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Jack Ruby
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Thomas Wilson should get more acclaim for his roles in Back to The Future
I'm watching BTTF III the other day and it took me this long to notice that Thomas Wilson as Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen is probably best part/acting in the whole film.

Thomas Wilson never really gets mentioned as much as Lloyd and Michael J Fox, but he's every bit as essential to the film.

He may have had the hardest acting job on set as well. He had to play integral roles as the same guy, yet make them all totally different.

Yes, Michael J Fox did a lot of this too, but not to the level as Wilson.

He plays:

1955 Young Biff
Bully 1985 Biff
Meek 1985 Biff
Mogul/Murderer 1985 Biff
2015 Griff
2015 Old Biff
1885 Buford Tannen

In part III, Marty and Doc are really just expository characters (they have to be for that story) but Buford is just playing a great great villain.

Buford is his best performance. I think alternate 1985 rich Biff is his second best. He's absolutely terrifying.


Dawgwithnoname
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re: Thomas Wilson should get more acclaim for his roles in Back to The Future
Agree. Biff made the series


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re: Thomas Wilson should get more acclaim for his roles in Back to The Future
I agree completely, which makes the rest of his career seem all the more strange. Seems he could have etched out a very nice character-actor career. Or maybe he could have gotten screwed by the success of the franchise. Hard to see him as anything other than Biff.


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Amadeo
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re: Thomas Wilson should get more acclaim for his roles in Back to The Future
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Thomas Wilson

A devout Christian who once shared an apartment with Andrew Dice Clay and Yakov Smirnoff early in his career while trying to make it in Hollywood.


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ehidal1
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re: Thomas Wilson should get more acclaim for his roles in Back to The Future
What are you looking at, butthead?


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re: Thomas Wilson should get more acclaim for his roles in Back to The Future
Why don't you make like a tree and get out of here?


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Brosef Stalin
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re: Thomas Wilson should get more acclaim for his roles in Back to The Future
Biff is quite possibly the goat movie bully.


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re: Thomas Wilson should get more acclaim for his roles in Back to The Future
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Agree. Biff made the series




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CocomoLSU
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re: Thomas Wilson should get more acclaim for his roles in Back to The Future
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Biff Tannin sings

Was coming to post this. So weird seeing him be funny like that.

Also to say that he was really good in Freaks and Geeks.


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re: Thomas Wilson should get more acclaim for his roles in Back to The Future
Wilson came to MS about 5 years ago because he was a headliner for a comedy charity event. When I heard the guy who played Biff in one of my favorite movies growing up was coming to town, I had to go see him.

His stand up was really good. He got to the part in his bit about playing in a very popular 80s movie, and some guy in the crowd starts doing “HELLO! Hello!!! Anybody home? THINK MCFLY THINK!!” Tom Wilson stopped the show and told him “I know the line sir. I was in the movie.” He did it in a joking way and everyone thought it was funny while also picking on the schmuck who thought it would be a good idea to interrupt the show. I’m

:CSB:


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AUriptide
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re: Thomas Wilson should get more acclaim for his roles in Back to The Future
Agree, always loved him as Biff.

He has did a lot of character voices on SpongeBob and was roommates back in the day with Andrew "Dice" Clay.


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TomBuchanan
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re: Thomas Wilson should get more acclaim for his roles in Back to The Future
I'm sorry Mr. McFly

After watching him bully the entire movie, I laugh my arse off at this point


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re: Thomas Wilson should get more acclaim for his roles in Back to The Future

I have your car towed all the way to your house and all you've got for me is Lite beer??




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rebelrouser
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re: Thomas Wilson should get more acclaim for his roles in Back to The Future
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Biff is quite possibly the goat movie bully.




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Oates Mustache
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re: Thomas Wilson should get more acclaim for his roles in Back to The Future
Honestly, without him the movie tanks. He's a huge part of its success.

Look up his bttf song on YouTube. It's hilarious. Edit: someone posted it above, love that song.
This post was edited on 9/17 at 8:51 pm


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