Dave Thomas

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Dave Thomas

Born

5/20/1949, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada

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Dave lived in Toronto through age 6, then moved to Durham, North Carolina, where his dad got his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Duke University. His mother worked with Drs. Zeiner and Rhine, whose work in parapsychology is famous) in the Psychology Lab there. His family moved to Britain…more

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  • Trivia

    • Dave Thomas' favorite book is What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson.

    • Dave Thomas has said that his favorite TV shows are The Simpsons and the old Star Trek TNG series, saying that they are the best-written shows on television.

    • Dave Thomas has said that his favorite movie is Terminator 2, citing that it is one of the occasions where the sequel was better than the original.

    • Dave Thomas is a graduate of McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) with a Master's Degree in English literature.

    • Although Dave Thomas was born in St. Catharines, Ontario, he spent a number of years growing up in North Carolina, and also in England.

    • In 1996, Dave Thomas wrote a book titled SCTV Behind the Scenes.

    • Along with his Second City Toronto pal Harold Ramis, Dave Thomas founded the television show Second City Television.

    • Dave Thomas started his career as an advertising executive. Working for McCann Erickson he was the head writer for the Coca-Cola account.

    • Dave Thomas' father, John Thomas, held a PHD in Philosophy from Duke University and was head of Philosophy Department at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

    • On the show SCTV, Dave Thomas was known for his impersonations of Richard Harris, Bob Hope, G. Gordon Liddy, Liberace, DeForest Kelley, Michael Caine, Randy Newman, Walter Kronkite, Neil Simon, Lee Iacocca, Benny Hill and Phil Donahue.

    • In 1990, Dave Thomas wrote, produced, and starred in a half-hour sketch comedy show titled The Dave Thomas Comedy Show on CBS.

    • Dave Thomas is the brother of Ian Thomas, a well known Canadian singer-songwriter.

  • Quotes

    • Dave Thomas: (Speculating why Canadians love the McKenzie Brothers) We were embraced by the Canadian people... not because our characters were so dead on, but because the Americans embraced them.

    • Dave Thomas: (On the popularity of SCTV's McKenzie Brothers) We got nominated for the Order of Canada, which is normally reserved for Nobel nominees...

    • Dave Thomas: (On the reason why SCTV's McKenzie Brothers began) We were three-quarters of the way of through the third season, and we needed two more minutes of time. The CBC said, "Can you make it Canadian content?"

    • Dave Thomas: (When he decided that he would quit is job as an ad writer and become an actor) Actors should never play second fiddle to boxes of soap.

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