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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 17, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Wilmington, Delaware, USA Profession: actor

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A charming and handsome African-American actor who made the most of the late 1990s teen film popularity with his youthful looks and sensitive portrayals, Sean Patrick Thomas acted extensively in regional theater, and landed supporting roles in film and television before earning notice with a featured turn in 1999's "Cruel Intentions", a teen reworking of "Dangerous Liaisons". The unabashedly over-the-top film became an instant camp classic, and Thomas served as the perfect foil to his outlandish co-stars with a realistic turn as lovestruck cello instructor Ronald Clifford. Poor Ronald was not only faced with the racism that kept him away from his adored Cecile (Selma Blair), but he was also being manipulated by the very people who were supposed to be helping him (Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe). Thomas managed to make his character the most traditionally likable, displaying neither the self-serving machinations of the evil characters nor the equally unattractive sanctimoniousness of the good ones. His impressive performance in the film and the outcry over the overwhelmingly white casts on TV's 1999 fall schedule led to Thomas landing a regular role on the "Cruel Intentions"-based TV series...

A charming and handsome African-American actor who made the most of the late 1990s teen film popularity with his youthful looks and sensitive portrayals, Sean Patrick Thomas acted extensively in regional theater, and landed supporting roles in film and television before earning notice with a featured turn in 1999's "Cruel Intentions", a teen reworking of "Dangerous Liaisons". The unabashedly over-the-top film became an instant camp classic, and Thomas served as the perfect foil to his outlandish co-stars with a realistic turn as lovestruck cello instructor Ronald Clifford. Poor Ronald was not only faced with the racism that kept him away from his adored Cecile (Selma Blair), but he was also being manipulated by the very people who were supposed to be helping him (Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe). Thomas managed to make his character the most traditionally likable, displaying neither the self-serving machinations of the evil characters nor the equally unattractive sanctimoniousness of the good ones. His impressive performance in the film and the outcry over the overwhelmingly white casts on TV's 1999 fall schedule led to Thomas landing a regular role on the "Cruel Intentions"-based TV series "Manchester Prep". Unfortunately for Thomas and for audiences eager to see how the characters' debauched antics would translate to the small screen, the Fox series was cancelled before the airing of any episodes.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Burrowers, The (2008)
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 Honeydripper (2007)
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 Fountain, The (2006)
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 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003) Additional Voice
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 Barbershop (2002) Jimmy James
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 Halloween: Resurrection (2002) Rudy Grimes
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Raised in Wilmington, Delaware
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Was picked out of the audience of "The Tonight Show" to appear in a question and answer segment with Jay Leno
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Acted on the ABC daytime soap "One Life to Live"
1996:
Guest starred on an episode of Fox's "New York Undercover"
1996:
Played Lucilius in New York Shakespeare Festival's production of "Timon of Athens"
1996:
Made film debut in the military drama "Courage Under Fire"
1997:
Starred onstage in a Philadelphia theater musical adaptation of "Cooley High"
1997:
Guest starred on an episode of The WB's sitcom "Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher"
1997:
Was featured in the romantic comedy "Picture Perfect"
1997:
Played a surveillance operator in the movie "Conspiracy Theory"
1998:
Played a jock sidekick to Peter Facinelli's popular creep in the high school graduation party-set ensemble comedy "Can't Hardly Wait"
1999:
Co-starred in "Cruel Intentions", the campy teen reworking of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses"
1999:
Featured in the independent coming-of-age drama "The Sterling Chase"
1999:
Was tapped to co-star as a regular on "Manchester Prep", the TV series adaptation of "Cruel Intentions"; series was cancelled before airing
1999:
Featured in Moliere's "The Cheats of Scapin", produced by Circus Theatricals in Los Angeles
2000:
Had co-starring role in the CBS drama series "The District"
2001:
Starred opposite Julia Stiles in the teen romantic drama "Save the Last Dance"
2002:
Played Jimmy James in the comedy "Barbershop," also starred Queen Latifah and Ice Cube
2004:
Again portrayed Jimmy James in "Barbershop 2: Back in Business"
2006:
Co-starred in "The Fountain," written and directed by Darren Aronofsky
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Education

Brandywine High School: Wilmington , Delaware -
University of Virginia: Charlottesville , Virginia -
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University: New York , New York - 1995

Notes

"I couldn't be more thrilled--Sean's one of the best actors I've ever worked with. It was wonderful collaborating with him on 'Cruel Intentions' and I look forward to working with him on 'Manchester Prep'." --"Cruel Intentions" director and "Manchester Prep" executive producer Roger Kumble on landing Thomas for the subsequently axed series

"It's cool when you can walk up to a rap star like Ice Cube and be like 'Yo man, what are you doing tonight?'"-Thomas on being a celebrity Movieline October 2002

Family close complete family listing

father:
Carlton Thomas. Engineer. Guyanese; deceased.
mother:
Cheryl Thomas. Accountant. Guyanese.

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