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Alfred Thomas

Post by Johan Melle » 05/08/2019, 18:54

Alfred Thomas in a publicity shot from the early 1960s
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Alfred Thomas was yet another black actor who made a career for himself in Rome. An instantly recognizable and highly sympathetic presence, he was active in cinema, television, theater and even fotoromanzi from at least the late 1950s and up until the mid 1980s, yet practically no information is available on him anywhere.

Presumably an African-American who emigrated to Rome (much like John Kitzmiller, Wilbert Bradley, Carl Latimer, Jon Chevron and many others), Alfred Thomas was also a singer and musician, something which was occasionally reflected in the roles he played. According to an article in Radiocorriere N. 37 (1964), he was part of a group called Folk-Studio Spiritual Singers together with Harold Bradley, Ines Carmona, Yvette Dru, Archie Savage and Keefe West.

In film, he appeared in several westerns and peplums, and was especially active in the jungle adventures which were popular in the 1960s. Among these was Luana, la figlia della foresta vergine (1968) in which his villainous part is probably among the largest roles of his career, though he also has a fairly large role in the comedy Incensurato, provata disonestà, carriera assicurata, cercasi (1972).

As with most black actors working in Italian cinema, the majority of Alfred Thomas' roles were uncredited (very often unfairly so) and there are no doubt many more discoveries to be made for him.


FILMOGRAPHY
1953
  1. Canzone appassionata (uncredited) .... Pianist

    1954
  2. Teodora, imperatrice di Bisanzio (uncredited) .... Bongo player
  3. Un americano a Roma (uncredited) .... Bar customer

    1958
  4. Ragazzi della marina (credited as "Thomas") .... Fake tourist guide
  5. Romeo Bar (TV) (credited) .... The pianist

    1959
  6. Ben-Hur (uncredited) .... Oarsman

    1960
  7. I baccanali di Tiberio (uncredited) .... Slave
  8. Noi duri (uncredited) .... Man lighting cigarette outside nightclub
  9. Teseo contro il minotauro (uncredited) .... Drummer

    1961
  10. La vendetta di Ursus (uncredited) .... Palace guard
  11. Le meraviglie di Aladino (uncredited) .... Servant of the Grand Vizier
  12. Maciste nella terra dei ciclopi (uncredited) .... Team leader in tug-of-war

    1962
  13. Boccaccio '70 - segment: "Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio" (uncredited) .... American musician
  14. I moschettieri del mare (uncredited) .... Servant on the ship

    1963
  15. Io Semiramide (uncredited) .... Masseur

    1964
  16. Tarzak contro gli uomini leopardo (credited as Al Thomas) .... Native chief

    1966
  17. Amore all'italiana - segment "Playboy" (uncredited) .... Pianist in the hotel bar
  18. Il grande colpo dei 7 uomini d'oro (uncredited) .... Coast Guard officer
  19. Il vostro super agente Flit (credited) .... Samuele
  20. Sicario 77, vivo o morto (uncredited) .... Croupier at the club
  21. Sugar Colt (uncredited) .... Sammy

    1967
  22. Bersaglio mobile (uncredited) .... Nightclub customer
  23. Dio perdona... io no! (uncredited) .... Horn player in the funeral band
  24. Gungala, la vergine della giungla (credited) .... Agnogno
  25. Matchless (uncredited) .... Soldier
  26. OK Connery (uncredited) .... Attendee at plastic surgery congress
  27. Wanted (uncredited) .... Baker houseman

    1968
  28. Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (uncredited) .... Man at the airport
  29. Due volte Giuda (uncredited) .... Sam, Barrett houseman
  30. Il marchio di Kriminal (uncredited) .... Von Beck servant
  31. Il pistolero segnato da Dio (uncredited) .... Clerigen houseman
  32. Luana, la figlia della foresta vergine (credited as Al Thomas) .... Ukeke
  33. Seduto alla sua destra (uncredited) .... Excellency
  34. The Shoes of the Fisherman (uncredited) .... Cardinal

    1969
  35. H2S (credited) .... Man killed by Tommaso
  36. Tarzana, sesso selvaggio (credited) .... Kamuru
  37. Una su 13 (credited) .... Mbama

