Danny Thomas Entertainer and Humanitarian

Danny Thomas, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday in 2012, was the beloved star of The Danny Thomas Show (Make Room for Daddy) television situation comdey and known for his roles in The Jazz Singer, and I'll See You In My Dreams. He started as singer on radio, worked as a nightclub comedian, achieved great success in film and TV and moved on to be a producer for the Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Gomer Pyle and The Mod Squad.

On February 16, 2012 in Memphis, Tennessee, the US. Postal Service issued a First Class Forever stamp to honor Thomas. The artist was Tim O'Brien and the designer was Greg Breeding.

Thomas was much more than an entertainer. In 1985 he received the Congressional Gold Medal for his humanitarian work founding St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in 1962 and supporting it all his life. The hospital specializes in treating children for catastrophic pediatric diseases. No child is turned away. This year is the 50th anniversary of the hospital's founding.

His commitment to St. Jude's had its roots in the immigrant neighborhood in which he grew up. There he saw children die from curable diseases because of the lack of available health care. He knew this was wrong. He wanted to do something to help and founded St. Jude's, a hospital that treats children of all races, religions regardless of ability to pay.

The Forever First Class rate stamp shows Danny Thomas in the foreground with the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the background.

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