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Michael Rooker Net Worth

Michael Rooker Net Worth is
$2 million

Michael Rooker Biography

A global known Actor Michael Rooker born in Wednesday, April 6, 1955


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Quick Facts

Full NameMichael Rooker
Net Worth$2 million
Date Of BirthApril 6, 1955
Height1.78 m
ProfessionVoice Actor
EducationThe Theatre School at DePaul University
NationalityAmerican
SpouseMargot Rooker
ChildrenAlynne Rooker
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/officialmichaelrooker
Instagramhttp://www.instagram.com/michael_rooker
AwardsSatellite Award for Best Television Ensemble
NominationsIndependent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
MoviesGuardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Slither, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Cliffhanger, Days of Thunder, Tombstone, Mallrats, The Replacement Killers, The 6th Day, Sea of Love, Mississippi Burning, The Bone Collector, JFK, Undisputed, The Dark Half, Eight Men Out, Replicant, Super, Jumper, Here on Earth, The Marine 2, Bastard out of Carolina, Super Capers, The Trigger Effect, Blood Done Sign My Name, Above the Law, Shadow Builder, Brown's Requiem, Deceiver, Rosewood, Mysteria, Keys to Tulsa, Cell 213, L.A. Takedown, The Lost Episode, Light of Day, The Eliminator, Music Box, DC Showcase: Jonah Hex, Freeway Killer, Renegade Force, Atlantis Down, The Hard Truth, Brother's Keeper, The Lena Baker Story, Table One, Rent-a-Cop, Skeleton Man, The Song of Hiawatha, Wicked Ways
TV ShowsThief, The Walking Dead, Meteor


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1 Said in an interview, that when he was 13 years old, he saw a Volvo commercial that compared Volvos to other cars by hanging them upside down from a crane and dropping them on their roof. He was so impressed with how well the Volvo fared in the comparison that he's wanted one ever since. In 2014 he finally purchased an s60 Volvo Sedan.
2 The Walking Dead is not the first show on which Rooker's played a character with a prosthetic arm. He played a one-armed, drug smuggling, boat captain with a hook for a hand in CSI: Miami episode, "Dead Zone".
3 Announced on twitter, with a photo, that his 1st daughter gave birth to his 1st grandchild, a daughter, on Thanksgiving morning, 28 November 2013.
4 Father of two daughters, Alynne and Gillian.
5 He has appeared in two films whose plot centered around Human Cloning: The 6th Day (2000) and Replicant (2001).
6 Michael Rooker and Brian Thompson are the only actors to have acted alongside all 3 of the major action heroes of the 1980's. Michael Rooker appeared with Sylvester Stallone in Cliffhanger (1993), Arnold Schwarzenegger in The 6th Day (2000) and Jean-Claude Van Damme in Replicant (2001). Brian Thompson appeared with Sylvester Stallone in Cobra (1986), Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator (1984) and Jean-Claude Van Damme in Lionheart (1990).
7 Lives in Los Angeles, California.
8 He unofficially reprised his Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) role for the music video, "All Wrapped Up", by heavy metal band, American Head Charge.
9 Ranked #17 on Tropopkin's Top 25 Most Intriguing People [Issue #100]
10 He is a graduate of Chicago's Goodman School of Drama
11 Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) was Michael Rooker's first movie, which was filmed in 1986 but was not released until years later.
12 Studied Japanese martial art of Aikido with Fumio Toyoda Shihan prior to establishing himself in Chicago theatre.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1 Frequently plays law enforcement or military characters
2 Raspy, gravelly voice


