March 15, 2019
How cool was 'Miami Vice'? It was the coolest and a cultural phenomenon. Actor Philip Michael Thomas starred as detective Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs on the hit 1980s TV series, and he's the star of today's issue 'Where Are They Now'.
Thomas has had himself quite and interesting career, and he even coined the acronym for winning the four major awards in all of entertainment. I had no idea. Learn more TRIVIA, and many other interesting info about Thomas below. Enjoy!
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--DEAD OR ALIVE?--
See if you know if the following celebrities have had a visit from the "Grim Reaper":
Mike Farrell: Played B.J. Hunnicut on the TV series "M*A*S*H"
Isabelle Huppert: French actress, she's appeared in "Madame Bovary", "The Piano Teacher" (La Pianiste), "Heavens Gate" and other films
Howard Keel: He appeared in movie musicals, including "Annie Get Your Gun", "Show Boat", and "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" where he was known for his baritone voice, he played Clayton Farlow on the TV series "Dallas"
(Answer at the bottom)
Philip Michael Thomas
Learn More and See More About Philip Michael Thomas on Celebrity Nooz
BIRTH DATE: May 26, 1949 in Columbus, Ohio, USA
BIRTH NAME: Philip Michael Thomas
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).
NICKNAMES: Phil, PMT
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.
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.
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 IS HE 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?
2015 Thank You, Fifteen (Short)...Bloody Captain / Porter (as Michael Phillip Thomas)
2009 Poet, Soldier (Short)...West (as Michael Phillip Thomas)
2006 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (Video Game)...Lance Vance (voice)
2003/I Fate...Detective Ciprian Raines
2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Video Game)...Lance Vance (voice)
1997-2001 Nash Bridges (TV Series)...Cedrick Hawks
- Out of Miami (2001) ... Cedrick Hawks
- Wild Card (1997) ... Cedrick Hawks
1997 We Are Angels (Video Game)...Father Zaccaria
1997 We Are Angels (TV Series)...Joe / Father Zaccaria
- Polvere (1997) ... Joe / Father Zaccaria
- Dollari (1997) ... Joe / Father Zaccaria
- La fortuna piove dal cielo (1997) ... Joe / Father Zaccaria
- In cerca dell'Eldorado (1997) ... Joe / Father Zaccaria
- Finalmente si vola (1997) ... Joe / Father Zaccaria
- Due facce da galera (1997) ... Joe / Father Zaccaria
1994 Fortune Hunter (TV Series)...Gary Colt
- The Alpha Team (1994) ... Gary Colt
1994 River of Stone
1993 Miami Shakedown...Frank Ferguson
1992 Extralarge: Black Magic (TV Movie)...Dumas
1992 Extralarge: Cannonball (TV Movie)...Dumas
1992 Detective Extralarge: Yo-Yo (TV Movie)..Dumas
1992 Extralarge: Moving Target (TV Movie)...Dumas
1992 Swamp Thing (TV Series)...Barry Scott
- Dead and Married (1992) ... Barry Scott
1991 Extralarge: Miami Killer (TV Movie)...Willy Dumas
1991 Extralarge: Black and White (TV Movie)...Dumas
1991 Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter (TV Movie)...Chuck Gilmore
1990 A Little Piece of Sunshine (TV Movie)...Tomson
1990 Zorro (TV Series)...Jack Holten
- Pride of the Pueblo (1990) ... Jack Holten
1990 Superboy (TV Series)...Brimstone
- Brimstone (1990) ... Brimstone
1984-1990 Miami Vice (TV Series)...Detective Ricardo Tubbs
All 111 episodes
1989 False Witness (TV Movie)...Bobby Marsh
1988 The Wizard of Speed and Time...Policeman Mickey Polanko
1987 Motown Merry Christmas (TV Movie)...Host
1986 A Fight for Jenny (TV Movie)...David Caldwell
