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‘Back to the Future’s’ Biff (Tom Wilson) has a post card for you

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You know him as jock-bully Biff Tannen from the wildly popular '80s-era "Back to the Future" film franchise.

Actor-comedian Tom Wilson, who played Biff, is painfully aware of this fact.

Presumably tired of answering the same old questions from fans over the past 27 years, Wilson has written a fact sheet in the form of a post card enlightening us to all those pesky BttF inquiries he gets.

Here are a few gems:

  • 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.
  • The hoverboards didn't really fly, we were hanging by wires from a crane.
  • The manure was made of peat moss, cork, dirt, and a food agent that made it sticky.
  • Among many improvisations on the set, I coined the term "butthead," as well as "Make like a tree, and get out of here."

And if that's not enough, Wilson has also written a comedic song about the trails of answering the same questions for decades in a row, called, you guessed it, "Stop Asking Me the Question." (See video below).

Wilson has actually been performing standup since he was a teenager, starting out in New York when he was also studying acting. When he was just 21, he moved on to the famed Comedy Store in Los Angeles -- where the likes of Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, and Andy Kaufman performed.

Over the years, Wilson has gained a slew of acting credits in film and television including voicing his character in the "Back to the Future" cartoon series. (And for film nerds: You can spot him as an undercover cop opposite Benjamin Bratt -- pre-nose job, mind you -- in the epic 1993 Latino crime drama "Blood In Blood Out.")

Wilson now has a weekly Nerdist comedy podcast, is also an artist and has upcoming standup appearances in U.S. cities including Omaha, Virgina Beach, and Newport (KY).

Watch Tom Wilson perform 'Stop Asking Me the Question':

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