Alex Thomas was born in Los Angeles, California. He grew up with a musical background. His mother, a classical pianist, and his father, Alexander Sr., was a member of one of the greatest bands in R&B history: Earth, Wind, and Fire. Because of Thomas' height and size, sports did not work out in his favor. While growing up in the hood, the only other alternative was telling jokes. He was the class clown from kindergarten until he graduated from high school.
Right after high school, he landed his first job in the entertainment business on the hit comedy show In Living Color. I guess you can say Thomas went from high school straight to the pros. Believe it or not, he wasn't hired as a comedian or an actor, but as a dance choreographer for the infamous Fly Girls. It was on the set of In Living Color, where he met Keenan Ivory Wayans and Damon Wayans, that he was persuaded by the family to pursue a career as a stand up comedian, and the rest is history.
Two years later, Will Smith found Thomas performing at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood, California. Smith hired Thomas immediately as a writer on his hit sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, where he wrote for the show for three seasons. As a stand up comedian, Thomas has starred in two one hour comedy specials, Straight Clownin' on Showtime and BET's ComicView. Thomas has opened up for such stars as Sinbad, Jamie Foxx, Mark Curry, Damon Wayans, and Bill Cosby.
Stand up comedy has led Thomas to many television and film roles. Thomas played a sidekick role to Jamie Foxx on the hit sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show for three seasons. He has also guest starred on other hit sitcoms, such as Martin on Fox, Girlfriends on UPN, The Wayans Bros. on WB, Moesha on UPN, The Parkers on UPN, and All of Us on UPN. Thomas has also done several recurring character roles on hit animated series such as Batman Beyond, King of the Hill, and Family Guy. Thomas has also appeared on several talk shows, including The Best Damn Sports Show Period, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC, and Premium Blend on Comedy Central.
In addition, he has appeared in hit films such as The Players Club, Two Can Play That Game, Just Married, B*A*P*S, and The Wash to name a few. Thomas is also well-known in the hip-hop world from performing in several hit music videos and also several skits on platinum selling albums by artists such as Kanye West, P. Diddy, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, and Bow Wow.
Complementing his entertainment background, Thomas is also an avid 13 handicap golfer. He has played on some of the greatest courses in the world from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews. Golf has opened many doors for Thomas as he has hosted and played in several celebrity golf tournaments, including hall of famers like Magic Johnson, Eric Dickerson, and Tony Dorsett. Also, he has played in other celebrity tournaments with George Lopez, Samuel L. Jackson, Will Smith, Nick Van Exel, Antoine Walker, and Alonzo Mourning.