Thomas Y. Drake

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Thomas Y. Drake
Born(1936-06-28)June 28, 1936
DiedAugust 8, 2008(2008-08-08) (aged 72)
Occupation Singer-songwriter, film director, screenwriter
Spouse(s)Sally Gray Drake
(m. 1958–2008, his death)
Children3 (Steven, Adam, Jono)

Thomas Y. Drake (June 28, 1936 – August 8, 2008), also credited professionally as T.Y. Drake and Tom Drake, was a Canadian singer-songwriter, film director and screenwriter.

Canadians citizens of Canada

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Singer-songwriter musician who writes, composes and sings

Singer-songwriters are musicians who write, compose, and perform their own musical material, including lyrics and melodies.

Film director Person who controls the artistic and dramatic aspects of a film production

A film director is a person who directs the making of a film. A film director controls a film's artistic and dramatic aspects and visualizes the screenplay while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfilment of that vision. The director has a key role in choosing the cast members, production design, and the creative aspects of filmmaking. Under European Union law, the director is viewed as the author of the film.


Life and career

Drake began his career at nine years old when he became involved as a child actor in radio plays for the CBC in Vancouver. At the age of 12, he and his family moved to the United States where he began singing professionally with the choir from St. Paul's Cathedral and later studied English literature at the University of California in Los Angeles. During the 1960s, while working as an English teacher at a high school in San Diego, Drake wrote lyrics for The Kingston Trio and together with American actor Michael Storm, he co-founded The Good Time Singers, a folk group launched on The Andy Williams Show and released albums on the Capitol Records label. [1]

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By the late 1960s, Drake had abandoned his musical career and began working as a screenwriter. In 1971, he returned to Canada and settled on a farm in the Canadian Rockies with his wife Sally and their three sons. During this time, he wrote scripts for the American television series Then Came Bronson (1969–70) and The Psychiatrist (1971). In 1975, Drake made his motion picture debut as both screenwriter and director of The Keeper , a low-budget Canadian horror film starring Christopher Lee which never received theatrical distribution; he also wrote the screenplay for the 1980 horror film Terror Train starring Jamie Lee Curtis.

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<i>Then Came Bronson</i> television series

Then Came Bronson is an American adventure/drama television series starring Michael Parks that aired on NBC. It was created by Denne Bart Petitclerc, and produced by MGM Television. Then Came Bronson began with a television film pilot that aired on NBC on March 24, 1969; the pilot was also released in Europe as a theatrical feature film. This was followed by a single season of 26 episodes airing between September 17, 1969 and April 1, 1970.

<i>The Psychiatrist</i> (TV series) American television series (1970—1971)

The Psychiatrist is an American television series about a young psychiatrist with unorthodox methods of helping his patients. Roy Thinnes played the title role of Dr. James Whitman. Luther Adler co-starred as Dr. Bernard Altman, the older psychiatrist with whom Whitman worked. Two episodes of the short-lived series, "The Private World of Martin Dalton" and "Par for the Course," were directed by Steven Spielberg. The regular hour-long series ran from February 3, 1971, to March 10 of the same year.

Since 1984, Drake and his wife moved permanently to Vancouver to be near their family. His sons, Steven and Adam Drake, also became known as successful Canadian musicians, and third son Jono Drake works in the production end of the film and TV industry in Vancouver.


Thomas Y. Drake died of cancer on August 8, 2008 in Vancouver, British Columbia. [2]


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YearTitle Director Writer Notes
1969–70 Then Came Bronson YesTV series; 4 episodes
1971 The Psychiatrist YesTV series; 1 episode
1976 The Keeper YesYesFeature film; released in 1985
1980 Terror Train YesFeature film
1986 Hamilton's Quest YesTV series; 1 episode
1989 MacGyver YesTV series; 1 episode
1990 Bordertown YesTV series; 2 episodes
1990 The Adventures of the Black Stallion YesTV series; 1 episode
1990 Neon Rider YesTV series; 1 episode

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