Philip Michael Thomas – Net Worth, Age, Wikipedia, Family, Biography

Philip Michael Thomas Wiki Biography

American actor Philip Michael Thomas was born in Columbus, Ohio on 26 May 1949, of part German and Irish ancestry through his mother. He is best recognized for his part as detective Ricardo Tubbs in the ’80s television series “Miami Vice”.

So how rich is Philip Michael Thomas? Sources estimate that Philip has accumulated a net worth of $2.5 million, his wealth having been earned from his career as an actor and a musician now spanning well over 40 years.

Philip’s father Louis Diggs was Afro-American, a Westinghouse plant foreman, and mother Lulu a housewife with his seven half siblings who are children of his mother’s ex-husband. Philip started acting at a very young age in the church’s theater after his family moved to Los Angeles in 1953. Once he finished his high school he studied Religion and Philosophy in Oakwood College after he earned a one year scholarship. Later he transferred to the University of California and switched to study acting, actually quitting study to follow his ambition into an acting career, starting with many minor roles through the ’70s.

Philip Michael Thomas Net Worth $2.5 Million

Thomas’s first recognized roles were “Coonskin” in 1975 and” Sparkle” in 1976. Later in the ’80s, Philip gained fame by acting in the television series “Miami Vice” as Detective Ricardo Tubbs. In this role Thomas performed as an ex-police officer who relocated to Miami trying to find the person who killed his brother, meeting Sonny Crockett, another police officer who was looking for the same person.

Philip was expecting to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and/or Tony for his performance in “Miami Vice”, but he only won a People Choice’s award and was nominated for a Golden Globe. Still, this role was good for his net worth. Due to his success, Philip then appeared in some “made for TV movies” and some advertisements for telephone services. After the cancellation of “Miami Vice” in 1989, Philip was limited to television movies and Italian television series. His net worth still rose steadily.

In 1994 Philip had an agreement with Florida-based Psychic Reader’s Network (later known as Traffix, Inc.) to be the spokesman for the Philip Michael Thomas Psychic Connection, which gave him the chance to appear again in television advertising, but later Traffix chose Miss Cleo to replace him. This was against the contract between Philip and Traffix, such that in 2002 he was awarded $1.48 million by the New York arbitrator, adding to his net worth.

In 1997 he appeared as Cedrick “Rick” Hawks, a USA postal inspector in the police drama “Nash Bridges”, along with Don Johnson. Thomas then started working in the video game industry by performing the voice for the Lance Vance character in “Grand Theft Auto:Vice City” and “Grand Theft Auto:Vice City Story” video games from 2000. In 2001 he appeared again with Johnson as a television star in the series “Nash Bridges”. These projects also helped increase his net worth.

Side by side to his acting career, Philip also involved to the music industry. In 1985 he released his first two, failed music albums, “Living the Book of My Life” and “Somebody”. In 2001 and 2006 Thomas formed a team including Kathy Rahill and Sandi Morais to launch the “Magic cookie production company” which released the music for the fitness videos of Morais. These added little to Philip’s net worth.

Philip was known for his ego as he considered himself as one of the most effective figures, such as Mahatma Gandi, as he said : “There are only a few who will be the Fords, the Edisons, the Carnegies, and I think I’m in that number.”

In his personal life, Philip has been in relationships with numerous women, and is the father of 12 children, including a daughter with first wife Pat Thomas, a daughter with Merria Ross, two daughters to actress Sheila Dewindt, a daughter and a son with Dhaima Matthews, and a daughter and four sons with second wife Kassandra Thomas(1986-98). Perhaps his private life explains his relatively low net worth!?