Quotes

#Quote
1 (On filming Undisputed (2002)) It was in a prison in Nevada. And it was scary. It was very scary. Every teenager should go visit a maximum-security prison. Talk about being scared straight. That was a scary, scary place. Clean as a whistle. You could eat off the floors, but it was so sterile and scary, it was like, "Holy shit. Let's do this movie and get the hell out of here". And the prisoners were very nice. The inmates were very, very cool. I have a lot of friends, a lot of fans that are in maximum-security prisons all over this country.
2 (On filming Cliffhanger (1993)) Cliffhanger got me in the best shape of my life, working at 10,000 feet up in the mountains. And everybody was great. I lived in Italy for seven months doing that movie. It was a great vacation.
3 (2011, on Tombstone (1993)) I learned to shoot in Tombstone (1993). I've been shooting ever since. As a matter of fact, I'm a co-owner shareholder of a shooting range outside of L.A. I shoot at least once or twice a week.
4 (On almost not being cast in Eight Men Out (1988)) I was one of the last ballplayers to be cast. They couldn't find this guy, Chick Gandil, anywhere. They had called up several theaters around town. They got my name a few times. So they called my house after getting my number from some of the theater directors. They wanted me to send in a tape for this role. I think it was one of the smaller roles. But I said, "Where is the production?" It was in Indianapolis, Indiana. I said, "Well, my God, I'm going down there on a family barbecue this weekend. Why don't I just try to swing by and do the reading when I get there?" They said, "Okay, yeah, we'd love that". Of course, I lied through my teeth. I don't know anybody in Indianapolis, Indiana. But at that time, video sucked, and I would do anything to get in to do the audition physically without doing a video. Now, I gotta be there. I didn't have an agent at that time. I just fired all six of my agents here in Chicago. I went around the city, firing all my agents and taking back all my head-shots, because they weren't doing shit for me. It was a turning point in my career. I had decided "I'm not going to do film anymore, or TV. This is bullshit. I'm gonna do theater the rest of my career. I'm just going to do theater. I don't need this bullshit anymore". So, I went around and fired all of these schmucks, and I got back all my head-shots and resumes. And literally two days, three days later, I got this call from this film company. So I basically lied and I got into the audition. I borrowed $40 from my sister, drove down to Indianapolis in my Pontiac with a hole in the floorboard. I had to keep my windows open the whole time. Before I got there, I called the one and only agent that I hadn't been with in Chicago and said, "Look, you're my agent. I got an audition on this film. They're going to call you. I gave them your number and name. They're going to call you. Make the appointment. That's all you gotta do, okay?" "Okay". "Thanks, bye". That's all they did. They made the appointment and called me back and said, "Oh, yeah, you have a reading with John Sayles". I'm like, "Holy shit, great!" And so I went down there the whole time thinking "I'm going to have a reading with John Sayles!" So I get there and I'm talking with the casting lady, and there's no John Sayles to be had. He's not there. I didn't notice at first, and we were talking, and we start arguing about, "Well, where's John Sayles? I mean, I drove all this way to meet the director and read with the director." "Well, you can't do that." She wouldn't tell me he wasn't in town. So we have this whole row about it. We have this big argument about auditioning and "Where's John Sayles?", and blah-blah-blah-blah-blah. And so finally she yells. We're yelling in the office, and I'm a little upset because I drove this whole way. It's my last $40 in the world, and it wasn't even mine. I had borrowed it from my sister. Finally, she said, "Well, you have to read with me first no matter what." And then I was just, "Oh, okay. No problem." So as we're going back through the hallway, she gives me the sides, "Here, read these." It's some three lines, some thug or something. As I'm going back through the hallway, there's photos of the ballplayers on the wall. And as we're going back, I'm still a little teed off, because I'm not reading with John Sayles. I borrowed my sister's last $40, and I begged her for that, and I'm like, "Oh, fuck me." Walking through the hallway, I go, "Well, you know what? If I was going to play anyone in this stupid movie, I'd play this fucking guy here." And I smack the photo. And it's Chick Gandil. I smack the photo of Chick Gandil, who is the only ballplayer they couldn't find. Everybody else had been cast. They couldn't find Chick Gandil, and lo and behold, and she stops and looks at me, because when I smacked it, it made a loud noise. She turned around, and she looked at me, and she looked at who I