Thomas Gomez in The Gambler from Natchez (1954)
|Born||Sabino Tomas Gomez
July 10, 1905
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||June 18, 1971
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||car accident|
Life and career
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.
|1942||Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror||R.F. Meade, Nazi agent|
|Who Done It?||Colonel J.R. Andrews|
|1943||White Savage||Sam Miller|
|Crazy House||N.G. Wagstaff|
|1944||Phantom Lady||Inspector Burgess|
|Follow the Boys||Thomas Gomez||Uncredited|
|The Climax||Count Seebruck|
|Bowery to Broadway||Tom Harvey|
|Dead Man's Eyes||Captain Drury|
|Can't Help Singing||Jake Carstairs|
|1945||Frisco Sal||Police Captain Dan Martin|
|Patrick the Great||Max Wilson|
|I'll Tell the World||J.B. Kindell|
|The Daltons Ride Again||'Professor' J.K.McKenna|
|1946||Night in Paradise||King Croesus|
|Swell Guy||Dave Vinson|
|1947||Johnny O'Clock||Guido Marchettis|
|Ride the Pink Horse||Pancho|
|A Double Life||Cassio||Voice, Uncredited|
|Captain from Castile||Father Bartolome Romero|
|Key Largo||Richard "Curly" Hoff|
|Angel in Exile||Dr. Estaban Chavez|
|Force of Evil||Leo Morse|
|Come to the Stable||Luigi Rossi|
|That Midnight Kiss||Guido Russino Betelli|
|I Married a Communist||Vanning|
|1950||The Eagle and the Hawk||General Liguras|
|The Furies||El Tigre|
|1951||Harlem Globetrotters||Coach Saperstein|
|Anne of the Indies||Blackbeard|
|The Sellout||Sheriff Kellwin C. Burke|
|The Merry Widow||King of Marshovia|
|Pony Soldier||Natayo Smith|
|1953||Sombrero||Don Homero Calderon|
|1954||The Gambler from Natchez||Captain Antoine Barbee|
|The Adventures of Hajji Baba||Osman Aga|
|1955||The Looters||George Parkinson|
|Las Vegas Shakedown||Al "Gimpy" Sirago|
|The Magnificent Matador||Don David|
|1956||The Conqueror||Wang Kahn|
|1959||"Stranger at Night" (The Rifleman episode) (TV)||Artemus Quarles|
|"Escape Clause" (Twilight Zone episode) (TV)||Mr. Cadwallader|
|John Paul Jones||Esek Hopkins|
|But Not for Me||Demetrios Bacos|
|1961||Dust (Twilight Zone episode) (TV)||Peter Sykes|
|The Power and the Glory (TV)||Delgado|
|Summer and Smoke||Papa Zacharias|
|1968||Shadow Over Elveron (TV)||Arturo Silvera|
|Stay Away, Joe||Grandpa|
|1970||Beneath the Planet of the Apes||Minister|
- Obituary Variety June 23, 1971.
- Obituary New York Times, June 20, 1971; page 50.
- "Thomas Gomez, Veteran Actor, Dies at 65 After Brief Illness" Los Angeles Times, June 21, 1971; page 3.