Full Name Philip Michael Thomas
Net Worth $2.5 Million
Date Of Birth May 26, 1949
Place Of Birth Columbus, Ohio, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.778 m)
Profession Actor, Musician
Education Oakwood University
Nationality United States of America
Spouse Pat Thomas, Merria Ross, Sheila Dewindt, Dhaima Matthews, Kassandra Thomas
Children 12 children, as Sacha Thomas, Gabriel Thomas, Khrishna Thomas…
Parents Louis Diggs, Lulu McMorris
Nicknames Philip M. Thomas , Philip Thomas , Phil , PMT
Awards NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama, VGX Award for Best Supporting Male Performance, TV Land Coolest Crime Fighting Team Award
Movies Sparkle, Coonskin, Death Drug, The Wizard of Speed and Time, Book of Numbers, El hombre de los hongos, Hey Good Lookin’, Black Fist, Stigma, Mamma Mia!, Fate, Canciones del Corazon, Soul Brothas and Sistas: Vol. 4: Quadruple Feature
TV Shows Noi siamo angeli, Miami Vice
1 I will always be a gypsy, and if a woman is going to love me, she will have to love the gypsy spirit in me. This is the thing in the past most women have not understood. They want to embrace the physical relationship and settle down. That means death to me. I gotta fly.
2 I’m locked in as one of the showbiz superstars. Like Dr. Kildare is forever. Telly Savalas is forever.
3 There are only a few who will be the Fords, the Edisons, the Carnegies, and I think I’m in that number.
4 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.
5 I have been recommending Napoleon Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich to almost everybody I have met since I first read it in 1967. It is the master key to anyone who wants to succeed.
6 I love encouraging people to read great books. You can travel the world and the universe if you just go to your local library and choose a book to read. I tell my children you must read to lead.
7 Some people never live a day in a lifetime. I live a lifetime in a day.
8 Once you get to the mountain top that’s where you really begin to climb.
9 Good life is like good music. There are rests and pauses and melody and rhythm and lyric and reason and rhyme and love that last for all time. Music and all that it possesses is a multi-dimensional life itself. Not just a trip, but a round trip.
10 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.
11 “I’ve become greened, like money. I respect the position. I’m enthusiastic, as opposed to excited. Enthusiasm comes from the Greek entheos, which means “God-inspired”…I recommend fame, but with fortune. Otherwise, it’s a bitch.” (Playboy 1985)
1 PMT has always loved Florida and has chosen to call The Sunshine State his home. He is hard at work on his autobiography, official web site, and writing songs for an album he may release in 2008. [August 2007]
2 Co-producer and co-creator of the smash-hit musical Sacha on Broadway, which is staged periodically in Florida and is being groomed for a national tour. [August 2007]
3 Was an ordained Pentecostal preacher at the age of 16.
4 Before transferring to the University of California-Riverside, PMT attended Oakwood College, a small liberal arts institution in Huntsville, Alabama (started by the Seventh-day Adventist church), intending to become a pastor.
5 In addition to being highly creative, even bookish, PMT is gifted mechanically and can rebuild a car engine from the ground up or diagnose it merely by hearing someone describe its symptoms.
6 Of Native-American, Irish, & African-American ancestry.
7 Attended the University of California at Riverside, California.
8 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. [June 2002]
9 A bank foreclosed on his house in 1998.
10 Lived with Kassandra Thomas from 1986-1998. They have 5 children.
11 Lived with Dhaima Matthews from 1982-1986. They had 2 children.
12 Has six daughters, one step-daughter, and five sons from 5 different relationships. Step-daughter, Monica. Sacha, his first born daughter with first wife Pat Thomas. Daughter Khrishna to Merria Ross. Daughters Melody and India to actress Sheila Dewindt. Daughter Chayenne and son Gabriel (A.K.A. “Philip Jr.”) with Dhaima Matthews. Daughter Imaj and sons Sovereign, Sacred, Kharisma, and Noble with second wife Kassandra Thomas.