smacked and she said, "Here, read this. Give me that." And she took away the old sides and gave me the Chick Gandil sides. And we went into the room, and I fucking did the audition and blew her away, and the rest is history. She asked me to stay for the weekend, and I said, "Yes, of course." And then I slept in my car until Monday morning to meet John Sayles. She wanted me to read for John Sayles. She invited me out to dinner and wanted to get to know me, make sure I wasn't some crazy person and I was a real actor. And I got to read for John Sayles that Monday, and ended up being his first choice. Then I was saddened, because even though I was his first choice, he couldn't cast me, because his producers in L.A., Sarah Pillsbury and Midge Sanford, it was their character to cast. He had already cast his allotment. They split up casting. This was their choice. The Chick Gandil role was their choice to cast. So he said, "They won't cast him." By this time, I'd already won ov
5 (On landing Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)) I was doing a play called "Sea Marks", an Irish play, a two-person play. The director was doing the prosthetic work for Henry, and he turned me on to what was going on. "They're casting this guy. You should go and audition". I did, and I ended up getting the job. That's how it came about. That was my first real film role that had any sort of beginning, middle, and end. I was there throughout the whole piece. I started reading some books and material. Nothing really helped. I saw a couple of interviews with [Lucas] with a state trooper or something like that. So I got a little handle on it from that. He's very soft-spoken, and very shy and introverted. So I hooked into that, and that was my handle for the role. Everything else was just our imaginations, and my imagination. That was a really kind of crazy piece for me, because I was scared shitless. It was my first real role in film. I had done plays, but I wasn't sure if I was going to be good at this film stuff, so I really worked hard to make sure that I was there, I was bringing it that day and that minute. I stayed in character all day. Once I went in to work, I stayed in character all day long. So after the cut, I would leave the set and go to my room, close the door, and not talk to anybody. I wouldn't talk to anyone all day long during the filming of it. I would just do my work and go away. Come in, action, do my job, do what I needed to do, and then go away. And that's what helped me through the entire piece. It was way too difficult to go in and out of character, especially then, because I was young as an actor. I didn't know how this film stuff worked. In a play, you stay in character pretty much almost all the way through until the evening's over. So that's what I did here. I used that technique. I stayed in character as much as I possibly could all day long, or all night long, whatever the times were on the day we worked. People thought that was a little weird, that I'd just go away, that I wouldn't talk to them and stuff. Then they saw my room, and I had all my mirrors covered up, taped up. I didn't want to see images of myself, and I kept the room dark or black. And I just stayed in the room and just prepared for the next scene. So yeah, it was kind of weird and crazy, but that was a technique that seemed like it worked.
6 (On filming Crime Story: Pilot (1986)) That's one of the roles that I cut class at school to go do, and I never told them. They didn't know how else to work outside of school, but I did anyway. I think I ended up getting my SAG card with that. And I had to cut my hair. I was in a play, and I had to have my long hair for it. Then [the Crime Story producers] wanted me to cut my hair because I was a cop or something like that. So what we ended up doing was cutting just the edges and stuffing my hair up under my hat, my cop hat, and I did the role that way.
7 (On filming Super (2010)) It was mayhem. No, not really. James Gunn tried to keep everything really organized. He had a good AD department. Everyone was professional, by which I mean all the actors of course had a lot of good experience, and the crew did as well. So even though the budget was small, everybody was dead-on and worked real hard. You have to when you do a little one like this, because you don't have time to waste. And there is no time. There's no money. In these kinds of productions, time is definitely money, so if you screw up a day or a shot, you may not get a chance to go back and get that shot and redo that day.
8 I don't approach a role by saying I'll be unsavory or unlikable. I think all the roles I've done have been very passionate people who go to absolute extremes to make their points.
9 [on his Henry character] I can bring that role back in a second. I just rip into the little idiosyncrasies and it's interesting, I've never said good-bye to Henry. That character, the introverted-ness, the soft-spoken quality is always there.


