Thomas Gomez (1905-71), born Sabino Tomas Gomez in New York, began his acting career in theater during the 1920s. He made his first film SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE VOICE OF TERROR in 1942, and by the end of his career had appeared in 60 films. He received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in RIDE THE PINK HORSE (1947). Directed by and starring Robert Montgomery, it was recycled as an episode for the TV series “Robert Montgomery Presents” in which Gomez reprised his role. Two of his best noirish films were KEY LARGO (1948), FORCE OF EVIL (1948), and his final film was Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970).

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