Tom Waits

Singer, Musician, Actor
A Grammy Award-winning musician known for his raspy voice, darkly humorous lyrics, and unusual instrumentation, Tom Waits parlayed his unique musical vision into a side career as a character actor specializing in the ... Read more »
Born: 12/07/1949 in Pomona, California, USA

Filmography

Music (81)

A Most Wanted Man 2014 (Movie)

("Hoist That Rag") (Song)

God Loves Uganda 2013 (Movie)

("Lord I've Been Changed") (Song Performer)

God Loves Uganda 2013 (Movie)

("Lord I've Been Changed") (Song)

Miral 2011 (Movie)

("Down There By The Train") (Song Performer)

Miral 2011 (Movie)

("Down There By The Train") (Song)

Idiots and Angels 2010 (Movie)

(Music)

The Wire 2004 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Theme Music

Mama's Boy 2007 (Movie)

("I Don't Want To Grow Up") (Song)

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007 (Movie)

("All The World Is Green") (Song Performer)

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007 (Movie)

("All The World Is Green") (Song)

Wristcutters: A Love Story 2007 (Movie)

("Dead And Lovely") (Song Performer)

Wristcutters: A Love Story 2007 (Movie)

("Dead And Lovely") (Song)

Daltry Calhoun 2005 (Movie)

("Looks Like I'm") (Song)

Domino 2005 (Movie)

(Jesus Gonna Be Here) (Song Performer)

Domino 2005 (Movie)

(Jesus Gonna Be Here) (Song)

Robots 2005 (Movie)

("Underground") (Song)

Robots 2005 (Movie)

("Underground") (Song Performer)

Around the Bend 2004 (Movie)

("Old Shoes") (Song)

Hellboy 2004 (Movie)

Song Performer("Heart Attack And Vine") (Song)

Jersey Girl 2004 (Movie)

("Jersey Girl") (Song)

Shrek 2 2004 (Movie)

("Little Drop Of Poison") (Song Performer)

Shrek 2 2004 (Movie)

("Little Drop Of Poison") (Song)

Big Bad Love 2002 (Movie)

(Music)

Big Bad Love 2002 (Movie)

original songs (Song)

Maelstrom 2002 (Movie)

("The Ocean Doesn't Want Me" "All Stripped Down") (Song Performer)

Long Gone 2001 (Movie)

(Original Score)

The Last Castle 2001 (Movie)

("Get Behind the Mule") (Song)

Condo Painting 2000 (Movie)

("Black Wings") (Song Performer)

Condo Painting 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

Gun Shy 2000 (Movie)

("More than Rain") (Song Performer)

Gun Shy 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

The Perfect Storm 2000 (Movie)

("Heart of Saturday Night") (Song)

The Specialist 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Fight Club 1999 (Movie)

("Go 'In Out West") (Song Performer)

Fight Club 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

Liberty Heights 1999 (Movie)

("Halloween Strip" "It's Over") (Song Performer)

Limbo 1999 (Movie)

("(Lookin' for) The Heart of Saturday Night") (Song)

Permanent Midnight 1998 (Movie)

("Walking Spanish") (Song Performer)

Permanent Midnight 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Afterglow 1997 (Movie)

("Somewhere") (Song Performer)

The End of Violence 1997 (Movie)

song producer and performer("Little Drop of Poison") (Song)

Georgia 1995 (Movie)

("The Piano Has Been Drinking") (Song Performer)

Georgia 1995 (Movie)

(Song)

American Heart 1993 (Movie)

original song (Song)

Leolo 1993 (Movie)

("Cold Cold Ground" "Temptation") (Song Performer)

Leolo 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Leolo 1993 (Movie)

music composer (Composer)

Night on Earth 1992 (Movie)

("Back in the Good Old World" "Good Old World") (Song Performer)

Night on Earth 1992 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Night on Earth 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

The Best Hotel on Skid Row 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Music

Wait Until Spring, Bandini 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Bearskin: An Urban Fairytale 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

Bearskin: An Urban Fairytale 1989 (Movie)

("Singapore") (Song Performer)

Let's Get Lost 1989 (Movie)

("Jersey Girl") (Song)

Sea of Love 1989 (Movie)

("Sea of Love") (Song Performer)

Big Time 1988 (Movie)

("Sucker on the Vine" "Franks Wild Years" "Shore Leave" "Down in the Hole" "Hang on St Christopher" "Telephone Call From Istanbul" "Cold Cold Ground" "Straight to the Top" "Strange Weather" "Gun Street Girl" "9th and Hennepin" "Clap Hands" "Time" "Bride o (Song Performer)

Big Time 1988 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Big Time 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Candy Mountain 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Ironweed 1987 (Movie)

("Poor Little Lamb") (Music)

Down By Law 1986 (Movie)

("Jockey Full of Bourbon" "Tango Till They're Sore") (Song Performer)

Down By Law 1986 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Wohin? 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

The Atlanta Child Murders 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Song

Streetwise 1984 (Movie)

("Take Care of All My Children" "Rat's Theme") (Song Performer)

Streetwise 1984 (Movie)

(Song)

First Name: Carmen 1983 (Movie)

(Song)

First Name: Carmen 1983 (Movie)

("Ruby's Arms") (Song Performer)

The King of Comedy 1983 (Movie)

("Rainbow Sleeves") (Song)

One From the Heart 1981 (Movie)

("Once Upon a Town" "The Wages of Love" "Picking Up After You" "This One's From the Heart" "Is There Any Way Out of This Dream?" "Old Boyfriends" "Take Me Home" "Broken Bicycles" "I Beg Your Pardon" "Little Boy Blue" "You Can't Unring a Bell") (Song)

