Tony Thomas (producer)

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Tony Thomas
BornCharles Anthony Thomas
(1948-12-07) December 7, 1948 (age 69)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Occupation TV and film producer, director
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s)Ann Souder(m. 2005)
Parent(s) Danny Thomas
Rose Marie Cassaniti
Relatives Marlo Thomas (sister)

Charles Anthony "Tony" Thomas (born December 7, 1948) is an American television and film producer.


Early life and family

Born in Hollywood, Tony Thomas is the son of actor and philanthropist Danny Thomas and the former Rose Marie Cassaniti. He is the younger brother of actresses Terre Thomas and Marlo Thomas. [1]

Danny Thomas American actor and comedian

Danny Thomas 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. 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.

Marlo Thomas American actress, producer, and social activist

Margaret Julia "Marlo" Thomas is an American actress, producer, author, and social activist best known for starring on the sitcom That Girl (1966–1971) and her award-winning children's franchise Free to Be... You and Me. She has received four Emmys, a Golden Globe, and the George Foster Peabody Award for her work in television, and she has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. She has also received a Grammy award for her children’s album Marlo Thomas and Friends: Thanks & Giving All Year Long. In 2014, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony, the highest honor that a civilian can receive.


Thomas began working in Hollywood film/TV production at Screen Gems as an associate producer on the acclaimed television movie Brian's Song . In 1974, he teamed with producer Paul Junger Witt and wife Susan Harris to form a TV production company, Witt/Thomas Productions (alternately Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions), which produced numerous successful television series from the 1970s into the 1990s. [2]

Screen Gems

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<i>Brians Song</i> 1971 television film directed by Buzz Kulik

Brian's Song is a 1971 ABC Movie of the Week that recounts the details of the life of Brian Piccolo, a Chicago Bears football player stricken with terminal cancer after turning pro in 1965, told through his friendship with Bears teammate Gale Sayers. Piccolo's and Sayers's sharply differing temperaments and racial backgrounds made them unlikely to become as close friends as they did, including becoming the first interracial roommates in the history of the National Football League, and the film chronicles the evolution of their friendship, ending with Piccolo's death in 1970. The production was such a success on ABC that it was later shown in theaters by Columbia Pictures with a major premiere in Chicago; however, it was soon withdrawn due to a lack of business. Critics have called the movie one of the finest telefilms ever made. A 2005 readers poll taken by Entertainment Weekly ranked 'Brian's Song' seventh in its list of the top "guy-cry" films ever made.

Paul Junger Witt was an American film and television producer. He, with his partners Tony Thomas and Susan Harris, produced such television shows as Here Come the Brides, The Partridge Family, The Golden Girls, Soap, Benson, Empty Nest and Blossom. The majority of their shows have been produced by their company, Witt/Thomas Productions, founded in 1975. Witt also produced the films Dead Poets Society, Three Kings, Insomnia, and the made-for-TV movie Brian's Song. He was a graduate of the University of Virginia.

He has produced many TV series, including The Practice (1976–1977), Nurses , Herman's Head , Soap , Blossom , Empty Nest , Benson , Beauty and the Beast , The Golden Girls , and It's a Living . He was a producer for the feature film Dead Poets Society . [3]

<i>The Practice</i> (1976 TV series)

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<i>Nurses</i> (TV series) television series

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<i>Hermans Head</i>

Herman's Head is an American sitcom that aired on the Fox network from September 8, 1991 until April 21, 1994. The series was created by Andy Guerdat and Steve Kreinberg, and produced by Witt/Thomas Productions in association with Touchstone Television. William Ragsdale stars as the title character, Herman Brooks. Herman's thought processes are dramatized in a "Greek chorus"-style interpretation, with four characters representing different aspects of his personality.

Other endeavors

Thomas serves as a member of the ALSAC/St. Jude Boards of Directors and Governors, directing the operation of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital that his father had founded. [4]

St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital Hospital in Tennessee, United States

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Personal life

He married Ann Souder on Christmas Eve, 2005, in Montecito, California.

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