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Tom Waits


Tom Waits was was born in Pomona, California, to schoolteachers Alma Fern (Johnson) and Jesse Frank Waits. Described as one of the last beatniks of the contemporary music, Tom Waits - in fact - had two separate careers. From 1973 (LP "Closing Time") to 1983 ("One From The Heart" soundtrack), he recorded nine LPs for Asylum Records, writing songs ... See full bio »

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 2014 Guapas (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Dulce de leche tentación (2014) ... (writer: "Temptation" - uncredited)
 2014 Lifers (Short) (performer: "Chicago") / (writer: "Chicago")
  True Blood (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 2008 - 2014) (performer - 1 episode, 2014)
- Jesus Gonna Be Here (2014) ... (performer: "Jesus Gonna Be Here" - uncredited) / (writer: "Jesus Gonna Be Here" - uncredited)
- Mine (2008) ... (writer: "Downtown" - uncredited)
 2008-2014 How I Met Your Mother (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Last Forever: Part Two (2014) ... (writer: "Downtown Train" - uncredited)
- I Heart NJ (2008) ... (writer: "Jersey Girl" - uncredited)
 2014 A Most Wanted Man (performer: "Hoist That Rag") / (writer: "Hoist That Rag")
  The Walking Dead (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 2013) (performer - 1 episode, 2013)
- Infected (2013) ... (writer: "I Don't Want to Grow Up" - uncredited)
- I Ain't a Judas (2013) ... (performer: "Hold On") / (writer: "Hold On")
 2013 Dead in 5 Heartbeats (writer: "Way Down In A Hole")
 2012 Universum (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Der wilde Wald der Kaiserin (2012) ... (performer: "Last Leaf"" - uncredited)
 2012 Bank Roll (performer: "$29.00") / (writer: "$29.00")
 2012 Duro de domar (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Fito Páez (2012) ... (writer: "Time")
  Bunheads (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2012) (writer - 1 episode, 2012)
- For Fanny (2012) ... (performer: "Picture In a Frame" - uncredited) / (writer: "Picture In a Frame" - uncredited)
  Harry's Law (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2012) (writer - 1 episode, 2012)
- Onward and Upward (2012) ... (performer: "Take Me Home" - uncredited) / (writer: "Take Me Home" - uncredited)
  No me la puc treure del cap (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2012) (writer - 1 episode, 2010)
- Televisió i publicitat (2012) ... (performer: "Innocent When You Dream")
- Jo vinc d'un silenci (2010) ... (performer: "The Piano Has Been Drinking") / (writer: "The Piano Has Been Drinking")
 2012 Two Rabbits (performer: "I'm Still Here")
 2012 13 Steps (Video) (writer: "Anywhere I Lay My Head,")
 2011 RocKwiz (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- 2011 Christmas Special (2011) ... (writer: "Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis")
  Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 2001 - 2011) (performer - 1 episode, 2006)
- Episode #19.46 (2011) ... (writer: "Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards)" - uncredited)
- Episode #14.55 (2006) ... (performer: "Lie To Me" - uncredited)
- Episode #9.16 (2001) ... (writer: "Time" - uncredited)
 2011 Jedermann Remixed (TV Movie) (writer: "Way Down in the Hole")
 2011 Breakfast with Bukowski (Short) (performer: "Hoist That Rag")
 2010/I I'm Still Here (writer: "All The World Is Green")
 2010 Miral (performer: "Down There By The Train", "Lost In The Harbour") / (writer: "Down There By The Train", "Lost In The Harbour")
 2010 The Sons of Tennessee Williams (Documentary) (performer: "Tootie Ma Is a Big Fine Thing")
 2010 Lights Out (performer: "Somewhere" (from "West Side Story", 1957))
 2010 Himmelwärts (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Diamond In Your Mind" - uncredited)
