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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 15 April 1959Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NameThomas Francis Wilson Jr.
Nickname Tom
Height 6' 2½" (1.89 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tom Wilson is a creative artist whose professional career has explored almost every imaginable artistic discipline, blending them into a unique and very individual declaration of a life in the arts. A man of fervent but private faith his whole life, the last few years have been interesting, with hundreds of invitations to speak at conferences and retreats, as well as the opportunity to record the music that he began playing in church in the 1970s. Tom has enjoyed a successful career as an actor, writer and comedian for over 20 years. He has more than 50 films, television shows and comedy specials to his credit, and has appeared on talk shows with everyone from Johnny Carson to Jay Leno to David Letterman to Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford. As a voice-over actor, he has worked in dozens of animated series, including many episodes of Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants (1999). As a comedian he has been a regular performer at the world-famous Improv and Comedy Store since the day he arrived in Hollywood. His self-written one-man show, "Cowboy Tommy," boasted a series of sold-out engagements. He continues to act in movies and television, and he performs comedy and music at theaters across America. As a writer and producer, he's written for several prestigious literary magazines, as well as for Universal Studios, Disney, Fox and Film Roman studios, and produced a groundbreaking series of debates for Canadian television called "The Seven Deadly Sins", which examined cultural values and the role of the arts within them. As an avocation, he is a photographer and painter, with a photograph in the permanent collection of the California Museum of Photography and paintings on the walls of the guest bedrooms of many close personal friends (or, as artists like to say, "in many private collections.") Actor, comedian, writer, musician, and artist - Tom Wilson has transcended the limitations of pop-cultural celebrity to become an artist of honesty, gravity and grace. Thomas is a graduate of Radnor high school in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was known for his comedic personality.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: TomWilsonUSA.com

Spouse (1)

Caroline Wilson (6 July 1985 - present) (4 children)

Trivia (9)

Children: Anna May, Emily, Gracie and Tommy.
Although he is probably best known for playing bully Biff Tannen in the Back to the Future (1985) trilogy, he is said to be a very nice man in real life who drew upon his own personal experiences of being bullied as a child to create the Biff persona.
Paints portraits of children's toys.
Studied International Business at Arizona State University.
As a recurring character on Ghost Whisperer (2005), he returned to the same set he acted on during the Back to the Future (1985) trilogy.
Appeared in an episode of Psych entitled "Let's Get Hairy" and in a movie called Let's Get Harry (1986).
Often received fanmail meant for Tom Wilson, creator of the Ziggy comic strip.
Was once roommates with Sam Kinison and Andrew Dice Clay.
He made guest appearances on both Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) and Superman (1996).

Personal Quotes (2)

[on the appeal of Biff in the Back to the Future (1985) movies] People love the character because ultimately Biff is a failure. Biff doesn't win in the end, which is why people like him. He's this horrible guy throughout the movie, but you can be pretty confident that he's going to get slugged in the head and be unconscious at the end.
[on why he no longer signs Back to the Future memorabilia] I've decided to do what I want to do in life, and follow my own path as an artist, so I've decided not to participate in any sort of nostalgia in which I'm marginalized as a pop icon of yesteryear. I no longer support in any way an insurmountable archetype, and now exclusively pursue the things that interest me.

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