One From the Heart 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

One From the Heart 1981 (Movie)

("Once Upon a Town" "The Wages of Love" "Picking Up After You" "This One's From the Heart" "Broken Bicycles" "I Beg Your Pardon" "Little Boy Blue" "You Can't Unring a Bell") (Song Performer)

Wolfen 1981 (Movie)

("Jitterbug Boy") (Song Performer)

Den Tuchtigen Gehort Die Welt 1980 (Movie)

(Music)

Divine Madness 1980 (Movie)

("Shiver Me Timbers") (Song)

On the Nickel 1980 (Movie)

title song performer (Song Performer)

On the Nickel 1980 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Bad Timing 1979 (Movie)

("An Invitation to the Blues") (Song Performer)

Bad Timing 1979 (Movie)

(Song)
Actor (40)

Austin City Limits 1974 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Seven Psychopaths 2012 (Movie)

Zachariah (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Book of Eli 2010 (Movie)

Engineer (Actor)

Twixt 2010 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus 2009 (Movie)

Mr. Nick (Actor)

Wristcutters: A Love Story 2007 (Movie)

Kneller (Actor)

Absolute Wilson 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Storytellers 1996 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tiger and the Snow 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Domino 2005 (Movie)

Wanderer (Actor)

Coffee and Cigarettes 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Mystery Men 1999 (Movie)

Dr Heller (Actor)

An American Affair 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fishing With John 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Guy Maddin: Waiting for Twilight 1996 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Short Cuts 1993 (Movie)

Earl Piggot (Actor)

Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992 (Movie)

R M Renfield (Actor)

Coffee and Cigarettes: Somewhere in California 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

At Play in the Fields of the Lord 1991 (Movie)

Wolf (Actor)

Queens Logic 1991 (Movie)

Monte (Actor)

Red, Hot & Blue 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fisher King 1991 (Movie)

(uncredited) Bum in Wheelchair at Grand Central Station (Actor)

The Best of Cinemax Sessions 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Bearskin: An Urban Fairytale 1989 (Movie)

Silva (Actor)

Cold Feet 1989 (Movie)

Kenny (Actor)

Mystery Train 1989 (Movie)

of Radio Deejay (Voice)

Big Time 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Candy Mountain 1988 (Movie)

Al Silk (Actor)

Roy Orbison & Friends: A Black & White Night 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Ironweed 1987 (Movie)

Rudy (Actor)

Down By Law 1986 (Movie)

Zack (Actor)

The Cotton Club 1984 (Movie)

Irving Stark (Actor)

Rumble Fish 1983 (Movie)

Benny (Actor)

The Outsiders 1983 (Movie)

Buck Merrill (Actor)

Poetry in Motion 1981 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Paradise Alley 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

On the Yard 1977 (Movie)

Chilly (Actor)
Writer (1)

Big Time 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Big Time 1988 (Movie)

lighting designer(tour) (Lighting)
Other (1)

Big Time 1988 (Movie)

stage show concept (Other)

Biography

A Grammy Award-winning musician known for his raspy voice, darkly humorous lyrics, and unusual instrumentation, Tom Waits parlayed his unique musical vision into a side career as a character actor specializing in the same down-at-the-heels men who often populated his songs. During his early career in the 1970s, the vivid storyteller's distinctive blend of outdated musical styles and Beat poetry earned him a cult following, but over the next four decades, Waits became highly sought after to contribute music to over 100 film and television productions, while his ever-evolving sound broke through to larger audiences with albums Bone Machine and Mule Variations. On screen, Waits was tapped for over two dozen film roles by directors including Robert Altman, Jim Jarmusch, Terry Gilliam and Francis Ford Coppola. Whether playing a convict on the run in "Down By Law" (1986), a trailer-park dwelling chauffeur in "Short Cuts" (1993), a dapper Devil in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" (2009), or any number of skid row bums and streetwise hustlers, Waits always offered an inventive, humorous, and ultimately sympathetic portrayal of outcasts from the lower rungs of society.

Relationships

Kathleen Brennan Song

Wife
Married Aug. 10, 1980 Waits wrote "Johnsburg, Illinois" (1983) about Brennan

Alma Fern

Mother
Divorced Tom's father c. 1959

Jesse Waits

Father
Named after Frank and Jesse James Divorced Tom's mother c. 1959

Kellesimone Waits

Daughter
Born 1983; mother, Kathleen Brennan

Casey Waits

Son
Born 1985; mother, Kathleen Brennan

Sullivan Waits

Son
Born 1993; mother, Kathleen Brennan

Milestones

2012

Cast in ensemble crime comedy "Seven Psychopaths"

2011

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

2009

Played the devil in Terry Gilliam's fantasy adventure "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"

2005

Played supporting role in "Domino," starring Keira Knightley and Christopher Walken

2004

Released critically acclaimed Real Gone

2003

Co-starred in Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee and Cigarettes"

1999

Played Doc Heller in superhero flick "Mystery Men"

1993

Cast in Robert Altman's "Short Cuts"

1991

Appeared in romantic drama "At Play in the Fields of the Lord"

1990

Co-wrote opera "The Black Rider" with William Burroughs

1988

First film as co-screenwriter, "Big Time"; also acted and performed songs

1986

Starred in "Down by Law," written and directed by Jim Jarmusch

1983

Solo album producing debut, Swordfishtrombones

1982

Recorded acclaimed soundtrack for Francis Ford Coppola's "One from the Heart"

1979

First film as songwriter (title song), "On the Nickel"

1978

Made feature film debut in "Paradise Alley"

1973

Cut first album Closing Time

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