September 25, 1958 |
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Other names||Maykl Madsen, The Mafia Man|
|Occupation||Actor, producer, director, writer, poet, photographer|
|Spouse(s)||Jeannine Bisignano (divorced)
Georganne LaPiere (divorced)
|Partner(s)||DeAnna Madsen (1996–present)|
|Children||5, including Christian|
|Parent(s)||Elaine Madsen (mother)|
|Relatives||Virginia Madsen (sister)|
Michael Søren Madsen (born September 25, 1958) is an American actor, producer, director, writer, poet and photographer. He starred in most feature films, including Thelma & Louise, Reservoir Dogs, Wyatt Earp, Free Willy, Species , Donnie Brasco, Sin City, Kill Bill and The Hateful Eight. He guest starred in numerous television series, and is also credited with voice work in several video games, including Grand Theft Auto III, True Crime: Streets of L.A., Dishonored, Dishonored 2, DRIV3R, The Walking Dead: Season Two and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Madsen was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Elaine Madsen (née Melson), a filmmaker and author, and Calvin Madsen, a firefighter. His parents divorced in the 1960s, and his mother left a career in finance to pursue a career in the arts, encouraged by film critic Roger Ebert. His siblings are Cheryl Madsen, an entrepreneur, and Academy Award-nominated actress Virginia Madsen. Madsen's father was Danish, while his mother is of English, German, Irish, Native American, and Scottish ancestry.
Madsen's acting career began at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, where he served as an apprentice under actor John Malkovich. In 1982, Madsen made his debut role for an independent film Against All Hope. He then played a small role in the studio picture WarGames in 1983. That same year, he appeared in a bit part in Edward Zwick's 1983 television movie Special Bulletin. Soon after, Madsen was cast as a psychopathic gunman who took Mary Beth hostage in the Cagney and Lacey episode "Heat", which aired October 22, 1984. He moved to Los Angeles and appeared in other films, including as arrogant baseball player Bump Bailey in The Natural (1984), a deranged killer in Kill Me Again (1989), and as the tough but touching boyfriend in Thelma & Louise (1991).
He played the razor-wielding, sadistic ex-con and jewel thief "Mr. Blonde" in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. The film brought Madsen attention among critics and fans. Madsen starred in other films, including Free Willy, Mulholland Falls, Wyatt Earp, Species and the critically acclaimed Donnie Brasco. He was unable to play the role of Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction as he couldn't get out of rehearsals for Wyatt Earp, which he had just decided to do. The role instead went to John Travolta, relaunching his career.
Since the mid-1990s, Madsen appeared in lower-budget films released direct-to-video or television. Notable exceptions include his featured role in Tarantino's Kill Bill, in the James Bond adventure Die Another Day and in the film version of the Frank Miller graphic novel Sin City. He appeared in Scary Movie 4 in 2006 parodying Tim Robbins's character from War of the Worlds. He was also in the film 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out in 2003.
In 2004, Tarantino discussed an idea for a movie starring Madsen and John Travolta as the The Vega Brothers. The film would have seen Madsen and Travolta reprising their roles as Vic (Mr. Blonde) from Reservoir Dogs and Vincent from Pulp Fiction. However, in 2007, because of the age of the actors and the onscreen deaths of both characters, Tarantino said the project (which he intended to call Double V Vega) was "kind of unlikely now".
In 2008, Madsen had a starring role as "The Gent" in Hell Ride, written and directed by Larry Bishop and executive produced by Tarantino. Madsen has been in television series, including the short-lived Vengeance Unlimited and as "Don Everest" in the poker-themed ESPN series Tilt. He was in Michael Jackson's 2001 music video "You Rock My World" and has provided voice work for several video games, including Grand Theft Auto III, True Crime: Streets of L.A. and DRIV3R. He provided voice work for the movie version of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as Maugrim the wolf, captain of the White Witch's secret police.
