Thomas F. Wilson

Highest Rated: 96% Back to the Future (1985)
Lowest Rated: 3% Zoom (2006)
Birthday: Apr 15, 1959
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

CREDIT
65% The Heat Captain Woods $158.4M 2013
4% Atlas Shrugged: Part II Robert Collins $2.6M 2012
71% Rio Trapped Bird/Screaming Hang Glider $143.7M 2011
80% 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
64% Back to the Future Part II Biff Tannen/Griff Tannen 1989
9% Action Jackson Officer Kornblau 1988
No Score Yet Let's Get Harry Pachowski 1986
38% April Fool's Day Arch 1986
96% Back to the Future Biff Tannen $3M 1985

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge
2015-2018
Voice
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet SpongeBob SquarePants
1999
Voice
  • 2018
  • 2008
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2001
53% Doubt
2017
Anthony Kellem
  • 2017
81% The Mayor
2017-2018
Governor Fillucci
  • 2017
24% Training Day
2017
Gary Millstone
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail
2014-2016
Performer
  • 2014
No Score Yet DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk
2012-2013
Voice
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
80% Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous
2013
Mr. Stone
  • 2013
No Score Yet DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk
2012
Voice
  • 2013
  • 2012
79% Big Love
2006-2011
Ricky Jax
  • 2011
  • 2010
90% Bones
2005-2017
Chip Barnett
  • 2008
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
Tim Flaherty
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
87% Boston Legal
2004-2008
Jeffrey Bass
  • 2007
92% 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 Boston Public
2000-2005
Paul Stanton
  • 2003
No Score Yet Ed
2000-2004
Sean Nowell Sean
  • 2003
100% Freaks and Geeks
1999-2000
Coach Ben Fredricks Mr. Fredricks
  • 2000
86% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
1993-1997
Carter Landry
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
1979-1988
Moose
  • 1984

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