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Frankie Thomas

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Frank Marion Thomas Jr. (April 9, 1921 – May 11, 2006), credited as Frankie Thomas, was an American actor, author and bridge-strategy expert who played both lead and supporting roles on Broadway, in films, in post-World War II radio, and in early television. He was best known for his starring role in Tom Corbett, Space Cadet. He was only 11 when he accompanied his mother to a casting office, where he stood in the background while his mother asked about possible openings in new Broadway shows. The agent replied, "I have nothing that suits you, Mona, but I can use the boy." Thomas wound up in a small part in Carry Nation (1932), where Jimmy Stewart was cast as a constable. Thomas appeared in six other Broadway plays between 1932 and 1936, including Little Ol' Boy with Burgess Meredith, Thunder on the Left, Wednesday's Child, The First Legion, Remember the Day, in which he appeared with his father, and Seen But Not Heard. In Wednesday's Child he played the role of Bobby Phillips, the longest stage part ever written for a child performer. Thomas also developed a lifelong fascination with the character of Sherlock Holmes during this period, when he saw William Gillette perform the part during his farewell tour. Thomas's last "A" film was Boys' Town (1938) with Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney. Thomas was Freddy Fuller, Boys' Town's mayor, and was not asked to appear in the sequel, Men of Boys' Town (1941). He then appeared in a string of "B" films such as Little Tough Guys in Society and Nancy Drew... Detective (both 1938), Nancy Drew... Reporter, Code of the Streets, Nancy Drew… Trouble Shooter, The Angels Wash Their Faces, Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, On Dress Parade and Invisible Stripes (all 1939). In 1941 Thomas had small parts in Flying Cadets and One Foot in Heaven. His last film roles were small roles in Always in My Heart and The Major and the Minor (1942), where he played a military school cadet who flirted with Ginger Rogers' character. After World War II, Thomas moved into television. In the fall of 1950 he became the idol of millions of children when he played the starring role in Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, beginning on CBS and transferring to ABC in January 1951. Thomas had beaten out Jack Lemmon for the part.


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Born:
Apr 9, 1921 In New York, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
19
First Appeared:
In the movie Wednesday's Child 1934-10-26
Latest Project:
Series First Love 1954-07-05
Known For
Poster of First Love
Poster of A Woman to Remember
Poster of Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase
Poster of Tim Tyler's Luck
Filmography
Series First Love 1954-07-05
Series Suspense Unknown 1949-01-06
Series A Woman to Remember 1949-02-21
Movie Always in My Heart Martin Scott 1942-03-14
Movie The Major and the Minor Cadet Osborne 1942-09-16
Movie One Foot in Heaven Hartzell Spence 1941-11-01
Movie Nancy Drew... Trouble Shooter Ted Nickerson 1939-06-17
Movie Nancy Drew... Reporter Ted Nickerson 1939-02-18
Movie Code of the Streets Bob Lewis 1939-04-13
Movie Angels Wash Their Faces Gabe Ryan 1939-08-26
Movie Invisible Stripes Tommy 1939-12-30
Movie On Dress Parade Cadet Lt. Murphy 1939-11-18
Movie Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Ted Nickerson 1939-09-09
Movie Boys Town Freddie Fuller 1938-09-08
Movie Little Tough Guys in Society Danny 1938-11-01
Movie Nancy Drew: Detective Theodore 'Ted' Nickerson 1938-11-19
Movie Tim Tyler's Luck 1937-12-27
Movie A Dog of Flanders Nello Daas 1935-03-22
Movie Wednesday's Child Bobby Phillips 1934-10-26