He also provides narration for Animal Planet and is heard in the PlayStation 2 game Yakuza, where he voices the role of Futo Shimano, the violent and unforgiving leader of a Yakuza family. Madsen played Sam Spade in Yuri Rasovsky's Grammy-nominated sonic dramatization of The Maltese Falcon, which also features Sandra Oh and Edward Herrmann. In August 2008, Madsen co-starred in Coma, a Web series on Crackle. Madsen went to Mexico City to co-star in the 2009 boxing film The Kid: Chamaco with Martin Sheen and Kirk Harris for director Miguel Necoechea. In September 2009, he filmed the comedy feature Magic Boys in England and Hungary, co-starring with Vinnie Jones, directed by Robert Koltai and written by screenwriter Ivo Marloh. The film was scheduled for general release in late 2012.
Madsen guest-starred in the final season of 24 in April 2010. He played Jim Ricker, an old friend of main character Jack Bauer. Let the Game Begin, opened in May 2010. The film also features Adam Rodriguez and Stephen Baldwin. Madsen played the lead role in the independent horror film Infected. He is one of the stars in the western thriller The Sorrow with Kirk Harris, John Savage, newcomer Ryan Ballance and Yvonne Delarosa.
On 5 January 2012, Madsen entered the Celebrity Big Brother house. He finished in 4th place in the final of Celebrity Big Brother. In February 2014, filming in Las Vegas was completed for the movie Death in the Desert, directed by Josh Evans and starring Madsen as casino mogul Ted Binion (named Ray in the film), Shayla Beesley as Sandra Murphy (played as Kim), Binion's live-in girlfriend, and Paz de la Huerta as Kim's friend Margo. The screenplay was written by John Steppling, based on the book Death in the Desert by crime writer Cathy Scott. The film premiered at the Tucson Film Festival on October 9, 2015. Distribution was scheduled for 2016 by Osiris Entertainment.
In August 2014, he starred in the Kill Bill-themed music video by Iggy Azalea for the song "Black Widow," featuring Rita Ora. In 2015, Madsen collaborated once more with Tarantino for the mystery film The Hateful Eight.
In 2002, Madsen was presented an award for his work with the Shriners Hospital for Children, and he gave his casting director friend Bruno Rosato a Porsche 928. In September 2009, Madsen announced his participation in the Love Ride 26 to help raise money for local charities and those less fortunate. Love Ride began in 1981 and has included celebrities Malcolm Forbes, Peter Fonda, and Larry Hagman with musical entertainment from Billy Idol, Bruce Springsteen, and others. The event was to have taken place on October 25, 2009 but was canceled two weeks before the event due to poor ticket sales and a decline in sponsorship and vendor support.
Madsen has done several films with Daryl Hannah. They include Kill Bill, The Last Days of Frankie the Fly, Shannon's Rainbow, Vice, Eldorado, as well as the film Garbage, in which they play friends called Daryl and Michael. Hannah took part in the 2007 fictional documentary Being Michael Madsen.
Madsen has been writing since the early 1990s. Madsen began his writing on match books, napkins and hotel stationery in between his time working on movie sets and traveling around the world. In 2005, 13 Hands Publications compiled all of his poetry and released The Complete Poetic Works of Michael Madsen, Vol I: 1995–2005. The original books released were Beer, Blood and Ashes (1995), Eat the Worm (1995), Burning in Paradise (1998), and the now out-of-print A Blessing of the Hounds (2002), 46 Down; A Book of Dreams and Other Ramblings (2004) and When Pets Kill (2005).
Madsen's friend and fellow actor Dennis Hopper described his poetry as a throwback to the Beat Generation: "I like him better than Kerouac: raunchier, more poignant, he's got street language, images I can relate to, blows my mind with his drifts of gut-wrenching riffs; this actor is a poet and he is cool, of course, he is Michael Madsen." Madsen has noted influences for his style of poetry as being Jack Kerouac and Charles Bukowski.
In 2008, Madsen was invited and appeared in Norway for the Norwegian translation and release of Burning In Paradise. In November 2010, he was the guest of honor for his poetry at the Crossing Border Festival at The Hague.
