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Encyclopedia > Thomas F. Wilson
Thomas F. Wilson in the "Back to the Future" trilogy as Biff Tannen. (Note: This is a picture of Biff Tannen in 1955.
Thomas F. Wilson in the "Back to the Future" trilogy as Biff Tannen. (Note: This is a picture of Biff Tannen in 1955.

Thomas Francis Wilson, Jr. (born April 15, 1959 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American character actor, comedian, musician, painter, and voice-over artist. He studied international politics at Arizona State University. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... April 15 is the 105th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (106th in leap years). ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... A character actor is an actor, especially in motion pictures, who predominantly performs in similar roles throughout the course of a career. ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music Musicians can be classified by their role in creating or performing music: A singer (or vocalist) uses his or her voice as an instrument. ... Painting by Rembrandt self-portrait Detail from Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez, in which the painter portrayed himself at work For the computer graphics program, see Corel Painter. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Arizona State University (ASU) is a public institution of higher education and research with campuses located in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. ...


While attending Radnor High School, he was involved in dramatic arts, president of the debate team, and tuba player in the high school band. Wilson's first 'real' stage experience was as a standup comedian while studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He is a contributor to the Bob and Tom Show and is part of their comedy tour. Radnor High School is the only public high school in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania and is part of the Radnor Township School District. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... The Bath, a painting by Mary Cassatt (1844-1926). ... Debate (North American English) or debating (British English) is a formal method of interactive and position representational argument. ... The tuba is one of the largest of low-brass instruments and is one of the most recent additions to the modern symphony orchestra, first appearing in the mid-19th century, when it largely replaced the ophicleide. ... Richard Pryor hits the money line A stand-up comedian or stand-up comic is someone that performs in comedy clubs, usually reciting a fast paced succession of amusing stories, short jokes and one-liners, typically called a monologue. ... The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) is a fully accredited two-year conservatory with campuses located at 120 Madison Avenue in New York City (in a landmark building designed by famed architect Stanford White as the original Colony Club) and 1336 North La Brea Avenue in Hollywood (in a... The Bob & Tom Show is a radioshow established by Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold at radio station WFBQ in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1983. ...


His breakthrough role was as a bully named Biff Tannen in the movie Back to the Future (1985). Wilson's talents as a comedian and an actor combined to make Biff a character people loved to hate. When Back to the Future became a trilogy, he was naturally asked to perform in these sequels again as Biff's grandson Griff and Biff's great-grandfather Buford 'Mad Dog' Tannen. He reprised his role as Biff and voiced various Tannen relatives in the franchise's animated series. Biff Tannen is a fictional character, the main villain 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. ... Back to the Future is an American science fiction/comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and released in 1985. ... 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. ... Buford Mad Dog Tannen is a fictional character in Back to the Future Part III — he is a town outlaw in Hill Valley, California, in the year 1885. ...


In 1992 he voiced gangster Tony Zucco in the critically acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series .He later went to co-star in a CD-ROM computer game with Mark Hamill titled: Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger (1994). It was the third chapter in the Wing Commander series and was extremely popular at the time. The game character played by Wilson is Major Todd "Maniac" Marshall, a fellow starfighter pilot of Hamill's character. Much like Biff from Back to the Future "Maniac" Marshall shares a very common unpopularity. Wilson also starred in the following Wing Commander games Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom (1996), which was hailed even more than its predecessor and is considered by some to be a classic computer game, and Wing Commander: Prophecy (1997). Wilson played McKinley High School's Coach Ben Fredricks in the 1999-2000 NBC Comedy-drama Freaks and Geeks; Fredricks dated Bill Haverchuck's mother. Tony Zucco is the name of a DC Comics mobster. ... The animated Batman shoots his grappling gun from a rooftop in a scene from the episode, On Leather Wings. ... The CD-ROM (an abbreviation for Compact Disc Read-Only Memory (ROM)) is a non-volatile optical data storage medium using the same physical format as audio compact discs, readable by a computer with a CD-ROM drive. ... A BlueGene supercomputer cabinet. ... Tug of war is an easily organized, impromptu game that requires little equipment. ... Mark Richard Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American actor and voice actor. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Wing Commander game series. ... Todd Maniac Marshall is a fictional character in the Wing Commander series. ... A Colonial Viper from Battlestar Galactica, an example of a starfighter. ... 1996 1996 in games 1995 in video gaming 1997 in video gaming Notable events of 1996 in video gaming. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Wing Commander game series. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1999. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2000. ... NBC (an acronym for National Broadcasting Company) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Freaks and Geeks was an American television series, created by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, that aired on NBC during the 1999–2000 TV season. ...


In 2003, Wilson appeared on the screen in a mockumentary movie called Trial and Error: The Making of Sequestered. // February 24 - The Pianist, directed by Roman Polanski, wins 7 Cesar Awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Sound, Best Production Design, Best Music and Best Cinematography. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Wilson has often lent his voice to animated productions such as Batman: The Animated Series (1993), The New Batman Adventures (1998), Disney's Atlantis: Milo's Return (2003), and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004). As well as the animated roles, he has continued to voice characters in computer and video games. His latest roles are supporting characters in the film Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector and on the TV drama Ghost Whisperer. Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of images of 2-D artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement. ... The animated Batman shoots his grappling gun from a rooftop in a scene from the episode, On Leather Wings. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1993. ... The New Batman Adventures promotional image. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1998. ... The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... // February 24 - The Pianist, directed by Roman Polanski, wins 7 Cesar Awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Sound, Best Production Design, Best Music and Best Cinematography. ... The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is a feature film based on Nickelodeons hit TV show SpongeBob SquarePants. ... // Please note that these are the top grossing films that were first released in 2004; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing films for calendar year 2004. ... Namcos Pac-Man was a hit, and became a cultural phenomenon. ... Ghost Whisperer is an American television drama-fantasy-thriller about a young woman who can communicate with the spirits of the dead. ...


In 2004, Wilson played the role of Noah Curry in the Pasadena Playhouse production of the musical 110 in the Shade, also starring Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley. In 2005, Wilson released his comedy album entitled Tom Wilson Is Funny! The Pasadena Playhouse is a historic theatre located in Pasadena, California. ... 110 in the Shade is a musical with lyrics by Tom Jones, music by Harvey Schmidt and book by N. Richard Nash, based on Nashs play The Rainmaker. ... Marin Mazzie (born October 9, 1960) is an American actress and singer best known for her work in musical theater. ...


Wilson has transitioned into a career as a comic and musician and has recorded a song called "Biff's Question Song".


Wilson is also an accomplished painter. In 2006, he was selected to join the California Featured Artist Series at Disneyland. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


External links

  • Tom Wilson's Official Site
  • Tom Wilson's Big Pop Fun
  • Tom Wilson's MySpace
  • 'Biff's Question Song' on YouTube.com
  • Thomas F. Wilson at the Internet Movie Database

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