Tom Waits


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Thomas Alan Waits 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, Waits in fact has 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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Seven Psychopaths Zachariah
(2012)
(1986)
Short Cuts Earl Piggot
(1993)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Prospector (segment "All Gold Canyon")
(2018)

Filmography

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 2023 Wildwood (filming) (voice)
 2021 Licorice Pizza
Rex Blau
 2021 Ultra City Smiths (TV Series)
The Narrator
- Family of Orphans (2021) ... The Narrator (voice)
- O-o-h Child (2021) ... The Narrator (voice)
- The Little Baby Hand Pinky Grip (2021) ... The Narrator (voice)
- Hot Clues (2021) ... The Narrator (voice)
- The King of the Night (2021) ... The Narrator (voice)
 2019 The Dead Don't Die
Hermit Bob
 2018 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Prospector (segment "All Gold Canyon")
 2018 The Old Man & the Gun
Waller
 2018 The Moon's Milk (Short)
Captain Millipede (voice)
 2016 Citizen (TV Series)
Cesar
- Episode #1.1 ... Cesar
 2013 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Lloyd
- Homer Goes to Prep School (2013) ... Lloyd (voice)
 2012 The Laughing Heart (Short)
Narrator
 2012 Seven Psychopaths
Zachariah
 2011 Twixt
Narrator (voice)
 2011 The Monster of Nix (Short)
Virgil (voice)
 2010 The Book of Eli
Engineer
 2006 Tom Waits: Lie to Me (Music Video)
Tom Waits
 2005 Domino
Wanderer
 2004 Tom Waits: Top of the Hill (Music Video)
Tom Waits
 2003 Coffee and Cigarettes
Tom (segment "Somewhere in California")
 1999 Tom Waits: Come on Up to the House (Music Video)
Tom Waits
 1999 Tom Waits: Hold On (Music Video)
Tom Waits
 1999 Tom Waits: What's He Building? (Music Video)
Tom Waits (voice)
 1999 Mystery Men
Doc Heller
 1993 Coffee and Cigarettes III (Short)
Tom
 1993 Short Cuts
Earl Piggot
 1992 Tom Waits: Goin' Out West (Music Video)
Tom Waits
 1992 Dracula
R.M. Renfield
 1991 Until the End of the World
Singer in Bar (uncredited)
 1991 The Fisher King
Disabled Veteran (uncredited)
 1991 Queens Logic
Monte
 1990 The Two Jakes
Plainclothes Policeman (uncredited)
 1989 Cold Feet
Kenny
 1989 Mystery Train
Radio DJ (segment "Lost in Space") (voice)
 1988 Greasy Lake (Video short)
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1987 Tom Waits: Blow Wind Blow (Music Video)
Tom Waits
 1987 Tom Waits: Temptation (Music Video)
Tom Waits
 1987 Ironweed
Rudy
 1987 Candy Mountain
Al Silk
 1986 Down by Law
Zack
 1984 The Cotton Club
Irving Stark
 1984 The Stone Boy
Petrified Man at Carnival (uncredited)
 1983 Tom Waits: In the Neighborhood (Music Video)
Tom Waits
 1983 Rumble Fish
Benny
 1983 The Outsiders
Buck Merrill
 1981 One from the Heart
Trumpet Player (uncredited)
 1981 Wolfen
Drunken Bar Owner (uncredited)
 1978 Paradise Alley
Mumbles
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Album: Night on Earth (1991) original soundtrack (Island Records). See more »

Publicity Listings:

6 Print Biographies | 7 Interviews | 18 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 7 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Official Sites:

Anti Records | Facebook | See more »

Alternate Names:

Mule Patterson | Mr. Tom Waits

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)

Spouse:

Kathleen Brennan  (3 children)

Parents:

Waits (Johnson), Alma Fern | Waits, Jesse Frank
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. See more »

Trivia:

Uses a large collection of electric megaphones to create unusual tonal effects on his recordings. One of his favorites is a 1944 vintage issued by the US Navy Bureau of Ships, manufactured by Guided Radio Corp. of New York. See more »

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