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Where you've seen Tom Waits

December 24, 2009

Where you've seen him

Tom Waits had small parts in films such as "Rumble Fish" and "The Cotton Club" before he got his first major role in 1986 as a jailhouse escapee in director Jim Jarmusch's "Down by Law." He spectacularly embodied the demented Renfield in Francis Ford Coppola's lavish 1992 feature, "Bram Stoker's Dracula"; the following year he starred opposite Lily Tomlin in Robert Altman's adaptation of Raymond Carver tales "Short Cuts" and, more recently, he earned critical raves as a streetwise guru in the 2006 dark comedy "Wristcutters: A Love Story." Next up: January's post-apocalyptic "The Book of Eli," starring Denzel Washington and directed by the Hughes brothers.

-- Steve Appleford

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