Another book of poetry, American Badass, was released on September 25, 2009. Madsen dedicated the book to the memory of his friend and Kill Bill co-star David Carradine.
His latest book, Expecting Rain, was released in October 2013 with an introduction by Jerry Hopkins.
Madsen is also an accomplished photographer. In 2006, he released his first book of photography entitled Signs of Life, published by 13 Hands Publications, which also contains new selections of his poetry. He dedicated the book to the memory of his friend and fellow actor Chris Penn, who starred with Madsen in Reservoir Dogs and Mulholland Falls.
- Won Independent Firecracker Award for his book of poetry "Burning In Paradise" (1998).
- Red Hen Press awarded Madsen with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his Complete Poetic Works in 2006.
- September 20, 2007 won "Best Actor" award at the 23rd Annual Boston Film Festival for his role as Sean Kelleher in Strength and Honour.
- Madsen won the 9th Annual Malibu International Film Festival award on April 6, 2008.
- Madsen won "Best Supporting Actor" (from movie Along the Roadside) at the IFS Film Festival in Beverly Hills in March 2013.
|1982||Against All Hope||Cecil Moe||Edward T. McDougal|
|1983||WarGames||Steve Phelps||John Badham|
|1984||Racing with the Moon||Frank||Richard Benjamin|
|1984||The Natural||Bartholomew "Bump" Bailey||Barry Levinson|
|1987||The Killing Time||Stu||Rick King|
|1988||Shadows in the Storm||Earl||Terrell Tannen|
|1989||Blood Red||Enzio||Peter Masterson|
|1989||Kill Me Again||Vince Miller||John Dahl|
|1990||The End of Innocence||Earl||Dyan Cannon|
|1991||The Doors||Tom Baker||Oliver Stone|
|1991||Thelma & Louise||Jimmy Lennox||Ridley Scott|
|1992||Reservoir Dogs||Mr. Blonde / Vic Vega||Quentin Tarantino|
|1992||Straight Talk||Steve||Barnet Kellman|
|1993||Trouble Bound||Harry Talbot||Jeffrey Reiner|
|1993||Free Willy||Glen Greenwood||Simon Wincer|
|1993||Money for Nothing||Detective Laurenzi||Ramón Menéndez|
|1993||A House in the Hills||Mickey||Ken Wiederhorn|
|1994||The Getaway||Rudy Travis||Roger Donaldson|
|1994||Blue Tiger||Gun Salesman||Norberto Barba||Uncredited|
|1994||Final Combination||Detective Matt Dickson||Nigel Dick|
|1994||Wyatt Earp||Virgil Earp||Lawrence Kasdan|
|1994||Felidae||Bluebeard (voice)||Michael Schaack||English version|
|1995||Species||Preston "Press" Lennox||Roger Donaldson|
|1995||Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home||Glen Greenwood||Dwight H. Little|
|1995||Man with a Gun||John Wilbur Hardin||David Wyles|
|1996||Mulholland Falls||Eddie Hall||Lee Tamahori|
|1996||The Winner||Wolf||Alex Cox|
|1996||The Last Days of Frankie the Fly||Sal||Peter Markle|
|1997||Donnie Brasco||Sonny Black||Mike Newell|
|1997||The Maker||Skarney||Tim Hunter|
|1998||Surface to Air||Gunnery Sergeant Zach Massin||Rodney McDonald|
|1998||Species II||Preston "Press" Lennox||Peter Medak|
|1999||The Florentine||Whitey||Nick Stagliano|
|2000||The Alternate||Agent Jack Briggs||Sam Firstenberg|
|2002||Die Another Day||Damian Falco||Lee Tamahori|
|2003||Pauly Shore Is Dead||Himself||Pauly Shore|
|2003||My Boss's Daughter||T.J.||David Zucker|
|2003||Kill Bill: Vol. 1||Budd||Quentin Tarantino||Nominated – Awards Circuit Community Awards for Best Cast Ensemble|
|2004||Blueberry||Wallace Sebastian Blount||Jan Kounen|
