Philip Michael Thomas was born on May 26, 1949, in Columbus, Ohio. He released some of music records and supplied the voice of a character for 2 Grand Theft Autovideo games, but fought to recreate his success from earlier years.
Philip Michael Thomas was born on May 26, 1949, in Columbus, Ohio, to dad Louis Diggs, a Westinghouse plant foreman, and Lulu McMorris.
In 1953, Thomas’s family moved to the La region. He behaved in his church’s theatre group as a kid, and at age 15 he became interested in ministry while participating in the Pentecostal Delman Heights Four Square Gospel Church choir.
Thomas transferred to the University of California, Riverside and changed his focus to acting after being affected by the theatre production of Hair. He finally quit school to pursue an acting career, and appeared in several low budget features through the 1970s.
Thomas’s big break came in 1984, when he was solicited for the character of Detective Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs on the Michael Mann-produced cop show Miami Vice. Playing opposite Don Johnson, the two became iconic stars of the 1980s and determined fashion fads using their suave South Florida characters as well as fashions. Thomas’s popularity crossed sex and racial lines, and he reveled in the focus.
Although he fell well short of the target, he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award because of his performance as Detective Tubbs.
The good times ended in 1989 together with the cancellation of Miami Vice, as Thomas found himself restricted to characters in television movies and an Italian TV series. The mid-1990s saw Thomas become a pitchman to get a telephone psychic service as well as a representative for Nextones, a mobile phone entertainment business.
In 2006, the movie version of Miami Vice reach theatres with Jamie Foxx playing the part of Detective Tubbs, briefly returning Thomas to the limelight.
Of Native American, German, Irish and African American roots, Thomas was linked to numerous girls in the pinnacle of his career and apparently is the biological father of about a dozen kids. Not shy about his star draw, he once said, “Girls see themselves being made love to by me and Don. We’re required for his or her fulfillment.”
Known for his egotism, he’s compared himself to powerful figures in history, like Mahatma Gandhi, and well-known families: “There are just a few who’ll function as the Fords, the Edisons, the Carnegies, and that I believe I am in that amount.”
Outside of performing, Thomas dabbled in the music business together with the launch of two records, and created a women’s clothing line named PMT.