Philip Michael Thomas (Actor) - Miami Vice
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Updated: 3/13/19

Name: Philip Michael Thomas

Birth Name: Philip Michael Thomas

Born: May 26, 1949 in Columbus, Ohio

Nickname: Phil, PMT

Claim To Fame: Philip Michael Thomas is an American actor and musician. Thomas' most famous role is that of detective Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs on the hit 1980s TV series Miami Vice (1984-1989).

Family Life: In 1986, Thomas married Kassandra Thomas. They have five children together (Noble, Kharisma, Sovereign, Sacred, and Imaj). In 1998, Thomas and Kassandra divorced. Thomas also has six other children (Sacha, Khrishna, India, Gabriel, Chayenne, and Melody) from previous relationships.

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Info: Has Native-American, Irish, & African-American ancestry.

Thomas earned a scholarship to the predominantly black Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, where he studied religion and philosophy.

After two years at Oakwood College, Thomas transferred to the University of California, Riverside. During this time, he auditioned for and won a role in the San Francisco cast of Hair, which began his acting career. Thomas ultimately quit school to pursue acting as a profession.

Thomas is a vegetarian, nonsmoker and nondrinker.

He served as a spokesperson for cell phone entertainment company Nextones.

In 1985, Thomas released a music album titled "Living the Book of My Life" album under his own record label called Spaceship Records. His second album, Somebody, in 1988.

In 1993, Thomas formed the Magic Cookie Production Company with Sandi Morais.

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 International Psychic Network. He was later replaced with Miss Cleo.

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Trivia: Was an ordained Pentecostal preacher at the age of 16.

Was awarded an undisclosed amount by an arbitrator for his work in psychic phone commercials, ending an eight-year dispute in which Thomas claimed Traffix, Inc. owed him $12 million.

Supplied the voice for the character Lance Vance in the video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

Thomas coined the acronym "EGOT", meaning "Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony", in reference to his plans for winning all four.

Where Are They Now: It would appear that Thomas has retired from acting. He was such a staple of TV entertainment, hopefully he'll return soon. Maybe a 'Miami Vice' reboot series?


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