Tom Waits

Tom Waits

actor, composer, music department

Tom Waits was born on Dec 07, 1949 in USA. Tom Waits's big-screen debut came with Paradise Alley directed by Sylvester Stallone in 1978, strarring Mumbles. Tom Waits is known for Licorice Pizza directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Will Angarola stars as Kirk and Griff Giacchino as Mark. Tom Waits has got 7 awards and 9 nominations so far. The most recent award Tom Waits achieved is Boston Society of Film Critics Awards. The upcoming new movie Tom Waits plays is Licorice Pizza which will be released on Dec 25, 2021.

Thomas Alan Waits was born in Pomona, California, to schoolteachers Alma Fern (Johnson) and Jesse Frank Waits. Described as one of the last beatniks of the contemporary music, Waits in fact has 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.

  • Birthday

    Dec 07, 1949
  • Place of Birth

    Pomona, California, USA
  • Also known

    Thomas Alan Waits

Known For


7 wins & 9 nominations

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards
Best Ensemble Cast
Winner - BSFC Award
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Winner - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Trophy
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