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Encyclopedia > Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen
Back to the Future character

Thomas F. Wilson as Buford Tannen
Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen
Role Antagonist
Profession Outlaw
Original time 1885
Time traveler No
Appeared in Part II (cameo), Part III
Portrayed by Thomas F. Wilson

Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen is a fictional character, born in 1846, in Back to the Future Part III — he is a town outlaw in Hill Valley, California, in the year 1885. He is the great-grandfather of Biff Tannen from the first two Back to the Future films. The role of Buford Tannen is played by Thomas F. Wilson (who also played Biff). Wilson has said his performance as Buford was inspired by Lee Marvin's character in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. The Back to the Future trilogy is a science fiction film trilogy written by Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis, directed by Zemeckis and distributed by Universal Pictures. ... For other uses, see Antagonist (disambiguation). ... Back to the Future Part II is a 1989 film and the first sequel to the 1985 film Back to the Future. ... For the video game based on this film, see Back to the Future Part III (video game). ... Thomas F. Wilson in the Back to the Future trilogy as Biff Tannen. ... A fictional character is any person, persona, identity, or entity whose existence originates from a work of fiction. ... 1846 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... For the video game based on this film, see Back to the Future Part III (video game). ... For other senses of this word, see outlaw (disambiguation). ... The set of the Hill Valley courthouse at the Universal Studios backlot Hill Valley is a fictional Californian town that serves as the setting of the Back to the Future trilogy and its animated spin-off series. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... 1885 (MDCCCLXXXV) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Biff Tannen is a fictional character and an antagonist in the Back to the Future motion picture trilogy, played in the three films and the ride, and voiced in the animated series by Thomas F. Wilson. ... Thomas F. Wilson in the Back to the Future trilogy as Biff Tannen. ... Lee Marvin (February 19, 1924, New York City – August 29, 1987, Tucson, Arizona) was an American film actor. ... The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a classic Western movie made in 1962, starring James Stewart, John Wayne and Lee Marvin, and directed by John Ford. ...


Buford has a very short temper and a tendency to drool, thus earning him the nickname of "Mad Dog", a name he hates. Buford does not seem to have any fixed address, and he and his gang of three (identified in the script as Stubble, Ceegar, and Buck) ride around the Hill Valley area, robbing, shooting and bullying the local people. For some reason, he took a dislike to Seamus McFly, warning the Irish farmer not to enter the Palace Saloon ever again. Bullying is the act of intentionally causing harm to others through verbal harassment, physical assault, or other more subtle methods of coercion such as manipulation. ... Seamus and Maggie McFly are fictional characters in the Back to the Future films. ... For other uses, see Farmer (disambiguation). ... Singles bar redirects here. ...


Little is known about Buford's family life, other than he will eventually have a son who will marry Gertrude (the grandmother Biff lives with) and produce Biff's unnamed father. The animated series reveals him to have a brother, Thaddeus Tannen, and a sister, in 1875, although this is not taken as canon by many fans. 1875 (MDCCCLXXV) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Canon, in the context of a fictional universe, comprises those novels, stories, films, etc. ...


The actions of Marty and Doc apparently did not change the history of the Tannen family, as Biff Tannen has the same personality and relation to the McFly family as he did at the end of Back to the Future. This has led some fans to believe that Buford is not actually a direct ancestor of Biff, but a relative with the same last name, or possibly that Buford's son was already born before the events in Back to the Future Part III took place. The latter is more likely, as the documentary at the casino in Back to the Future Part II confirms that Buford is Biff's great-grandfather. It is not unreasonable to assume his son was already born at this time, for this would have made the son at least 70 in 1955. It is also possible that since the events happened roughly fifty years before Biff was even born, they likely wouldn't have affected Biff anyway. Martin Seamus Marty McFly is a fictional character and the main protagonist in the Back to the Future motion picture trilogy, played by actor Michael J. Fox in the three films and voiced by David Kaufman in the animated series. ... Doc Emmett L. Brown is a fictional character central to the Back to the Future movies created by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale. ... This article is about the first film in the Back to the Future trilogy. ... An ancestor is a parent or (recursively) the parent of an ancestor (i. ... Back to the Future Part II is a 1989 film and the first sequel to the 1985 film Back to the Future. ...


