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Thomas F. Wilson

Highest Rated:   96% Back to the Future (1985)
Lowest Rated:   3% Zoom (2006)
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Birthplace:   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Thomas F. Wilson studied international politics at Arizona State University, then switched his career focus by becoming a summer stock actor. In 1979, the 20-year-old Wilson returned to his native Philadelphia to begin his career as a standup comic, studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts between nightclub gigs. While on the bumpy road to fame, he shared an apartment with two other aspiring funnymen, Yakov Smirnoff and Andrew Dice Clay. He finally struck paydirt in the role of thick-eared, thick-skulled high school bully Biff ("Why don't you make like a tree...and go away?) in the first two Back to the Future films. In Back to the Future Pt. 3 (1988), he offered a fascinating variation of this character in the role of Biff's splendidly stupid great-grandfather, gunslinger Buford Tannen. What could have been a one-note characterization -- Biff/Buford wound up covered in manure in all three films -- was enlivened by Wilson's comic nuances and split-second timing. Computer game fans know Thomas F. Wilson best as Major Todd "Maniac" Marshall, star of the interactive CD-ROM Wing Commander series.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
65% The Heat
  • Captain Woods
$158.3M 2013
4% Atlas Shrugged: Part II
  • Robert Collins
$2.6M 2012
72% Rio
  • Trapped Bird/Screaming Hang Glider
$143.7M 2011
79% The Informant!
  • Mark Cheviron
$33.3M 2009
No Score Yet Housebroken
  • Henry Decker
2009
No Score Yet Tom Wilson: Bigger than You
  • Actor
2008
3% Zoom
  • Dylan's Teacher
$11.7M 2006
5% Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector
  • Bart Tatlock
$15.7M 2006
No Score Yet Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Girl
  • Ticket Seller
1999
No Score Yet Men in White (National Lampoon's Men in White)
  • Ed Klingbottom
1998
13% That Darn Cat
  • Melvin
1997
No Score Yet Born to Be Wild
  • Det. Lou Greenberg
1995
18% Camp Nowhere
  • Lt. Eliot Hendricks
1994
No Score Yet Mr. Write
  • Billy
1994
55% Blood In, Blood Out (Bound by Honor)
  • Rollie
1993
No Score Yet Caroline at Midnight
  • Officer Keaton
1993
No Score Yet Secrets of the 'Back to the Future' Trilogy
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet High Strung
  • Al
1991
74% Back to the Future Part III
  • Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen
1990
63% Back to the Future Part II
  • Biff Tannen/Griff Tannen
1989
10% Action Jackson
  • Officer Kornblau
1988
No Score Yet Let's Get Harry
  • Pachowski
1986
33% April Fool's Day
  • Arch
1986
96% Back to the Future
  • Biff Tannen
$3M 1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
53% Doubt
2017
  • Anthony Kellem
  • 2017
22% Training Day
2017
  • Gary Millstone
  • 2017
No Score Yet DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge
2015
  • Voice
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail
2014
  • Performer
  • 2014
No Score Yet DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk
2012-2013
  • Voice
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous
2013
  • Mr. Stone
  • 2013
No Score Yet DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk
2012
  • Voice
  • 2013
  • 2012
85% Big Love
2006-2011
  • Ricky Jax
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Bones
2005
  • Chip Barnett
  • 2008
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
  • Tim Flaherty
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet SpongeBob SquarePants
1999
  • Voice
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2001
No Score Yet Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Jeffrey Bass
  • 2007
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Lou
  • 2007
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Arnold Brown
  • 2006
No Score Yet George Lopez
2002-2007
  • Sonny
  • 2005
No Score Yet Freaks and Geeks
1999-2000
  • Coach Ben Fredricks Mr. Fredricks
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
1979-1988
  • Moose
  • 1984

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