Tom Waits



Place of birth:

Pomona, California, USA:


​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   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.

Film Credits

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The Dead Don't Die (2019)
as Hermit Bob
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
as Prospector (segment "All Gold Canyon")
The Old Man & the Gun (2018)
as Waller
Tom Waits: Tales from a Cracked Jukebox (2017)
Roy Orbison: Black and White Night 30 (2017)
as himself
Keith Richards: Under the Influence (2015)
as Himself
The Laughing Heart (2013)
as Narrator
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
as Zachariah Rigby
A Brief History of John Baldessari (2012)
as Narrator
Twixt (2011)
as Narrator (voice)
The Book of Eli (2010)
as Engineer
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
as Devil
Tom Waits - Romeo Bleeding: Live from Austin (2009)
as Tom Waits
Tom Waits: Under Review (2008)
as Himself
Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
as Kneller
Tom Waits - Burma Shave [Live Concert] (2006)
La tigre e la neve (2005)
as Himself / Sè stesso
Domino (2005)
as The Wanderer
Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
as Tom
Bukowski - Born into This (2003)
Tom Waits - Bridge School Benefit 30-10-99 (1999)
as Tom Waits
Mystery Men (1999)
as Doc Heller
Tom Waits: VH1 Storytellers (1999)
as Himself
Short Cuts (1993)
as Earl Piggot
Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country (1993)
as Himself
Coffee and Cigarettes III (1993)
as Tom
Dracula (1992)
as R.M. Renfield
At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991)
as Wolf
Bis ans Ende der Welt (1991)
as Himself/Singer in bar (uncredited)
The Fisher King (1991)
as Disabled Vet
Queens Logic (1991)
as Monte
It's All Right With Me (1990)
The Two Jakes (1990)
as Plainclothes Policeman
Bearskin: An Urban Fairytale (1989)
as Silva
Mystery Train (1989)
as Radio D.J
Cold Feet (1989)
as Kenny
Roy Orbison: Black & White Night (1988)
Big Time (1988)
Candy Mountain (1988)
as Al Silk
Ironweed (1987)
as Rudy
Down by Law (1986)
as Zack
The Cotton Club (1984)
as Irving Stark
Streetwise (1984)
as Himself
The Stone Boy (1984)
as Petrified man at carnival (uncredited)
Rumble Fish (1983)
as Benny
The Outsiders (1983)
as Buck Merrill
One from the Heart (1982)
as Trumpet player (uncredited)
Poetry in Motion (1982)
Wolfen (1981)
as Drunken bar owner
Tom Waits - No Visitors After Midnight (1979)
Tom Waits for No One (1979)
as Himself
Paradise Alley (1978)
as Mumbles
Tom Waits: A Day in Vienna (1978)
as himself
Tom Waits - One Star Shining : The First Decade (
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as Tom Waits
The Last Castle (2001)
Original Music Composer
Night on Earth (1991)
Original Music Composer
Night on Earth (1991)
The Black Rider (1990)
Down by Law (1986)
One from the Heart (1982)
Original Music Composer
On the Nickel (1980)
Tom Waits for No One (1979)