Philip Michael Thomas
|Philip Michael Thomas|
|Born||Philip Michael Thomas
May 26, 1949
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Philip Michael Thomas (born May 26, 1949) is an American actor. Thomas's most famous role is that of detective Ricardo Tubbs on the hit 1980s TV series Miami Vice. His first notable roles were in Coonskin (1975) and opposite Irene Cara in the 1976 film Sparkle. After his success in Miami Vice, Thomas appeared in numerous made-for-TV movies and advertisements for telephone psychic services. He served as a spokesperson for cell phone entertainment company Nextones, and supplied the voice for the character Lance Vance on the video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
Miami Vice 
Thomas played the role of Ricardo Tubbs, an ex-NYPD police officer from the Bronx who came to Miami seeking revenge on the person who killed his brother Rafael Tubbs. In Miami he encounters another undercover cop, Sonny Crockett, who is coincidentally looking for the same person.
Thomas also coined the acronym "EGOT", meaning "Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony", in reference to his plans for winning all four. He has not, as yet, been nominated for any of these awards, but has received a People's Choice Award and a Golden Globe nomination.
Psychic Reader's Network 
In 1994 Thomas signed an agreement with Florida-based Psychic Reader's Network (later known as Traffix, Inc.) to become the spokesman for the Philip Michael Thomas Psychic Connection. He appeared in television ads and claimed to have met the planet's premier psychics through his "world travels". He dressed similarly to his Miami Vice alter ego, even opening the ads with the phrase, "From Miami Vice to world advice!"
Traffix replaced Thomas with Miss Cleo. Thomas sued, alleging breach of contract, and won. In 2002 a New York arbitrator awarded Thomas $1.48 million for improper use of his name and likeness and an additional $780,000 in interest.
He was romantically involved with singer Dionne Warwick, who was affiliated with Psychic Friends Network.
Nash Bridges 
In 1997, Thomas was reunited with Don Johnson in the police drama Nash Bridges. He played Cedrick "Rick" Hawks, a U.S. Postal Inspector from Miami visiting Bridges (Johnson) in San Francisco. His first appearance was in the episode "Wild Card", and his second and final appearance was in the episode "Out of Miami", aired in 2001 during the program's final season.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 
He performed a voice-over in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) (VG) as Lance Vance, a main character who is trying to avenge his brother, Victor Vance's death. He reprised the voice-over role in the prequel Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (2006) (VG) which details Lance's arrival in Vice City, his business with drugs, and his relationship with his brother.
Music career 
In 1985, Thomas recorded a music album titled Living the Book of My Life. It sold poorly and failed to produce a hit single. Thomas performed the title song of his album during the 1985 Miami Vice episode, "The Maze." The episode "Trust Fund Pirates" featured another of his songs, "La Mirada". Thomas' Miami Vice costar Don Johnson recorded an album shortly afterward titled Heartbeat. Although Johnson's album was more successful (producing a top 5 single), both albums are considered prime examples of the hubris of successful performers.
Thomas followed up in 1988 with a second album, Somebody. It also failed to produce a hit and sold poorly. In 1993, Thomas teamed with Kathy Rahill to compose "My, My, Miam...i", which was chosen as the city of Miami's theme song. That same year, Thomas teamed with Jamaican fitness instructor Sandi Morais to compose songs for a family-friendly musical titled Sacha, which enjoyed runs in south Florida and New York. The two formed the Magic Cookie Production Company. Thomas produced the music for Morais' fitness videos in 2001 and 2006.
- Come Back, Charleston Blue (1972)
- Stigma (1972)
- Book of Numbers (1973)
- Mr. Ricco (1975)
- Black Fist (1975)
- Coonskin (1975)
- Sparkle (1976)
- The Wizard of Speed and Time (1977) short
- Death Drug (1978)
- The Dark (1979)
- The Mushroom Eater (1980)
- Of Stigma (1982)
- Hey Good Lookin' (1982) (voice)
- The Wizard of Speed and Time (1989) feature
- Miami Shakedown (1993) (also executive producer)
- River of Stone (1994)
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as Lance Vance (2002) (video game)
- Fate (2003)
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories as Lance Vance (2006) (video game)
Television Work 
- Toma (1973) (pilot for series)
- Good Times (1974)
- The Beasts Are On the Streets (1978)
- Roots: The Next Generations (1979) (miniseries)
- Lawman Without a Gun (1979)
- Valentine (1979)
- Miami Vice (1984–1990)
- A Fight for Jenny (1986)
- False Witness (1989)
- Zorro: Pride of the Pueblo (1990)
- A Little Piece of Sunshine (1990)
- Detective Extralarge: Moving Target (1990) (with Bud Spencer)
- Detective Extralarge: Miami Killer (1991)
- Detective Extralarge: Magic Power (1991)
- Detective Extralarge: Jo-Jo (1991)
- Detective Extralarge: Cannonball (1991)
- Detective Extralarge: Black Magic (1991)
- Detective Extralarge: Black and White (1991)
- Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter (1991)
- Noi siamo angeli (We Are Angels) (1997) (miniseries) (with Bud Spencer)
- "Philip Michael Thomas Biography".
- Zoglin, Richard (1985-09-16). "Cool Cops, Hot Show". Time Magazine (Time Inc.). Retrieved 2007-11-02.
- Tim Long (February 26, 2008). "The Oscars: Where Is the Love for Philip Michael Thomas?". Vanity Fair.
- Andrew Stuttaford. "Something in the Air". National Review Online. Retrieved 2007-01-24.
- "Thomas' Music Entry". Sandi Morais Online. Retrieved 2007-04-13.
- "Sacha On Broadway". Sandi Morais Online. Retrieved 2007-04-13.
- Philip Michael Thomas at the Internet Movie Database
- Philip Michael Thomas at the Internet Broadway Database
- Fan website
- Interview with Philip Michael Thomas, 2006/03/12
- CourtTV's report of Thomas' lawsuit against Traffix, Inc.