Dec. 7th, 1949
Pomona, California, USA
Tom Waits' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - The Book of Eli
2009 - The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
2005 - Domino
2004 - Coffee and Cigarettes
1999 - Mystery Men
1993 - Short Cuts
1992 - Bram Stoker's Dracula
1991 - Until the End of the World
1991 - The Fisher King
1990 - The Two Jakes
1989 - Mystery Train
1987 - Ironweed
1986 - Down by Law
1984 - Streetwise
1984 - The Cotton Club
1983 - The Outsiders
1983 - Rumble Fish
1982 - One from the Heart
1981 - Wolfen
1978 - Paradise Alley
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Musical Guest
Described as one of the last beatniks of the contemporary music, Tom Waits - in fact - had two separate careers. From 1973 (LP "Closing Time") to 1983 ("One From The Heart" soundtrack), he recorded nine LPs for Asylum Records, writing songs mainly in the manner of Tin Pan Alley, mixing them with jazz and blues. Extraordinarily, he never produced a hit, but he earned a cult following all over the world. In 1983 he signed with Island Records, and released a series of albums that stunned the music world. Beginning with "Swordfishtrombones", he introduced a whole new orchestration, which included some of the instruments invented by Harry Partch. He found a new ground for his innovations, searching in sound fields that never before were searched. This second part of his career coincided with his marriage to Kathleen Brennan, a former writer for Francis Ford Coppola (Zoetrope (1999)). His LPs "Rain Dogs" (1985), "Big Time" (soundtrack) and "The Black Rider" are today what Kurt Weill's music was once. "The Black Rider" brings music written for the show directed by Bob Wilson and staged in Germany.
- His album "Rain Dogs" is mentioned in the script for _Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)_ (qv).
- The photo on the cover of his album "Rain Dogs" includes a man who many believe to be him. It was one of a series of photos taken at the Cafe Lehmitz in Hamburg by the Swedish photographer Anders Petersen. Waits reportedly saw the photo at an exhibition, was taken by the similarity of him and the man in the photo, and asked permission from the photographer to use it as an album cover.
- Originally slated to play Lefty, one of the singing cowboys in _A Prairie Home Companion (2006)_ (qv).
- Owns obscure and custom made instruments such as a Chamberlin Music Master 600 (an analog synthesizer manufactured in the 1960s) and a photon clarinet ("[It] sounds like a keyboard lobster dying on a campfire.").
- Being a family friend of the Coppolas, he performed at the wedding of 'Sofia Coppola' (qv) and 'Spike Jonze' (qv).
- Is Scottish and Irish from his father's side of the family and Norwegian from his mother's side.
- A big 'Baz Luhrmann' (qv) fan.
- Is a good friend of 'Keith Richards (II)' (qv) who makes frequent appearances as a guitarist on his records.