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Tom Waits

1949-12-07 Pomona, California, USA

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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.


The Dead Don't Die Hermit Bob 2019-05-15
Motherless Brooklyn News Stand Owner (uncredited) 2019-10-31
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Prospector (segment "All Gold Canyon") 2018-11-09
The Moon’s Milk Captain Millipede (voice) 2018-07-23
The Old Man & the Gun Waller 2018-09-27
Roy Orbison: Black and White Night 30 himself 2017-01-31
Tom Waits: Tales from a Cracked Jukebox Himself 2017-02-19
Keith Richards: Under the Influence Himself 2015-09-18
The Laughing Heart Narrator 2013-01-01
A Brief History of John Baldessari Narrator 2012-03-10
Seven Psychopaths Zachariah Rigby 2012-09-07
Twixt Narrator (voice) 2011-09-10
The Book of Eli Engineer 2010-01-11
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Devil 2009-10-01
Tom Waits - Romeo Bleeding: Live from Austin Himself 2009-02-06
Tom Waits: Under Review Himself 2008-05-13
Tom Waits - Burma Shave [Live Concert] Himself 2006-01-01
Wristcutters: A Love Story Kneller 2006-01-24
Domino The Wanderer 2005-10-14
La tigre e la neve Himself / Sè stesso 2005-10-14
Bukowski: Born into This Himself 2003-01-18
Coffee and Cigarettes Tom 2003-09-05
Tom Waits: VH1 Storytellers Himself 1999-04-01
Mystery Men Doc Heller 1999-08-06
Tom Waits - Bridge School Benefit Himself 1999-10-30
Coffee and Cigarettes III Tom 1993-03-18
Short Cuts Earl Piggot 1993-09-05
Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country Himself 1993-03-26
Dracula R.M. Renfield 1992-11-13
Bis ans Ende der Welt Himself/Singer in bar (uncredited) 1991-09-12
Queens Logic Monte 1991-02-01
The Fisher King Disabled Vet 1991-09-09
At Play in the Fields of the Lord Wolf 1991-12-06
Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter Himself (segment "It's All Right With Me") 1990-12-01
The Two Jakes Plainclothes Policeman 1990-08-10
Cold Feet Kenny 1989-05-19
Bearskin: An Urban Fairytale Silva 1989-11-05
Mystery Train Radio DJ (voice) 1989-09-06
Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night Himself 1988-01-03
Candy Mountain Al Silk 1988-01-20
Big Time Himself 1988-09-15
Ironweed Rudy 1987-12-18
Down by Law Zack 1986-09-20
The Stone Boy Petrified man at carnival (uncredited) 1984-04-04
The Cotton Club Irving Stark 1984-12-14
Rumble Fish Benny 1983-10-20
The Outsiders Buck Merrill 1983-03-25
Poetry in Motion Himself 1982-01-01
One from the Heart Trumpet player (uncredited) 1981-08-17
Wolfen Drunken Bar Owner (uncredited) 1981-07-24
Tom Waits - No Visitors After Midnight Himself 1979-07-27
Tom Waits for No One Himself 1979-01-01
Paradise Alley Mumbles 1978-09-22
Tom Waits: A Day in Vienna himself 1978-01-01
Tom Waits: Rockpalast '77 Himself 1977-04-18
Keyhole Garden
Tom Waits - One Star Shining : The First Decade Himself