Tom Waits

Tom Waits

Highest Rated: 100% Candy Mountain (1988)

Lowest Rated: 18% Domino (2005)

Birthday: Dec 7, 1949

Birthplace: Pomona, California, USA

Gravel-voiced, versatile singer/songwriter Tom Waits has composed and played music in a variety of films, ranging from Francis Ford Coppola's One From the Heart (1982) to Jean-Luc Godard's First Name: Carmen (1983). On or off camera, Waits has been a colorful, quirky character noted for his surreal humor. Many of his songs reflect his interest in movies with either direct references or sly musical suggestions. During the late '70s, he became more directly involved in film, composing songs and even playing piano onscreen in Paradise Alley (1978). In the early '80s, Waits teamed up with Coppola, first with the Greek choir-like narration for One From the Heart and then as an actor in several of his films. At first, Waits had a one-line role as Buck Merrill in The Outsiders (1983). Coppola next gave Waits a bigger part as Benny in Rumble Fish (1983), and then dressed the rangy singer in a tuxedo and cast him as the MC in The Cotton Club (1984). Although he has often been offered the roles of nutcases and psychos in commercial films, Waits has preferred to work in independent productions such as Down by Law (1986). He entered mainstream film with 1987's offbeat drama Ironweed, and played himself in the concert film Big Time (1988), in which he performed his stage musical Frank's Wild Years and played the roles of a bored box-office manager, usher, and lighting grip. Waits also appeared in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). He continued to make acting a regular element of his career throughout the 90s and 2000s with supporting roles in films like 12 Monkeys (1995) and Mystery Men (1999), and playing himself in a vignette featuring fellow musician Iggy Pop in Jim Jarmuche's Coffee and Cigarettes (2003). Waits then went on to appear in the movie Domino (2005), which he also provided music for, and Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.


Highest Rated Movies



73% The Cotton Club Encore Actor 2019
54% The Dead Don't Die Hermit Bob 2019
90% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Actor 2018
93% The Old Man & the Gun Waller 2018
No Score Yet Keith Richards: Under the Influence Actor 2015
83% Seven Psychopaths Zachariah $15.1M 2012
26% Twixt the narrator 2012
No Score Yet The Monster of Nix Virgil 2011
No Score Yet Austin City Limits: Tom Waits Actor 2011
No Score Yet Guy Maddin: Waiting For Twilight Actor 2011
47% The Book of Eli Engineer $94.9M 2010
No Score Yet Tom Waits: One Star Shining Actor 2010
64% The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Mr. Nick $7.6M 2009
67% Wristcutters: A Love Story Kneller $0.3M 2007
20% La tigre e la neve (The Tiger and the Snow) Himself 2006
76% Absolute Wilson Actor 2006
No Score Yet Tom Waits - Under Review: 1983-2006 Actor 2006
18% Domino Wanderer $10.2M 2005
No Score Yet From the Big Apple to the Big Easy: The Concert for New Orleans Actor 2005
No Score Yet Norah Jones and the Handsome Band: Live in 2004 Actor 2004
64% Coffee and Cigarettes Tom $2M 2004
84% Bukowski: Born into This Actor $82.2K 2003
61% Mystery Men Dr. Heller 1999
95% Short Cuts Earl Piggot 1993
No Score Yet Fishing With John Actor 1992
71% Bram Stoker's Dracula R.M. Renfield 1992
83% The Fisher King Homeless Vietnam Vet in Wheelchair 1991
38% Queens Logic Monte 1991
57% At Play in the Fields of the Lord Wolf 1991
68% The Two Jakes Plainclothes Policeman 1990
89% Mystery Train Radio DJ 1989
No Score Yet Bearskin: An Urban Fairytale Silva 1989
100% Candy Mountain Al Silk 1988
No Score Yet Big Time Screenwriter Himself 1988
58% Ironweed Rudy 1987
No Score Yet Roy Orbison and Friends - Black and White Night Actor 1987
87% Down by Law Zack 1986
76% The Cotton Club Irving Stark 1984
73% Rumble Fish Benny 1983
63% The Outsiders Buck Merrill 1983
No Score Yet Poetry in Motion Actor 1982
75% Wolfen Song Performer - Jitterbug Boy 1981
40% Paradise Alley Mumbles 1978
No Score Yet Tom Waits: Under Review - 1971-82 Actor 1971


85% The Simpsons
Voice 2013
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
Performer 2012
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Guest 2006
No Score Yet Austin City Limits
Performer 2000
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Performer 2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Performer 1977


Zack says: Buzz off.

Roberto says: Thank you. Buzz offa to you, too.

Zack says: Yeah, Bob's real good with the restaurant English.

Zachariah says: [to marty] you didnt think i was serious just cause i carry a rabbit around.

Zachariah says: You think I'm not serious just because I carry a rabbit around?

Kneller says: Once upon a time, there was a crooked tree and a straight tree and they grew next to each other, and every day the straight tree would look at the crooked tree and say you're crooked. You've always been crooked and you'll continue to be crooked. But look at me, look at me said the straight tree. He said I'm tall and I'm straight. And then one day the lumberjacks came into the forest and looked around, and the manager in charge said cut all the straight trees. And that crooked tree is still there to this day growing strong and growing strange.

R.M. Renfield says: I'm no lunatic man. I'm a sane man fighting for his soul.

Mr. Nick says: You're probably not a betting man are you?