Pictures

All Michael Rooker pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 DFCS Award Detroit Film Critic Society, US Best Ensemble Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Chris Pratt

Zoe Saldana

Dave Bautista

Vin Diesel

Bradley Cooper

Lee Pace

Karen Gillan

Djimon Hounsou

John C. Reilly

Glenn Close

Benicio Del Toro

Laura Haddock

Sean Gunn

Peter Serafinowicz

Christopher Fairbank
2014 NFCS Award Nevada Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Cast Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Chris Pratt

Zoe Saldana

Dave Bautista

Vin Diesel

Bradley Cooper

Lee Pace

Karen Gillan

Djimon Hounsou

John C. Reilly

Glenn Close

Benicio Del Toro

Laura Haddock

Sean Gunn

Peter Serafinowicz

Christopher Fairbank
1991 International Fantasy Film Award Fantasporto Best Actor Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
1990 Golden Space Needle Award Seattle International Film Festival Best Actor Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Chris Pratt

Zoe Saldana

Dave Bautista

Vin Diesel

Bradley Cooper

Lee Pace

Karen Gillan

Djimon Hounsou

John C. Reilly

Glenn Close

Benicio Del Toro

Laura Haddock

Sean Gunn

Peter Serafinowicz

Christopher Fairbank
2014 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Acting Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Chris Pratt

Zoe Saldana

Dave Bautista

Vin Diesel

Bradley Cooper

Lee Pace

Karen Gillan

Djimon Hounsou

John C. Reilly

Glenn Close

Benicio Del Toro

Laura Haddock

Sean Gunn

Peter Serafinowicz

Christopher Fairbank
2006 Chainsaw Award Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Relationship from Hell Slither (2006) Elizabeth Banks
1993 Chainsaw Award Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actor The Dark Half (1993)
1991 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)


