Betty Thomas

Betty Thomas was born July 27, 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri, graduating from Ohio University with a BA in fine arts. Initially sidetracked, Betty first taught school in Chicago but found herself restricted and needing more of an open forum for self-expression than a classroom. She found herself drawn inextricably to comedy. After toiling as a waitress, she became part of the Second City improvisational troupe where she made use of her towering (6' 1") imposing features in aggressive routines and sketches. True to form, she made her film debut in the sketch satire Tunnel Vision (1976) which parodied TV programming. The movie is lesser known today for its satirical bite and more for its exceptional cast of up-and-coming comedy artists at the time including Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman, John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Gerrit Graham, Howard Hesseman, and the team of Al Franken and Tom Davis. Other innocuous comedies/spoofs followed such as Chesty Anderson U.S. Navy (1976), Used Cars (1980), and Coming Attractions (1978) which, at the very least, helped to bulk up her comedy resume. She also appeared as a regular on The Fun Factory (1976), which was three parts quiz show, silly sketches, and audience participation. Ironically, Betty achieved her stardom not in comedy but in hard-hitting drama. Doing a complete about face as tough-talking Officer Lucille Bates on the hit police series Hill Street Blues (1981), she displayed both grit and vulnerability as she stood nose-to-nose ...

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28 Days (2000)

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After getting into a car accident while drunk on the day of her sister's wedding, Gwen Cummings is given a choice between prison or a rehab center. She chooses rehab, but is extremely resistant to taking part in any of the treatment programs they have to offer, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Sandra Bullock  •  Viggo Mortensen  •  Dominic West  •  Elizabeth Perkins

After getting into a car accident while drunk on the day of her sister's wedding, Gwen Cummings is given a choice between prison or a rehab center. She chooses rehab, but is extremely resistant to taking part in any of the treatment programs they have to offer, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Sandra Bullock  •  Viggo Mortensen  •  Dominic West  •  Elizabeth Perkins

Doctor Dolittle (1998)

A successful physician and devoted family man, John Dolittle seems to have the world by the tail, until a long suppressed talent he possessed as a child, the ability to communicate with animals is suddenly reawakened with a vengeance! Now every creature within ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Ossie Davis  •  Oliver Platt  •  Peter Boyle

A successful physician and devoted family man, John Dolittle seems to have the world by the tail, until a long suppressed talent he possessed as a child, the ability to communicate with animals is suddenly reawakened with a vengeance! Now every creature within ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Ossie Davis  •  Oliver Platt  •  Peter Boyle

I Spy (2002)

When the Switchblade, the most sophisticated prototype stealth fighter created yet, is stolen from the U.S. government, one of the United States' top spies, Alex Scott, is called to action. What he doesn't expect is to get teamed up with a cocky civilian, World ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Owen Wilson  •  Famke Janssen  •  Keith Dallas

When the Switchblade, the most sophisticated prototype stealth fighter created yet, is stolen from the U.S. government, one of the United States' top spies, Alex Scott, is called to action. What he doesn't expect is to get teamed up with a cocky civilian, World ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Owen Wilson  •  Famke Janssen  •  Keith Dallas

John Tucker Must Die (2006)

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After discovering they are all dating the same same guy, three popular students from different cliques band together for revenge, so they enlist the help of a new gal in town and conspire to break the jerk's heart, while destroying his reputation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Jesse Metcalfe  •  Brittany Snow  •  Sophia Bush  •  Arielle Kebbel

After discovering they are all dating the same same guy, three popular students from different cliques band together for revenge, so they enlist the help of a new gal in town and conspire to break the jerk's heart, while destroying his reputation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Jesse Metcalfe  •  Brittany Snow  •  Sophia Bush  •  Arielle Kebbel

The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)

The original '70s TV family is now placed in the 1990s, where they're even more square and out of place than ever.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Shelley Long  •  Christine Taylor  •  Christopher Daniel Barnes  •  Gary Cole

The original '70s TV family is now placed in the 1990s, where they're even more square and out of place than ever.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Shelley Long  •  Christine Taylor  •  Christopher Daniel Barnes  •  Gary Cole

Tunnel Vision (1976)

