Tom Waits



Place of birth:

Pomona, California, USA:


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

Motherless Brooklyn (2019)
as News Stand Owner (uncredited)
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
The Moon’s Milk (2018)
as Captain Millipede (voice)
Tom Waits: Tales from a Cracked Jukebox (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 Himself
Tom Waits: Under Review (2008)
as Himself
Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
as Kneller
Tom Waits - Burma Shave [Live Concert] (2006)
as Himself
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)
as Himself
Tom Waits - Bridge School Benefit (1999)
as Himself
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
The Fisher King (1991)
as Disabled Vet
Bis ans Ende der Welt (1991)
as Himself/Singer in bar (uncredited)
Queens Logic (1991)
as Monte
Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter (1990)
as Himself
The Two Jakes (1990)
as Plainclothes Policeman
Bearskin: An Urban Fairytale (1989)
as Silva
Mystery Train (1989)
as Radio DJ (voice)
Cold Feet (1989)
as Kenny
Big Time (1988)
as Himself
Candy Mountain (1988)
as Al Silk
Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night (1988)
as Himself
Ironweed (1987)
as Rudy
Down by Law (1986)
as Zack
The Cotton Club (1984)
as Irving Stark
The Stone Boy (1984)
as Petrified man at carnival (uncredited)
Rumble Fish (1983)
as Benny
The Outsiders (1983)
as Buck Merrill
Poetry in Motion (1982)
as Himself
Wolfen (1981)
as Drunken Bar Owner (uncredited)
One from the Heart (1981)
as Trumpet player (uncredited)
Tom Waits - No Visitors After Midnight (1979)
as Himself
Tom Waits for No One (1979)
as Himself
Paradise Alley (1978)
as Mumbles
Tom Waits: A Day in Vienna (1978)
as himself
Tom Waits: Rockpalast '77 (1977)
as Himself
Tom Waits - One Star Shining : The First Decade ()
as Himself
Keyhole Garden ()

Production Credits

The Last Castle (2001)
Original Music Composer
Night on Earth (1991)
Original Music Composer
Night on Earth (1991)
The Black Rider (1990)
Big Time (1988)
Down by Law (1986)
Streetwise (1984)
One from the Heart (1981)
Original Music Composer
On the Nickel (1980)
Tom Waits for No One (1979)