Title Year Status Character
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories 2006 Video Game Lance Vance (voice)
Fate 2003 Detective Ciprian Raines
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002 Video Game Lance Vance (voice)
Nash Bridges 1997-2001 TV Series Cedrick Hawks
Noi siamo angeli 1997 TV Series Joe / Father Zaccaria
We Are Angels 1997 Video Game Father Zaccaria
River of Stone 1994
Fortune Hunter 1994 TV Series Gary Colt
Miami Shakedown 1993 Frank Ferguson
Extralarge: Black Magic 1992 TV Movie Dumas
Extralarge: Cannonball 1992 TV Movie Dumas
Detective Extralarge: Yo-Yo 1992 TV Movie Dumas
Extralarge: Moving Target 1992 TV Movie Dumas
Swamp Thing 1992 TV Series Barry Scott
Extralarge: Miami Killer 1991 TV Movie Willy Dumas
Extralarge: Black and White 1991 TV Movie Dumas
Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter 1991 TV Movie Chuck Gilmore
A Little Piece of Sunshine 1990 TV Movie Tomson
Zorro 1990 TV Series Jack Holten
Superboy 1990 TV Series Brimstone
Miami Vice 1984-1990 TV Series Detective Ricardo Tubbs
False Witness 1989 TV Movie Bobby Marsh
The Wizard of Speed and Time 1988 Policeman Mickey Polanko
Motown Merry Christmas 1987 TV Movie Host
A Fight for Jenny 1986 TV Movie David Caldwell
Hey Good Lookin’ 1982 Chaplin (voice, as Philip M. Thomas)
Trapper John, M.D. 1982 TV Series Floyd Walsh
Ot Kain 1982 as Philip M. Thomas
Strike Force 1981 TV Series Wesley
Valentine 1979 TV Movie Bean
The Dark 1979 Corn Rows
Roots: The Next Generations 1979 TV Mini-Series Eddie
Death Drug 1978 Jesse
Lawman Without a Gun 1978 TV Movie Rufus Cartwright
The Beasts Are on the Streets 1978 TV Movie Eddie Morgan
Starsky and Hutch 1978 TV Series Kingston St. Jacques
Wonder Woman 1978 TV Series Furst
Roosevelt and Truman 1977 TV Movie Truman
Insight 1977 TV Series Luther
El hombre de los hongos 1976 Gaspar
Sparkle 1976 Stix
Medical Center 1976 TV Series Dr. Sam Karter
Movin’ On 1976 TV Series Banjo
Coonskin 1975 Randy / Brother Rabbit (as Philip Thomas)
Caribe 1975 TV Series Prince John
Mr. Ricco 1975 Purvis Mapes (as Philip Thomas)
Police Woman 1974 TV Series Sonny
Toma 1973-1974 TV Series Bad Sam / Sam Hooper
Good Times 1974 TV Series Eddie Conroy
Bogard 1974 Fletch & Boom Boom
Griff 1973 TV Series Eddie Marshall
Book of Numbers 1973 Dave Green
Stigma 1972 Dr. Calvin Crosse
Come Back, Charleston Blue 1972 Minister


Title Year Status Character
High Chaparall TV Series documentary performer – 1 episode, 2003 writer – 1 episode, 2003
Noi siamo angeli 1997 TV Series performer: “A NEW WAY”
Extralarge: Black Magic 1992 TV Movie performer: “SHE’S SO SWEET, SHE’S SO FINE” / writer: “SHE’S SO SWEET, SHE’S SO FINE”
Extralarge: Black and White 1991 TV Movie performer: “She’s So Sweet, She’s So Fine”
Miami Vice TV Series performer – 1 episode, 1985 writer – 1 episode, 1985
Sparkle 1976 performer: “JUMP”, “Look Into Your Heart”


Title Year Status Character
Miami Shakedown 1993


Title Year Status Character
Miami Shakedown 1993 executive producer


Title Year Status Character
The Wizard of Speed and Time 1988 stunt driver


Title Year Status Character
Piñero 2001 the producers wish to thank


Title Year Status Character
Gylne tider 2010 TV Series documentary Himself / Ricardo Tubbs
High Chaparall 2003 TV Series documentary Himself – Guest / Himself
VH-1 Where Are They Now: TV Hunks 2003 TV Short documentary Himself
Inside TV Land: Cops on Camera 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
NBC 75th Anniversary Special 2002 TV Special Himself
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
I Love 1980’s 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Never Can Say Goodbye: The Sheena Easton Story 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
VH-1 Where Are They Now? 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Primero izquierda 1991 TV Series Himself
The Debbie Allen Special 1989 TV Special Himself
21st NAACP Image Awards 1989 TV Special Himself – Presenter
This Is Your Life 1988 TV Series documentary Himself
Hour Magazine 1988 TV Series Himself
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela’s 70th Birthday Celebratation 1988 TV Special documentary Himself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1987 TV Series Himself
Charlie Barnett’s Terms of Enrollment 1986 Video Himself
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1986 TV Special Himself – Presenter: Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration 1986 TV Special documentary Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1986 TV Series Himself
The 12th Annual People’s Choice Awards 1986 TV Special Himself – Accepting Award for Favourite Television Dramatic Program
The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1986 TV Special Himself – Nominee: Best Actor in a Drama Series
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 1985 TV Special Himself
Battle of the Network Stars XVIII 1985 TV Special Himself – NBC Team
La La, Making It in L.A. 1979 Himself

Archive Footage

Title Year Status Character
Pioneers of Television 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Det. Ricardo Tubbs – Miami Vice
1002 Momentos de la tele 2012 TV Series Himself
La imagen de tu vida 2006 TV Series Detective Ricardo Tubbs
Retrosexual: The 80’s 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Piñero 2001 Detective Ricardo Tubbs (uncredited)
Sex Violence & Values: Changing Images 1986 TV Movie Vice Cop with Shotgun (uncredited)

Nominated Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2006 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Coolest Crime Fighting Team Miami Vice (1984)
1986 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama Miami Vice (1984)