Michael Rooker

Actor
An imposingly-built character actor who specialized in intense, often dangerous characters on both sides of the law, Michael Rooker rose to prominence in the late 1980s as a psychotic serial killer in "Henry: Portrait ... Read more »
Born: 04/06/1955 in Jasper, Alabama, USA

Filmography

Actor (69)

Angel Doll 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fishers of Men 2014 (Movie)

Chief Carver (Actor)

Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 (Movie)

Yondu Udonta (Actor)

Lenexa, 1 Mile 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mythbusters: Walking Dead Special 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

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Pennhurst 2014 (Movie)

Chris Beamonn (Actor)

The Box 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hard Ride 2014 (Movie)

Johnny Varnes (Actor)

Brother's Keeper 2013 (Movie)

Chief Carver (Actor)

The Walking Dead 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cell 213 2011 (Movie)

Ray Clement (Actor)

Hypothermia 2011 (Movie)

Ray Pelletier (Actor)

Super 2011 (Movie)

Abe (Actor)

Meteor 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Psych 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Super Capers 2009 (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

The Lena Baker Story 2009 (Movie)

Randolph County Sheriff (Actor)

Jumper 2008 (Movie)

William Rice (Actor)

Crossing Jordan 2007 (Tv Show)

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Even Scarier Movie Moments 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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Whisper 2007 (Movie)

Sidney (Actor)

Slither 2006 (Movie)

Grant Grant (Actor)

Chasing Ghosts 2005 (Movie)

Mark Spencer (Actor)

Skeleton Man 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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On Thin Ice 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Stargate SG-1 2003 (Tv Show)

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Table One 2002 (Movie)

Rowdy (Actor)

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Undisputed 2002 (Movie)

A J Mercker (Actor)

Replicant 2001 (Movie)

Jake Riley (Actor)

Brown's Requiem 2000 (Movie)

Fritz Brown (Actor)

Here on Earth 2000 (Movie)

Malcolm Arnold (Actor)

Song of Hiawatha 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 6th Day 2000 (Movie)

Robert Marshall (Actor)

Renegade Force 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Bone Collector 1999 (Movie)

Captain Howard Cheney (Actor)

Deceiver 1998 (Movie)

Kennesaw (Actor)

The Replacement Killers 1998 (Movie)

Stan "Zeedo" Zedkov (Actor)

Back to Back: American Yakuza II 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Keys to Tulsa 1997 (Movie)

Keith Michaels (Actor)

Meet Wally Sparks 1997 (Movie)

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Rosewood 1997 (Movie)

Sheriff Walker (Actor)

Bram Stroker's Shadowbuilder 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fallen Angels 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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The Trigger Effect 1996 (Movie)

Gary (Actor)

Johnny and Clyde 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Mallrats 1995 (Movie)

Jared Svenning (Actor)

Cliffhanger 1993 (Movie)

Hal Tucker (Actor)

Suspicious 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Dark Half 1993 (Movie)

Sheriff Alan Pangborn (Actor)

Tombstone 1993 (Movie)

Sherman McMasters (Actor)

J.F.K. 1991 (Movie)

Bill Broussard (Actor)

Days of Thunder 1990 (Movie)

Rowdy Burns (Actor)

Henry: Portrait of A Serial Killer 1990 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

The Edge 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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L.A. Takedown 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Music Box 1989 (Movie)

Karchy Laszlo (Actor)

Sea of Love 1989 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

Sleep Well, Professor Oliver 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Above the Law 1988 (Movie)

Man at Bar (Actor)

Crime Story 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Eight Men Out 1988 (Movie)

Chick Gandil (Actor)

Mississippi Burning 1988 (Movie)

Frank Bailey (Actor)

Rent-A-Cop 1988 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

A Table For One (TV Show)

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Afterburn (TV Show)

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Bastard Out of Carolina (TV Show)

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The Hard Truth (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

Pennhurst 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

An imposingly-built character actor who specialized in intense, often dangerous characters on both sides of the law, Michael Rooker rose to prominence in the late 1980s as a psychotic serial killer in "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" (1986). Outfitted with an unwavering gaze and a granite jaw, Rooker was a natural for physically terrifying villains, but gave equally fine turns as world-weary cops, cowboys and tough patriarchs, all of which benefited from his dust-dry voice and uneasy smile. Rooker went on to tackle a number of memorable roles, playing disgraced Black Sox player Chick Gandil in "Eight Men Out" (1988), disloyal New Orleans prosecutor Bill Broussard in "JFK" (1991), and outlaw-turned-lawman Sherman McMasters in "Tombstone" (1993). For the remainder of the decade, he had supporting turns in a wide array of films like "Mallrats" (1995), "Rosewood" (1997) and "The Bone Collector" (1999), while in the new millennium he began having a stronger presence on television with guest spots on "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 2002-2012), "Numb3rs" (CBS, 2005-2010) and "Criminal Minds" (CBS, 2005- ). In 2010, Rooker was cast as racist zombie apocalypse survivor, Merle Dixon, on "The Walking Dead" (AMC, 2010- ), a high-profile role the multi-faceted performer eagerly sank his teeth into.

EDUCATION

Goodman Theater School of Drama

Chicago , Illinois 1982

Milestones

2003

Appeared in the TV movie "Saving Jessica Lynch" based on the true story of the rescue of Private Jessica Lynch, by the United States army, in Iraq

2000

Cast opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the futuristic thriller "The 6th Day"

1999

Played Captain Howard Cheney in "The Bone Collector" starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie

1998

Appeared opposite Yun-Fat Chow and Mira Sorvino in "The Replacement Killers"

1996

Cast in Anjelica Huston's directorial debut "Bastard Out of Carolina"

1993

Acted opposite Sylvester Stallone in the thriller "Cliffhanger" directed by Renny Harlin

1991

Cast opposite Kevin Costner in Oliver Stone's "JFK"

1990

Feature debut as a lead, "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" filmed in 1986

1990

Played fellow race car driver Rowdy Burns opposite Tom Cruise in "Days of Thunder" directed by Tony Scott

1989

TV movie debut, "Sleep Well, Professor Oliver"

1986

TV acting debut, "Lady Blue"

1984

Feature acting debut, "Streets of Fire"

Moved to Chicago at age 12

Cast as a detective leaving the force in FX's drama "Thief" (lensed 2004)

Studied Aikido, a Japanese martial art

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