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Thomas F. Wilson (1959)

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Thomas F. Wilson is an American actor, writer, musician, painter, voice-over artist and stand-up comedian. He is best known for playing Biff Tannen (and his grandson Griff Tannen and great-grandfather Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen) in the Back to the Future trilogy and Coach Ben Fredricks on NBC's Freaks and Geeks.


 early life
Thomas Francis Wilson, Jr. was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in nearby Wayne, Pennsylvania. While attending Radnor High School, he was involved in dramatic arts, was president of the debate team where his partner was NY Times columnist David Brooks, and played tuba in the high school band. He studied international politics at Arizona State University. Wilson's first 'real' stage experience was as a stand-up comedian while studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He is a contributor to The Bob & Tom Show and is part of their comedy tour.

 personal life
Wilson is a painter. Many of his paintings focus on old-time children's toys. In 2006, he was selected to join the California Featured Artist Series at Disneyland.

Wilson is a Christian, and released a Contemporary Christian album in 2000 called In the Name of the Father.

With the rise in popularity of the Back to the Future series, many people began to ask him questions about his experiences making the films. Wilson found the repetitive nature of the questions to be so amusing--and annoying--that he wrote a song about them entitled, "Stop Asking Me The Question," which he now features regularly in his stand-up routine.

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