David "Dave" Thomas (July 2, 1932 – January 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 in 1998
Rex David Thomas
July 2, 1932
|Died||January 8, 2002 (aged 69)|
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
|Cause of death||Neuroendocrine cancer|
|Resting place||Union Cemetery|
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
|Known for||Founder of Wendy's|
|Children||5, including Melinda|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1950–1953|
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.