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Fats Waller (1904–1943)

Thomas Waller was born in 1904. He was one of the most important pianist in the history of jazz. He studied piano with James P. Johnson, one of the masters of the stride piano in the 1920s. Fats began recording his first piano solos in 1923. He worked in the revue "Hot Chocolates" in the late 1920s as a composer. Along with Duke Ellington, he is ... See full bio »

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  Z: The Beginning of Everything (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2017) (writer - 1 episode, 2017)
- You, Me and Us (2017) ... (performer: "Ain't Misbehavin", "Joint Is Jumpin'" - uncredited) / (writer: "Joint Is Jumpin'" - uncredited)
 2016 My First Apartamento: Peter Shire (Documentary short) (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'" - uncredited)
 2016 Besar-te com un home (Short) (performer: "This Is So Nice It Must Be Illegal")
 2016 Florence Foster Jenkins (performer: "Take It Easy")
 2016 Vince Giordano: There's a Future in the Past (Documentary) (writer: "Keeping Out of Mischief Now")
 2015/I The Intern (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'" - as Thomas "Fats" Waller)
 2015 Honeysuckle (Short) (writer: "Honeysuckle Rose")
 2015 Tennis: Eastbourne (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- 2015: Day 4 (2015) ... (music: "Honeysuckle Rose" - uncredited)
 2015/I The Little Prince (performer: "Don't Let It Bother you")
 2015 Bessie (TV Movie) (performer: "A Good Man Is Hard to Find") / (writer: "(What Did I Do To Be So) Black and Blue" - as Thomas "Fats" Waller)
 2014 Marcus Finds a Voice (Short) (performer: "I Ain't Got Nobody")
 2013/I The Hitchhiker (Video short) (performer: "Monday Morning", "You Can't Be Mine and Someone Else's Too")
 2013 The Great Gatsby (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'" - as Thomas "Fats" Waller)
 2013 Mob Short: An Inconvenient Affair (Short) (writer: "AIN'T MISBEHAVIN")
 2012 The Good Wife (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- A Defense of Marriage (2012) ... (performer: "It's A Sin To Tell A Lie")
 2012 Stories We Tell (Documentary) (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin" - as Thomas 'Fats' Waller)
 2012 Beasts of the Southern Wild (performer: "(It Will Have To Do) Until the Real Thing Comes Along")
 2011 The Big Something (performer: "Abdullah", "By the Light of the Silv'ry Moon")
 2011 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Marwencol (2011) ... (writer: "Honeysuckle Rose")
 2011/I Restless (performer: "Twenty-Four Robbers")
 2011 Jussi i våra hjärtan (Documentary) (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'", "Come on and stomp, stomp, stomp")
 2010 Mafia II (Video Game) ("COME ON AND STOMP, STOMP, STOMP")
 2009 An Evening with Eartha Kitt (TV Movie documentary) (music: "Ain't Misbehavin'")
 2009 He's Just Not That Into You (writer: "The Jitterbug Waltz" - as Thomas "Fats" Waller)
 2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'" - as Thomas 'Fats' Waller)
 2008 Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon (Documentary) (lyrics: "The Joint Is Jumpin'") / (music: "The Joint Is Jumpin'")
 2008 Sita Sings the Blues (music: "I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling")
 2008 Be Kind Rewind (performer: "I Ain't Got Nobody", "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot", "Your Feets Too Big") / (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'" - as Thomas 'Fats' Waller)
 2007 The Bucket List (writer: "I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling" - uncredited)
 2007 Sarah Vaughan: Live in '58 & '64 (Video) (music: "Honeysuckle Rose" - uncredited)
 2007 Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Abridged Movie (TV Movie) (writer: "Intermission Music" - uncredited)
  Great Performances (TV Series) (1 episode, 2004) (writer - 2 episodes, 1985 - 1999) (music - 1 episode, 2007)
- We Love Ella! A Tribute to the First Lady of Song (2007) ... (music: "Ain't Misbehavin'")
- Broadway's Lost Treasures II (2004) ... ("The Ladies Who Sing With the Band")
- My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies (1999) ... (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin' / Mean to Me")
- The Best of Broadway (1985) ... (writer: "Cash For Your Trash")
 2007 Surf's Up (writer: "Honeysuckle Rose" - as Thomas "Fats" Waller)
