Ralph L. Thomas

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Ralph L. Thomas
Born (1939-09-08) September 8, 1939 (age 77)
São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Film director
Years active 19771996
Spouse(s) Dorothy Thomas

Ralph L. Thomas (born September 8, 1939) is a Brazilian-born Canadian film director and screenwriter.[1] He was born in São Luís, Maranhão to Canadian Baptist missionary parents and grew up there and in Canada. He attended the University of Toronto for two years and began to write for the entertainment pages of the Toronto Star in 1963.

He is married to Vivienne Leebosh, film producer. He was earlier married to Dorothy Thomas, a Toronto City Councillor.[2]

He directed his first film in 1977 for CBC Television, a made-for-TV movie called Tyler. He continued to make movies for television for a few years before he got his big break directing the feature film Ticket to Heaven. The film won Best Motion Picture at the Genie Awards and Thomas was nominated for Best Director.[3]

His follow-up film, The Terry Fox Story, also won the Genie Award for Best Motion Picture. Thomas continued to direct feature and television films until 1996.

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Tyler (TV movie, 1977)
  • Every Person Is Guilty (TV movie, 1979)
  • Cementhead (TV movie, 1979)
  • Ambush at Iriquois Point (TV movie, 1979)
  • A Paid Vacation (TV movie, 1980)
  • Ticket to Heaven (1981)
  • The Terry Fox Story (1983)
  • The Crowd (TV movie, 1984)
  • Apprentice to Murder (1988)
  • The First Season (1988)
  • Vendetta II: The New Mafia (TV movie, 1993)
  • Young Ivanhoe (TV movie, 1995)
  • A Young Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1996)


  1. ^ "Ralph L. Thomas - Northern Stars". 
  2. ^ "Dorothy Thomas stormed city hall". Toronto Star, June 13, 2005.
  3. ^ "Ticket to Heaven - Canada's Awards Database". 

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