Hal Gausman as Mayor Red Thomas
Red Thomas
Biographical information
Date of birth1887
Age (1931)41
Age (1955)68
Age (1985)98
Age (2015)128 (deceased)
Physical description
Behind-the-scenes information

Red Thomas was the Mayor of Hill Valley in 1955. having been elected some time around the late 1940s.


Pre -1955[]

Red Thomas was born in 1887 in Hill Valley, Californa, his father "Gentleman Jack Thomas" was the mayor of Hill Valley in the 1930s, Red Thomas graduated from Hill Valley High School in 1904.


Red Thomas was elected mayor of Hill Valley in 1949, and he later did a second term in 1955, he promised the townspeople that as mayor he would lighten the burden of tax payers it's unknown if he won the 1955 election.


By 1985, the mayor of Hill Valley was Goldie Wilson. This was one of the first signs to a confused Marty, as earlier in the film he had seen a campaign van with loudspeakers encouraging citizens to re-elect Mayor Wilson. When Marty saw a 1950s campaign vehicle imploring voters to re-elect an incumbent mayor of a different name, he believed something was amiss in Hill Valley.


A 1950s campaign van encourages citizens to vote for the re-election of Mayor Red Thomas.

His campaign slogan was "Re-elect Mayor Red Thomas. Progress is his middle name". Like many mayoral candidates, he promised to lighten the tax burden of taxpayers. It is not shown whether Mayor Thomas was unseated or re-elected in the 1955 election. Over twenty years later, Mayor Thomas would be succeeded by Mayor Wilson by 1979, and by 1985 Thomas had died or retired from politics completely.

Behind the scenes[]


Mayors of Hill Valley
1885: Hubert - 1931: Jack Thomas - 1955: Red Thomas - 1985: Goldie Wilson - 2015: Goldie Wilson Jr.