Thomas Gomez

Sabino Tomas Gomez (July 10, 1905 – June 18, 1971) was an American actor.[1][2][3]

Thomas Gomez
Thomas Gomez in The Gambler from Natchez (1954)
Sabino Tomas Gomez

(1905-07-10)July 10, 1905
DiedJune 18, 1971(1971-06-18) (aged 65)
Cause of deathCar accident
Resting placeWestwood Memorial Park
Years active1942–1971

Life and career

Born Sabino Thomas Gomez, Jr., in New York City, Gomez began his acting career in theater during the 1920s and was a student of the actor Walter Hampden. He made his first film Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror in 1942 and by the end of his career had appeared in sixty films.

The future actor was born the son of Sabino T. Gomez, whose parents had emigrated to the U.S. from Spain. Thomas Gomez was the first Spanish-American to be nominated for an Academy Award when he received this accolade for his performance in the 1947 film Ride the Pink Horse. Directed by and starring Robert Montgomery, it was later used as the basis for an episode of the same name for the television series Robert Montgomery Presents in which Gomez reprised his role.

His other film roles include Who Done It? (1942), Key Largo (1948), Force of Evil (1948), The Conqueror (1956) and his final film Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970). A frequent performer on television, Gomez also appeared in guest roles in such series as The Twilight Zone, Route 66, Dr. Kildare, Mr. Ed, Burke's Law, The Virginian, It Takes a Thief, Bewitched, The Rifleman, and Gunsmoke.

Gomez had many notable stage roles, such as the one in the original Broadway run of A Man for All Seasons. Billboard lauded the "humanity and finely effective detail of his character work" in the short-running 1942 Broadway play The Flowers of Virtue.[4]

Thomas Gomez died in Santa Monica, California, from injuries sustained in a car accident and was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.


Year Title Role Notes
1942Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of TerrorR.F. Meade, Nazi agent
Who Done It?Colonel J.R. Andrews
PittsburghJoe Malneck
Arabian NightsHakim
1943White SavageSam Miller
Frontier BadmenBallard
Corvette K-225Smithy
Crazy HouseN.G. Wagstaff
1944Phantom Lady Inspector Burgess
Follow the BoysHimselfUncredited
In SocietyDrexel
The ClimaxCount Seebruck
Bowery to BroadwayTom Harvey
Dead Man's EyesCaptain Drury
Can't Help SingingJake Carstairs
1945Frisco SalPolice Captain Dan Martin
Patrick the GreatMax Wilson
I'll Tell the WorldJ.B. Kindell
The Daltons Ride Again'Professor' J.K.McKenna
1946Night in ParadiseKing Croesus
Swell GuyDave Vinson
1947Johnny O'ClockGuido Marchettis
SingaporeMr. Mauribus
Ride the Pink HorsePancho
A Double LifeCassioVoice, Uncredited
Captain from CastileFather Bartolome Romero
Key LargoRichard "Curly" Hoff
Angel in ExileDr. Estaban Chavez
Force of EvilLeo Morse
1949Sorrowful JonesReardon
Come to the StableLuigi Rossi
That Midnight KissGuido Russino Betelli
I Married a CommunistVanning
1950The Eagle and the HawkGeneral Liguras
The FuriesEl Tigre
1951Harlem GlobetrottersCoach Saperstein
Anne of the IndiesBlackbeard
1952MacaoLieutenant Sebastian
The SelloutSheriff Kellwin C. Burke
The Merry WidowKing of Marshovia
Pony SoldierNatayo Smith
1953SombreroDon Homero Calderon
1954The Gambler from NatchezCaptain Antoine Barbee
The Adventures of Hajji BabaOsman Aga
1955The LootersGeorge Parkinson
Las Vegas ShakedownAl "Gimpy" Sirago
The Magnificent MatadorDon David
Night FreightHaight
1956The ConquerorWang Kahn
1957Collector's Item: The Left Fist of DavidIvor HagerTV movie
1959The RiflemanArtemus QuarlesEpisode: "Stranger at Night"
Twilight ZoneMr. CadwalladerEpisode: "Escape Clause"
John Paul JonesEsek Hopkins
But Not for MeDemetrios Bacos
1961Twilight ZonePeter SykesEpisode: Dust
The Power and the GloryDelgadoTV movie
Summer and SmokePapa Zacharias
1968Shadow Over ElveronArturo SilveraTV movie
Stay Away, JoeGrandpa
1970Beneath the Planet of the ApesMinister


  1. Obituary Variety June 23, 1971.
  2. Obituary New York Times, June 20, 1971; page 50.
  3. "Thomas Gomez, Veteran Actor, Dies at 65 After Brief Illness" Los Angeles Times, June 21, 1971; page 3.
  4. Eugene Burr (June 13, 1942). "From Out Front". Billboard. p. 9. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
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