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Tom Waits

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.

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Dec 7, 1949 In Pomona, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Paradise Alley 1978-09-22
Latest Project:
Movie Keyhole Garden 2022
Known For
Movie Keyhole Garden 2022
Movie The Dead Don't Die Hermit Bob 2019-05-15
Movie Motherless Brooklyn News Stand Owner (uncredited) 2019-10-31
Movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Prospector (segment "All Gold Canyon") 2018-11-09
Movie Roy Orbison: Black and White Night 30 2017-02-24
Movie Tom Waits: Tales from a Cracked Jukebox self 2017-02-19
Movie Seven Psychopaths Zachariah Rigby 2012-10-12
Movie The Monster of Nix Virgil (Voice) 2011-06-10
Movie Twixt Narrator (voice) 2011-09-10
Movie The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Devil 2009-10-01
Movie Wristcutters: A Love Story Kneller 2006-01-24
Movie Domino The Wanderer 2005-10-14
Movie Coffee and Cigarettes Tom 2003-09-05
Movie Mystery Men Doc Heller 1999-08-06
Movie Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country Himself 1993-03-26
Movie Short Cuts Earl Piggot 1993-09-05
Movie Bram Stoker's Dracula R.M. Renfield 1992-11-13
Movie Queens Logic Monte 1991-02-01
Movie At Play in the Fields of the Lord Wolf 1991-12-06
Movie The Fisher King Disabled Vet 1991-09-20
Movie The Two Jakes Plainclothes Policeman 1990-08-10
Movie Cold Feet Kenny 1989-05-19
Movie Mystery Train Radio DJ (voice) 1989-09-06
Movie Bearskin: An Urban Fairytale Silva 1989-11-05
Movie Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night Himself 1988-01-03
Movie Candy Mountain Al Silk 1988-01-20
Movie Ironweed Rudy 1987-12-18
Movie Down by Law Zack 1986-09-20
Movie The Stone Boy Petrified man at carnival (uncredited) 1984-04-04
Movie The Cotton Club Irving Stark 1984-12-14
Movie The Outsiders Buck Merrill 1983-03-25
Movie The Making of 'One from the Heart' Himself 1982-08-14
Movie One from the Heart Trumpet player (uncredited) 1982-02-11
Movie Wolfen Drunken Bar Owner (uncredited) 1981-07-24
Movie Paradise Alley Mumbles 1978-09-22