Tom Waits

Tom Waits

  • Born on
    • December 7th, 1949
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. Description above from the Wikipedia article Tom Waits, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Starring Tom Waits on Plex


Acting (32 Credits)

2021Ultra City Smiths as The Narrator (voice)
2019The Dead Don't Die as Hermit Bob
2019Motherless Brooklyn as News Stand Owner (uncredited)
2018The Old Man & the Gun as Waller
2018The Ballad of Buster Scruggs as Prospector (segment "All Gold Canyon")
2012Seven Psychopaths as Zachariah Rigby
2011Twixt as Narrator (voice)
2010The Book of Eli as Engineer
2009The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus as Devil
2006Wristcutters: A Love Story as Kneller
2005Domino as The Wanderer
2003Coffee and Cigarettes as Tom
1999Mystery Men as Doc Heller
1993Coffee and Cigarettes III as Tom
1993Short Cuts as Earl Piggot
1992Bram Stoker's Dracula as R.M. Renfield
1991At Play in the Fields of the Lord as Wolf
1991Queens Logic as Monte
1991The Fisher King as Disabled Vet
1991Fishing With John
1990The Two Jakes as Plainclothes Policeman
1989Cold Feet as KennyWatch Free
1989Mystery Train as Radio DJ (voice)
1987Ironweed as Rudy
1986Down by Law as Zack
1984The Stone Boy as Petrified man at carnival (uncredited)
1984The Cotton Club as Irving StarkWatch Free
1983Rumble Fish as Benny
1983The Outsiders as Buck Merrill
1981One from the Heart as Trumpet player (uncredited)
1981Wolfen as Drunken Bar Owner (uncredited)
1978Paradise Alley as Mumbles

Writer (1 Credits)


Himself (6 Credits)

2015Keith Richards: Under the Influence as Himself
2005The Tiger and the Snow as Himself / Sè stesso
2003Bukowski: Born into This as Himself
1991Until the End of the World as Himself/Singer in bar (uncredited)
1988Big Time as Himself
1988Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night as Himself


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