Michael Madsen

Actor, Producer, Poet
A legitimate tough guy who made a name for himself playing gun-toting psychopaths, actor Michael Madsen - brother to Oscar-nominated actress Virginia Madsen -demonstrated his versatility throughout his career by playing ... Read more »
Born: 09/25/1958 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (146)

Dirty Dealing 2015 (Movie)

Dean (Actor)

Skinny Dip 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hateful Eight 2015 (Movie)

Joe Gage AKA "The Cow Puncher" (Actor)

Buttermilk Sky 2014 (Movie)

Ace (Actor)

Eldorado 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Extreme Honor 2014 (Movie)

Sparks (Actor)

Firedog 2014 (Movie)

Big Joe (Voice)

Gay Like Me? 2014 (Movie)

Shawn Sweeney (Actor)

Hired Gun 2014 (Movie)

Dan Moeller (Actor)

Hunt for the Devil 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Infected 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lumberjack Man 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Men Don't Lie 2014 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

Money to Burn 2014 (Movie)

Ballard (Actor)

Not Another Not Another Movie 2014 (Movie)

Lester Storm (Actor)

Once Fallen 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Skin Traffik 2014 (Movie)

The Boss (Actor)

Sprawl 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Bleeding 2014 (Movie)

Father Roy (Actor)

The Fall 2014 (Movie)

Jeremy Banes (Actor)

The I Scream Man 2014 (Movie)

Ronny Gop (Actor)

Trader Games 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Where's Angelo? 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

2047 - Sights of Death 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ashley 2013 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

Axe Cop 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Blueberry 2013 (Movie)

Wally Blount (Actor)

I'm in Love With a Church Girl 2013 (Movie)

Frank Harris (Actor)

Love and Virtue 2013 (Movie)

Gradasso (Actor)

Refuge from the Storm 2013 (Movie)

Steve Grecco (Actor)

Desperate Endeavors 2012 (Movie)

Skeeter (Actor)

Loosies 2012 (Movie)

Lt. Nick Sullivan (Actor)

Piranhaconda 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mob Doctor 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Into Eternity 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 5th Execution 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Lion of Judah 2011 (Movie)

(Voice)

Krach 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Brazen Bull 2010 (Movie)

The Man (Actor)

The Forest 2010 (Movie)

Lt. Brandon Ross (Actor)

The Kid: Chamaco 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Killing Jar 2010 (Movie)

Doe (Actor)

Anime: Drawing a Revolution 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boarding Gate 2008 (Movie)

Miles (Actor)

Crash & Burn 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Deep Winter 2008 (Movie)

Dean Bauer (Actor)

Hell Ride 2008 (Movie)

The Gent (Actor)

House 2008 (Movie)

Officer Lawdale (Actor)

Quantum Leap 1989 - 1990, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Road of No Return 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Vice 2008 (Movie)

Detective Max Walker (Actor)

You Might as Well Live 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

45 RPM 2007 (Movie)

Major Baxter (Actor)

Funny Money 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hoboken Hollow 2007 (Movie)

JT Goldman (Actor)

Living & Dying 2007 (Movie)

Agent Lind (Actor)

Strength and Honor 2007 (Movie)

Sean Kelleher (Actor)

Tooth & Nail 2007 (Movie)

Jackal (Actor)

Afghan Knights 2006 (Movie)

Nichols (Actor)

All In 2006 (Movie)

Seal (Actor)

Bloodrayne 2006 (Movie)

Vladimir (Actor)

Bullets Over Hollywood 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Scary Movie 4 2006 (Movie)

Oliver (Actor)

Chasing Ghosts 2005 (Movie)

Kevin Harrison (Actor)

Cosmic Radio 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Frankenstein 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Sin City 2005 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

Tilt 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kill Bill Vol. 2 2004 (Movie)

Budd/"Sidewinder" (Actor)

Kill Bill Vol. 1 2003 (Movie)

Budd/Sidewinder (Actor)

Maxim Hot 100 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

My Boss's Daughter 2003 (Movie)

T J (Actor)

Renegade 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Animal Precinct 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Die Another Day 2002 (Movie)

Damian Falco (Actor)

Big Apple 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Choke 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sacrifice 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Price of Air 2000 (Movie)

