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Tony Thomas

  • Highest Rated: 92% Insomnia (2002)
  • Lowest Rated: 10% Mixed Nuts (1994)
  • Birthday: Jul 31, 1927
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Tony Thomas spent much of his life preserving Hollywood history through his 30-odd books, 50-plus record albums, and television documentaries. His interest in Hollywood dated back to the beginning of his career when the England-born Thomas -- who emigrated to Canada at age 18 -- served as an announcer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The 21-year-old worked his way up in the company to become a writer and producer for the CBC radio network. Thomas specialized in programs about cinema and Hollywood. He moved to Tinseltown in 1966 to become a distinguished film historian who specialized in movie music. Thomas was very active in movements recognizing movie scores as legitimate orchestral music and co-founded the Society for the Preservation of Film Music, serving on its advisory board for many years. His books include Music for the Movies (1973) (considered a seminal work in the serious appraisal of film scores), The Films of 20th Century Fox, and The Busby Berkeley Book. As a documentary filmmaker, Thomas contributed to a number of biographies in Citadel's "Films of" series, including those of Jimmy Stewart, Marlon Brando, and Gene Kelly. In conjunction with the release of MGM's compilation film That's Dancing, Thomas released a complimentary book with the same title. In regard to recording, Thomas produced compilation albums of great scorists as well as individual albums featuring soundtracks composed by such greats as Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Alfred Newman. Thomas has written and produced many PBS-aired documentaries, including Hollywood and the American Image, The West That Never Was, Film Score: The Music of the Movies, and Michael Feinstein: Sing a Song Hollywood, for the American Movie Classics Channel in the mid-'90s. Tony Thomas died from complications of pneumonia in Burbank, CA, at the age of 69.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

85% A Better Life Executive Producer $1.8M 2011
92% Insomnia Executive Producer $67.4M 2002
10% Mixed Nuts Producer 1994
54% Final Analysis Producer 1992
84% Dead Poets Society Producer 1989
36% Firstborn Producer 1984
No Score Yet Griffin and Phoenix: A Love Story Producer 1976
No Score Yet Satan's Triangle Executive Producer 1975
No Score Yet The Gun and the Pulpit Producer 1974
No Score Yet No Place to Run Producer 1972

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
Executive Producer
50% Beauty and the Beast
2012-2016
Producer
13% Everything's Relative
1999
Executive Producer
No Score Yet Soap
1977-1981
Executive Producer
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
1985-1992
Executive Producer
38% The Secret Lives of Men
1998
Executive Producer

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