    1970
  38. Due bianchi nell'Africa nera (uncredited) .... Cannibal chief
  39. F.B.I. - Francesco Bertolazzi Investigatore (TV series) - episode 1: "Sparita il giorno delle nozze" (credited) .... Mahamud

    1971
  40. The Statue (uncredited) .... U.N. member
  41. Storie dell'anno Mille (TV mini series) - episode 4 (uncredited) .... Man in ropes

    1972
  42. Il West ti va stretto, amico... è arrivato Alleluja (uncredited) .... Tom, Ferguson butler
  43. Incensurato, provata disonestà, carriera assicurata, cercasi (credited) .... Bellafronte
  44. La vita, a volte, è molto dura, vero Provvidenza? (uncredited) .... Thomas
  45. Le notti peccaminose di Pietro l'Aretino (uncredited) .... Servant holding Nana's horse

    1973
  46. Vogliamo i colonnelli (uncredited) .... African politician

    1974
  47. Moses the Lawgiver (TV mini series) (uncredited) .... Death rite performer

    1976
  48. Emanuelle in America (uncredited) .... African tribal chief
  49. Il Casanova di Federico Fellini (uncredited) .... Servant
  50. Il vangelo secondo Simone e Matteo (uncredited) .... Antiques dealer
  51. Signore e signori, buonanotte (uncredited) .... Assassination victim

    1977
  52. Emanuelle - Perché violenza alle donne? (uncredited) .... Guard in the Emir's palace

    1978
  53. Piedone l'africano (uncredited) .... Airclub employee

    1981
  54. Cornetti alla crema (uncredited) .... Cardinal

    1983
  55. Questo e quello - segment "Quello... col basco rosso" (credited) .... The butler
  56. Segni particolari: Bellissimo (credited) .... Josephine's father

    1985
  57. Casablanca, Casablanca (credited) .... Sam, the piano player

OTHER WORKS
  • Il mattatore (1959) (TV variety show) - episode 3 (credited) .... One-legged man in Harlem

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Re: Alfred Thomas

Post by Johan Melle » 05/08/2019, 18:57

The earliest role found for Alfred so far in the TV production Romeo Bar (1958) as The pianist
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And the two earliest cinema roles are both in peplums:

I baccanali di Tiberio (1960) as Slave
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Teseo contro il minotauro (1960) as Drummer
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Post by Johan Melle » 05/08/2019, 19:02

Boccaccio '70 (1962), in the Fellini segment "Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio" as an American musician
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Sugar Colt (1966) as Sammy
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Re: Alfred Thomas

Post by Johan Melle » 05/08/2019, 19:05

Credited but pretty small role in Il vostro super agente Flit (1966) as Samuele
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Il grande colpo dei 7 uomini d'oro (1966) as Coast Guard officer
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Re: Alfred Thomas

Post by Johan Melle » 05/08/2019, 19:09

Gungala, la vergine della giungla (1967) as Agnogno
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It's the first of many similar jungle adventures he appeared in during the late 1960s


Short but very important role in Seduto alla sua destra (1968) as Excellency
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Re: Alfred Thomas

Post by Johan Melle » 05/08/2019, 19:13

Very memorable performance in the jungle adventure Luana, la figlia della foresta vergine (1968) as the villainous Ukeke. He receives a very prominent third billing (as Al Thomas) and this is probably the largest role he played in a film
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Post by Johan Melle » 05/08/2019, 19:20

Il marchio di Kriminal (1968) as Von Beck servant
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And of course in the jungle adventure Tarzana, sesso selvaggio (1969) as Kamuru. A very small and thoroughly inconsequential role, but nevertheless credited
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Post by Johan Melle » 05/08/2019, 19:22

Two more credited roles:

Una su 13 (1969) as Mbama
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TV series F.B.I. - Francesco Bertolazzi Investigatore - episode 1: "Sparita il giorno delle nozze" (1970) as Mahamud
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Post by Johan Melle » 05/08/2019, 19:25

The Statue (1971) as U.N. member
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And another one of Alfred's more prominent roles in Incensurato, provata disonestà, carriera assicurata, cercasi (1972) as Bellafronte
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Post by Johan Melle » 05/08/2019, 19:27

Vogliamo i colonnelli (1973) as African politician
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Moses the Lawgiver (1974) (TV mini series) as Death rite performer
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