Buford also has problems counting (he does not know that "7" comes after "6") and shares his great-grandson's trouble with mixed metaphors (at one point during the movie, he says "I'll hunt you and shoot you down like a duck" instead of "dog.") Seven Days of Creation - 1765 book, title page 7 (seven) is the natural number following 6 and preceding 8. ... Look up six in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In language, a metaphor (from the Greek: metapherin rhetorical trope) is defined as a direct comparison between two or more seemingly unrelated subjects. ...

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Pre-Back to the Future Part III

Buford shot 12 men, not including Injuns or Chinamen, before 1884; records were stopped after Buford shot dead a newspaper editor who printed an unfavorable story about him in that year. The following is a list of ethnic slurs, also known as ethnophaulisms, that are, or have been, used to refer to members of a given ethnicity (or, in some cases, nationality, region, or religion) in a derogatory or pejorative manner. ... The term Chinese people may refer to any of the following: A person who resides in and holds citizenship of the Peoples Republic of China (including Hong Kong and Macau) or the Republic of China (Taiwan). ... Year 1884 (MDCCCLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Editing is the process of preparing language, images, or sound for presentation through correction, condensation, organization, and other modifications. ...


At some point between January 1 and September 1, 1885, Buford asked Emmett "Doc" Brown, who had set up a blacksmithing business while trapped in 1885, to shoe his horse, and Buford did not pay for this job. Later the shoe came off, throwing Buford from the saddling and causing the breakage of a bottle of Kentucky "Red Eye" whiskey which he was carrying at the time. Buford then shot the horse in anger. is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1885 (MDCCCLXXXV) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Dr. Emmett Lathrop Doc Brown is a fictional character, one of the lead characters in the Back to the Future motion picture trilogy, played by actor Christopher Lloyd in the three films and the live action sequences of the animated series. ...


Back to the Future Part II

Buford's role in the trilogy is foreshadowed twice in the previous film. While in 2015 —and before meeting Buford's great-great-great-grandson Griff —Marty plays the videogame Wild Gunman. The main character of this game is named Mad Dog. When Marty returns to the 1985 that Biff Tannen has altered, he finds that Biff now has a museum dedicated to his life. A documentary makes mention of Buford Tannen. Buford's picture is also seen briefly and appears noticeably different than he does in the third film, sporting a large beard, as producers had not yet decided what Buford would look like in the third film. The simplest explanation is that Buford had shaved off his beard sometime prior to September 1885 (or had grown it sometime after). A third, unnamed, foreshadowing of the character appears in a Clint Eastwood movie that Biff watches. Griff Tannen is a fictional character, an important character in Back to the Future Part II, played by actor Thomas F. Wilson, who played all of the Tannen family members in different time periods of the Back to the Future trilogy. ... Wild Gunman on the NES, Nintendo 1985 Wild Gunman is a light gun game created by Nintendo. ... Biff Tannen is a fictional character and an antagonist in the Back to the Future motion picture trilogy, played in the three films and the ride, and voiced in the animated series by Thomas F. Wilson. ... For other uses, see Clint Eastwood (disambiguation). ...


