Tomás Milián was born in Havana as Tomás Quintín Rodríguez
The son of a Cuban general. His father was arrested and jailed after Fulgencio Batista took power in Cuba: he later committed suicide. Milián then decided to leave Cuba and pursue his wishes of being an actor.[1] He settled in the United States to study at New York's Actors Studio and later became an American citizen.

After starting a career in the United States, he went to Italy in 1958 to take part to a theater festival in Spoleto. He eventually decided to relocate to Italy, where he lived for over 25 years, gradually becoming a very successful performer. His first film part in Italy was in the 1959 picture La notte brava. Although his voice was dubbed most of the time due to his accent, Milián performed his lines in Italian (or in English, depending on the film). He initially starred in arthouse movies and worked with directors such as Mauro Bolognini and Luchino Visconti.

As he grew older, Milián decided to go back to the United States. He appeared in Sidney Pollack's Havana, Steven Spielberg's Amistad, Steven Soderbergh's Traffic as well as Andy García's The Lost City, about Revolutionary Cuba. He has also played many roles on stage. He portrayed Generalisimo Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina in the film version of Mario Vargas Llosa's novel The Feast of the Goat

Partial filmography

Bad Girls Don't Cry (1959, Mauro Bolognini)
Il bell'Antonio (1960, Mauro Bolognini)
L'imprevisto (1960, Alberto Lattuada)
I Delfini (1960, Francesco Maselli)
A Day for Lionhearts (1961, Nanni Loy)
Boccaccio '70 (1962, Luchino Visconti)
Gli indifferenti (1965, Francesco Maselli)
Madamigella di Maupin (1965, Mauro Bolognini)
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965, Carol Reed)
The Bounty Killer (1966, Eugenio Martin)
La resa dei conti (1966, Sergio Sollima)
Faccia a faccia (1967, Sergio Sollima)
Django Kill (1967, Giulio Questi)
Bandits in Milan (1968, Carlo Lizzani)
Death Sentence (1968, Mario Lanfranchi)
Run, Man, Run! (1968, Sergio Sollima)
Tepepa (1968, Giulio Petroni)
Vamos a matar, compañeros (1970, Sergio Corbucci)
Viva Cangaceiro (1970, Giovanni Fago)
The Cannibals (1970, Liliana Cavani)
The Last Movie (1971, Dennis Hopper)
Don't Torture a Duckling (1972, Lucio Fulci)
Sonny and Jed (1972, Sergio Corbucci)
Ripped Off (1972, Franco Prosperi)
Milano odia: la polizia non può sparare (1974, Umberto Lenzi)
La polizia accusa: il servizio segreto uccide (1975, Sergio Martino)
Il giustiziere sfida la città (1975, Umberto Lenzi)
The White, the Yellow, and the Black (1975, Sergio Corbucci)
I quattro dell'apocalisse (1975, Lucio Fulci)
Sex with a Smile (1976, Sergio Martino)
Roma a mano armata (1976, Umberto Lenzi)
The Cop in Blue Jeans (1976, Bruno Corbucci)
The Twist (1976, Claude Chabrol)
Squadra antifurto (1976, Bruno Corbucci)
The Cynic, the Rat and the Fist (1977, Umberto Lenzi)
Il trucido e lo sbirro (1977, Umberto Lenzi)
La banda del gobbo (1977, Umberto Lenzi)
La banda del trucido (1977, Stelvio Massi)
Squadra antitruffa (1977, Bruno Corbucci)
Squadra antimafia (1978, Bruno Corbucci)
Squadra antigangsters (1979, Bruno Corbucci)
Assassinio sul Tevere (1979, Bruno Corbucci)
La Luna (1979, Bernardo Bertolucci)
Winter Kills (1979, William Richert)
Delitto a Porta Romana (1980, Bruno Corbucci)
Manolesta (1981, Pasquale Festa Campanile)
Delitto al ristorante cinese (1981, Bruno Corbucci)
Delitto sull'autostrada (1982, Bruno Corbucci)
Identification of a Woman (1982, Michelangelo Antonioni)
Cane e gatto (1982 Bruno Corbucci)
Delitto in Formula Uno (1983, Bruno Corbucci)
Delitto al Blue Gay (1984, Bruno Corbucci)
Salome (1986, Claude d'Anna)
Cat Chaser (1989, Abel Ferrara)
Revenge (1990, Tony Scott)
Money (1991, Steven Hilliard Stern)
JFK (1991, Oliver Stone)
Frannie's Turn (TV, 1992, Sam Weisman)
The Burning Season (1994, John Frankenheimer)
Amistad (1997, Steven Spielberg)
Traffic (2000, Steven Soderbergh)
The Yards (2000, James Gray)
The Hire: Ambush (short, 2001, John Frankenheimer)
Washington Heights (2002)
The Lost City (2005, Andy García)

 
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