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Place of Birth Pomona, California, USA
Birthday 1949-12-07
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Also Known As Thomas Alan Waits


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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.


2019The Dead Don't Die as Hermit Bob
2018The Ballad of Buster Scruggs as Prospector (segment "All Gold Canyon")
2018The Old Man & the Gun as Waller
2018The Moon’s Milk as Captain Millipede (voice)
2017Tom Waits: Tales from a Cracked Jukebox as Himself
2017Roy Orbison: Black and White Night 30 as himself
2015Keith Richards: Under the Influence as Himself
2013The Laughing Heart as Narrator
2012Seven Psychopaths as Zachariah Rigby
2012A Brief History of John Baldessari as Narrator
2011Twixt as Narrator (voice)
2010The Book of Eli as Engineer
2009The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus as Devil
2009Tom Waits - Romeo Bleeding: Live from Austin as Himself
2008Tom Waits: Under Review as Himself
2006Wristcutters: A Love Story as Kneller
2006Tom Waits - Burma Shave [Live Concert] as Himself
2005Domino as The Wanderer
2005The Tiger and the Snow as Himself / Sè stesso
2003Coffee and Cigarettes as Tom
2003Bukowski - Born into This as Himself
1999Tom Waits - Bridge School Benefit as Himself
1999Mystery Men as Doc Heller
1999Tom Waits: VH1 Storytellers as Himself
1993Short Cuts as Earl Piggot
1993Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country as Himself
1993Coffee and Cigarettes III as Tom
1992Dracula as R.M. Renfield
1991At Play in the Fields of the Lord as Wolf
1991Until the End of the World as Himself/Singer in bar (uncredited)
1991The Fisher King as Disabled Vet
1991Queens Logic as Monte
1990Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter as Himself (segment "It's All Right With Me")
1990The Two Jakes as Plainclothes Policeman
1989Bearskin: An Urban Fairytale as Silva
1989Mystery Train as Radio DJ (voice)
1989Cold Feet as Kenny
1988Big Time as Himself
1988Candy Mountain as Al Silk
1988Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night as Himself
1987Ironweed as Rudy
1986Down by Law as Zack
1984The Cotton Club as Irving Stark
1984The Stone Boy as Petrified man at carnival (uncredited)
1983Rumble Fish as Benny
1983The Outsiders as Buck Merrill
1982One from the Heart as Trumpet player (uncredited)
1982Poetry in Motion as Himself
1981Wolfen as Drunken bar owner
1979Tom Waits - No Visitors After Midnight as Himself
1979Tom Waits for No One as Himself
1978Paradise Alley as Mumbles
1978Tom Waits: A Day in Vienna as himself
1977Tom Waits: Rockpalast '77 as Himself
Keyhole Garden
Tom Waits - One Star Shining : The First Decade as Himself

Other Roles

2001The Last Castle - Original Music Composer
1991Night on Earth - Original Music Composer
1991Night on Earth - Songs
1990The Black Rider - Music
1986Down by Law - Music
1984Streetwise - Music
1982One from the Heart - Original Music Composer
1980On the Nickel - Music
1979Tom Waits for No One - Music

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