Danny Thomas

January 6, 1914 - February 6, 1991
Born Muzyad Yakhoob in Dearborn, Michigan, and later known as Amos Jacobs, Danny Thomas was best known for his television portrayal of Danny Williams on Make Room For Daddy. He appeared in many films and television shows, and partnered with Sheldon Leonard and Aaron Spelling to create shows such as The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Andy Griffith Show, and The Mod Squad.

Danny Thomas also founded the St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital in Memphis in 1962 and raised $12 million annually to keep it operating.

Brother Thomas' initiation on March 15, 1984 led to a brief withdrawal of recognition by the Grand Lodge of California of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey from August 29, 1984 to October 19, 1984, as Thomas was a resident of California at the time. This incident did not prevent him from going on to be an active Shriner and to publicly speak glowingly about Freemasonry.

Initiated: March 15, 1984
Gothic Lodge No. 270, Hamilton Square, New Jersey
32nd Degree AASR Los Angeles
Al Malaikah Shrine