddy

Jamie Farr

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Jamie Farr on praying to St. Jude
Jamie Farr on his friendship with Danny Thomas
Jamie Farr on Danny Thomas
Jamie Farr on his character, "Klinger's" roots on M*A*S*H (contd.)

Mike Fenton

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Mike Fenton on going to work as a casting director for Danny Thomas Productions and on working with Danny Thomas and Sheldon Leonard

Chuck Fries

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Chuck Fries on various people he's worked with in his career: Danny Thomas

Greg Garrison

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Greg Garrison on his dealings with the Chicago mob as a child and other jobs he had growing up, including working with Danny Thomas

Larry Gelbart

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Larry Gelbart on getting his first break writing for Danny Thomas on the "Fanny Bryce Maxwell House Coffee Time" radio show, when his father convinced Thomas, a customer at his barbershop, that the teenager could write
Larry Gelbart on Danny Thomas, a "wonderful storyteller"

Leonard H. Goldenson

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Leonard Goldenson on William Morris' Abe Lastfogel helping ABC acquire talent

Andy Griffith

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Andy Griffith on how The Andy Griffith Show came about with producers Danny Thomas and Sheldon Leonard, and on Don Knotts being cast as "Barney Fife"
Andy Griffith on Danny Thomas

Robert Guillaume

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Robert Guillaume on Tony and Danny Thomas

Earle Hagen

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Earle Hagen on composing and conducting music for The Danny Thomas Show (aka Make Room for Daddy)

Paul Henning

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Paul Henning on his thoughts on people with whom he's worked - Danny Thomas

Seaman Jacobs

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Seaman Jacobs on working with producers Danny Thomas and Sheldon Leonard on The Real McCoys
Seaman Jacobs on Danny Thomas

Bernie Kopell

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Bernie Kopell on meeting Danny Thomas and Sheldon Leonard, and being cast on The Jack Benny Program

Norman Lear

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Norman Lear on how he schemed to reach out to Danny Thomas and write a bit for him that turned out to be his big break

Sheldon Leonard

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Producer Sheldon Leonard on his work producing and directing The Danny Thomas Show
Producer Sheldon Leonard on the genesis and production of The Andy Griffith Show

Art Linkletter

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Art Linkletter on Danny Thomas

Bob Mackie

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Bob Mackie on designing for Danny Thomas and Jimmy Durante television specials

Garry Marshall

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Garry Marshall on Danny Thomas breaking his leg during a basketball game

John Moffitt

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John Moffitt on promotional photos of Bob Hope and Danny Thomas

Mary Tyler Moore

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Mary Tyler Moore on auditioning to play Danny Thomas' daughter on The Danny Thomas Show

David Pollock

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Elias Davis and David Pollock on creating the show One Big Family starring Danny Thomas

Joyce Randolph

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Joyce Randolph on working on The Colgate Comedy Hour

Carl Reiner

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Carl Reiner on how Danny Thomas wanted Mary Tyler Moore for The Dick Van Dyke Show
Carl Reiner on one of The Dick Van Dyke Show's producers, Danny Thomas

Lee Rich

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Lee Rich on wanting popular people like Danny Thomas to have a television show
Lee Rich on producer Danny Thomas and how Benton & Bowles got The Dick Van Dyke Show
Lee Rich on Danny Thomas

Hank Rieger

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Hank Rieger on publicity for NBC star Danny Thomas

Stanley Ralph Ross

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Stanley Ralph Ross on Danny Thomas

Sol Saks

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Writer Sol Saks on working with Danny Thomas during the radio days

Jay Sandrich

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Jay Sandrich on working with Danny Thomas and Sheldon Leonard on The Danny Thomas Show (Make Room for Daddy)  
Jay Sandrich on how Mary Tyler Moore was cast on The Dick Van Dyke Show after being rejected for The Danny Thomas Show (Make Room for Daddy)

Bob Schiller

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Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on their favorite episodes of the The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour; on how Danny Thomas did his best work when angry

Arthur Schneider

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Arthur Schneider on editing a special for Danny Thomas

Mel Shavelson

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Mel Shavelson on writing feature films for Bob Hope, and how he came to write for Danny Thomas
Mel Shavelson on how Danny Thomas took to television on The Danny Thomas Show

Garry Simpson

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Garry Simpson on directing Four Star Revue

Sid Smith

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Sid Smith on his thoughts on people with whom he's worked - Danny Thomas

Dick Smothers

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Tom and Dick Smothers on their sitcom The Smothers Brothers Show

Tom Smothers

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Tom and Dick Smothers on their sitcom The Smothers Brothers Show

Aaron Spelling

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Aaron Spelling on leaving Four Star Productions
Aaron Spelling on partnering with Danny Thomas in Thomas-Spelling Productions
Aaron Spelling on telling Danny Thomas about The Mod Squad

William Tankersley

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William Tankersley on how the Quiz Show scandals (which started with NBC shows) affected CBS Standards & Practices, and how canned laughter could be used

Tony Thomas

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Tony Thomas on his father Danny Thomas' interaction with an audience
Tony Thomas on dealing with this father's fame growing up
Tony Thomas on his home life being the inspiration for the series Make Room for Daddy
Tony Thomas on the humor in his household
Tony Thomas on his father Danny Thomas' reaction to his show business aspirations

Marlo Thomas

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Marlo Thomas on her father Danny Thomas' fame and her thoughts on his television show, Make Room for Daddy
Marlo Thomas on her father Danny Thomas
Marlo Thomas on being recognized as and compared to her father
Marlo Thomas on the impact her father Danny Thomas' passing had on her

Grant Tinker

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Grant Tinker on the development and sponsorship of The Dick Van Dyke Show
Grant Tinker on Mary Tyler Moore getting cast on The Dick Van Dyke Show

Mel Tolkin

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Mel Tolkin on writing for The Danny Thomas Show, and on working with producer Sheldon Leonard
Mel Tolkin on writing specific episodes of The Danny Thomas Show

Bob Weiskopf

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Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf on their favorite episodes of the The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour; on how Danny Thomas did his best work when angry

Lou Weiss

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Lou Weiss on packaging game shows and The Danny Thomas Show
Lou Weiss on packaging The Danny Thomas Show  and working with Sheldon Leonard

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