Thomas Gomez

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Thomas Gomez
Thomas Gomez Captain from Castile Henry King 1947.png
Born Sabino Tomas Gomez
(1905-07-10)July 10, 1905
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died June 18, 1971(1971-06-18) (aged 65)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Cause of death car accident
Occupation Actor
Years active 1942-1971

Thomas Gomez (July 10, 1905 – June 18, 1971) was an American actor.[1][2][3]

Life and career[edit]

Born Sabino Tomas Gomez in New York City, Gomez began his acting career in theater during the 1920s and was a student of the actor Walter Hampden. He made his first film Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror in 1942 and by the end of his career had appeared in sixty films.

Gomez was the first Hispanic-American to be nominated for an Academy Award when he was nominated for his performance in the 1947 film Ride the Pink Horse. Directed by and starring Robert Montgomery, it was later used as the basis for an episode of the same name for the television series Robert Montgomery Presents in which Gomez reprised his role.

His other film roles include Who Done It? (1942), Key Largo (1948), Force of Evil (1948), The Conqueror (1956) and his final film Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970). A frequent performer on television, Gomez also appeared in guest roles in such series as The Twilight Zone, Route 66, Dr. Kildare, Mr. Ed, Burke's Law, The Virginian, It Takes a Thief, Bewitched, The Rifleman, and Gunsmoke.

Gomez had many notable stage roles, such as the one in the original Broadway run of A Man for All Seasons.

Thomas Gomez died in Santa Monica, California, from injuries sustained in a car accident and was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.


Year Film Role
1942 Arabian Nights Hakim
Pittsburgh Joe Malneck
Who Done It? Colonel J.R. Andrews
Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror R.F. Meade, Nazi agent
1943 Crazy House N.G. Wagstaff
Corvette K-225 Smithy
Frontier Badmen Ballard
White Savage Sam Miller
1944 Dead Man's Eyes Captain Drury
Bowery to Broadway Tom Harvey
The Climax Count Seebruck
In Society Drexel
Phantom Lady Inspector Burgess
1945 I'll Tell the World J.B. Kindell
Patrick the Great Max Wilson
Frisco Sal Police Captain Dan Martin
Can't Help Singing Jake Carstairs
1946 Swell Guy Dave Vinson
Night in Paradise King Croesus
The Daltons Ride Again McKenna
1947 A Double Life Voice of Cassio
Ride the Pink Horse Pancho
Singapore Mr. Mauribus
Johnny O'Clock Guido Marchettis
1948 Force of Evil Leo Morse
Angel in Exile Dr. Estaban Chavez
Key Largo Richard "Curly" Hoff
Casbah Louvain
Captain from Castile Father Bartolome Romero
1949 I Married a Communist Vanning
That Midnight Kiss Guido Russino Betelli
Come to the Stable Luigi Rossi
Sorrowful Jones Reardon
1950 Kim Emissary
The Furies El Tigre
The Eagle and the Hawk General Liguras
1951 Harlem Globetrotters Coach Saperstein
Anne of the Indies Blackbeard
1952 Pony Soldier Natayo Smith
The Merry Widow King of Marshovia
The Sellout Sheriff Kellwin C. Burke
Macao Lieutenant Sebastian
1953 Sombrero Don Homero Calderon
1954 The Adventures of Hajji Baba Osman Aga
The Gambler from Natchez Captain Antoine Barbee
1955 Night Freight Haight
The Looters (it) George Parkinson
The Magnificent Matador Don David
Las Vegas Shakedown Al "Gimpy" Sirago
1956 Trapeze Bouglione
The Conqueror Wang Kahn
1959 But Not for Me Demetrios Bacos
"Stranger at Night" (The Rifleman episode) (TV) Artemus Quarles
"Escape Clause" (Twilight Zone episode) (TV) Mr. Cadwallader
John Paul Jones Esek Hopkins
1961 Summer and Smoke Papa Zacharias
The Power and the Glory (TV) Delgado
"Dust" (Twilight Zone episode) (TV) Sykes
1968 Stay Away, Joe Grandpa
Shadow Over Elveron (TV) Arturo Silvera
1970 Beneath the Planet of the Apes Minister


  1. ^ Obituary Variety June 23, 1971.
  2. ^ Obituary New York Times, June 20, 1971; page 50.
  3. ^ "Thomas Gomez, Veteran Actor, Dies at 65 After Brief Illness" Los Angeles Times, June 21, 1971; page 3.

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