Person Details

Birthday: 1949-12-07 22:27:30

Aliases: Thomas Alan Waits

Gender: Male

Place of birth: Pomona, California, USA

Homepage: http://www.tomwaits.com/

Movie Involvements: 35

TV Involvements: 0


Most Famous Work

Biography

Thomas Alan "Tom" Waits is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. Waits has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding "like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car." With this trademark growl, his incorporation of pre-rock music styles such as blues, jazz, and vaudeville, and experimental tendencies verging on industrial music, Waits has built up a distinctive musical persona. He has worked as a composer for movies and musical plays and as a supporting actor in films, including Down By Law, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Wristcutters: A Love Story. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his soundtrack work on One from the Heart. Lyrically, Waits' songs frequently present atmospheric portrayals of grotesque, often seedy characters and places – although he has also shown a penchant for more conventional ballads. He has a cult following and has influenced subsequent songwriters despite having little radio or music video support. His songs are best-known to the general public in the form of cover versions by more visible artists: "Jersey Girl", performed by Bruce Springsteen, "Ol' 55", performed by the Eagles, and "Downtown Train", performed by Rod Stewart. Although Waits' albums have met with mixed commercial success in his native United States, they have occasionally achieved gold album sales status in other countries. He has been nominated for a number of major music awards and has won Grammy Awards for two albums, Bone Machine and Mule Variations. In 2010, Waits was chosen to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Waits currently lives in Sonoma County, California with his wife, Kathleen Brennan, and three children. Description above from the Wikipedia article Tom Waits, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Most Famous Work

Motherless Brooklyn
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7

Motherless Brooklyn

(2019) News Stand Owner (uncredited)
The Book of Eli
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7

The Book of Eli

(2010) Engineer
Bram Stoker's Dracula
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7

Bram Stoker's Dracula

(1992) R.M. Renfield
The Outsiders
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7

The Outsiders

(1983) Buck Merrill
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
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6
Paradise Alley
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5

Paradise Alley

(1978) Mumbles
Domino
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6

Domino

(2005) The Wanderer
The Cotton Club
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7

The Cotton Club

(1984) Irving Stark

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2019 News Stand Owner (uncredited)
Hermit Bob
2018 Prospector (segment "All Gold Canyon")
Waller
Captain Millipede (voice)
2017 N/A
self
2015 Himself
2013 Narrator
2012 Zachariah Rigby
Narrator
2011 Narrator (voice)
Virgil (Voice)
2010 Engineer
2009 Devil
Himself
2008 Himself
2006 Kneller
Himself
2005 Himself / Sè stesso
The Wanderer
2003 Tom
Himself
1999 Himself
Doc Heller
Himself
1997 The Narrator
1996 Self
1993 N/A
Earl Piggot
Himself
Tom
1992 R.M. Renfield
1991 Wolf
Self
Disabled Vet
Himself/Singer in bar (uncredited)
Monte
1990 Himself
Plainclothes Policeman
1989 N/A
Silva
Radio DJ (voice)
Kenny
1988 Himself
Al Silk
Himself
1987 Rudy
1986 Zack
1984 Irving Stark
Petrified man at carnival (uncredited)
1983 Benny
Buck Merrill
1982 Himself
1981 Drunken Bar Owner (uncredited)
Trumpet player (uncredited)
1979 Himself
Himself
1978 Mumbles
himself
1977 Himself
1975 N/A
N/A
- Himself
N/A
Year Character Movie/Tv

Sound

Writing

Year Role Movie/Tv
1988 Writer
Year Role Movie/Tv

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