 2007 King of California (performer: "Let's Pretend There's A Moon")
 2006 All the King's Men (writer: "If It Ain't Love" - as Thomas Waller)
 2006 Shortbus (performer: "I Can't Give You Anything But Love")
 2005 The White Countess (music: "That Rhythm Man" (1929) - as Thomas Waller)
 2005 The Notorious Bettie Page (performer: " (Do You Intend to Put an End to) A Sweet Beginning Like This")
 2005 The Perfect Man (writer: "Honeysuckle Rose" - as Thomas "Fats" Waller)
 2005 Springet (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'")
 2004 The Aviator (music: "Ain't Cha Glad" (1933) - as Thomas Waller)
 2004 Around the Bend (writer: "Hi Ho Silver")
 2003 The Human Stain (music: "Honeysuckle Rose" (1929) - as Thomas 'Fats' Waller)
 2003 Anything Else (writer: "Honeysuckle Rose")
 2003 The Honeymooners (performer: "London Suite - Limehouse", "Your Feets Too Big") / (writer: "London Suite - Limehouse", "Your Feets Too Big")
 2002 Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven (Video Game) (writer: "Honeysuckle Rose")
 2002 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (music: "Keepin' Out of Mischief Now" (1932) - as Thomas "Fats" Waller)
 2002 Livshunger (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (2002) ... (music: "AIN'T MISBEHAVIN" - as Thomas Fats Waller)
 2001 Kate & Leopold (writer: "Honeysuckle Rose" - as Thomas Waller)
 2001 The Cat's Meow (writer: "Wild Cat Blues" (1923) - as Thomas "Fats" Waller)
 2001 Town & Country (music: "Ain't Misbehavin'" (1929) - as Thomas 'Fats' Waller)
 2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance (performer: "My Best Wishes")
 2000 The Mrs Bradley Mysteries (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Death at the Opera (2000) ... (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'" - uncredited)
 2000 My Dog Skip (writer: "Old Yazoo")
 1999 The Story of Us (writer: "Keepin' Out Of Mishchief Now" - as Thomas 'Fats' Waller)
 1999 Snow Falling on Cedars (performer: "I Used to Love You (But It's All Over Now)")
 1999 The Cider House Rules (writer: "Alligator Crawl" - as Thomas 'Fats' Waller)
 1999 Office Space (writer: "All That Meat and No Potatoes" (1941) - as Thomas 'Fats' Waller)
 1998 Dancing at Lughnasa (writer: "I'm More Than Satisfied" (1927))
  American Masters (TV Series documentary) (writer - 2 episodes, 1989 - 1997) (music - 1 episode, 1989)
- Vaudeville (1997) ... (writer: "I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling" - as Thomas Waller, uncredited)
- Satchmo: The Life of Louis Armstrong (1989) ... (music: "Keepin' Out of Mischief Now", "Blue Turning Grey Over You") / (writer: "Black and Blue", "Ain't Misbehavin'")
 1997 Lolita (performer: "You're My Dish")
 1996 Bengbulan (writer: "Honeysuckle Rose")
 1995 Cold Comfort Farm (TV Movie) (writer: "I'm More Than Satisfied" - as Waller)
 1994 Cari fottutissimi amici (performer: "NUMB FUMBLIN") / (writer: "NUMB FUMBLIN")
  Baseball (TV Mini-Series documentary) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1994) (music - 1 episode, 1994) (performer - 1 episode, 1994) (writer - 1 episode, 1994)
- A National Heirloom (1994) ... (lyrics: "Wild Cat Blues" - as Thomas "Fats" Waller) / (music: "Wild Cat Blues" - as Thomas "Fats" Waller) / (performer: "Handful of Keys" - as Thomas "Fats" Waller) / (writer: "Handful of Keys" - as Thomas "Fats" Waller)
 1994 Bullets Over Broadway (as Thomas 'Fats' Waller, "That Jungle Jamboree")
 1994 Ain't Misbehavin (TV Series) (writer: "Title Song")
 1990-1993 Up the Garden Path (TV Series) (writer - 18 episodes)
- Episode #3.6 (1993) ... (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'")
- Episode #3.5 (1993) ... (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'")
- Episode #3.4 (1993) ... (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'")
- Episode #3.3 (1993) ... (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'")
- Episode #3.2 (1993) ... (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'")
 1992 Ciao, Professore! (as Waller, "Ain't Misbehavin")
 1992 American Heart (writer: "I'm Crazy 'bout My Baby" - as Waller)
 1992 Mr. Saturday Night (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'" - as Thomas 'Fats' Waller)
 1991 Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection (Video) (performer: "Your Feet's Too Big")
 1991 Curly Sue (writer: "Yacht Club Swing" - as Thomas 'Fats' Waller)
 1991 The Marrying Man (writer: "HONEYSUCKLE ROSE" - as Thomas Waller)