A committee investigating TV's first uncensored network examines a typical day's programming, which includes shows, commercials, news programs, you name it. What they discover will surely crack you up! This outrageous and irreverent spoof of television launched the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Neal Israel  •  Bradley R. Swirnoff
CAST:  Phil Proctor  •  Howard Hesseman  •  Dan Barrows  •  Stephen Feinberg

A committee investigating TV's first uncensored network examines a typical day's programming, which includes shows, commercials, news programs, you name it. What they discover will surely crack you up! This outrageous and irreverent spoof of television launched the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Neal Israel  •  Bradley R. Swirnoff
CAST:  Phil Proctor  •  Howard Hesseman  •  Dan Barrows  •  Stephen Feinberg

Used Cars (1980)

When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it's up to the lot's hot-shot salesman to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner's ruthless brother and used-car rival.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Zemeckis
CAST:  Kurt Russell  •  Jack Warden  •  Frank McRae  •  Gerrit Graham

When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it's up to the lot's hot-shot salesman to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner's ruthless brother and used-car rival.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Zemeckis
CAST:  Kurt Russell  •  Jack Warden  •  Frank McRae  •  Gerrit Graham

Troop Beverly Hills (1989)

A Beverly Hills housewife in the middle of a divorce tries to find focus in her life by taking over her daughter's Wilderness Girls troop.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Kanew
CAST:  Shelley Long  •  Craig T. Nelson  •  Betty Thomas  •  Mary Gross

A Beverly Hills housewife in the middle of a divorce tries to find focus in her life by taking over her daughter's Wilderness Girls troop.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Kanew
CAST:  Shelley Long  •  Craig T. Nelson  •  Betty Thomas  •  Mary Gross

Chesty Anderson U.S. Navy (1976)

When one of her friends goes missing, Chesty and several fellow WAVEs go looking for her and end up in a world of senatorial corruption and Mafia intimidation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ed Forsyth
CAST:  Shari Eubank  •  Scatman Crothers  •  Dorrie Thomson  •  Rosanne Katon

When one of her friends goes missing, Chesty and several fellow WAVEs go looking for her and end up in a world of senatorial corruption and Mafia intimidation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ed Forsyth
CAST:  Shari Eubank  •  Scatman Crothers  •  Dorrie Thomson  •  Rosanne Katon

When Your Lover Leaves (1983)

Comedy about a woman dumped by her married boyfriend who gets involved in a short-lived relationship with a neighbor. When that also doesn't work out, she decides she must first do something to please herself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Bleckner
CAST:  Valerie Perrine  •  Betty Thomas  •  David Ackroyd  •  Ed O'Neill

Comedy about a woman dumped by her married boyfriend who gets involved in a short-lived relationship with a neighbor. When that also doesn't work out, she decides she must first do something to please herself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Bleckner
CAST:  Valerie Perrine  •  Betty Thomas  •  David Ackroyd  •  Ed O'Neill

The Late Shift (1996)

David Letterman vies with Jay Leno and his manager to succeed Johnny Carson, retiring from "The Tonight Show."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Kathy Bates  •  John Michael Higgins  •  Daniel Roebuck  •  Bob Balaban

David Letterman vies with Jay Leno and his manager to succeed Johnny Carson, retiring from "The Tonight Show."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Kathy Bates  •  John Michael Higgins  •  Daniel Roebuck  •  Bob Balaban

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)

Pop sensations Alvin, Simon and Theodore end up in the care of Dave Seville's twenty-something nephew Toby. The boys must put aside music super stardom to return to school, and are tasked with saving the school's music program by winning the $25,000 prize in a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Zachary Levi  •  David Cross  •  Jason Lee  •  Justin Long

Pop sensations Alvin, Simon and Theodore end up in the care of Dave Seville's twenty-something nephew Toby. The boys must put aside music super stardom to return to school, and are tasked with saving the school's music program by winning the $25,000 prize in a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Zachary Levi  •  David Cross  •  Jason Lee  •  Justin Long

Jackson County Jail (1976)

A young woman stumbles into a nightmare land of hijacking and humiliation while driving cross-country from California to New York.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Miller
CAST:  Yvette Mimieux  •  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Robert Carradine  •  Mary Woronov

