Turned down the role of Rihcard Hoover in the movie Little Miss Sunshine which would eventually go to Greg Knnear.
He won the Emmy for "Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie" in 2007 for his role as Tom Harte in AMC's Broken Trail.
He was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2007, for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for his role in Broken Trail.
Thomas was nominated for an Oscar in 2005 under the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in Sideways (2004)
Thomas had thought of retiring from acting and was spending most of his time on his ranch in Texas when he was asked by director Alexander Payne to star in Sideways (2004)
His father is an Army officer/health care worker, while his mother is a homemaker.
Thomas worked out in a gym for more than 6 months and put on more than 10 pounds of muscles to play the lead villain Flint Marko/Sandman in Spiderman-3 (2007), at director Sam Raimi's request.
Thomas was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science (AMPAS) in 2005.
He is engaged to actress Mia Zottoli, with whom he has a daughter with, named Cody, who was born in 2004.
Thomas made his directorial debut with Rolling Kansas in 2003.
Thomas started in the entertainment business as a radio personality.
He graduated from Harlingen High School in 1979, and subsequently went on to attend the University of North Texas.
He is the third of six children in his family.
Thomas: (referring to his sex scenes with Sandra Oh in Sideways (2004)) For a while, I was through with acting, and then Alexander Payne called me up and said 'Hey, Thomas! I have a script I want you to read! It'll be great; you get to sleep with my wife!'
Thomas: Generally, when I meet prospective employers, I tiptoe into that. You don't want to shove your way through the door. But, if at all possible, you want to exact an invitation to collaborate.