Tom Waits

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Thomas Alan "Tom" Waits (born December 7, 1949) 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.

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​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  

Thomas Alan "Tom" Waits (born December 7, 1949) 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.

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Personal Info

Gender -

Known Credits 49

Birthday 1949-12-07

Place of Birth Pomona, California, USA

Adult Actor False

Official Site -

Also Known As

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Known For

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2015 Keith Richards: Under the Influence as Himself
2013 The Laughing Heart as Narrator
2012 Seven Psychopaths as Zachariah
2012 A Brief History of John Baldessari as Narrator
2011 Twixt as The narrator
2010 The Book of Eli as Engineer
2009 The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus as Devil
2009 Tom Waits - Romeo Bleeding: Live from Austin as Tom Waits
2008 Tom Waits: Under Review as Himself
2006 Wristcutters: A Love Story as Kneller
2005 The Tiger and the Snow as Himself / Sè stesso
2005 Domino as The Wanderer
2003 Coffee and Cigarettes as Tom
1999 Tom Waits - Bridge School Benefit 30-10-99 as Tom Waits
1999 Mystery Men as Doc Heller
1996 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah(1 episode)
1995 Coffee and Cigarettes III as Tom
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien(1 episode)
1993 Short Cuts as Earl Piggot
1992 Dracula as R.M. Renfield
1991 At Play in the Fields of the Lord as Wolf
1991 Fishing with John(1 episode) as Himself
1991 Until the End of the World as Himself/Singer in bar (uncredited)
1991 The Fisher King as Disabled Vet
1991 Queens Logic as Monte
1990 The Two Jakes as Plainclothes Policeman
1989 Bearskin: An Urban Fairytale as Silva
1989 Mystery Train as Radio D.J
1989 Cold Feet as Kenny
1988 Roy Orbison: Black & White Night as Himself
1988 Big Time
1988 Candy Mountain as Al Silk
1987 Ironweed as Rudy
1986 Down by Law as Zack
1984 The Cotton Club as Irving Stark
1984 Streetwise as Himself
1983 Rumble Fish as Benny
1983 The Outsiders as Buck Merrill
1982 One from the Heart as Trumpet player (uncredited)
1979 Tom Waits - No Visitors After Midnight
1978 Paradise Alley as Mumbles
1978 Tom Waits: A Day in Vienna as himself
1975 Saturday Night Live(1 episode)
1975 Austin City Limits(1 episode)
1900 Tom Waits - Burma Shave [Live Concert]
1900 Tom Waits - One Star Shining : The First Decade as Tom Waits
1900 Tom Waits: VH1 Storytellers as Himself

Sound

2001 The Last Castle … Original Music Composer
1991 Night on Earth … Original Music Composer
1986 Down by Law … Music
1982 One from the Heart … Original Music Composer

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