Philip Michael Thomas Net Worth

Written by Natalija Celebrities

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Net Worth $ 2,500,000
Real name Philip Michael Thomas
Source of Wealth Acting/Music
Profession Actor/Musician
Spouse/Partner /
Date of Birth May 26, 1949
Zodiac Gemini
Age 73
Gender Male
Pronoun He/Him
Height 178 cm / 5 ft 10 inch
Nationality American
Siblings Seven Half-Brothers and Sisters.

Philip Michael Thomas is an American actor and musician best known for his memorable role as the detective Ricardo Tubbs in Miami Vice. His net worth is estimated at $2.5 million.

Early Life

Philip Michael Thomas was born on May 26, 1949, in Columbus, Ohio, to father Louis Diggs, a plant foreman, and mother Lulu McMorris, a stay-at-home wife.

Thomas grew up amongst seven other half brothers and sisters, which all bear the same surname as the first man their mother married, Thomas.

Philip grew up in San Bernardino, California, where he started showing a love for acting. At first, he began performing for his local church.

He appeared in small church plays and gave his all in the performance, even though it was an insignificant theater play.

In 1967, Philip graduated from San Bernardino High School and continued expanding his education with a full scholarship from Oakwood College in Alabama, where he studied religion and philosophy. After two years of college, Philip graduated and moved to the University Of California at Riverside.

Career

Philip’s first major acting role came in 1972 when he starred in the movie “Stigma.” [1] He played a famous doctor who is trying to discover what is causing the young people in town to be sick.

While the people in town are scared that this deadly virus is being sexually transmitted, he’s trying to break this conspiracy theory, proving them wrong and making them realize that they got it all wrong.

His second significant acting role was in 1976 when he co-starred in the musical movie “Sparkle.” [2] This was the first movie with a primarily black cast ever to score such high ratings.

The movie grossed out a whopping 30 million dollars at the box office, and soon, Philip Michael Thomas became a star and a very familiar face in the movie industry.

The 1980’s series “Miami Vice” [3]is what changed Philip’s career forever. Philip joined the cast in 1984 and went on to play an ex-NYPD officer from the Bronx who is seeking revenge for the murder of his brother.

From then on, the name Philip Michael Thomas became a household name. Everybody wanted to know and see more of the hunky, rugged, and dangerous ex-cop, especially the ladies.

In 2002, Thomas landed his voice in “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” as a supporting character named Lance Vance.

He also appeared in the 2006 “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories,” where he explains his character’s origins and involvement in the drug industry.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osEcdSy2UkY

Music Career

Aside from acting in movies and series, Philip has another passion of his. He is a songwriter and a singer.

Although he is not as famous for his music as much as he is for his acting, one can easily see that music was always Philips’ number one passion.

But, unfortunately, his music was not performing as well as he thought. The first album, “Living The Book Of My Life,” was doing poorly because there was not a single hit song on there.

His second album, “Somebody,” came out in 1988, and it also failed to produce a single hit song, meaning that the album flopped very quickly.

In 1993, Philip collaborated with Kathy Rahill[] for the theme song of Miami Vice, “My, My, My, Miam…I,” and it was one of the few songs to gain massive popularity.

In my opinion, upon listening to a few of his songs, it is not that Philip’s music is terrible and can’t make a good melody; he is just way over his head and tried making music at a really bad time of his life.

The 80s were the wrong time for new artists to have their big break. People worldwide were trying to make a name for themselves, but only the luckiest ones managed to break through.

The reason behind this is no other than change. Artists started using electronic instruments in their music, like keyboards and synthesizers, which were too different from the last decade.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-tgNLeg9V8

Conclusion

Philip Michael Thomas is an American actor and musician who is most recognizable for his role in the 1980 series, Miami Vice, where he played a vengeful ex-NYPD officer, Ricardo Tubbs.

Philip Michael Thomas’ net worth is estimated at $2.5 million.

References

  1. Miami vice (2023) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami_Vice 

  2. Stigma (1972 film) (2022) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stigma_(1972_film) 

  3. Sparkle (1976) IMDb. IMDb.com. Available at: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075249/