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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Santa Monica, California, USA  (after a car accident)
Birth NameSabino Tomas Gomez

Mini Bio (1)

After graduating from high school in 1923, Thomas Sabino Gomez answered a help wanted ad, which resulted in his joining the Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne theater group. Prior to that time he had not considered acting as a career. He continued working as an actor with the Lunts, traveling across country and honing his acting skills. Eventually he began performing in New York's legitimate theater. His film debut occurred in 1942 in Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942) as, of course, a bad guy. While shooting that film he lived at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. He gained a reputation as a methodical man, who would have his daily newspaper brought to his room, where it was placed on the top of an ever growing stack. When he had time to read, he would have a bellboy come to the room and lift the stack of papers, from which he would withdraw the bottom paper.

Gomez was a strong union man and served on the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild for more than 40 years. In the late 1940s he purchased a home in the Hollywood Hills, and lived there until his death. While his film career consisted most of supporting roles, on the Broadway stage he was a star, playing lead roles in such productions as "A Man for All Seasons". He was also known as a devotee of gourmet dining, and was well known at most of the best restaurants in Hollywood and New York. He was a heavyset man, weighing over 290 pounds during most of his lifetime. Just prior to his death his doctor had placed him on a diet. At the time of his death his weight was less than 150 pounds. He was survived by a sister who lived in New York.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Don Britton <DONBRITTON@aol.com>

Trivia (4)

Following an auto accident in late May 1971, Thomas Gomez was in a coma for three weeks before passing away on Friday, June 18th, at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, CA.
Biography in "Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir" by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry. According to this, his paternal grandfather came from Santander, Spain; his paternal grandmother came from Gibraltar; his maternal grandfather came from Strasbourg in Alsace; and his maternal grandmother came from New Market, Ireland.
He replaced Leo McKern at short notice in the role of Thomas Cromwell in the Broadway production of "A Man For All Seasons" in 1961. This was his first Broadway role in over 20 years. McKern had found New York terrifying, and also greatly missed his family, who had remained in England; he handed in his notice almost as soon as the play opened. He praised Gomez highly in his autobiography.
Has never appeared in a film nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.

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