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Dave Thomas
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Thomas in 1998
Born
Rex David Thomas

(1932-07-02)July 2, 1932
Died January 8, 2002(2002-01-08) (aged 69)
Cause of death Neuroendocrine cancer
Resting place Union Cemetery
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Businessman, philanthropist
Years active 1953–2002
Known for Founder of Wendy's
Spouse(s) Lorraine
Children 5, including Melinda
Military career
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of War.png United States Army
Years of service 1950–1953
Rank US Army 1951 SSGT.png Staff sergeant

David "Dave" Thomas (July 2, 1932January 8, 2002) was the founder of Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers, and was its chief executive officer (CEO). He never graduated from high school, but did earn his GED in 1993.

Thomas is also famous as a commercial spokesman for his company. He first appeared in a Wendy's TV commercial in 1989, and by the time he died, he had appeared in over 800, including every Wendy's commercial that aired in the 1990s.

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