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Tom Waits

Born: Dec 7, 1949

Birthplace: Pomona

Profession: Singer-songwriter

Nationality: United States

Tom Waits

Date of Birth : Dec 7, 1949
Birth Place : Pomona

Thomas Alan "Tom" Waits is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. Waits has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding like "it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car." With this trademark growl, his incorporation of pre-rock music styles such as blues, jazz, and vaudeville, and experimental tendencies verging on industrial music, Waits has built up a distinctive musical persona. He has worked as a composer for movies and musicals and has acted in supporting roles in films, including Paradise Alley and Bram Stoker's Dracula. He also starred in Jim Jarmusch's 1986 film Down by Law. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his soundtrack work on One from the Heart. Waits' lyrics frequently present atmospheric portraits of grotesque, often seedy characters and places—although he has also shown a penchant for more conventional ballads. He has a cult following and has influenced subsequent songwriters despite having little radio or music video support.


  • Singer-songwriter
  • Musician
  • Actor
  • Composer
  • Voice acting
  • Film Score Composer

Also known as

  • Tom
  • Tom Waites
  • Thomas Alan Waits
  • Thomas Alan "Tom" Waits
  • Ton Waits
  • tom


  • Alma Fern McMurray
  • Jesse Frank Waits


  • Kathleen Brennan


  • Kellesimone Waits
  • Casey Xavier Waits
  • Sullivan Waits

Awards Won

  • Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album
  • Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album
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