|Full Name Philip Toubus|
Name Paul Thomas
|Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
Spouse Maya Rudolph
|Born 1947 (age 67–68)Winnetka, Illinois|
Other names Phil Toubes, Phil Tobias, Phil Tobus, Phil Thomas, Paul Tanner, Paul Thobias, Judy Blue, Cleo Edwards, Cloe Edwards, Bo Edwards
Weight 149 lb (68 kg; 10.6 st)
No. of adult films 650 as actor374 as director (per IAFD)
Books Boogie nights, Punch-drunk love, Magnolia
Children Jack Anderson, Lucille Anderson, Pearl Minnie Anderson, Minnie Ida Anderson
Parents Ernie Anderson, Edwina Anderson
Movies Inherent Vice, The Master, Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, Magnolia
Similar People Maya Rudolph, Joaquin Phoenix, Wes Anderson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Thomas Pynchon
Paul thomas anderson on filmmaking part i
Philip Charles Toubus, better known as Paul Thomas (born April 17, 1947), is an American pornographic film actor and director. He is a member of the AVN Hall of Fame and the XRCO Hall of Fame.
- Paul thomas anderson on filmmaking part i
- Paul thomas anderson on filmmaking part ii
- As actor
- As director
Paul thomas anderson on filmmaking part ii
Toubus was born in Winnetka, Illinois to a wealthy family. He is the nephew of businesswoman Sara Lee Lubin. Although he attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he turned to acting as a career.
He acted on Broadway theatre in Hair and played Peter in the 1973 film version of Jesus Christ Superstar. He signed with the William Morris Agency and went to Hollywood, where he appeared in several television shows. At this point, he appeared ready to start a career in mainstream television and movie work, but instead he turned to the career for which he would become more famous.
Toubus started working in pornography in 1974. He met the porn producers the Mitchell Brothers while playing in a musical in San Francisco. He performed in several porn loops for them and, in 1976, appeared in his first porn feature, The Autobiography of a Flea.
Toubus performed mostly using the stage name "Paul Thomas", but he has also appeared under several other names. In 1982 Toubus was arrested for smuggling cocaine into the United States from South America. Convicted, he served one year in jail. Following his release from prison, Toubus resumed his career and, in 1983, won the Adult Film Association of America Award for Best Actor in Virginia. He had a starring role in the 1985 film series Taboo American Style.
Toubus started directing porn films in 1985, and has directed for Vivid Entertainment since 1986. As of 2007 Toubus—as Paul Thomas—has acted in over 500 films and directed nearly 300 films, winning seven Adult Video News Awards and two X-Rated Critics Organization Awards for best director. He was inducted into the X-Rated Critics Organization Hall of Fame in 1986.
Thomas is a member of the Adult Video News Hall of Fame. He is a personal friend of Jennifer Ketcham, who recounts Thomas' directing style as relying heavily on aesthetics with "one-hundred-page scripts" and "deftly placed lighting" in order to create shadow effects on his performers' bodies. She also stated that Thomas would require more acting from his performers than many other directors in the industry.