 2009 Numb3rs (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Where Credit's Due (2009) ... (performer: "Shiver Me Timbers" - uncredited)
 2009 Fumô chitai (TV Series) (performer: "Tom Traubert's Blues")
 2009 Romaine 30° Below (performer: "Russian Dance") / (writer: "Russian Dance")
 2009 Big River Man (Documentary) (performer: "All The World Is Green") / (writer: "All The World Is Green")
 2008 Kosketuksessa (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Sir Elwoodin hiljaiset värit (2008) ... (writer: "Kaduilla kallion (In the neighbourhood)")
 2008 The Cobrasnake (Short) ("Innocent When You Dream (78)")
 2008 American Carnival (Documentary) (writer: "I Don't Wanna Grow Up", "Rain Dogs")
  Banda sonora (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2008) (writer - 1 episode, 2008)
- Episode #4.11 (2008) ... (performer: "San Diego Serenade") / (writer: "San Diego Serenade")
 2008 NCIS (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Last Man Standing (2008) ... (writer: "Temptation" - uncredited)
 2008 Jef (Short) (performer: "Alice") / (writer: "Alice")
 2008 Idiots and Angels (performer: "Kommienezuspadt", "Flowers Grave") / (writer: "Kommienezuspadt", "Flowers Grave")
 2008 Beautiful Losers (Documentary) (writer: "I Don't Want to Grow Up")
 2008 Medicine for Melancholy (performer: "Lie To Me") / (writer: "Lie To Me")
  Parashat Ha-Shavua (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes, 2008) (writer - 2 episodes, 2008)
- Mishpatim (2008) ... (performer: "This One's from the Heart", "Presents", "One upon a Town/Empty Pockets", "Old Boyfriends", "Little Boy Blue", "Is There Any Way Out of This Dream?", "Instrumental Montage", "I Beg Your Pardon", "PICKING UP AFTER YOU") / (writer: "This One's from the Heart", "Presents", "One upon a Town/Empty Pockets", "Old Boyfriends", "Little Boy Blue", "Is There Any Way Out of This Dream?", "Instrumental Montage", "I Beg Your Pardon", "PICKING UP AFTER YOU")
- BeShalach (2008) ... (performer: "Blue Valentines") / (writer: "Blue Valentines")
 2008 The Last International Playboy (writer: "I don't want to grow up")
 2007 Mama's Boy (writer: "I Don't Want to Grow Up")
 2007 So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Top 6 Results (2007) ... (performer: "2:19")
 2007 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (as T. Waits, "All The World Is Green", "Green Grass") / (performer: "All The World Is Green", "Green Grass")
 2007 ER (TV Series) (1 episode)
- I Don't (2007) ... ("The World Keeps Turning")
  Life on Mars (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2007) (writer - 1 episode, 2007)
- Episode #2.8 (2007) ... (performer: "I Hope I Don't Fall in Love with You") / (writer: "I Hope I Don't Fall in Love with You")
 2002-2006 The Wire (TV Series) (writer - 15 episodes)
- A New Day (2006) ... (writer: "Way Down in the Hole" - uncredited)
- Soft Eyes (2006) ... (writer: "Way Down In The Hole")
- Mission Accomplished (2004) ... (writer: "Way Down in the Hole" - uncredited)
- Middle Ground (2004) ... (writer: "Way Down in the Hole" - uncredited)
- Reformation (2004) ... (writer: "Way Down in the Hole" - uncredited)
 2006 Absolute Wilson (Documentary) (writer: "Musical excerpts from 'The Black Rider'")
 2006 Wristcutters: A Love Story (performer: "Dead and Lovely") / (writer: "Dead and Lovely")
 2006 The Ground Truth (Documentary) (performer: "Day After Tomorrow") / (writer: "Day After Tomorrow")
 2005 Jarhead (performer: "Soldier's Things") / (writer: "Soldier's Things")
 2005 The Tiger and the Snow (performer: "You Can Never Hold Back Spring") / (writer: "You Can Never Hold Back Spring")
 2005 Daltry Calhoun (writer: "Looks Like I'm Up Sh*t Creek Again")
 2005 Domino (performer: "Cold Cold Ground", "Jesus Gonna Be Here") / (writer: "Cold Cold Ground", "Jesus Gonna Be Here")
