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Sam Rockwell
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Rockwell in 2009.
Born November 5, 1968 (age 44)
Daly City, California
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present
Worked in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Characters portrayed Chuck Barris
Other works Moon
Choke
The Green Mile
Seven Psychopaths

Sam Rockwell (born November 5, 1968) is an American actor known for his leading roles in Lawn Dogs, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Choke and Moon, as well as for his supporting roles in The Green Mile, Iron Man 2, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Frost/Nixon, Galaxy Quest, Matchstick Men, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Conviction and Cowboys & Aliens.

BiographyEdit

Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in Daly City, California, the child of two actors. The family moved to New York when he was two years old, living first in the Bronx and later in Manhattan. When Sam was five years old, his parents split up, at which point he and his father moved to San Francisco, where he subsequently grew up, while summers and other times were spent with his mother in New York.

He made his acting debut when he was ten years old, alongside his mother, and later attended J.E. McAteer High School in a program called SOTA. While still in high school, he got his first big break when he appeared in the independent film Clownhouse. The plot revolved around three escaped mental patients who dressed up as clowns and terrorized three brothers home alone--Sam played the eldest of the brothers. His next big break was supposed to have come when he was slated to star in a short-lived NBC TV-series called Dream Street, but he was soon fired.

After graduating from high school, Sam returned to New York for good and for two years he had private training at the William Esper Acting Studio. During this period he appeared in a variety of roles, such as the ABC Afterschool Specials: Over the Limit and HBO's Lifestories: Families in Crisis: Dead Drunk: The Kevin Tunell Story (Season 1 Episode 7: 15 March 1993); the head thug in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; and a guest-star turn in an Emmy-winning episode of Law & Order, while working a string of regular day jobs and performing in plays.

In 1994, a Miller Ice beer commercial finally enabled him to quit his other jobs to concentrate on his acting career, which culminated in him having five movies out by 1996: BasquiatThe Search for One-eye JimmyGlory DazeMercy; and Box of Moon Light. It was the latter film that would prove to be his real break-out in the industry. In Tom DiCillo's film, he found himself playing an eccentric named the Kid, a man-child living in a half-built mobile home in the middle of nowhere with a penchant for dressing like Davy Crockett, who manages to bring some much-needed chaos into the life of an electrical engineer played by John Turturro. The movie was not a box-office success, but it managed to generate a lot of critical acclaim for itself and Sam.

In 1997 he found himself the star of another critically lauded film, Lawn Dogs. Once again he portrayed a societal outcast as Trent, a working-class man living in a trailer, earning a living mowing lawns inside a wealthy, gated Kentucky community. Soon Trent finds himself befriended by 10-year-old Devon (Mischa Barton), and the movie deals with the difficulties in their friendship and the outside world. He also gave strong performances in the quirky independent comedy Safe Men, in which he plays one half of a pretty awful singing duo (the other half being played by Steve Zahn) that gets mistaken for two safe-crackers by Jewish gangsters; and the offbeat hit-man trainee in Jerry and Tomagainst Joe Mantegna.

After a few smaller appearances in films such as Woody Allen's Celebrity and the 1999 version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, in which he played Francis Flute, he had larger parts in two of the bigger hit movies to emerge in 1999: The Green Mile and Galaxy Quest, wowing audiences and critics alike with his chameleon-like performances as a crazed killer in the former and a goofy actor in the latter.

More recently, he appeared in another string of mainstream films, most notably as Eric Knox in Charlie's Angels and as Zaphod Beeblebrox in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, while continuing to perform in smaller independent movies.[1]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Clownhouse Randy
1989 Last Exit to Brooklyn Al
1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Head Thug
1991 Strictly Business Gary
1992 Jack and His Friends Louie
1992 In the Soup Pauli
1992 Light Sleeper Jealous
1992 Happy Hell Night Young Henry Collins
1993 Law & Order Officer Weddeker Episode 3.21 "Manhood"
1994 Somebody to Love Polish Guy
1994 The Search for One-eye Jimmy One-eye Jimmy
1995 Drunks Tony
1995 Glory Daze Rob
1995 Mercy Matty
1996 Bad Liver and a Broken Heart Broken Heart
1996 Basquiat Thug
1996 Box of Moon Light The Kid, aka Bucky
1997 Prince Street Donny Hanson Series regular
1997 Arresting Gina Sonny
1997 SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground Man Eating Television film
Segment: Sax Cantor Riff
1997 Lawn Dogs Trent Best Actor Award at the Sitges Film Festival
Best Actor Award at the Montreal World Film Festival
1998 The Call Back Alan/Christopher Walken
1998 Jerry and Tom Jerry
1998 Louis & Frank Sam
1998 Safe Men Sam
1998 Celebrity Darrow Entourage
1999 A Midsummer Night's Dream Francis Flute
1999 The Green Mile 'Wild Bill' Wharton Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1999 Galaxy Quest Guy Fleegman
2000 Charlie's Angels Eric Knox
2001 D.C. Smalls Karaoke Singer
2001 Pretzel Sam
2001 BigLove Nate Short film
2001 Made Hotel clerk Uncredited
2001 Heist Jimmy Silk
2002 13 Moons Rick
2002 Running Time The Hunted Short film
2002 Welcome to Collinwood Pero
2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Chuck Barris Berlin International Film Festival – Silver Bear for Best Actor
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2002 Stella Shorts 1998–2002 Pizza Guy Direct-to-video
Short: Bored
2003 Matchstick Men Frank Mercer Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
2004 Piccadilly Jim Piccdilly Jim/Jim Crocker
2005 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox
2005 The F Word Jeremy
2005 Robin's Big Date The Bat-man Short film
2007 Joshua Brad Cairn Best Actor Award at the Sitges Film Festival
2007 Snow Angels Glenn Marchand
2007 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Charley Ford
2008 Woman in Burka Sam
2008 Choke Victor Mancini Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2008 Frost/Nixon James Reston Jr. Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2009 The Winning Season Bill Also producer
2009 Moon Sam Bell<td Best Actor Award at the Sitges Film Festival
Seattle International Film Festival>Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actor
Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Irish Film and Television Award for Best International Actor
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Scream Award for Best Sci-Fi Actor</td>
2009 G-Force (film) Darwin Voice only
2009 G-Force (video game) Darwin Video game
2009 Gentlemen Broncos Bronco/Brutus
2009 Everybody's Fine Robert
2010 Iron Man 2 Justin Hammer
2010 F—K Short film
2010 Conviction Kenneth Waters Boston Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Hollywood Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Iowa Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
2011 Gettysburg Narrator
2011 Cowboys & Aliens Doc
2011 The Sitter Karl
2012 Seven Psychopaths Billy

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