Sam Rockwell

Actor, Burrito delivery man, Busboy
After delivering a decade of memorable, off-the-wall performances in independent films like "Box of Moonlight" (1996) and "Lawn Dogs" (1997), actor Sam Rockwell's supporting role as an unrepentant killer in "The Green ... Read more »
Born: 11/04/1968 in Daly City, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (71)

Poltergeist 2015 (Movie)

Eric Bowen (Actor)

Better Living Through Chemistry 2014 (Movie)

Doug Varney (Actor)

Digging for Fire 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Don Verdean: Biblical Archeologist 2014 (Movie)

Don Verdean (Actor)

Laggies 2014 (Movie)

Craig (Actor)

Mr. Right 2014 (Movie)

Mr. Right (Actor)

Piccadilly Jim 2014 (Movie)

Jim Crocker (Actor)

Why Now?! 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Case of You 2013 (Movie)

Gary (Actor)

A Single Shot 2013 (Movie)

John Moon (Actor)

Loitering With Intent 2013 (Movie)

Wayne (Actor)

The Way, Way Back 2013 (Movie)

Owen (Actor)

Napoleon Dynamite 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

Seven Psychopaths 2012 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

Trust Me 2012 (Movie)

Aldo (Actor)

Cowboys & Aliens 2011 (Movie)

Doc (Actor)

Gettysburg 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Sitter 2011 (Movie)

Karl (Actor)

Conviction 2010 (Movie)

Kenny Waters (Actor)

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Iron Man 2 2010 (Movie)

Justin Hammer (Actor)

Pete Smalls Is Dead 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Winning Season 2010 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

Everybody's Fine 2009 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

G-Force 2009 (Movie)

Darwin (Voice)

Gentlemen Broncos 2009 (Movie)

Bronco/Brutus (Actor)

Moon 2009 (Movie)

Sam Bell (Actor)

Choke 2008 (Movie)

Victor Mancini (Actor)

Frost/Nixon 2008 (Movie)

James Reston Jr. (Actor)

Snow Angels 2008 (Movie)

Glenn Marchand (Actor)

Joshua 2007 (Movie)

Brad Cairn (Actor)

Nobody Wants Your Film 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Stella 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy 2005 (Movie)

Zaphod Beeblebrox (Actor)

Unscripted 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The F Word 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Matchstick Men 2003 (Movie)

Frank Mercer (Actor)

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 (Movie)

Chuck Barris (Actor)

Welcome to Collinwood 2002 (Movie)

Pero (Actor)

Heist 2001 (Movie)

Jimmy Silk (Actor)

Thirteen Moons 2001 (Movie)

Rick (Actor)

Biglove 2000 (Movie)

Nate (Actor)

Charlie's Angels 2000 (Movie)

Eric Knox (Actor)

Jerry & Tom 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Galaxy Quest 1999 (Movie)

Guy Fleegman (Actor)

The Green Mile 1999 (Movie)

"Wild Bill" Wharton (Actor)

William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream 1999 (Movie)

Francis Flute (Actor)

Arresting Gena 1998 (Movie)

Sonny (Actor)

Celebrity 1998 (Movie)

Darrow Entourage (Actor)

Lawn Dogs 1998 (Movie)

Trent (Actor)

Louis and Frank 1998 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Safe Men 1998 (Movie)

Samuel (Actor)

Box of Moonlight 1997 (Movie)

Kid (Actor)

Drunks 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Basquiat 1996 (Movie)

Thug (Actor)

Glory Daze 1996 (Movie)

Rob (Actor)

Mercy 1996 (Movie)

Matty (Actor)

NYPD Blue 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Somebody to Love 1996 (Movie)

Polish Guy (Actor)

The Search For One-Eye Jimmy 1996 (Movie)

"One-Eye" Jimmy (Actor)

Dead Drunk: The Kevin Tunell Story 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack and His Friends 1993 (Movie)

Louie (Actor)

Law & Order 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Strictly Business 1991 (Movie)

Gary (Actor)

Last Exit to Brooklyn 1990 (Movie)

Al (Actor)

Over the Limit 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Clownhouse 1989 (Movie)

Randy (Actor)

End Zone (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (5)

Don Verdean: Biblical Archeologist 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Life at These Speeds 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Single Shot 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Trust Me 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Winning Season 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

After delivering a decade of memorable, off-the-wall performances in independent films like "Box of Moonlight" (1996) and "Lawn Dogs" (1997), actor Sam Rockwell's supporting role as an unrepentant killer in "The Green Mile" (2000) finally made him known to mainstream audiences. But it was his loopy turn as game show host-turned-CIA agent Chuck Barris in the fantastical biopic "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2002) that completed his successful crossover from indie film mainstay. From there, Rockwell ambulated easily between both worlds, co-starring opposite Nicholas Cage in the zany crime thriller "Matchstick Men" (2005), playing the two-headed, three-armed President of the Galaxy in the long-awaited "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (2005) and shining as an estranged husband reconnecting with his wife in the little-seen Sundance hit "Snow Angels" (2007). He turned to historical portrayals in both "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" (2007) and "Frost/Nixon" (2008), and played a sex addict in "Choke" (2008). Rockwell was adept at transforming both his appearance and demeanor to inhabit a wide range of roles, as he did playing a lone astronaut in "Moon" (2009), Tony Stark's incompetent rival in "Iron Man 2" (2010) and a timid saloon owner in "Cowboys & Aliens" (2011). Regardless of the movie, Rockwell's chameleon-like ability to portray just about any character was always in demand.