Mr Ball (Actor)

Voodoo Dawn 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ballad of the Nightingale 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Detour 1999 (Movie)

Burl (Actor)

Supreme Sanction 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Vengeance Unlimited 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Agent of Death 1998 (Movie)

Agent Briggs (Actor)

Diary of a Serial Killer 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Species II 1998 (Movie)

Press Lennox (Actor)

Steve McQueen: King of Cool 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Surface to Air 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Florentine 1998 (Movie)

Whitey (Actor)

The Girl Gets Moe 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sender 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stray 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Trail of a Serial Killer 1998 (Movie)

Brad Abraham (Actor)

Donnie Brasco 1997 (Movie)

Sonny (Actor)

Catherine's Grove 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mulholland Falls 1996 (Movie)

Eddie Hall (Actor)

Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home 1995 (Movie)

Glen (Actor)

Red Line 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Species 1995 (Movie)

Press (Actor)

Dead Connection 1994 (Movie)

Det Matt Dickson (Actor)

Season of Change 1994 (Movie)

Randy Parker (Actor)

The Getaway 1994 (Movie)

Rudy Travis (Actor)

Wyatt Earp 1994 (Movie)

Virgil Earp (Actor)

Almost Blue 1993 (Movie)

Morris Poole (Actor)

Free Willy 1993 (Movie)

Glen Greenwood (Actor)

Money for Nothing 1993 (Movie)

Detective Pat Laurenzi (Actor)

A House in the Hills 1992 (Movie)

Mickey (Actor)

Reservoir Dogs 1992 (Movie)

Mr Blonde/Vic (Actor)

Straight Talk 1992 (Movie)

Steve (Actor)

Trouble Bound 1992 (Movie)

Harry Talbot (Actor)

Fatal Instinct 1991 (Movie)

Cliff Burden (Actor)

The Doors 1991 (Movie)

Tom Baker (Actor)

Thelma & Louise 1991 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

Inside Edge 1990 (Movie)

Richard Montana (Actor)

Montana 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The End of Innocence 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Blood Red 1989 (Movie)

Enzio (Actor)

Kill Me Again 1989 (Movie)

Vince Miller (Actor)

Shadows in the Storm 1989 (Movie)

Earl (Actor)

Iguana 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Killing Time 1987 (Movie)

Stu (Actor)

Diner 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Racing With the Moon 1984 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

The Natural 1984 (Movie)

Bump Bailey (Actor)

Wargames 1983 (Movie)

Steve (Actor)

Baby Snatcher (TV Show)

Actor

Beyond the Law (TV Show)

Actor

Croc (TV Show)

Actor

Executive Target (TV Show)

Actor

Frankenstein (Movie)

Detective Harker (Actor)

High Noon (TV Show)

Actor

Luck of the Draw (TV Show)

Actor

Man With a Gun (TV Show)

Actor

Our Family Honor (TV Show)

Actor

Special Bulletin (TV Show)

Actor

The Maker (TV Show)

Actor

The Portal (Movie)

(Actor)

The Winner (TV Show)

Actor

War and Remembrance (TV Show)

Actor

West Memphis Three (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (5)

Buttermilk Sky 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hoot Night in Hollywood 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Once Fallen 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Vice 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Price of Air 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (1)

Cathedrals of Culture 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A legitimate tough guy who made a name for himself playing gun-toting psychopaths, actor Michael Madsen - brother to Oscar-nominated actress Virginia Madsen -demonstrated his versatility throughout his career by playing a wide-range of roles, including a well-meaning foster father in "Free Willy" (1993) and its unfortunate sequel. But it was his turn as the sociopathic Mr. Blonde in Quentin Tarantino's seminal "Reservoir Dogs" (1992) that propelled the then-unknown supporting actor into a star, thanks to a truly sickening scene where his character enjoys the torture and mutilation of a police officer - a scene forever inscribed in cinema infamy. Able to thrive in mainstream Hollywood movies and low-brow straight-to-DVD fare, Madsen easily fluctuated from popular films like "Thelma & Louise" (1991) and "Wyatt Earp" (1994) to low-budget thrillers and horror movies that barely saw the light of day. He had prominent supporting roles in the nourish "Mulholland Falls" (1998), the sci-fi horror "Species" (1998) and a small, but pivotal role in the James Bond movie "Die Another Day" (2002). By the time he reunited with Tarantino for "Kill Bill, Vol. 1" (2003) and "Kill Bill, Vol. 2" (2004), and played a corrupt cop in Robert Rodriguez's take on Frank Miller's "Sin City" (2005), Madsen was well-established as one of the most prolific actors working in film.

