Rooker at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International
April 6, 1955 |
Jasper, Alabama, United States
Michael Rooker (born April 6, 1955) is an American actor, best known for his roles as Henry in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead, Frank Bailey in Mississippi Burning, Hal Tucker in Cliffhanger, Rowdy Burns in Days of Thunder and Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Michael Rooker was born in Jasper, Alabama. He has eight brothers and sisters. His parents divorced when he was 13 years old, and he moved with his mother and siblings to Chicago, Illinois, where he studied at the Goodman School of Drama.
Rooker made his film debut in 1986, playing the title role in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, a film based on the confessions of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas. He was acting in a play when the director of the play, who was going to do the prosthetics for Henry, told him about the film. Rooker did not care if the script was good or bad, he just wanted to act in a film as it would "challenge" himself. Henry was a critical success and got Rooker noticed in the filmmaking industry, which led to his receiving more film roles.
Rooker was given more dramatic roles in films such as Eight Men Out, Mississippi Burning, and JFK, but he became widely known for his roles in action and thriller films such as Sea of Love, Days of Thunder, Cliffhanger, and Tombstone. He also starred in Mallrats, Rosewood, The 6th Day, Slither, Jumper, Super and Hypothermia.
In June 2010, he revealed via Twitter that he was to appear in the AMC television series The Walking Dead as Merle Dixon, one of the survivors of a zombie apocalypse. He guest starred in two episodes of the first season and one of the second season before finally becoming a series regular for the third season.
Rooker is also known for his roles in video games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops (where he played himself), Mike Harper in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 in November 2012, and voiced Merle in The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, the video game based on the television series.
Rooker played Yondu in the Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy, which was directed by James Gunn. Rooker announced at the Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con that he will reprise his role as Yondu in the announced Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in 2017.
Rooker is married to Margot Rooker. They have two daughters.
|1986||Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer||Henry||Fantasporto Award for Best Actor
Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
|1987||Light of Day||Oogie|
|1988||Above the Law||Man in bar|
|1988||Eight Men Out||Arnold "Chick" Gandil|
|1988||Mississippi Burning||Frank Bailey|
|1989||Sea of Love||Terry Cruger|
|1989||The Edge||Deputy Sheriff||Television film|
|1989||L.A. Takedown||Bosko||Television film|
|1989||Music Box||Karchy Laszlo|
|1990||Days of Thunder||Rowdy Burns|
|1992||Afterburn||Casey "Z" Zankowski||Television film|
|1993||The Dark Half||Sheriff Alan Pangborn|
|1994||The Hard Truth||Jonah Mantz|
|1995||Johnny & Clyde||Frank Tennant||Television film|
|1996||Bastard Out of Carolina||Uncle Earle|
|1996||The Trigger Effect||Gary|
|1996||Back to Back||Bob Malone|
|1997||Song of Hiawatha||Bertrand|
|1997||Keys to Tulsa||Keith Michaels|
|1998||The Replacement Killers||Stan "Zeedo" Zedkov|
|1998||Shadow Builder||Father Vassey|
|1998||Brown's Requiem||Fritz Brown||Associate producer|
|1998||Renegade Force||Matt Cooper|
|1999||A Table for One||Matt Draper/Dr. Matthew Swan||Co-executive producer|
|1999||Bone Collector, TheThe Bone Collector||Captain Howard Cheney|
|2000||Here on Earth||Malcolm Arnold|
|2000||The 6th Day||Robert Marshall|
|2001||Replicant||Det. Jake Riley|
|2003||The Box||Det. Stafford|
|2003||On Thin Ice||Hopkins||Television film|
