#M(ichigan)M(ovie)H(istory) On this day, February 6 1991, world mourns the passing of Danny Thomas

On this day, February 6, 1991, the world mourned the passing of Amos Muzyad Yakhoob Kairouz.  Born one of 10 children of Lebanese parents,  January 6, 1912 in Deerfield, Michigan,  he would go on to become an American nightclub comedian, singer, actor, and producer, whose career spanned five decades.

Beginning in films in 1947, playing opposite child actor Margaret O’Brien in both movies: The Unfinished Dance (1947) and In a Corner of Spain (1949), he then achieved continuing success starring in the long-running television sitcom favorite Make Room for Daddy.  He was also the founder of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.   You no doubt knew him best by his professional name:  Danny Thomas.

Thomas died on February 6, 1991, of heart failure, in Los Angeles, California. Two days prior, he had celebrated St. Jude Hospital’s 29th anniversary and filmed a commercial,which aired posthumously.   He was 79 years old.

For Thomas’ contribution to the television industry, in February 1960 he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard.[citation needed

Thomas was a posthumous recipient of the 2004 Bob Hope Humanitarian Award.

On February 16, 2012, the United States Postal Service issued a first-class forever stamp honoring Thomas as an entertainer and humanitarian

A park in Toledo, Ohio, bears his name and a monument.

For more on Danny Thomas

For Danny Thomas’ filmography

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