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Frankie Thomas (I) (1921–2006)


This one-time wiry, curly-haired juvenile actor of 30s Depression era films grabbed major focus toward the end of his acting career as 50s space hero Tom Corbett on the smaller screen, then moved away from the limelight finally seeing his future in the cards. He was born Frank M. Thomas, Jr. on April 9, 1921, the only child of acting Manhattanites ... See full bio »

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(1950-1955)
Nancy Drew: Detective Ted Nickerson
(1938)
(1939)

Filmography

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 1958 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Seaman Freddie
- Bilko Joins the Navy (1958) ... Seaman Freddie (uncredited)
 1950-1955 Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (TV Series)
Tom Corbett
- The Final Test (1955) ... Tom Corbett
- Comet of Danger (1955) ... Tom Corbett
- Space Blindess (1955) ... Tom Corbett
- Fight for Survival (1955) ... Tom Corbett
- The Stowaway (1955) ... Tom Corbett
 1954 First Love (TV Series)
Chris
 1954 Ethel and Albert (TV Series)
- Episode #2.22 (1954)
 1951 Hands of Mystery (TV Series)
- The Smuggler (1951) ... (as Frank Thomas Jr.)
 1951 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
- Valley Forge (1951) ... (as Frank Thomas)
 1949-1950 The Clock (TV Series)
- Someone Must Die (1950)
- Too Much Money (1949)
 1950 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
- Father Malachy's Miracle (1950) ... (as Frank Thomas)
 1950 Escape (TV Series)
Bellhop
- The Bellhop Story (1950) ... Bellhop (as Frankie Thomas Jr.)
 1949 One Man's Family (TV Series)
Cliff Barbour #1 (1949) (as Frank Thomas Jr.)
 1949 Suspense (TV Series)
Art
- Dr. Violet (1949) ... Art (as Frank Thomas Jr.)
 1949 Volume One (TV Series)
Bellhop
- The Bellhop's Story (1949) ... Bellhop (as Frankie Thomas Jr.)
 1949 A Woman to Remember (TV Series)
Charley Anderson
 1947 The Borden Show (TV Series)
- A French Dilemma (1947)
 1942 The Major and the Minor
Cadet Osborne
 1942 Always in My Heart
Martin Scott
 1941 Flying Cadets
Newton R. Adams / Ames
 1941 One Foot in Heaven
Hartzell Spence
 1939 Invisible Stripes
Tommy
 1939 On Dress Parade
Cadet Lt. Murphy
 1939 Angels Wash Their Faces
Gabe Ryan
 1939 Nancy Drew... Trouble Shooter
Ted Nickerson
 1939 Code of the Streets
Bob Lewis
 1939 Nancy Drew... Reporter
Ted Nickerson (as Frank Thomas Jr.)
 1938 Nancy Drew: Detective
Ted Nickerson
 1938 Boys Town
Freddie Fuller
 1937 Tim Tyler's Luck
Tim Tyler
 1935 A Dog of Flanders
Nello Daas
 1934 Wednesday's Child
Bobby Phillips
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage Play: Thunder on the Left. Fantasy. Written by Jean Ferguson Black. Based on the novel by Christopher Morley. Directed by Anton Bundsmann. Maxine Elliott's Theatre: 31 Oct 1933- Nov 1933 (closing date unknown/31 performances). Cast: Hortense Alden (as "Joyce Clyde"), Eleanor Audley (as "Ruth Brook"), Charita Bauer, James Bell, Jeanne... See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Interviews | 2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Frankie Thomas Jr. | Frank Thomas Jr. | Frank Thomas
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I have no regrets. I got all the breaks I had coming. I consider myself to have been very lucky during my career, especially in knowing when to leave it. I smile when I think of those years but I've never missed any part of acting.

Trivia:

Interviewed in "Growing Up on the Set: Interviews with 39 Former Child Actors of Classic Film and Television" by Tom Goldrup and Jim Goldrup (McFarland, 2002). See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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