Back to the Future Part III

Buford arrived in Hill Valley in the morning of September 3, 1885, looking for Doc. Due to the horseshoe incident he reckoned that Doc owed him $80 ($75 for the horse that he shot, the other $5 for the bottle of whiskey). He threatened Doc, who said that since Buford never paid him for the job that made them even. Buford told Doc to watch his back in the future. The set of the Hill Valley courthouse at the Universal Studios backlot Hill Valley is a fictional Californian town that serves as the setting of the Back to the Future trilogy and its animated spin-off series. ... is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Two days later, on the night of September 5, 1885, at the Hill Valley Festival (celebrating 20 years of cityhood and the arrival of the new clock) Buford attempted to rape Doc's love interest, Clara Clayton. Doc tried to intervene, but Buford had his lackeys hold Doc in position to shoot him in the back (the only explanation of Doc being shot in the back, since until Marty's interference, Buford was aiming for Doc's chest). This caused Doc to die 2 days later on Monday. is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Marty McFly in 1955 found the gravestone and headed back to 1885 in the De Lorean time machine to save Doc. After he accidentally called Buford "Mad Dog", Buford nearly hanged him from the courthouse (fortunately, Doc was able to save him). Buford now regarded "Clint Eastwood" (the name Marty was using in 1885) as his enemy. At the dance two days later, Doc escaped being shot by Buford, as he now knew about it from Marty. Marty saved Doc from being shot by throwing a pie plate like a discus (having noticed the company name Frisbee printed on it earlier) at the gun, causing Buford to miss. Buford challenged "Clint" to a shootout Monday morning, causing Marty to agree by calling him "yellow", Marty's one weakness (usually the word is "chicken"). Martin Seamus Marty McFly is a fictional character and the main protagonist in the Back to the Future motion picture trilogy, played by actor Michael J. Fox in the three films and voiced by David Kaufman in the animated series. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... De Lorean can refer to: John De Lorean, an American businessman who founded (in Ireland) the De Lorean Motor Company, which manufactured an automobile, the De Lorean DMC-12, which was used in the film Back to the Future This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other... Time travel is a concept that has long fascinated humanity—whether it is Merlin experiencing time backwards, or religious traditions like Mohammeds trip to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, returning before a glass knocked over had spilt its contents. ... For other uses, see Clint Eastwood (disambiguation). ... “Discus” redirects here. ... A Wham-O Professional Frisbee For the amusement ride, see Frisbee (ride). ... Cowardice is a vice that is conventionally viewed as the corruption of prudence, to thwart all courage or bravery. ...


The next morning, Sunday, September 6, 1885, Buford and his gang robbed the Pine City Stage before spending the night by the lake. It is possible that this was their "lair" in the Hill Valley area. On Monday, September 7, 1885, they headed into town to meet "Clint" outside the Palace Saloon at 8 am. Marty had realized that it did not matter what Buford thought of him, and he and Doc tried escaping. Buford spotted them and kidnapped Doc, causing Marty to have to face Buford after all. Marty used the door of a pot-bellied stove as a bulletproof vest (as foreshadowed in Part II while Biff is watching A Fistful of Dollars in his hot tub), and then fought Buford by punching him and hitting him with the stove door. This knocked Buford out, causing him to fall into a cartload of manure, beginning a family tradition of sorts that his great-grandson would continue by repeatedly crashing his car into manure trucks. Buford was then arrested for robbing the Pine City Stage and led away. It is implied that he would be hanged for his crimes. is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Stagecoach in Switzerland A stagecoach is a type of four-wheeled enclosed passenger and/or mail coach, strongly sprung and drawn by four horses, widely used before the introduction of railway transport. ... is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A Fistful of Dollars (Per un pugno di dollari in Italy and officially on-screen in the U.S. and UK as simply Fistful of Dollars) is a 1964 film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood. ... Animal manure is often a mixture of animals feces and bedding straw, as in this example from a stable. ...


In the original version of Back to the Future Part III, Buford also shot Marshal Strickland in the back while Strickland's son watched. This would have been what Tannen was arrested for at the end (and why Buford is arrested by Strickland's deputy, and not Strickland himself). This scene was cut, though, because it mandated that Marty also shoot Buford at the gun fight, which was something the writers did not want to do in case this altered the future of the entire Bucanan/Tannen family. It was also cut for not being suitable for a Back to the Future movie.


Back to the Future: The Animated Series

Although Buford did not appear in any episodes, eagle-eyed viewers might have noticed that he does briefly appear in the opening credits of the first season. Doc picks up Clara from 1885 to take her back to 1991, and Buford is bothering her. She kicks him and pulls his hat over his head before getting in the De Lorean and heading home.


The animated series also revealed his siblings, although Buford was not mentioned in that episode - it is possible he arrived in Hill Valley after Thaddeus did, or he was away somewhere else at the time.


It is also possible that "Wild Bill" Tannen, from the episode, "Clara's Folks", could have been a cousin to Buford.

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