Retro Quote #8: The Hubris of Phillip Michael Thomas

"There are only a few who will be the Fords, the Edisons, the Carnegies, and I think I'm in that number."
- Phillip Michael Thomas (12/9/1985)

I ran across this quote while reading a 1989 issue of People (1974-1989: Our First 15 Years) and nearly choked. It's amazing how these actors think they're immortal demi-gods when they're on top, only to find out the hard way that fame is almost always fleeting.

After Miami Vice, Thomas made some good money by sueing The Psychic Friends Network after he was replaced by Miss Cleo. Other than that, he really hasn't done much.


  1. Another far out post. I love this place. Thanks for all of the effort you put in to make it kick ass.

  2. Truly. Where is this guy now, eh?

    I so love when people make statements like this, especially when they come back and bite them...

    A glowing bio on imdb.com (obviously written by himself...) states:

    "PMT loves Florida and has chosen to make his home there instead of L.A. or New York as do most of his colleagues. Naturally, this keeps him out of the limelight, but it's a mistake to assume that just because his name isn't regularly splashed across the tabloids that he's not keeping himself busy. In fact, he is working (2007) on his autobiography, his official web site, reading scripts, performing, writing music, and helping young performers reach the heights he has reached - and doing it all with characteristic charm, grace, vitality...and with his trademark banner, "Treasure beyond measure!" flying proudly overhead."

    BTW, there is no "official" PMT website...only a fansite or two.

    Did you know that between his three girlfriends he has seven kids? Prolific at one thing at least!

    It appears he did voices in Grand Theft Auto's video game recently, but that appears to be it...

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  4. Wow, that's quite a biography (er, I guess I should say AUTObiography). He's making damn sure you know he's doing just fine.

    BTW, I've been informed by Carl over at songfacts.com that the two white guys from KC and the Sunshine band were offered the parts of Crocket and Tubbs before Don Johnson and PM Thomas. Interesting!

    Read the interview here

  5. Yes, because captain of industry totally = primetime TV stardom!

  6. Treasure beyond Measure!!

    What the hell does that mean anyway??

  7. There's another quote floated by him where he states that 'broadway needs him' to survive.

  8. For my 14th birthday, a friend gave me a Miami Vice scrapbook, and there was another memorable PMT quote in it..."I want to be the first OGET...own an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy, and a Tony." Damn, I wish I still had that book.

  9. I distinctly remember him saying that "he was the most interesting person he knew"