Renowned American minister, Norman Vincent Peale, once said we should shoot for the moon so that even if we miss, we will still land amongst the stars. One person who certainly subscribes to this philosophy is veteran Hollywood star, Philip Michael Thomas. The actor/musician famously coined the term, EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony), and declared that he would win all four honors in the course of his career. Thomas is yet to achieve this feat but he has an impressive legacy in Hollywood. Discover more about the actor below, including his net worth as well as what he’s been up to of late.
How Philip Michael Thomas Started His Career
Philip Michael Thomas was born on the 26th of May 1949 in Columbus, Ohio. His father’s name is Louis Diggs while his mother’s name is Lulu. The actor cum musician has seven half-siblings.
Thomas grew up in San Bernardino, California, and started acting in a church theatre group at an early age. He also took to singing in the choir and all these heightened his interest in performing arts. On completing high school in 1967, Thomas headed off to college to study philosophy and religion. He spent just two years in school before realizing that his heart was still in music/acting. He subsequently dropped out and pursued a career in showbiz.
Philip Michael Thomas landed his first professional role in the 1969 San Francisco production of the rock musical, Hair. He spent 18 months with the company before going on to feature in other productions such as No Place to be Somebody, Reggae, New York City, and The Selling of the President.
The San Bernardino native later got his breakthrough on the 80s TV series, Miami Vice. Miami Vice is a police procedural that revolved around two undercover cops, Ricardo Tubbs and Sonny Crockett, who bravely confront the Miami criminal underworld. Thomas portrayed the suave Tobbs from 1984 to 1989. His performance fetched him several awards including two NAACP Image Awards for best performance by an actor in a drama series or TV movie.
How Rich Is He?
Philip Michael Thomas has a modest net worth of $2.5 million. This stems from several sources including his music career. The California native is not just a versatile actor but also a thriving musician. He has dropped several albums including Living the Book of My Life and Somebody.
Another source of Thomas’ wealth is sponsorship deals. The actor famously served as a spokesperson for the Physic Reader’s Network in the 90s. He appeared in numerous ads for the online gambling company. He even incorporated his Miami Vice persona into the deal. Thomas later sued the company after they replaced him with another spokesperson but continued to use his image and name in their ads. He later received a compensation of $2.3 million in June 2002.
What Is The Miami Vice Star Up To These Days?
Following the conclusion of Miami Vice, Philip Michael Thomas scored roles in several other movies and TV series like Fight for Jenny, False Witness, A Little Piece of Sunshine, and Superboy. His acting career however tapered off following an appearance in the 2003 film, Fate.
Since then, Thomas has largely focused on his partnership with former fitness instructor-turned-vegan cook, Sandi Morais. Their collaboration has yielded an original musical, children’s storybooks, as well as a vegetarian cookbook (with photos and musical compositions supplied by Thomas).
Philip Michael Thomas Is Also Devoting More Time To His Family
The actor has a total of 11 children. He is one proud papa and regularly shows off his kids on his Instagram account. Two of Thomas’ children, a son named Thomas Jr. and a daughter named Imaj, have followed his footsteps. The latter is a country singer and has dropped several albums including America’s Sweetheart and Imaj. Thomas Jr, on the other hand, specializes in R&B, pop, hip-hop, and soul genres. He also has a couple of albums to his name.
Philip Michael Thomas may also be returning to our screens in the nearest future. There has been an ongoing rumor that a Miami Vice remake is in the works. Thomas’ co-star, Don Johnson, lent some credence to these rumors during an appearance on a British breakfast show in October 2019. According to Don, some ideas have been kicked around but there is still a long way to go.