|2003||Saving Jessica Lynch||Col. Curry||Television film|
|2004||Skeleton Man||Capt. Leary||Television film|
|2004||The Eliminator||Miles Dawson|
|2005||Chasing Ghosts||Mark Spencer|
|2006||Repo! The Genetic Opera||Repo Man||Short film|
|2006||Lenexa, 1 Mile||Russ|
|2008||The Lena Baker Story||Randolph County Sheriff|
|2008||This Man's Life||Richard Crummly||Short film|
|2009||Super Capers||Judge/Dark Winged Vesper|
|2009||The Marine 2||Church||Direct-to-DVD|
|2010||Scott's Dead||Mitch||Short film|
|2010||Freeway Killer||Detective St. John|
|2010||Blood Done Sign My Name||Defense Attorney Billy Watkins|
|2010||Cell 213||Ray Clement|
|2010||DC Showcase: Jonah Hex||Red Doc (voice)||Short film|
|2012||Pennhurst||Dount Shop Employee||Director|
|2012||Outlaw Country||Larkin's henchman||Television film|
|2013||Brother's Keeper||Chief Carver|
|2014||Guardians of the Galaxy||Yondu|
|1986||Crime Story||Lieutenant||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1988||The Equalizer||Bill Whitaker||Episode: "No Place Like Home"|
|1989||Gideon Oliver||Det. John Quinn||Episode: "Sleep Well, Professor Oliver"|
|1990||Equal Justice||Wallace 'Wally' Dalton||Episode: "Sugar Blues"|
|1995||Fallen Angels||Babe McCloor||Episode: "Fly Paper"|
|2001||Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits||Col. Beckett||Episode: "Patient Zero"|
|2001||Hostage Rescue Team||Special Agent Nicholas Roberts||Pilot|
|2002||Jeremiah||Major Quantrell||Episode: "Firewall"|
|2003||Tremors||Kinney||Episode: "Hit and Run"|
|2003||Stargate SG-1||Col. Edwards||Episode: "Enemy Mine"|
|2003||CSI: Miami||Marty Jones||Episode: "Dead Zone"|
|2004||Las Vegas||Marcus Wexler||Episode: "Degas Away with It"|
|2005||Numb3rs||Don's partner||Unaired pilot|
|2005||JAG||Capt. Jack Ramsey||Episode: "Heart of Darkness"|
|2006||Thief||Det. John Hayes||5 episodes|
|2007||Crossing Jordan||Shawn Curaco||Episode: "D.O.A."|
|2008||Law & Order||Jamie Yost||Episode: "Executioner"|
|2008||Shark||Oscar Riddick||Episode: "Bar Fight"|
|2008||Chuck||Mauser||Episode: "Chuck Versus Santa Claus"|
|2009||Meteor||Calvin Stark||2 episodes|
|2009||Criminal Minds||Chief Carlson||Episode: "House on Fire"|
|2009||Psych||Garth Longmore||Episode: "Shawn Takes a Shot in the Dark"|
|2010||Burn Notice||Dale Lawson||Episode: "Guilty as Charged"|
|2010–2013||Walking Dead, TheThe Walking Dead||Merle Dixon||Season 1 (recurring; 2 episodes)
season 2 (guest, 1 episode)
season 3 (series regular, 11 episodes)
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series (2012)
|2012||Archer||Sheriff EZ Ponder (voice)||Episode: "Bloody Ferlin"|
|2013||The Conan O'Brien Show||Merle Dixon||Guest Actor/Cameo|
|2004||The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay||Centurion / Jack (voices)|
|2006||Scarface: The World is Yours||Various voices|
|2010||Call of Duty: Black Ops||Himself (voice)||Call of The Dead DLC|
|2011||Days of Thunder||Rowdy Burns (voice)|
|2012||Lollipop Chainsaw||Vikke (voice)|
|2012||Call of Duty: Black Ops II||Mike Harper (voice)||Also provides motion capture|
|2013||The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct||Merle Dixon (voice)|
Awards and nominations
|1990||Golden Space Needle Award||Best Actor||Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer||Won|
|1991||Independent Spirit Awards||Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead||Nominated|
|Fantasporto Award||Best Actor||Won|
|1993||Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Best Supporting Actor||The Dark Half||Nominated|
|2006||Relationship from Hell Shared with Elizabeth Banks||Slither||Nominated|
|2014||Phoenix Film Critics Society||Best Ensemble Acting Shared with Chris Pratt, Lee Pace, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Benicio Del Toro, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Laura Haddock, Djimon Hounsou, and John C. Reilly||Guardians of the Galaxy||Nominated|
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