1982 Stigma (as Philip M. Thomas)
1982 Hey Good Lookin'...Chaplin (voice, as Philip M. Thomas)
1982 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)...Floyd Walsh
- Ladies in Waiting (1982) ... Floyd Walsh
1981 Strike Force (TV Series)...Wesley
- The Victims (1981) ... Wesley
1979 Valentine (TV Movie)...Bean
1979 The Dark...Corn Rows
1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini-Series)...Eddie
- Part III (1914-1917) (1979) ... Eddie
1978 Death Drug...Jesse
1978 Lawman Without a Gun (TV Movie)...Rufus Cartwright
1978 The Beasts Are on the Streets (TV Movie)...Eddie Morgan
1978 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)...Kingston St. Jacques
- Quadromania (1978) ... Kingston St. Jacques
1978 Wonder Woman (TV Series)...Furst
- The Man Who Wouldn't Tell (1978) ... Furst (as Philip M. Thomas)
1977 Roosevelt and Truman (TV Movie)...Truman
1977 Insight (TV Series)...Luther
- The Alleluia Kid (1977) ... Luther
1976 El hombre de los hongos...Gaspar / Adopted boy
1976 Sparkle...Stix (as Philip M. Thomas)
1976 Medical Center (TV Series)...Dr. Sam Karter
- If Wishes Were Horses (1976) ... Dr. Sam Karter (as Philip M. Thomas)
1976 Movin' On (TV Series)...Banjo
- No More Sad Songs (1976) ... Banjo (as Philip M. Thomas)
1975 Coonskin...Randy / Brother Rabbit (voice, as Philip Thomas)
1975 Caribe (TV Series)...Prince John
- Murder in Paradise (1975) ... Prince John (as Philip Thomas)
1975 Mr. Ricco...Purvis Mapes (as Philip Thomas)
1974 Bogard...Fletch & Boom Boom
1974 Police Woman (TV Series)...Sonny
- It's Only a Game (1974) ... Sonny (as Philip Thomas)
1973-1974 Toma (TV Series)...Bad Sam / Sam Hooper
- The Accused (1974) ... Bad Sam (as Philip Thomas)
- Rock-A-Bye (1974) ... Bad Sam (as Philip M. Thomas)
- The Oberon Contract (1973) ... (as Philip M. Thomas)
- Pilot (1973) ... Sam Hooper
1974 Good Times (TV Series)...Eddie Conroy
- Sex and the Evans Family (1974) ... Eddie Conroy (as Philip Thomas)
1973 Griff (TV Series)...Eddie Marshall
- The Framing of Billy the Kid (1973) ... Eddie Marshall (as Philip Thomas)
1973 Book of Numbers...Dave Green
1972 Stigma...Dr. Calvin Crosse
1972 Come Back Charleston Blue...Minister
1985 "Living the Book of My Life"
To see Then & Now pictures of Philip Michael Thomas, visit: Celebrity Nooz
--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE--
Mike Farrell - ALIVE
Isabelle Huppert - ALIVE
Howard Keel - DEAD (Cancer)
Born: 04/13/1919 Died: 11/07/2004
WHO PASSED ON THIS WEEK...
Ghazali Jaafar, 75, Filipino militant (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) and politician, Speaker of the Bangsamoro Parliament (since 2019).
Vera Bílá, 64, Czech singer, diabetes.
Laís Elena [pt], 76, Brazilian basketball player.
John Kilzer, 62, American singer and songwriter.
Albert P. Koppes, 85, American Catholic priest and academic dean (Loyola Marymount University).
Leopold Kozlowski [pl], 100, Polish composer and pianist.
Alberto Lois, 62, Dominican baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates).
Eurico Miranda, 74, Brazilian football chairman (Vasco da Gama) and politician, Deputy (1995-2002).
Sir John Richardson, 95, British art historian and Picasso biographer.
Hal Blaine, 90, American Hall of Fame drummer (The Wrecking Crew).
Martín Chirino, 94, Spanish sculptor.
Demétrius [pt], 76, Brazilian singer.
Desmond Ford, 90, Australian evangelical theologian.
Sundar Lal Tiwari, 61, Indian politician, MLA (since 2013), heart attack.
Antônio Wilson Vieira Honório, 75, Brazilian football player (Santos, national team) and manager (Valeriodoce), world champion (1962), heart attack.
Speros Vryonis, 90, American historian.
