Thomas F. Wilson

Thomas F. Wilson

Infobox actor

name = Thomas F. Wilson
birthname = Thomas Francis Wilson Jr
birthdate = birth date and age|1959|4|15
birthplace = Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
othername = Tom Wilson
spouse = Caroline Thomas (July 6, 1985– present); 4 children

Thomas Francis Wilson, Jr. (born April 15, 1959) is an American actor, comedian, writer, musician, painter and voice-over artist. He studied international politics at Arizona State University. He is best known for playing Biff Tannen (and his grandson and great-grandfather) in the "Back to the Future trilogy" and Coach Ben Fredricks on NBC's "Freaks and Geeks".

Early life & 1980s

Wilson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 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.

Wilson's role as a Detroit police officer in "Action Jackson" paved the way for other film work. His breakthrough role was as a bully named Biff Tannen in the movie "Back to the Future". 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 asked to perform in these sequels again as Biff's grandson Griff and Biff's great-grandfather Buford 'Mad Dog' Tannen. His famous saying is "What are you looking at, Butthead?" and in every "Back to the Future" movie he always ended up in a pile of manure. He reprised his role as Biff and voiced various Tannen relatives in the franchise's animated series.


In 1992, he voiced gangster Tony Zucco in the critically acclaimed ' and police detective Matt Bluestone in the animated series Gargoyles. He later went to co-star in a CD-ROM computer game with Mark Hamill titled: '. 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 ' (1996), which was hailed even more than its predecessor and is considered by some to be a classic computer game, and ' (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. He was also briefly reunited with his "Back to the Future" co-star Christopher Lloyd in the 1994 film "Camp Nowhere".


Starting in the early 21st century, Thomas could be seen at St. Timothy's Catholic church in Mesa, Arizona, where he would volunteer as a singer in the church's band.Fact|date=July 2008

In 2003, Wilson appeared on the screen in a mockumentary movie called "Trial and Error: The Making of Sequestered". Wilson has often lent his voice to animated productions such as ' (1993), "The New Batman Adventures" (1998), Disney's ' (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 "" and on the TV drama "Ghost Whisperer".

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!"

Wilson has transitioned into a career as a comic and musician and has recorded a song called "Biff's Question Song". [ [ YouTube - Biff's Question Song (Stand-up Comedy) ] ]

In 2007, Wilson appeared in the episode "Whatever it Takes" of the popular Fox drama, "House M.D.", as "Lou," the father of House's patient.

Wilson appeared in an episode of Boston Legal (Season 4 Episode 7) titled "Attack of the Xenophobes" as a former cop who is being charged for murder.


Wilson is also an accomplished painter. Many of his paintings focused on old-time children's toys. In 2006, he was selected to join the California Featured Artist Series at Disneyland.


*"The Informant" (2009)
*"Zoom" (2006) as Dylan's Teacher
*"" (2006) - Bart Tatlock
*"The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" (2004) (Voice) - Fish #3/Tough Fish #1, Victor
*"" (2003) (Voice) - Carnaby
*"Men in White" (1998) - Ed Klingbottom
*"That Darn Cat" (1997) - Officer Melvin
*"Andersonville" (1996) - Thomas Sweet
*"Born to Be Wild" (1995) - Det. Lou Greenburg
*"Camp Nowhere" (1994) - Lt. Eliot Hendricks
*"Blood In Blood Out" (1992) - Det. Rollie
*"High Strung" (1991) - Al Dalby
*"Back to the Future Part III" (1990) - Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen/Biff Tannen
*"Back to the Future Part II" (1989) - Biff Tannen/Griff Tannen
*"Action Jackson" (1988) - Officer Kornblau
*"Let's Get Harry" (1986) - Bob Pachowski
*"April Fool's Day" (1986) - Arch Cummings
*"Back to the Future" (1985) - Biff Tannen


External links

* [ Tom Wilson's Official Site]
* [ Tom Wilson's Big Pop Fun]
* [ Tom Wilson's Official Blog]
* [ Tom Wilson's MySpace]
* [ 'Biff's Question Song' on]
* [ Scene Missing Magazine Interview With Tom Wilson]

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