Relationships

Leslie Bibb Actor

Companion
Began dating 2007

Penny Hess

Mother
Divorced Sam's father when he was five

Peter Rockwell Actor

Father
Divorced Sam's mother when he was five years old

EDUCATION

Urban Pioneers

San Francisco , California
An Outward Bound-style alternative high school

School of the Arts High School

San Francisco , California 1987

Studied acting in NYC with William Esper

Milestones

2013

Starred in the indie comedy "The Way Way Back"

2013

Starred in the crime thriller "A Single Shot"

2012

Cast in ensemble crime comedy "Seven Psychopaths"

2011

Played a saloon owner in the sci-fi Western "Cowboys & Aliens"

2011

Cast opposite Jonah Hill in "The Sitter"

2010

Played a man wrongly accused of a crime in "Conviction"

2010

Cast as Tony Stark's rival Justin Hammer in Jon Favreau's "Iron Man 2"

2009

Played an astronaut working alone in the sci-fi thriller "Moon"

2008

Cast as Victor Mancini, a sex addict in the film "Choke," based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk

2008

Played an estranged husband who tries to reconnect with his wife (Kate Beckinsale) in "Snow Angels"

2008

Portrayed James Reston Jr. in the film adaption of Peter Morgan's "Frost/Nixon"

2007

Co-starred with Vera Farmiga in the Sundance screened "Joshua"

2007

Co-starred as Charles Ford, Robert's brother in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"

2005

Cast as Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed, ex-hippie President of the Galaxy in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

2003

Starred alongside Nicolas Cage in Ridley Scott's "Matchstick Men"

2002

Played Pero is the Russo brothers' heist comedy "Welcome to Collinwood"

2002

Breakthrough role as controversial 'Gong Show' host, Chuck Barris in George Clooney's directorial debut, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"

2001

Appeared with Gene Hackman and Danny DeVito in the crime thriller "Heist"

2001

Acted in both "The Dumbwaiter" and "The Zoo Story" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival

2000

Played villain Eric Knox in "Charlie's Angels"

1999

Cast as a bumbling actor in the sci-fi satire "Galaxy Quest"

1999

Played psychotic killer and villain William 'Wild Bill' Wharton in "The Green Mile" opposite Tom Hanks

1998

Starred as Jerry opposite Joe Mantegna's Tom in "Jerry and Tom"

1997

His working-class Trent mowed lawns and bonded with 10-year-old Devon in "Lawn Dogs"

1997

Won raves for his performance as a Cockney salesman in the off-Broadway production of "Goose-Pimples" by Mike Leigh

1997

Appeared in HBO's "Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground"

1996

Played One-Eye Jimmy in "The Search for One-Eye Jimmy"; worked with John Turturo for the first time

1996

Delivered critically-acclaimed performance opposite John Turturo in Tom DiCillo's "Box of Moonlight"

1995

Cast as one of two who kidnapped John Rubinstein in "Mercy"

1994

Re-teamed with director Alexandre Rockwell for "Somebody to Love"

1992

First feature with director Alexandre Rockwell, "In the Soup"

1992

Appeared in Paul Schrader's "Light Sleeper"

1990

TV debut in "Over the Limit," an ABC "Afterschool Special"

1989

Landed small part in "Last Exit to Brooklyn"

1988

Feature debut in the horror film "Clownhouse"; produced by Francis Ford Coppola

1978

Launched performing career at age of 10, appearing in a play with his mother

Steadily employed as an actor in theater and commercials

Raised mostly by father, but spent summers as a child in NYC with his mother

Bonus Trivia

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"I'm not sure I like making movies. Film is hard, largely because it's so tedious. Stage is where it really happens for an actor because it makes full use of whatever you have to give." – Rockwell in The Los Angeles Times, July 27, 1997

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"Man, he's just got that thing where he can toss off a line with the weirdest reading. He's so dry, so minimal. There's so much restraint and subtlety." – Paul Giamatti on Rockwell to Premiere magazine, May 2005

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"I've been playing too many nice guys. I want to play guys who cackle-nasty pricks, psychos. I know it's fashionable, but I wouldn't overact. I'd be subtle and good." – Rockwell in Details magazine, August 1997

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