Paul Thomas (director)

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Paul Thomas
Born Philip Charles Toubus[1]
1949 (age 66–67)[2]
Winnetka, Illinois[2]
Other names Phil Toubes, Phil Tobias, Phil Tobus, Phil Thomas, Paul Tanner, Paul Thobias, Judy Blue, Cleo Edwards, Cloe Edwards, Bo Edwards
Occupation Pornographic film actor and director
650 as actor
374 as director (per IAFD)[3]

Philip Charles Toubus, better known as Paul Thomas, is an American pornographic film actor and director. He is a member of the AVN Hall of Fame and the XRCO Hall of Fame.[4][5]


Toubus was born in Winnetka, Illinois to a wealthy family. He is the nephew of businesswoman Sara Lee Lubin. Although he attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he turned to acting as a career.

He acted on Broadway theatre in Hair and played Peter in the 1973 film version of Jesus Christ Superstar.[6] He signed with the William Morris Agency and went to Hollywood, where he appeared in several television shows. At this point, he appeared ready to start a career in mainstream television and movie work, but instead he turned to the career for which he would become more famous.[7]

Toubus started working in pornography in 1974. He met the porn producers the Mitchell Brothers while playing in a musical in San Francisco. He performed in several porn loops for them and, in 1976, appeared in his first porn feature, The Autobiography of a Flea.[citation needed]

Toubus performed mostly using the stage name "Paul Thomas", but he has also appeared under several other names. In 1982 Toubus was arrested for smuggling cocaine into the United States from South America. Convicted, he served one year in jail.[2] Following his release from prison, Toubus resumed his career and, in 1983, won the Adult Film Association of America Award for Best Actor in Virginia. He had a starring role in the 1985 film series Taboo American Style.[citation needed]

Toubus started directing porn films in 1985, and has directed for Vivid Entertainment since 1986. As of 2007 Toubus—as Paul Thomas—has acted in over 500 films and directed nearly 300 films, winning seven Adult Video News Awards[8] and two X-Rated Critics Organization Awards[9] for best director. He was inducted into the X-Rated Critics Organization Hall of Fame in 1986.[5] In 2006 he was inducted into the Legends of Erotica Hall of Fame.[10]

Thomas is a member of the Adult Video News Hall of Fame.[4] He is a personal friend of Jennifer Ketcham, who recounts Thomas' directing style as relying heavily on aesthetics with "one-hundred-page scripts" and "deftly placed lighting" in order to create shadow effects on his performers' bodies. She also stated that Thomas would require more acting from his performers than many other directors in the industry.[11]

Partial filmography[edit]

As actor[edit]

As director[edit]


  • 1983 AFAA Award for Best Actor – Virginia[12]
  • 1991 AVN Award for Best Director – Video – Beauty & the Beast 2[8]
  • 1992 AVN Award – Reuben Sturman Memorial Award For Loyalty to the Adult Film Genre[8]*2008 XBIZ Award – New Starlet[13]
  • 1993 XRCO Award for Best Director[9]
  • 1994 AVN Award for Best Director, Film – Justine[8]
  • 1997 AVN Award for Best Director, Film – Bobby Sox[8]
  • 1999 XRCO Award for Best Director[9]
  • 2002 AVN Award for Best Non-Sex Performance – Fade to Black[8]
  • 2002 AVN Award for Best Director, Film – Fade to Black[8]
  • 2004 AVN Award for Best Director, Film – Heart of Darkness[8]
  • 2005 AVN Award for Best Director, Film – The Masseuse[8]
  • 2006 AVN Award for Best Director, Film – The New Devil in Miss Jones[8]
  • 2008 AVN Award for Best Director, Film – Layout[14]
  • 2008 XBIZ Award – Outstanding Achievement in Movie Production[13]
  • 2013 XBIZ Award Nomination – 'Director of the Year – Feature Release' for Friends With Benefits[15]


  • Nicolas Barbano: Verdens 25 hotteste pornostjerner (Rosinante, Denmark 1999); ISBN 87-7357-961-0: Features a chapter on him.


  1. ^ Steven Mikulan (May 9, 2007). "Paul Thomas: The auteur of sex". LA Weekly. Archived from the original on May 18, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c Dana Kennedy (October 31, 1997). "NUDE AWAKENING". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 17, 2016. 
  3. ^ Paul Thomas at the Internet Adult Film Database; retrieved January 6, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "AVN Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on August 14, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b "XRCO Hall of Fame". Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) at the Internet Movie Database; retrieved October 24, 2007.
  7. ^ Ford, Luke (1999). A History of X: 100 Years of Sex in Film. Prometheus Books. p. 103. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "AVN Awards Past Winners". Retrieved October 24, 2007. 
  9. ^ a b c "XRCO Award Winners – 2002 & Before". Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ Steve Nelson (February 4, 2006). "Why Remember Old Porn?". Adult Industry News. Retrieved October 24, 2007. 
  11. ^ Ketcham, Jennifer (2012). I Am Jennie. Gallery Books. p. 227. 
  12. ^ "Paul Thomas' awards listed at IMDB". Retrieved August 24, 2007. 
  13. ^ a b Sherri L. Shaulis (February 8, 2008). "Web, Studio Winners Announced At XBiz Awards". Retrieved August 30, 2009. 
  14. ^ Rutter, Jared (January 12, 2008). "2008 AVN Awards Winners Announced". AVN. Archived from the original on April 4, 2008. Retrieved December 18, 2007. 
  15. ^ XBIZ Nominees 2013, XBIZ, January 2013

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