 2005 Embedded (Video) (performer: "Day After Tomorrow") / (writer: "Day After Tomorrow")
 2005 A Little Trip to Heaven (writer: "A Little Trip To Heaven")
 2005 The Secret Life of Words (performer: "All the World Is Green") / (writer: "All the World Is Green")
 2005 Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Documentary) (performer: "What's He Building in There?", "Straight to the Top (Vegas)", "Temptation", "God's Away on Business") / (writer: "What's He Building in There?", "Straight to the Top (Vegas)", "Temptation", "God's Away on Business")
 2005 East of Sunset (writer: "Lonely", "Poncho's Lament", "I Hope that I Don't Fall in Love with You", "Old Shoes", "Ruby's Arms", "Downtown", "Heart Attack and Vine", "Please Call Me, Baby", "You Can't Unring a Bell", "New Coat of Paint", "Better Off Without a Wife", "Cinny's Waltz", "Broken Bicycles")
 2005 Robots (performer: "UNDERGROUND") / (writer: "UNDERGROUND")
 2005 Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Martha")
  Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2005) (writer - 1 episode, 2005)
- Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) ... (performer: "What's He Building?", "Straight to the Top (Vegas)", "Temptation", "God's Away on Business") / (writer: "What's He Building?", "Straight to the Top (Vegas)", "Temptation", "God's Away on Business")
 2004 Around the Bend (writer: "Old Shoes")
 2004 Ramones Raw (Documentary) (writer: "I Don't Want to Grow Up" - as Tom Waites)
 2004/I Yes (writer: "FAWN")
 2004 Shrek 2 (performer: "Little Drop of Poison" (1997)) / (writer: "Little Drop of Poison" (1997))
 2004 Hellboy (performer: "Heart Attack and Vine") / (writer: "Heart Attack and Vine")
 2004 The Prince and Me ("I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love with You")
 2004 Jersey Girl (writer: "Jersey Girl")
 2004 In the Realms of the Unreal (Documentary) (writer: "Flash Pan Hunter (Intro)", "Innocent When You Dream (78)")
 2004 Weird Sex and Snowshoes: A Trek Through the Canadian Cinematic Psyche (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Temptation") / (writer: "Temptation")
 2003 November (performer: "Tom Traubert's Blues (Four Sheets To The Wind In Copenhagen)") / (writer: "Tom Traubert's Blues (Four Sheets To The Wind In Copenhagen)")
 2003 Coffee and Cigarettes (performer: "Saw Sage") / (writer: "Saw Sage" - as T. Waits)
 2003 The Big Empty (writer: "WALK AWAY")
 2003 The United States of Leland (writer: "Diamond in Your Mind")
  Gilmore Girls (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2002) (writer - 1 episode, 2002)
- Application Anxiety (2002) ... (performer: "Big in Japan") / (writer: "Big in Japan")
 2002 Mondays in the Sun (performer: "On the Otherside of the World") / (writer: "On the Otherside of the World")
 2002 Project: Valkyrie (writer: "A Soldier's Things")
 2001 Night at the Golden Eagle (performer: "Swordfishtrombone") / (writer: "Swordfishtrombone")
 2001 The Last Castle (writer: "Get Behind the Mule")
 2001 Big Bad Love (performer: "Long Way Home", "Jayne's Blue Wish")
 2001 Taivas sinivalkoinen (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 6 episodes)
- Jees, olympialaiset (2001) ... (writer: "Taivas sinivalkoinen")
- Hartiapankki (2001) ... (writer: "Taivas sinivalkoinen")
- Lapsihalvaus (2001) ... (writer: "Taivas sinivalkoinen")
- Läskisoosia (2001) ... (writer: "Taivas sinivalkoinen")
- Sokkelitalkoot (2001) ... (writer: "Taivas sinivalkoinen")
 2000 Marianne Faithfull: Dreaming My Dreams (Video documentary) (writer: "Strange Weather")
 2000 Pollock (performer: "The World Keeps Turning") / (writer: "The World Keeps Turning")
 2000 Maelstrom (performer: "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me")
 2000 The Perfect Storm (performer: "Heart of Saturday Night") / (writer: "Heart of Saturday Night")
