Mar. 3rd, 1932
Tomas Milian's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2000 - Traffic
2000 - The Yards
1997 - Amistad
1997 - Fools Rush In
1994 - The Cowboy Way
1991 - JFK
1985 - King David
1979 - La Luna
1979 - Winter Kills
1975 - Il giustiziere sfida la città
1972 - Non si sevizia un paperino
1965 - The Agony and the Ecstasy
1962 - Boccaccio '70
Guest TV Roles
Colonel Emilio Pantoya
American actor born in Cuba; was trained at the Actor's Studio; was in a few plays on Broadway, as well as in a show by Cocteau in Spolene; Bolognini noticed him and that was the starting point of a rather rich cinematographic career in Italy, where he played in all genres. He interpreted a mad psychopath in Bounty Killer, a role he would then improve and diversify into an impressive gallery of neurotic and sadistic killers, first in Spaghetti-Westerns (many directed by B. Corbucci), and then in violent action and police thrillers (many by U. Lenzi). His films gradually evolved into action comedies, as he played the recurrent characters of thief "Monnezza" and cop Nico Giraldi (the latter being originally based on "Serpico"),two typically roman characters who enjoyed great popularity in the 70s and 80s.
- One son, Tommaso (b.1982).
- Father was a general under the Cuban dictatorship. In 1933 the dictatorship was overthrown and his father arrested. His father later committed suicide in 1945 in his home with Tomas as an eyewitness.
- In most of his Italian comedies from the 1970s, his voice was dubbed by 'Ferruccio Amendola' (qv), who provided a strong roman accent. However, Milian had real knowledge of roman slang and generally wrote his own lines.
- In the 70s he specialized in playing lone-wolf anti-heroes in giallos and crime features. He started an extremely successful series of tough, violent films as the small time crook Er Monnezza (3 times) and Inspector Nico Giraldi (12 times).'
- After the tremendous success of Sergio Leone's "A Fistful of Dollars" in 1964 starring Clint Eastwood, Tomas grubbed up his own image and propelled himself to stardom in likewise fashion with such classics as The Bounty Killer (1966) The Big Gundown (1967) with Lee Van Cleef, Face to Face (1967), Django Kill! (1967) and Run, Man, Run (1968).
- Influenced into the acting profession by James Dean after watching "East of Eden."
- Discovered by director Mauro Bolognini after appearing on stage in Italy. Tomas began in Italian features playing sensitive, spoiled bourgeoisie.
- Longtime friend of fellow actor Ray Lovelock.
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