Tom Waitsmusician; actor
Birthplace: Pomona, California
Waits made a number of critically acclaimed albums before his commercial breakthrough Small Change (1976). He followed with Heartattack and Vine (1980), Rain Dogs (1985), and others, including One From the Heart (1982), which earned him a Best Soundtrack Oscar nomination. His involvement with movies goes beyond soundtracks and onto the screen, where his appearances include The Outsiders (1979), Down by Law (1986), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), Short Cuts (1993), and Mystery Men (1999).