Peter Wong Man-kong, 70, Hong Kong shipping magnate and politician, member of the National People's Congress (since 1993).
Gloria Zea [es], 83, Colombian cultural manager, founder-Director of Bogotá Museum of Modern Art (1969-2016).
Asa Brebner, 65, American guitarist, singer and songwriter (The Modern Lovers, Robin Lane & The Chartbusters).
Anton Buteyko, 71, Ukrainian diplomat, Ambassador to the United States (1998-1999) and Romania (2000-2003).
Karl Eller, 91, American businessman.
Josef Feistmantl, 80, Austrian luger, Olympic (1964), world (1969), and European (1967) champion.
Russell Gary, 59, American football player (New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles), heart attack.
Raven Grimassi, 67, American Wiccan priest and writer, pancreatic cancer.
Charlie Karp, 65, American musician, songwriter and Emmy-winning documentarian.
Irsen Küçük, 79, Cypriot politician, Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus (2010-2013), heart failure.
Gabriel Moreno [es], 77, Spanish Flamenco singer.
Eric Moss, 44, American football player (Minnesota Vikings, Scottish Claymores).
William Powers Jr., 72, American educator, President of the University of Texas at Austin (2006-2015), complications from a fall.
Joe Ruisi, 82, American cartoonist and illustrator.
Angus Sinclair, 73, Scottish serial killer.
Alekos Spanoudakis, 91, Greek basketball player (Olympiacos).
Paul Talalay, 95, German-born American pharmacologist, congestive heart failure.
Notable people who died in the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 plane crash: Pius Adesanmi, 47, Nigerian-Canadian professor and writer. Glato Kodjo, Togolese botanist, professor of botanical studies at the University of Lomé. Abdishakur Shahad, Somali diplomat. Sebastiano Tusa, 66, Italian archaeologist and politician.
Jed Allan, 84, American actor (Days of Our Lives, Santa Barbara, Lassie).
Joe Auer, 77, American football player (Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons).
Johnny Brittain, 86-87, British motorcycle racer.
Alberto Bucci, 70, Italian basketball coach (Fortitudo Bologna, Virtus Bologna, Scaligera Verona), cancer.
Chokoleit, 46, Filipino actor (Love Spell, Marina, Asintado) and comedian, heart attack.
Bernard Binlin Dadié, 103, Ivorian novelist, playwright and poet, Minister of Culture (1977-1986).
Vladimir Etush, 96, Russian actor (Kidnapping, Caucasian Style, The Twelve Chairs, 31 June), People's Artist of the USSR (1984), heart failure.
Patrick Grandperret, 72, French film director and screenwriter (Murderers).
Harry Howell, 86, Canadian Hall of Fame ice hockey player (New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings).
Atka Janoušková [cz], 88, Czech actress, voice actress and singer (Maya the Honey Bee, Long Live Ghosts!, Amadeus).
Jadwiga Janus, 87, Polish sculptor.
Robert Lemaître, 90, French footballer.
Viorel Mardare, 37, Moldovan director and filmmaker.
Albert Marencin, 96, Slovak writer, translator and screenwriter.
Pierre de Saintignon, 70, French politician.
Olatoye Temitope Sugar, 47, Nigerian politician, MP (since 2015), shot.
Kevin Ward, 57, American baseball player (San Diego Padres), cancer.
Wally Yamaguchi, 60, Japanese professional wrestling manager (AJPW, FMW, WWF), stroke.
Raoul Barrière, 91, French rugby union player (AS Béziers, national team) and coach (RC Narbonne).
Boyong Baytion, Filipino television director (Abangan Ang Susunod Na Kabanata, Palibhasa Lalake, Home Along Da Riles).
Marshall Brodien, 84, American magician and actor (The Bozo Show), complications from Alzheimer's disease.
Kelly Catlin, 23, American cyclist, Olympic silver medalist (2016) and world champion (2016, 2017, 2018), suicide.
Nothando Dube, 31, Swazi royal, skin cancer.
Michael Gielen, 91, Austrian conductor.
Cedrick Hardman, 70, American football player (San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders).
Ian Lawrence, 82, Australian-born New Zealand politician, Mayor of Wellington (1983-1986), bowel cancer.
