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Creator / Thomas F. Wilson

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"What are you lookin' at, butthead?!"

When I'm flyin' in a plane or I'm on the street
There's a lot of friendly people that I like to meet
They shake my hand but never ask my name
And they start asking questions that are always the same
"Hey, what's Michael J. Fox like?" He's nice
"What's Christopher Lloyd like?" Kinda quiet
"What's Crispin Glover like?" ... Unusual?
Stop askin' me the question.

Thomas Francis Wilson Jr. (born April 15, 1959) is an American actor, voice actor, writer, musician and painter.

Biff Tannen, the bully of the McFly family and archenemy of Marty McFly in Back to the Future, is his most famous role. He's had a hefty voice acting career since, he notably voiced several characters in the DC Animated Universe and in Disney animated series.

Notable credits:

Tropes applying to Tom:

  • I Am Not Spock: He is so associated with the role of Biff Tannen (and Griff and Buford) that fans of the Back to the Future franchise never stop asking him about it. He even wrote a song (quoted above) expressing his bemused frustration. Wilson has nevertheless said in interviews that he loves the role(s) and the movies, just stop asking him the same questions!note 
  • MST3K Mantra: Invoked in "Biff's Question Song", when someone asks him about the hoverboards in Back to the Future Part II:
    "Do those hoverboards really fly?"
    It's a movie!
    Stop asking me the question!
  • Nice Guy: He plays a lot of unpleasant, bullying characters, but one would be amazed by how utterly nice and polite he really is. In fact, Biff was created after his own childhood encounter with bullies.
  • Playing Against Type: His minor role in Epic is Finn, a good guy; he seems to have a sweet, if not a little sassy, personality, from what is seen in his few scenes.
  • Typecasting: He tends to be cast as mean characters.