 1991 Inspector Morse (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Who Killed Harry Field? (1991) ... (music: "Ain't Misbehavin'" - as 'Thomas "Fats' Waller, uncredited)
 1990 The Russia House (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'" - as Thomas "Fats" Waller)
 1990 Screenplay (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Antonia and Jane (1990) ... (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'")
 1989 In Country (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'")
 1989 The 43rd Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (music: "That Rhythm Man" - as Thomas "Fats' Waller)
 1988 Mr. Fixit (Short) (writer: "The Jitterbug Waltz")
  Emu's Wide World (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1988) (music - 1 episode, 1988)
- Episode #3.5 (1988) ... (lyrics: "The Joint Is Jumpin'" - uncredited) / (music: "The Joint Is Jumpin'" - uncredited)
 1987 Designing Women (TV Series) (1 episode)
- 101 Ways to Decorate a Gas Station (1987) ... ("Ain't Misbehavin'")
 1986 The 40th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'")
 1986 Soul Man (as Thomas Waller, " (What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue")
 1985 Kerouac, the Movie (Documentary) (music: "Honeysuckle Rose')
 1984 The Cotton Club (music: "Ain't Misbehavin'")
 1983 Your Feet's Too Big (Short) (performer: "Your Feet's Too Big")
 1983 Zelig (music: "I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling" (1929) - as Thomas 'Fats' Waller)
 1983 Good-bye Cruel World (music: "Ain't Misbehavin' (I'm Savin' My Love for You)" - as Thomas Waller)
 1981 They All Laughed (writer: "AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'")
 1981 The 35th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (music: "Honeysuckle Rose")
 1980 Rough Cut (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'" - uncredited)
 1980 The Carpenters: Music, Music, Music (TV Special) (music: "Ain't Misbehaving")
  The Muppet Show (TV Series) (music - 1 episode, 1979) (writer - 1 episode, 1977)
- Harry Belafonte (1979) ... (music: "Honeysuckle Rose" - uncredited)
- Connie Stevens (1977) ... (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'")
 1978 Interiors (writer: "Keepin' Out of Mischief Now" (1932))
 1978 The Cheap Detective (music: "Ain't Misbehavin'" - uncredited)
 1978 The 32nd Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (music: "Ladies Who Sing with the Band", "Off-Time")
 1977 The George Burns One-Man Show (TV Special) (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'")
 1977 New York, New York (music: "Honeysuckle Rose" - uncredited)
 1977 The Captain and Tennille (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.18 (1977) ... (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'" - uncredited)
 1976 The Sonny and Cher Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.4 (1976) ... (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'")
 1975 Lucky Lady (music: "Ain't Misbehavin'")
 1974 That's Entertainment! (Documentary) (music: "Honeysuckle Rose" (1929) - uncredited)
 1973 An Evening with Marlene Dietrich (Documentary) (music: "Honeysuckle Rose")
 1972 Sanford and Son (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- By the Numbers (1972) ... (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'")
 1971 The Grissom Gang (music: "Ain't Misbehavin'" - as Thomas 'Fats' Waller)
 1967 The Danny Kaye Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #4.24 (1967) ... (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'")
 1963 I've Got a Secret (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 14 October 1963 (1963) ... (music: "Honeysuckle Rose")
 1961 Playboy's Penthouse (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 9 September 1961 (1961) ... (writer: "Honeysuckle Rose")
 1961 Peter Gunn (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Most Deadly Angel (1961) ... (writer: "Honeysuckle Rose")
 1959 The Scarface Mob (TV Movie) (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin" - as Thomas Walter)
 1959 The Untouchables (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Pilot (1959) ... (music: "Ain't Misbehavin'" - uncredited)
 1959 M Squad (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Third Shadow (1959) ... (writer: "That Ain't Right")
 1956 Cool and Groovy (Short) (music: "Honeysuckle Rose")
 1956 The Jimmy Durante Show (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.23 (1956) ... (music: "Ain't Misbehavin'")
