Tony Thomas (producer)

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

Tony Thomas
Charles Anthony Jacobs

(1948-12-07) December 7, 1948
OccupationTV and film producer, director
Years active1971–present
Ann Souder (m. 2005)
Parent(s)Danny Thomas
Rose Marie Cassaniti
RelativesMarlo Thomas (sister)
Terre Thomas (sister)

Early life and family

Born in Hollywood as Charles Anthony Jacobs,[1] 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.[2]


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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

Personal life

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


  1. "Tony Thomas". Television Academy Interviews. 2017-10-22. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  2. Tony Thomas on IMDb
  3. "Tony Thomas". Archive of American Television.
  4. "Tony Tomas".
  5. "Tony Thomas". St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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