Michael Rooker was born on April 6th 1955 in Jasper, Alabama.

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He caught the acting bug while attending college, and began appearing in local stage productions. On first breaking into film, his intensity and “don’t-mess-with-me” good looks were highlighted to chilling effect as the title Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986), filmed in 1986 but, due to its controversial nature, not released until 1990. Film critic Mark Kermode went to see the BBFC on behalf of Electric Pictures to argue against cuts in the film (and won) and did a presentation to the sales force selling this film on video.  Michael had made the Pilot episode of the superb Crime Story in 1986. This episode features David Caruso (CSI Miami ), Ted Levine (Silence of the Lambs), as well as Dennis Farina and Tony Dennison.

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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
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 Eight Men Out (1988)

From Henry to Arnold “Chick” Gandil in a cracking film based on the true story of the Chicago White Sox throwing the World Series  of baseball with John Cusack, Christopher Lloyd, Charlie Sheen. John Mahoney, David Strathairn, directed by John Sayles.

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Mississippi Burning (1988)

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L.A.Takedown (1989) Well Heat in another life. This was supposed to be a pilot episode for a series, that never happened so six years later he remade L A Takedown as Heat. Check them both out again.

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Sea Of Love (1989)

So Michael didn’t get to act with Al Pacino in Heat as it was recast but he did in Sea of Love with the exquisite Ellen Barkin.

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Days of Thunder (1990)

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JFK (1991)

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The Dark Half (1993)

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Cliffhanger (1993)

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Tombstone (1998)

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Browns Requiem (1998)

A noir thriller from James Elroy’s novel.

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The Bone Collector (1999)

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He starred with Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie and Ed O’Neil (before  Modern Family) in this crime thriller.

 

The Walking Dead (2010 – )

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Merle in action. Enjoy.

Michael Rooker Interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh1UdxFE3Hw (audio)

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Happy Birthday Michael Rooker.

 

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