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Thomas, Alfred

Post by Johan Melle » 05/08/2019, 20:54

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Alfred Thomas in a publicity shot from the early 1960s
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 .... Pianist (uncredited)

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

    1957
  4. Rascel-Fifì .... Nightclub piano player (uncredited)

    1958
  5. Afrodite, dea dell'amore .... Bongo player in the slave tent (uncredited)
  6. La morte viene dallo spazio .... UN conference attendee (uncredited)
  7. Ragazzi della marina .... Fake tourist guide (credited as "Thomas")
  8. Romeo Bar (TV) .... The pianist (credited)

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

    1960
  10. I baccanali di Tiberio .... Slave (uncredited)
  11. Messalina Venere imperatrice .... Carriage bearer (uncredited)
  12. Noi duri .... Man lighting cigarette outside nightclub (uncredited)
  13. Revak, lo schiavo di Cartagine .... Carriage bearer (uncredited)
  14. Sotto dieci bandiere .... Crew member evacuating ship (uncredited)
  15. Teseo contro il minotauro .... Drummer (uncredited)

    1961
  16. Il relitto .... Winni (uncredited)
  17. La vendetta di Ursus .... Palace guard (uncredited)
  18. Le meraviglie di Aladino .... Servant of the Grand Vizier (uncredited)
  19. Maciste nella terra dei ciclopi .... Team leader in tug-of-war / Guard (uncredited)

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

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

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

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

    1967
  29. Bersaglio mobile .... Nightclub customer (uncredited)
  30. Dio perdona... io no! .... Horn player in the funeral band (uncredited)
  31. Gungala, la vergine della giungla .... Agnogno (credited)
  32. Le streghe .... Suicide spectator (uncredited)
  33. Matchless .... Soldier (uncredited)
  34. OK Connery .... Attendee at plastic surgery congress (uncredited)
  35. Troppo per vivere... poco per morire .... Man at the jewellery show (uncredited)
  36. Wanted .... Baker houseman (uncredited)

    1968
  37. Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell .... Member of the 293 squadron reunion (uncredited)
  38. Due volte Giuda .... Sam, Barrett houseman (uncredited)
  39. Il marchio di Kriminal .... Von Beck servant (uncredited)
  40. Il mio corpo per un poker .... Poker room valet (uncredited)
  41. Il pistolero segnato da Dio .... Clerigen houseman (uncredited)
  42. Luana, la figlia della foresta vergine .... Ukeke (credited as "Al Thomas")
  43. Seduto alla sua destra .... Excellency (uncredited)
  44. The Shoes of the Fisherman .... Cardinal (uncredited)

    1969
  45. Atti degli apostoli (TV mini series) Ep. 5 .... Roman citizen (uncredited)
  46. H2S .... Man killed by Tommaso (credited)
  47. Tarzana, sesso selvaggio .... Kamuru (credited)
  48. Una su 13 .... Mbama (credited)

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

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

    1972
  53. Avanti! .... Man in the airport immigration queue (uncredited)
  54. Il West ti va stretto, amico... è arrivato Alleluja .... Tom, Ferguson butler (uncredited)
  55. Incensurato, provata disonestà, carriera assicurata, cercasi .... Bellafronte (credited)
  56. La vita, a volte, è molto dura, vero Provvidenza? .... Thomas (uncredited)
  57. Le notti peccaminose di Pietro l'Aretino .... Servant holding Nana's horse (uncredited)

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

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

    1976
  60. Emanuelle in America .... African tribal chief (uncredited)
  61. Il Casanova di Federico Fellini .... Servant (uncredited)
  62. Il vangelo secondo Simone e Matteo .... Antiques dealer (uncredited)
  63. Signore e signori, buonanotte .... Assassination victim (uncredited)

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

    1978
  65. Piedone l'africano .... Johannesburg Air Club employee (uncredited)

    1981
  66. Cornetti alla crema .... Cardinal (uncredited)
  67. La scuola dei duri (TV series) Ep. 3: "Senza tregua" .... The Pianist (credited)

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

    1984
  70. A tu per tu .... Sam, the piano player (uncredited)

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

Other works
  • Il mattatore (TV variety show, 1959) - episode 3 .... One-legged man in Harlem (credited)
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Re: Alfred Thomas

Post by Johan Melle » 05/08/2019, 20:57

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, 21:02

Boccaccio '70 (1962), in the Fellini segment "Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio" as an American musician
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Sugar Colt (1966) credited, as Sammy
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Post by Johan Melle » 05/08/2019, 21:05

Il vostro super agente Flit (1966) as Samuele. Credited but pretty small role
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Post by Johan Melle » 05/08/2019, 21:09

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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Post by Johan Melle » 05/08/2019, 21:13

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, 21:20

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, 21:22

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, 21:25

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, 21:27

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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