1924 – born – June 28th, Pensacola, Florida, is a well known American narrator of television programs, and commercials, including shows such as Nova and more recently Forensic Files. Thomas is known for his crystal clear voice and precise diction. He has been a narrator for over sixty years.
1930’s – Thomas was born to Dr. John D. Thomas and Sibyl Addenbrooke. His Welsh father, a Presbyterian minister, and his English mother, a schoolteacher from Salisbury, stressed the importance of reading, education and memorization to their son. Thomas says that his father always stressed mental images as an important speaking tool. For example, he told his son if he were talking about horses he had to picture horses in his mind.
1938 – Thomas began his career at fourteen as an announcer on a local radio show. Since the station could not pay him, due to his age, they arranged for the sponsor, Piper Aircraft, to give him flying lessons in a Piper Cub. Within just a few years, Thomas would be hosting Big Band remotes.
1943 – With the onset of World War II he volunteered into the United States Army, after being offered an Armed Forces Radio deferment, and served with the First Infantry Division in five major campaigns, including the Battle of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He was issued a Battle star for each of the five campaigns. He was also awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Unit French Croix de guerre, and Belgian Fourragère.
1945-1946 – He returned to radio after WWII and attended college as an adult learner through the GI Bill. He also married his high school sweetheart, Stella Barrineau, they have two sons. He is the father of Peter Thomas Jr. and Douglas Thomas who are also professional narrators.
1948? – He eventually left college for a job with CBS television in New York.
-Now He works out of his home and, through ISDN, at recording studios all across the country. Also using ISDN, he continues narrating at recording studios in New York City, where he worked for the bulk of his narration career. Prior to pursuing narration full-time, he was a New York anchor for CBS News. He still keeps an apartment in midtown Manhattan for recordings which require his actual presence there. He has recorded in many European capitals and in various cities across the United States, as well.
1960 – Peter left CBS to pursue freelance narration and documentary work full time.
2002 – 2010 – Forensic Files (TV series documentary) Narrator.
-Peter Thomas has also performed voice-overs for hundreds of television commercials, including Coca-Cola, IBM, NBC, United Technologies, Burger King, ESPN Monday Night Football Commercials, Yoo-hoo chocolate-flavored beverage, and The Greatest Hits of Slim Whitman.
2000s – Recently, Thomas has been narrating the Burger King “Whopper Freakout” commercials, and the ESPN Monday Night Football previews.