|2004||Kill Bill: Vol. 2||Budd||Quentin Tarantino||Italian Online Movie Award for Best Cast|
|2005||Sin City||Detective Bob||Frank Miller,
|Nominated – Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated – Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated – Gold Derby Film Award for Ensemble Cast
|2005||Chasing Ghosts||Kevin Harrison||Kyle Dean Jackson|
|2005||The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe||Maugrim (voice)||Andrew Adamson||Uncredited|
|2006||Scary Movie 4||Oliver||David Zucker|
|2006||The Last Drop||Col. J.T. Colt||Colin Teague|
|2006||Hoboken Hollow||J.T. Goldman||Glen Stephens|
|2007||Living & Dying||Agent Lind||Jon Keeyes|
|2007||Boarding Gate||Miles Rennberg||Olivier Assayas|
|2007||Afghan Knights||Cooper||Allan Harmon|
|2007||Strength and Honour||Sean Kelleher||Mark Mahon||Boston Film Festival – Best Actor
New York International Independent Film and Video Festival - Best Actor
Mount Shasta International Film Festival – Best Actor in a Feature
|2007||Tooth and Nail||Jackal||Mark Young|
|2008||Hell Ride||The Gent||Larry Bishop|
|2008||Last Hour||Monk||Pascal Caubet|
|2008||Vice||Max Walker||Raul Inglis|
|2008||Break||The Associate||Marc Clebanoff|
|2008||House||Tin Man||Robby Henson|
|2009||You Might as Well Live||Clinton Manitoba||Simon Ennis|
|2009||Shannon's Rainbow||Dave Blair||Frank E. Johnson|
|2009||The Bleeding||Father Roy||Charlie Picerni|
|2010||The Killing Jar||Doe||Mark Young|
|2010||Let the Game Begin||Dr. Turner||Amit Gupta|
|2010||The Big I Am||Martell||Nic Auerbach|
|2010||Terror Trap||Carter||Dan Garcia|
|2010||The Brazen Bull||The Man||Douglas Elford-Argent|
|2011||Forest of the Living Dead||Lt. Brandon Ross||Shan Serafin|
|2011||The Lion of Judah||Boss (voice)||Deryck Broom & Roger Hawkins|
|2011||Loosies||Lt. Nick Sullivan||Michael Corrente|
|2011||The 5th Execution||Rik||Aleksandr Yakimchuk & Elena Kovaleva|
|2012||Ace of Spades: Bad Destiny||Draško Đurović|
|2012||Desperate Endeavors||Ed||Salim Khassa|
|2013||Along the Roadside||Jerry||Zoran Lisinac|
|2013||Ashley||Bill||Dean Matthew Ronalds|
|2013||I'm in Love with a Church Girl||Frank Harris||Steve Race|
|2014||The Ninth Cloud||Bob||Jane Spencer|
|2015||Lumberjack Man||Dr. Peter Shirtcliff||Josh Bear|
|2015||The Hateful Eight||Joe Gage||Quentin Tarantino||Hollywood Film Award for Ensemble of the Year|
|2016||Magi||Lawrence Irlam||Hasan Karacadag|
|2016||Vigilante Diaries||Moreau||Christian Sesma|
|2018||Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad||Duke (voice)||Aaron Woodley||Filming|
|1983||Special Bulletin||Jimmy Lenox||Television film|
|1984||Cagney & Lacey||Boyd Evans Strout||Episode: "Heat"|
|1984||Miami Vice||Sally Alvarado||Episode: "Give a Little, Take a Little"|
|1985||The Hitchhiker||John Hampton||Episode: "Man at the Window"|
|1985–86||Our Family Honor||Augie Danzig||13 episodes|
|1986||Crime Story||Johnny Fosse||2 episodes|
|1988||War and Remembrance||Lt. "Foof" Turhall||Miniseries|
|1989||Almost Grown||Walter Zmuida||Episode: "Take It Slow"|
|1989||Tour of Duty||Sergeant Greg Block||Episode: "Sleeping Dogs"|
|1989||Jake and the Fatman||Chase||Episode: "Snowfall"|
|1989||Quantum Leap||Blue||Episode: "Jimmy - October 14, 1964"|
|1990||The Outsiders||Mick Jenkins||Episode: "The Beat Goes On"|
