Tom Waits – The Acting Years


Leigh Singer


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As he turns 70 years old, a video essay looking at Tom Waits’s long alternative onscreen career, and how his music – his style, his subject matter, his personas – connects with and has informed his film roles, from his movie debut in 1978’s Paradise Alley all the way to The Dead Don’t Die in 2019. And assessing what are the top five Tom Waits acting performances…