Jack Lyon, 101, British RAF pilot, member of the Great Escape.
Mel Miller, 79, American lawyer and politician, lung cancer.
George Morfogen, 85, American actor (Oz, V).
Mesrob II Mutafyan of Constantinople, 62, Turkish religious leader, Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople (1998-2016), dementia.
Jaume Muxart, 96, Spanish painter.
George Neikrug [de], 100, American cellist.
Bernard Saules [fr], 64, French football referee and politician.
Eddie Taylor Jr., 46, American blues singer and guitarist, heart failure.
Cynthia Thompson, 96, Jamaican Olympic sprinter (1948) and CAC champion (1946).
Mike Watterson, 76, English snooker player, promoter and commentator.
Dick Beyer, 88, American Hall of Fame professional wrestler (AJPW, WWA, AWA).
Joseph H. Boardman, 70, American railroad executive, president and CEO of Amtrak (2008-2016), complications from a stroke.
Robert Braithwaite, 75, British marine engineer and executive, founder of Sunseeker.
Pino Caruso, 84, Italian actor (La governante, The Sunday Woman, Il ficcanaso).
William J. Creber, 87, American art director and production designer (The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Planet of the Apes), complications from pneumonia.
Raymond Donnez, 76, French music producer and conductor.
Guillaume Faye, 69, French journalist and writer, cancer.
Daniel de Fernando, 81, Spanish pharmacist and politician, Deputy (1977-1979), President of Ávila province (1979-1982, 1987-1991).
Ralph Hall, 95, American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1981-2015) and the Texas Senate (1963-1973).
Dan Jenkins, 90, American author and sportswriter (Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest, Playboy)
Patrick Lane, 79, Canadian poet, heart attack.
Dick Nichols, 92, American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1991-1993).
Pilar Paz Pasamar [es], 87, Spanish poet.
Carmine Persico, 85, American mobster and convicted racketeer, head of Colombo crime family (1973-1990, since 1993), complications from diabetes.
Rosto, 50, Dutch artist and filmmaker, lung cancer.
Ron Russell, 92, New Zealand-born Canadian politician, member (1978-2006) and Speaker (1998-1999) of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly.
Sidney Sheinberg, 84, American lawyer and studio executive, President of MCA Inc. (1973-1995).
Shen Ziyin, 91, Chinese physician and medical researcher, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Issei Suda, 78, Japanese photographer.
Lotte van der Zee [nl], 20, Dutch model, complications from a heart attack.
Sir Simon Cassels, 91, British admiral, Second Sea Lord (1982-1986).
Ernesto Horacio Crespo, 89, Argentine military officer, Chief of the General Staff of the Argentine Air Force (1985-1989).
James Dapogny, 78, American jazz musicologist and pianist.
Magenta Devine, 61, British television presenter (Rough Guide, Network 7).
Alí Domínguez, 26, Venezuelan journalist and politician, beaten.
Typist Gopu, 85, Indian actor.
Mike Grose, British bassist (Queen).
John Habgood, 91, British Anglican bishop, academic, and life peer, Bishop of Durham (1973-1983), Archbishop of York (1983-1995).
Oleg Kudryavtzev [ru], 42, Russian drummer.
Mai Chao-cheng, 77, Taiwanese economist, member of Academia Sinica.
Kayoko Moriyama [jp], 78, Japanese singer and actress.
Alizon Mosquera [es], 33, Colombian psychologist, politician and kidnap victim, injuries from torture.
Charlie Panigoniak, 72, Canadian Inuktitut singer and guitarist.
José Pedro Pérez-Llorca, 78, Spanish lawyer, diplomat and politician, Deputy (1977-1982) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (1980-1982), co-Father of the 1978 Constitution.
Carlitos Rolán, 78, Argentine singer and band leader, kidney failure.
Daniel Rudisha, 73, Kenyan sprinter, Olympic silver medalist (1968), heart attack.
Carolee Schneemann, 79, American visual artist.
John Smith, Australian anthropologist and leader of God's Squad, cancer.
Maya Turovskaya, 94, Russian theatrical and film critic, film historian and screenwriter.