Relationships

Jeannine Bisignano Actor

Wife
Married in 1991 Divorced in 1995

Georganne LaPiere Actor

Wife
Married in the 1980s Divorced

Calvin Madsen

Father
Divorced from Madsen's mother c. 1968

Virginia Madsen Actor

Sister
Born Sept. 11 1961 Acted together in "Ballad of the Nightingale" (1998) and "The Florentine" (1999)

Christian Madsen Production Assistant

Son
Born c. 1990; mother, Jeannine Bisignano Acted together in films including "Lost in the Woods" (2009) and "The Brazen Bull" (2010)

Elaine Madsen

Mother
Left a career in corporate business to pursue a writing career; worked for PBS Divorced from Madsen's father c. 1968

Hudson Madsen

Son
Born May 20, 1995; mother, DeAnna Morgan

Calvin Madsen

Son
Born Nov. 5, 1997; mother, DeAnna Morgan

Luke Madsen

Son
Born in 2005; mother, DeAnna Morgan

Max Madsen

Son
Born in 1994; mother, Jeannine Bisignano

Cheryl Madsen

Sister
Owned a restaurant with her husband in Wisconsin

De Anna Morgan Actor

Wife
Married April 15, 1996

EDUCATION

Steppenwolf Theatre

Chicago , Illinois
Served as an apprentice under John Malkovich

Evanston High School

Evanston , Illinois

Milestones

2012

Appeared on the British reality series "Celebrity Big Brother"; finished in 4th place

2010

Landed a recurring role on Fox action drama "24" as an old friend of lead character Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland)

2007

Co-starred with Dennis Hopper in the independent horror/thriller "Hoboken Hollow"

2007

Co-starred in "Funny Money" a film adaptation of the 1994 play written by Ray Cooney

2006

Starred as Vladimir, a vampire hunter in the big-screen version of the popular video game "BloodRayne"

2005

Starred in "Sin City," the adaptation of comic book icon Frank Miller's uber-noir series of grapic novels; co-directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez

2003

Cast in Quentin Tarantino's saga "Kill Bill;" film released in two parts "Kill Bill Vol. 1" (2003) and "Kill Bill Vol.2" (2004)

2002

Cast in the James Bond feature "Die Another Day"

2001

Returned to series work as co-star of the short-lived CBS police series "Big Apple"

2001

Narrated the Animal Planet series "Animal Precint"

1998

Starred on the ABC drama "Vengeance Unlimited"

1998

Reprised role in the sequel "Species II"

1997

Delivered a strong turn as Mafia hood Sonny Black in "Donnie Brasco"

1996

Associate produced and starred in "Executive Target" (HBO)

1995

Co-starred in "Species"

1995

Reprised his role in "Free Willy 2"

1994

Had featured role as Virgil Earp in "Wyatt Earp"

1993

Played the foster father in "Free Willy"

1992

Breakthrough screen role as sadistic Mr. Blonde in Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs"

1991

Co-starred as Susan Sarandon's boyfriend in "Thelma & Louise"

1989

Portrayed a psychotic killer in John Dahl's "Kill Me Again"

1988

TV miniseries debut, "War and Remembrance" (ABC)

1985

TV series debut, "Our Family Honor" (ABC)

1983

TV movie debut, Edward Zwick's Emmy-winning "Special Bulletin" (NBC)

1983

Feature acting debut, "WarGames"

Encouraged by Sergio Leone to pursue a career in acting after the director saw him perform at the Steppenwolf Theater

Moved to Los Angeles in his early 20s

Bonus Trivia

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On March 9, 2012, Madsen was arrested in Malibu, CA after police responded to a call about a family dispute at the actor's home. Madsen was booked on a charge of child endangerment with cruelty to a child. He was later released and told TMZ.com the whole incident was a "big misunderstanding." A week later, the L.A. County District Attorney's office declined to press charges.

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