|1991||Gabriel's Fire||Stan Frankel||Episode: "Finger on the Trigger"|
|1992||Baby Sntacher||Cal Hudson||Television film|
|1992||Beyond the Law||Blood||Television film|
|1998–99||Vengeance Unlimited||Mr. Chapel||15 episodes|
|2001||Big Apple||Terry Maddock||8 episodes|
|2001–05||Animal Precinct||Narrator||Television documentary|
|2003||44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out||Detective Frank McGregor||Television film|
|2004||Frankenstein||Detective Harker||Television film|
|2005||Tilt||Donovan 'The Matador' Everest||9 episodes|
|2007||Croc||Croc Hawkins||Television film|
|2007||Crash and Burn||Vincent Scaillo||Television film|
|2010||CSI: Miami||Cooper "Coop" Daly||Episode: "L.A."|
|2010||24||Jim Ricker||4 episodes|
|2012||Bob's Burgers||Kevin Costner (voice)||Episode: "Moody Foodie"|
|2012||Piranhaconda||Professor Lovegrove||Television film|
|2012||Blue Bloods||Benjamin Walker||Episode: "Family Business"|
|2012–13||The Mob Doctor||Russell King||3 episodes|
|2013||Golden Boy||Walter Clark Sr.||2 episodes|
|2013||Axe Cop||Baby Man (voice)||Episode: "No More Bad Guys"|
|2014||Hawaii Five-0||Roy Parrish||Episode: "Na hala a ka makua"|
|2015||Big Time in Hollywood, FL||Harvey Scoles||5 episodes|
|2016||Those Who Can't||Callahan||Episode: "Wet Dreams May Come"|
|2016||Powers||Patrick / Supershock||10 episodes|
|2016||The Making of the Mob: Chicago||Himself||Miniseries|
|1996||Red Line||Mr. Lawrence|
|2001||You Rock My World||Thug|
|2009||Green Lantern: First Flight||Kilowog (voice)|
|2011||Amsterdam Heavy||Martin Keele|
|2014||Black Widow||Boyfriend||Video clip|
|2001||Grand Theft Auto III||Toni Cipriani|
|2003||True Crime: Streets of LA||Don Rafferty / Additional voices|
|2003||Driver 3||John Tanner|
|2005||Yakuza||Futoshi Shimano||English version|
|2005||Narc||Detective Jack Forzenski|
|2006||Reservoir Dogs||Mr. Blonde / Vic Vega|
|2013||Mob of the Dead||Michael 'Finn' O'Leary|
|2013||The Walking Dead: Season Two||William Carver||Nominated – Behind the Voice Actors Award for Best Vocal Ensemble|
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Born September 25, 1958 (some sources cite 1959)
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- "Michael Madsen, George Hamilton and Paul Ben-Victor Star in Coma, an Original Web Series Premiering On Crackle.com". 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2009-03-05.
- "24 Season 8 Episode 19 Press Release (10:00AM – 11:00AM)". 24 Spoilers. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- Let the Game Begin at the Internet Movie Database
- "Michael Madsen's Latest Low Brow Horror Gets 'Infected'". BloodyDisgusting.
- Photographer helped Madsen meet Sinatra | Las Vegas Review-Journal
- "Death in the Desert (2015)". IMDb. 9 October 2015.
- Kindest cut of all for cancer patients (scroll to end) | Las Vegas Review-Journal
- Jessica Harmon (11 October 2015). "Death in the Desert rolls up new trailer". moviepilot.com.
- "Iggy Azalea - Black Widow ft. Rita Ora". YouTube. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- Celebrity Big Brother, January 2012
- HISTORY « Love Ride 26
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- "Powers Season 2: Michael Madsen Joins Cast as SuperShock". PlayStation.Blog. Retrieved 2016-07-07.
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