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Philip Michael Thomas Quotes


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  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Philip Michael Thomas
  • Born: 26th May 1949, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
  • Alma mater: Alma mater University of California, Riverside
  • Occupation: Actor and singer
  • Notable roles: Ricardo Tubbs in Miami Vice
  • Movie appearances: 16
  • Nicknames: Phil and PMT
  • Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
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"Some people never live a day in a lifetime. I live a lifetime in a day"

Philip Michael Thomas

"I was asked to read with Don. They asked if we wanted time to study our lines, but we decided to go cold. We looked at each other and it was like an explosive, compulsive new affection. It just hit"

Philip Michael Thomas

"I told Don about my goal, EGOT, which stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony - I want to win or be nominated for each award in the next five years. And he told me about dreams"

Philip Michael Thomas

"Look deep into the mirror of your soul and discover a wonderful truth, the greatest book you'll ever know is written and lived by you"

Philip Michael Thomas

"I'm like Gandhi in a sense. I don't mind walking with the people. I will take off my suits and ties and get down there and work"

Philip Michael Thomas

"From Miami Vice to world advice"

Philip Michael Thomas

"I recommend fame, but with fortune. Otherwise, it's a bitch"

Philip Michael Thomas

"The greatest book you'll ever know is written and lived by you"

Philip Michael Thomas

"Women see themselves being made love to by me and Don (Johnson). We are necessary for their fulfillment"

Philip Michael Thomas

"I liked that Don was getting the publicity. I wanted the mystique. The bigger he got, the bigger we got"

Philip Michael Thomas

"There are only a few who will be the Fords, the Edisons, the Carnegies, and I think I'm in that number"

Philip Michael Thomas

"Music and all that it possesses is a multi-dimensional life itself. Not just a trip, but a round trip"

Philip Michael Thomas

"Once you get to the mountain top that's where you really begin to climb"

Philip Michael Thomas

"I tell my children you must read to lead"

Philip Michael Thomas

"I'm locked in as one of the showbiz superstars. Like Dr. Kildare is forever. Telly Savalas is forever"

Philip Michael Thomas

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Philip Michael Thomas Biography

Philip Michael Thomas was the ambitious American actor who cut his teeth in 1971 in the Broadway play "No Place to Be Somebody" which proved a good platform to showcase his talents as he moved into television, movies and eventually music.



The next step in Philip's career was in television as he played various roles in Police Woman (1974), Wonder Woman (1978), Starsky and Hutch (1978) and Trapper John, M.D. (1979). His big break came in 1984 when he was cast for the role of Ricardo Tubbs in the detective series "Miami Vice" which was an instant hit that continued successfully until its conclusion in 1989.

Starring alongside Don Johnson who played detective Sonny Crockett the pair struck up an instant on screen chemistry that engrossed the audience as the series became popular across the globe. The partnership was enduring as Philip Michael Thomas later joined Don Johnson for a few episodes in Don's series "Nash Bridges".

Much was expected of Philip after Miami Vice but the roles his ability deserved were not forthcoming as he was cast mostly in made for TV movies. As a voice actor he can be heard as the character Lance Vance in the "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City" video game. Thomas also has a passion for music as he has recorded three albums and become a composer of songs and music.

From the slick tongues of one of Miami's finest he was also good for a one liner, so this is my compilation of 15 of the best Philip Michael Thomas quotes

Quotes About Philip Michael Thomas

Don Johnson was praiseful of his former small screen partner: "I worked 14-16 hours a day with this man for five years, and we never had one argument, not one disagreement. We had each other’s back. We protected each other. You could feel the chemistry and the brotherhood"

The Albany Daily News critic Lexi Schwartz talked fashion inspiration: "Armani suits, loafers without socks and a gold chain around his neck, Philip Michael Thomas truly set a trend in the 1980s when he joined Don Johnson on the popular television series Miami Vice as Detective Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs"


Philip Michael Thomas quote Some people never live a day in a lifetime. I live a lifetime in a day