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Where Are They Now: Thomas F Wilson?

80's Film And TV Dec 02, 2021

If you have watched movies in the mid-1980s then you may be familiar with the movie trilogy: Back To The Future. Biff Tannen was the antagonist in the first movie and in the sequel he also played Biffs’ grandson Griff as well as keeping the role of Biff. He also was Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen in the third Back To The Future movie.

But whatever happened to 1980s star Thomas F. Wilson?

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Thomas F. Wilson as “Biff Tannen” In Back To The Future (1985)
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His work on Back To The Future did not end with the trilogy of movies that many people know about. There was an animated series on Back To The Future and Thomas Wilson voiced Biff in the animated series as well as other members of Biffs’ family.

When Telltale Games released Back To The Future: The Game in 2011, Kid Beyond was the man who did the voice for Biff. While it’s not clear why Wilson did not do Biffs’ voice, Wilson did return as the voice for Biff when Back To The Future: The game came out on PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Interesting to note the year that Back To The Future: The Game came out on the later consoles was the 30th anniversary of the first movie.

After the third Back To The Future movie, Wilson continued voice acting. Biff voiced characters, Tony Zucco, in Batman: The Animated Series and Matt Bluestone in the Gargoyles animated series in 1992.

A couple of years after those roles, Thomas Wilson returned to voicing characters in video games. 1994 was the year when he and Mark Hamill voiced characters in Wing Commander III: Heart Of The Tiger. This was the first game in the Wing Commander series to have live-action cutscenes. Todd Marshall was the name of the character that Thomas Wilson portrayed. There were two more sequels that Thomas Wilson would return for to reprise his role as Todd Marshall.

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Thomas Wilson as “Todd Marshall”

1994 was also the year that Thomas Wilson returned to a movie role where he portrayed Lt. Eliot Hendricks and worked with Christopher Lloyd who was Doc in the Back To The Future movies.

After appearing in the Wing Commander games and Camp Nowhere, Thomas Wilson was back on television in 1999 as Coach Ben Fredricks on the television show: Freaks and Geeks. Thomas Wilson appeared in a total of six episodes of Freaks and Geeks.

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Thomas Wilson as Coach Ben Fredricks in “Freaks and Geeks”

Thomas has voiced multiple characters in the Nickelodeon show: Spongebob Squarepants. Any time he has voiced characters in Spongebob Squarepants, he has always done the voice for the antagonist.

In 2009, Thomas Wilson released his second comedy album which was also his first stand-up comedy special. The name of the album is Tom Wilson: Bigger Than You.

Between 2011-2014, Thomas Wilson had a podcast on the Nerdist Network where he told people about his past experiences working in show business and he would bring on friends that also worked in show business. One of his most famous guests was “Weird Al” Yankovic.

Thomas Wilson is still letting people know how he is doing because he records vlogs on YouTube. Thomas Wilson’s channel has over 39,000 subscribers at the time of this writing.

It is always interesting to see what actors are up to after they portrayed a movie role that many remember years later. If you are interested in seeing what he is up to, you can check out his YouTube channel. The name of his YouTube channel is Tom Wilson.

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