Former Las Vegas headliner Danny Thomas to appear on postage stamp

January 11th, 2012

Former Las Vegas headliner and founder of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Danny Thomas will grace the cover of a new postage stamp.

Thomas' posthumous appearance on the stamp coincides with the hospital's 50th anniversary. St. Jude's, based in Memphis, Tenn., treats children regardless of a family's ability to pay and is considered one of the world's top pediatric hospitals.

The U.S. Postal Service unveiled the new stamp Saturday in Los Angeles at a St. Jude gala celebrating what would have been Thomas' 100th birthday, USA Today reports.

Thomas, who rose to stardom in his sitcom "Make Room for Daddy" in the 1950s, died in 1991 of a heart attack at age 79. The Emmy-award winning sitcom was later known as "The Danny Thomas Show."

The stamp will enter the market Feb. 16 and can be used on a first-class letter. It's a "forever" stamp, meaning that no monetary amount appears on the stamp and it can be used regardless of the current cost of postage.