Whatever Happened to Biff?
The Back to the Future trilogy is one of the most widely beloved film franchises of all time, and now that we're actually in "the future," have you ever wondered whatever happened to Thomas F. Wilson, the actor who played the villainous Biff Tannen?
After the monumental success of the Back to the Future movies, Wilson seemed to turn his back on a movie career, instead focusing on standup comedy and music performances, as well as painting. He's made several guest appearances on such shows as Ed, Freaks and Geeks and Boston Public, and lent his voice to a variety of SpongeBob Squarepants characters. He also recorded a contemporary Christian album in 2000 called In the Name of the Father, and has a website detailing his work: tomwilsonusa.com.
Much more interestingly, the now 53-year-old actor has clearly been asked the same Back to the Future questions over and over and over and over again. So much so, that he has a ready-made FAQ sheet that he hands out answering all those itchy questions every "butthead" has wanted to ask him if they ever got a shot at it.
He starts off by saying: "I'm Tom Wilson. I was in all three Back to the Future movies. Michael J. Fox is nice. I'm not in close contact with him. Christopher Lloyd is Nice. He is a very shy man. Crispin Glover is unusual, but not as unusual as he sometimes presents himself. We got along nicely. Lea Thompson is nice. Eric Stoltz originally played Marty, but was fired due to performance issues."
Other gems he includes in the rambling FAQ include:
"The hoverboards didn't really fly, we were hanging by wires from a cane. The manure was made from peat moss, cork, dirt, and a food agent that made it sticky. The Delorean was an inferior automobile, and nearly impossible for a person of normal size like myself to enter and exit."
"Among many improvisations on the set, I coined the term 'butthead,' as well as 'make like a tree, and get out of here.'"
"Nobody had any idea that the movies would become a cultural touchstone, but the themes of friendship and adventure moved the audience so powerfully that I felt the need to create this postcard as a time-saver."
CLICK HERE to see the whole card.
He also addresses the phenomenon in his standup act with this amusing little ditty. Enjoy!