 1952-1955 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series) (music - 2 episodes)
- The Musical Version (1955) ... (music: "Ain't Misbehavin'" - uncredited)
- The Musical Scam (1952) ... (music: "Ain't Misbehavin'" - uncredited)
 1955 Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'")
 1955 Ain't Misbehavin' (music: "AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'")
 1955 To Paris with Love (music: "Honeysuckle Rose" - uncredited)
 1953 Walking My Baby Back Home (as Thomas (Fats, "Honeysuckle Rose")
 1952 Rainbow 'Round My Shoulders (music: "Ain't Misbehavin")
 1949 Community Sing 1655: June in January (Short) (music: "Ain't Misbehavin'" - as Thomas Waller)
 1948 Killer Diller (music: "Ain't Misbehavin'")
 1948 A Song Is Born (music: "Stealin' Apples" (1936) - uncredited)
 1948 You Were Meant for Me (music: "Ain't Misbehavin'" - uncredited)
 1946 The Show-Off (writer: "Honeysuckle Rose")
 1944 Atlantic City (writer: "AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'")
 1943 Thousands Cheer (music: "Honeysuckle Rose" - uncredited)
 1943 Stormy Weather (music: "Ain't Misbehavin'" (1929), "Moppin' and Boppin'" (1935) - uncredited) / (performer: "That Ain't Right" (1941), "Ain't Misbehavin'" (1929) - uncredited)
 1943 Follow the Band (music: "Ain't Misbehavin'" - uncredited)
 1943 Harry Parry and His Radio Rhythm Club Septet (Short) (writer: "Honeysuckle Rose")
 1941 Ain't Misbehavin' (Short) (music: "Ain't Misbehavin'") / (performer: "Ain't Misbehavin'")
 1941 Your Feet's Too Big (Short) (performer: "Your Feet's Too Big")
 1941 Honeysuckle Rose (Short) (music: "Honeysuckle Rose") / (performer: "Honeysuckle Rose")
 1941 The Joint Is Jumpin' (Short) (performer: "The Joint Is Jumpin'") / (writer: "The Joint Is Jumpin'" - as Thomas Waller)
 1940 Tin Pan Alley (music: "Honeysuckle Rose" (1929) - as Thomas Waller)
 1936 The Old Mill Pond (Short) (performer: "Mista Sippy" - uncredited)
 1936 King of Burlesque ("Too Good to Be True" (1935))
 1935 Hooray for Love (performer: "I'm Livin' in a Great Big Way" (1935) - uncredited)
 1933 Along Came Ruth (Short) (music: "My Heart's at Ease" - uncredited)
 1932 Smash Your Baggage (Short) (music: "Concentratin' on You" - uncredited)
 1932 Hide and Seek (Short) (music: "I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling" - uncredited)
 1932 The Dancing Fool (Short) (writer: "I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling" - uncredited)
 1931 Jack and the Beanstalk (Short) (writer: "I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling" - uncredited)
 1931 Sky High (Short) (music: "I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling" - uncredited)
 1931 Angel Cake (Short) (writer: "I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling" - as Thomas Waller, uncredited)
 1930 Brats (Short) (music: "My Fate Is in Your Hands" - uncredited)
 1930 Elstree Calling (writer: "Ain't Misbehavin'")
 1930 In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree (Short) (music: "I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling" - uncredited)
 1929 The Plasterers (Short) (music: "I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling")
 1929 The Locked Door (writer: "I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling" - uncredited)
 1929 Applause (music: "I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling" - uncredited)
 1929 Madame Q (Short) (music: "My Fate Is in Your Hands" - uncredited)
 1928 Walt Roesner and the Capitolians (Short) (music: "I'm More Than Satisfied" - uncredited)
 1928 Songs: I Wonder and I'm More Than Satisfied (Short) (writer: "I'm More Than Satisfied" - as Thomas Waller)
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(April 18 to May 31, 2009) "Ain't Misbehavin, The Fats Waller Musical," was performed at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Richard Maltby Jr and Murray Horowitz were developers. Richard Maltby Jr. was also director. Arthur Faria was choreographer and stage coordinator. See more »

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What's jazz, lady? If you don't know, I can't tell you. See more »


So popular was he that one evening in Chicago in 1926, he was kidnapped by four henchmen and driven to the Hawthorne Inn, owned by infamous gangster Al Capone. He found out he was the "surprise entertainment" for Capone's birthday party! See more »

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