Danny Thomas (born Amos Muzyad Yaqoob Kairouz; January 6, 1912 – February 6, 1991) was an American nightclub comedian, singer, actor, producer, and philanthropist whose career spanned five decades. He created and starred in one of the most successful and long-running situation comedies in the history of American network television, the eponymous Danny Thomas Show. In addition to guest roles on many of the comedy, talk, and musical variety programs of his time, his legacy includes a lifelong dedication to fundraising for charity.
Thomas’s long career began in films in 1947, playing opposite child actress Margaret O’Brien in The Unfinished Dance (1947) and Big City (1948). He then starred in the long-running television sitcom Make Room for Daddy (The Danny Thomas Show for the fourth season onwards) from 1953 to 1964, in which he played the lead role of Danny Williams. He was also the founder of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the father of Marlo Thomas, Terre Thomas, and Tony Thomas.