 2000 Keeping the Faith (performer: "Please Call Me Baby") / (writer: "Please Call Me Baby")
 2000 Condo Painting (Documentary) (performer: "Black Wings") / (writer: "Black Wings")
 2000 Gun Shy (performer: "More Than Rain") / (writer: "More Than Rain")
  Chyornaya komnata (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2000) (writer - 1 episode, 2000)
- Busido (2000) ... (performer: "Telephone Call From Istanbul") / (writer: "Telephone Call From Istanbul")
 1999 Liberty Heights (performer: "Halloween Strip", "It's Over") / (producer: "Halloween Strip", "It's Over") / (writer: "Halloween Strip", "It's Over")
 1999 Barend en Van Dorp (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 2 November 1999 (1999) ... (writer: "Ol'55")
 1999 The Third Miracle (performer: "Way Down in the Hole") / (writer: "Way Down in the Hole")
 1999 Fight Club (performer: "GOIN' OUT WEST") / (writer: "GOIN' OUT WEST")
 1999 Live Virgin ("Heart Attack and Wine")
 1999 Limbo (writer: "(Lookin' For) The Heart of Saturday Night")
 1998 Permanent Midnight (performer: "WALKING SPANISH") / (writer: "WALKING SPANISH")
 1998 Jerry and Tom (performer: "Dirt In The Ground) / (writer: "Dirt In The Ground)
 1998 Johnny Skidmarks (performer: "Walking Spanish") / (writer: "Walking Spanish")
 1998 Bunny (Short) (performer: "Bend Down the Branches") / (writer: "Bend Down the Branches")
 1997 Trojan War (writer: "I Hope I Don't Fall In Love With You")
 1997 Afterglow (performer: "Somewhere")
 1997 The End of Violence (performer: "Little Drop of Poison") / (producer: "Little Drop of Poison") / (writer: "Little Drop of Poison")
 1996 Art City 1: Making It in Manhattan (Documentary) (performer: "Just Another Sucker on the Vine") / (writer: "Just Another Sucker on the Vine")
 1996 The Good Life ("I Don't Wanna Grow Up")
  Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series) (1 episode, 1996) (performer - 1 episode, 1996) (writer - 1 episode, 1996)
- Control (1996) ... ("Cold, Cold Ground")
- Bad Medicine (1996) ... (performer: "'Til the Money Runs Out", "Cold Cold Ground") / (writer: "'Til the Money Runs Out", "Cold Cold Ground")
 1996 Father's Day (as T. Waits, "Who Are You This Time")
 1996 Basquiat (performer: "Who Are You This Time", "Tom Traubert's Blues (Four Sheets to the Wind in Copenhagen)") / (writer: "Who Are You This Time", "Tom Traubert's Blues (Four Sheets to the Wind in Copenhagen)")
 1996 Generation X (TV Movie) (performer: "Telephone Call From Istanbul") / (writer: "Telephone Call From Istanbul")
 1995 Little Criminals (TV Movie) (performer: "Clap Hands") / (writer: "Clap Hands")
 1995 Twelve Monkeys (performer: "The Earth Died Screaming" (1992)) / (writer: "The Earth Died Screaming" (1992))
 1995 Georgia (performer: "THE PIANO HAS BEEN DRINKING") / (writer: "THE PIANO HAS BEEN DRINKING")
 1995 Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (performer: "Jockey Full Of Bourbon") / (writer: "Jockey Full Of Bourbon")
 1995 Smoke ("Innocent when you dream") / (performer: "Downtown Train", "Innocent when you dream") / (writer: "Downtown Train", "Innocent when you dream")
 1995 Boys on the Side (writer: "Ol' 55")
 1994 Fumbling Towards Ecstasy Live (Video documentary) (writer: "Ol' 55")
 1994 Beavis and Butt-Head (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Final Judgement of Beavis (1994) ... (performer: "I Don't Want to Grow Up")
 1992 American Heart (lyrics: "Jersey Girl") / (music: "Jersey Girl") / (performer: "I'll Never Let Go of Your Hand", "Jack's Flashback Theme" and "Additional Music", "I'm Crazy 'bout My Baby", "Jersey Girl") / (producer: "I'll Never Let Go of Your Hand", "Jack's Flashback Theme" and "Additional Music") / (writer: "I'll Never Let Go of Your Hand", "Jack's Flashback Theme" and "Additional Music")
 1992 Léolo (performer: "Cold Cold Ground", "Temptation") / (writer: "Cold Cold Ground", "Temptation")
