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Thomas F. Wilson

Thomas F. Wilson

Thomas Frances Wilson (born April 15, 1959) is an American actor born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He studied international politics at Arizona State University.

While in 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 experiences were as a standup comedian, while studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

His breakthrough is considered to be Back to the Future (1985). In that movie he played a menace to society named Biff Tannen. 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 too as Biff, Biff's grandson Griff and Biff's great-grandfather Buford 'Mad Dog' Tannen.

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 it 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 even hailed 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 dramedy Freaks and Geeks; Fredricks dated Bill Haverchuck's mother.

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 Batman: The Animated Series (1993), Batman: Gotham Knights (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.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.

Thomas F. Wilson Facts

OccupationActor, Comedian
BirthdayApril 15, 1959 (62)
BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Height6' 4" (1m93)  How tall is Thomas F. Wilson compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Procrastination/I'm with Stupid
Back to the Future
Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy
Back to the Future Part II
Back to the Future Part III
Stuck On You
Dragons: Defenders of Berk Part 1
Dragons: Riders of Berk Part 1
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