A young woman stumbles into a nightmare land of hijacking and humiliation while driving cross-country from California to New York.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Miller
CAST:  Yvette Mimieux  •  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Robert Carradine  •  Mary Woronov

My Breast (1994)

Meredith Baxter plays Joyce Wadler in this heartwarming story of hope, courage and redemption inspired by the New York City journalist's real-life struggle with breast cancer. Stuck in a lackluster relationship with her boyfriend, she's forced to re-examine her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Meredith Baxter  •  Jamey Sheridan  •  James Sutorius  •  Sara Botsford

Meredith Baxter plays Joyce Wadler in this heartwarming story of hope, courage and redemption inspired by the New York City journalist's real-life struggle with breast cancer. Stuck in a lackluster relationship with her boyfriend, she's forced to re-examine her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Meredith Baxter  •  Jamey Sheridan  •  James Sutorius  •  Sara Botsford

A Labor of Love (1976)

In 1975, Chicago filmmakers Flaxman and Goldman got carte blanche to film the shooting of a local film called THE LAST AFFAIR. Neither AFFAIR's director (who envisioned the film as "a combination of Fellini and Bergman") nor its cast (which included then-unknowns ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Flaxman  •  Daniel Goldman
CAST:  Anna Welsh  •  Robin T. Ruthledge  •  Joel Cohn  •  Larry Hovde

In 1975, Chicago filmmakers Flaxman and Goldman got carte blanche to film the shooting of a local film called THE LAST AFFAIR. Neither AFFAIR's director (who envisioned the film as "a combination of Fellini and Bergman") nor its cast (which included then-unknowns ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Flaxman  •  Daniel Goldman
CAST:  Anna Welsh  •  Robin T. Ruthledge  •  Joel Cohn  •  Larry Hovde

Private Parts (1997)

The auto-biographical story of Howard Stern, the radio-rebel who is now also a TV-personality, an author and a movie star.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Howard Stern  •  Mary McCormack  •  Kelly Bishop  •  Paul Giamatti

The auto-biographical story of Howard Stern, the radio-rebel who is now also a TV-personality, an author and a movie star.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Howard Stern  •  Mary McCormack  •  Kelly Bishop  •  Paul Giamatti

Only You (1992)

Dumped by his fiancée, Clifford Godfrey goes on vacation anyway where he ends up torn between a sober party girl and his travel agent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Andrew McCarthy  •  Helen Hunt  •  Kelly Preston  •  Joel Murray

Dumped by his fiancée, Clifford Godfrey goes on vacation anyway where he ends up torn between a sober party girl and his travel agent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Andrew McCarthy  •  Helen Hunt  •  Kelly Preston  •  Joel Murray

Loose Shoes (1980)

Broad satire and buffoonery presented as a series of movie trailers. Among the titles and subjects are: "The Howard Huge Story", "Skate-boarders from Hell", "The Invasion of the Penis Snatchers", Woody Allen (pre-Mia), movie trailer come-ons, Charlie Chaplin, war ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ira Miller
CAST:  Bill Murray  •  Buddy Hackett  •  Sid Haig  •  Howard Hesseman

Broad satire and buffoonery presented as a series of movie trailers. Among the titles and subjects are: "The Howard Huge Story", "Skate-boarders from Hell", "The Invasion of the Penis Snatchers", Woody Allen (pre-Mia), movie trailer come-ons, Charlie Chaplin, war ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ira Miller
CAST:  Bill Murray  •  Buddy Hackett  •  Sid Haig  •  Howard Hesseman

Homework (1982)

A teenager sees the school psychologist and his girlfriend's mother about his problem.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Beshears
CAST:  Joan Collins  •  Michael Morgan  •  Shell Kepler  •  Lanny Horn

A teenager sees the school psychologist and his girlfriend's mother about his problem.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Beshears
CAST:  Joan Collins  •  Michael Morgan  •  Shell Kepler  •  Lanny Horn

E. Nick: A Legend in His Own Mind (1984)

A comic spoof of adult magazines and video shows.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Hegyes
CAST:  Don Calfa  •  Cleavon Little  •  Pat McCormick  •  Andra Akers

A comic spoof of adult magazines and video shows.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Hegyes
CAST:  Don Calfa  •  Cleavon Little  •  Pat McCormick  •  Andra Akers
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