Tom Waits

Tom Waits

Highest Rated: 100% Candy Mountain (1987)

Lowest Rated: 18% Domino (2005)

Birthday: Dec 7, 1949

Birthplace: Pomona, California, USA

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 During his early career in the 1970s, the vivid storyteller's distinctive blend of outdated musical styles and Beat poetry earned him a cult following, but over the next four decades, Waits became highly sought after to contribute music to over 100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.

Highest rated movies

Keith Richards: Under the Influence
Candy Mountain
Short Cuts
The Old Man & the Gun Licorice Pizza The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Down by Law
Seven Psychopaths




91% 69% Licorice Pizza Rex Blau (Character) $8.2M 2021
54% 38% The Dead Don't Die Hermit Bob (Character) $6.5M 2019
89% 77% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Prospector (Segment "All Gold Canyon") (Character) - 2018
93% 62% The Old Man & the Gun Waller (Character) $11.1M 2018
100% 69% Keith Richards: Under the Influence Unknown (Character) - 2015
83% 71% Seven Psychopaths Zachariah (Character) $15.0M 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Brief History of John Baldessari Narrator - 2012
26% 18% Twixt Narrator - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Monster of Nix Virgil (Voice) - 2011
46% 64% The Book of Eli Engineer (Character) $94.8M 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tom Waits: Under the Influence Unknown (Character) - 2010
64% 60% The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Mr. Nick (Character) $7.7M 2009
67% 82% Wristcutters: A Love Story Kneller (Character) $231.5K 2006
20% 84% The Tiger and the Snow Himself / Sè stesso (Character) $9.0K 2005
18% 56% Domino Wanderer (Character) $10.1M 2005
64% 75% Coffee and Cigarettes Tom (Character) $2.0M 2003
85% 76% Liberty Heights Original Music $3.7M 1999
61% 57% Mystery Men Dr. A. Heller (Character) $29.8M 1999
75% 71% Jerry and Tom Original Music - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Guy Maddin: Waiting for Twilight The Narrator (Character) - 1997
95% 88% Short Cuts Earl Piggot (Character) $6.1M 1993
75% 91% Night on Earth Original Music $2.0M 1992
75% 79% Bram Stoker's Dracula R.M. Renfield (Character) $82.0M 1992
57% 74% At Play in the Fields of the Lord Wolf (Character) $1.3M 1991
38% 35% Queens Logic Monte (Character) $301.6K 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bearskin: An Urban Fairytale Silva (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cold Feet Kenny (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Time Unknown (Character),
Original Music
- 1988
No Score Yet 89% Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night Self - 1988
58% 59% Ironweed Rudy (Character) $6.9M 1987
100% 73% Candy Mountain Al Silk (Character) - 1987
87% 94% Down by Law Zack (Character) $106.5K 1986
77% 55% The Cotton Club Irving Stark (Character) - 1984
74% 80% Rumble Fish Benny (Character) - 1983
68% 82% The Outsiders Buck Merrill (Character) - 1983
40% 44% Paradise Alley Mumbles (Character) - 1978


88% No Score Yet Ultra City Smiths Narrator 2021
No Score Yet 75% Late Show With David Letterman Music Performer 2015
85% 75% The Simpsons Lloyd (Guest Voice) 2013
No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2012
No Score Yet 100% Austin City Limits Music Performer 2011
No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2006
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Music Performer 1977