 1992 Jersey Girl (writer: "JERSEY GIRL")
 1991 Night on Earth (arranger: "Back in the Good Old World", "Good Old World") / (producer: "Back in the Good Old World", "Good Old World") / (writer: "Back in the Good Old World", "Good Old World")
 1990 Red Hot and Blue (TV Movie) (performer: "It's Alright With Me")
 1989 Sea of Love (performer: "SEA OF LOVE" (End Title Version))
 1988 Boulevard of Broken Dreams (performer: "Tom Traubert's Blues") / (writer: "Tom Traubert's Blues")
 1988 Let's Get Lost (Documentary) ("Jersey Girl")
 1988 Tommys Hollywood Report (TV Movie) (performer: "Swordfishtrombone" - uncredited) / (writer: "Swordfishtrombone" - uncredited)
 1986 Macken (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Del 2 (1986) ... (music: "Plocka upp efter dig")
 1986 Down by Law (performer: "Jockey Full of Bourbon", "Tango Till They're Sore", "Crying") / (writer: "Jockey Full of Bourbon", "Tango Till They're Sore")
 1985 Edge of Darkness (TV Mini-Series) ("Sixteen Shells from a Thirty-Ought Six")
 1984 Fame (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Ballad of Ray Claxton (1984) ... (writer: "In the Heart of Saturday Night")
 1984 Streetwise (Documentary) (performer: "Take Care Of All My Children", "Rat's Theme") / (writer: "Take Care Of All My Children", "Rat's Theme")
 1983 First Name: Carmen ("Ruby's Arms")
 1982 The Uppercrust (performer: "On The Nickel") / (writer: "On The Nickel")
 1982 One from the Heart (performer: "Tom's Piano Intro", "Once Upon A Town", "The Wages Of Love", "Picking Up After You", "Broken Bicycles", "I Beg Your Pardon", "Little Boy Blue", "The Tango", "You Can't Unring A Bell", "Take Me Home", "One From The Heart") / (writer: "Tom's Piano Intro", "It's Raining Cuban Cigars" (uncredited), "Once Upon A Town", "The Wages Of Love", "Is There Any Way Out Of This Dream?", "Picking Up After You", "Old Boyfriends", "Broken Bicycles", "I Beg Your Pardon", "Little Boy Blue", "The Tango", "Circus Girl", "You Can't Unring A Bell", "Take Me Home", "Presents", "One From The Heart")
 1981 Wolfen (performer: "Jitterbug Boy") / (writer: "Jitterbug Boy")
 1980 Divine Madness (Documentary) (writer: "Shiver Me Timbers")
 1980 On the Nickel ("On The Nickel")
 1980 Bad Timing (performer: "An Invitation To The Blues") / (writer: "An Invitation To The Blues")
 1979 Tom Waits for No One (Short) (performer: "The One That Got Away") / (writer: "The One That Got Away")
 1978 Tom Waits: A Day in Vienna (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Jitterbug Boy" (uncredited), "A Sweet Little Bullet from a Pretty Blue Gun" (uncredited), "Shake, Rattle and Roll" (uncredited), "Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis" (uncredited), "Closing Time")
 1978 Paradise Alley (performer: " (Meet Me in) Paradise Alley", "Annie's Back in Town") / (writer: " (Meet Me in) Paradise Alley", "Annie's Back in Town")
  Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1977) (writer - 1 episode, 1977)
- Julian Bond/Tom Waits, Brick (1977) ... (performer: "Eggs & Sausages") / (writer: "Eggs & Sausages")
 1976 The Bette Midler Show (TV Movie) (writer: "Shiver Me Timbers" - uncredited)
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Other Works:

Compilation album: "Anthology" (WEA/Elektra). See more »

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6 Print Biographies | 7 Interviews | 15 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 7 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Commercials are an unnatural use of my work ... it's like having a cow's udder sewn to the side of my face. Painful and humiliating. See more »

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Lives in Sonoma County, California. See more »

Trademark:

Raspy, gravelly singing voice

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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