Filmography

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2017 post-production Yondu
Bolden! post-production Pat McMurphy
The Belko Experiment 2016 Bud Melks
Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 Yondu Udonta
Elwood 2014 Short Condello
Brother's Keeper 2013/I Chief Carver
Nerdist: Course of the Force 2013 TV Mini-Series Bounty Hunter
Conan 2013 TV Series Merle Dixon
The Walking Dead 2010-2013 TV Series Merle Dixon
The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct 2013 Video Game Merle Dixon (voice)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II 2012 Video Game Mike Harper (voice)
The Lost Episode 2012 Dr. Death
Outlaw Country 2012 TV Movie
Lollipop Chainsaw 2012 Video Game Vikke (voice)
Archer 2012 TV Series Sheriff E.Z. Ponder
Mysteria 2011 Captain McCarthy
Cell 213 2011 Ray Clement
Call of the Dead 2011 Video Game Michael Rooker (voice)
Hypothermia 2010 Ray
Matadors 2010 TV Movie John Canterna
Scott's Dead 2010 Short Mitch
DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection 2010 Video Red Doc (segment "Jonah Hex") (voice)
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam 2010 Video short Red Doc (voice)
Atlantis Down 2010 Father / Alien
Super 2010/I Abe
Burn Notice 2010 TV Series Dale Lawson
Louis 2010 Pat McMurphy
DC Showcase: Jonah Hex 2010 Video short Red Doc (voice)
Blood Done Sign My Name 2010 Defense attorney Billy Watkins
Freeway Killer 2010 Det. St. John
The Marine 2 2009 Video Church
Psych 2009 TV Series Garth Longmore
Penance 2009/I Mann
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena 2009 Video Game Centurion / Jack (voice)
Criminal Minds 2009 TV Series Chief Carlson
Super Capers: The Origins of Ed and the Missing Bullion 2009 Judge / Dark Winged Vesper
Meteor 2009 TV Mini-Series Calvin Stark
Humanzee! 2008 TV Series Priest
Chuck 2008 TV Series Mauser
Shark 2008 TV Series Oscar Riddick
Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker Story 2008 Sheriff Haney
This Man's Life 2008 Short Richard Crummly
Law & Order 2008 TV Series Jamie Yost
Jumper 2008 William Rice
Whisper 2007/I Sidney
Crossing Jordan 2007 TV Series Shawn Curaco
Thief 2006 TV Mini-Series Det. John Hayes
Slither 2006 Grant Grant
Lenexa, 1 Mile 2006 Russ
Repo! The Genetic Opera 2006 Short Repo Man
Chasing Ghosts 2005 Mark Spencer
JAG 2005 TV Series Captain Jack Ramsey
Numb3rs 2005 TV Series Don's Partner
Las Vegas 2004 TV Series Marcus Wexler
The Eliminator 2004 Miles Dawson
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay 2004 Video Game Centurion Jack (voice)
Skeleton Man 2004 TV Movie Captain Leary
Saving Jessica Lynch 2003 TV Movie Colonel Curry
On Thin Ice 2003 TV Movie
CSI: Miami 2003 TV Series Marty Jones
Stargate SG-1 2003 TV Series Colonel Edwards
Lucky 2003 TV Series Gibby
The Box 2003/I Detective Stafford
Tremors 2003 TV Series Kinney
Undisputed 2002 A.J. Mercker
Jeremiah 2002 TV Series Major Quantrell
Hostage Rescue Team 2001 TV Movie Special Agent Nicholas Roberts
Replicant 2001 Det. Jake Riley
The Outer Limits 2001 TV Series Colonel Beckett
Table One 2000 Rowdy
The 6th Day 2000 Robert Marshall
Newsbreak 2000 John McNamara
Here on Earth 2000 Malcolm Arnold
The Bone Collector 1999 Captain Howard Cheney
A Table for One 1999 Matt Draper / Dr. Matthew Swan
Honolulu CRU 1998 TV Series
Renegade Force 1998 Matt Cooper
Brown's Requiem 1998 Fritz Brown
Shadow Builder 1998 Father Vassey
The Replacement Killers 1998 Stan 'Zeedo' Zedkov
Song of Hiawatha 1997 Bertrand
Deceiver 1997 Det. Edward Kennesaw
Keys to Tulsa 1997 Keith Michaels
Rosewood 1997 Sheriff Walker
Meet Wally Sparks 1997 uncredited
The Trigger Effect 1996 Gary
Back to Back 1996 TV Movie Bob Malone
Bastard Out of Carolina 1996 Uncle Earle
Johnny & Clyde 1995 TV Movie Frank Tennant
Fallen Angels 1995 TV Series Babe McCloor
Mallrats 1995 Svenning
The Hard Truth 1994 Jonah Mantz
Suspicious 1994 Short Attendent
Tombstone 1993 Sherman McMasters
Cliffhanger 1993 Hal Tucker
The Dark Half 1993 Sheriff Alan Pangborn
Afterburn 1992 TV Movie Casey 'Z' Zankowski
JFK 1991 Bill Broussard
Days of Thunder 1990 Rowdy Burns
Equal Justice 1990 TV Series Wallace 'Wally' Dalton
Music Box 1989 Karchy Laszlo
Sea of Love 1989 Terry
L.A. Takedown 1989 TV Movie Bosko
The Edge 1989 TV Movie Deputy Sheriff
Gideon Oliver 1989 TV Series Detective John Quinn
Retreads 1988
Mississippi Burning 1988 Frank Bailey
Eight Men Out 1988 Arnold 'Chick' Gandil
Above the Law 1988 Man in Bar
The Equalizer 1988 TV Series Bill Whitaker
Rent-a-Cop 1987 Joe
Light of Day 1987 Oogie
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer 1986 Henry
Crime Story 1986 TV Series Lieutenant

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Brown's Requiem 1998 associate producer
A Table for One 1999 co-executive producer

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Lost Episode 2012

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 6th Day: The Future Is Coming 2000 Video documentary short thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Life After Flash 2017 Documentary filming Himself
Unlocked: The World of Games, Revealed 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Heller Awards 2016 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
WGN Morning News 2016 TV Series Himself
This Week in Hollywood 2016 TV Series Himself
Talking Dead 2011-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself / Himself - 'Merle'
The Walkers Among Us 2015 Documentary Himself
The Playboy Morning Show 2015 TV Series Himself
I Am Dale Earnhardt 2015 Documentary Michael Rooker
All Access Pass 2014-2015 TV Series Himself
Guide to the Galaxy with James Gunn 2014 Video short Himself
The Dark Half: The Sparrows Are Flying Again! - The Making of the Dark Half 2014 Documentary short Himself
Tweet Out 2014 TV Series Himself
Bonus Content 2013-2014 TV Series Himself
Super Power Beat Down 2014 TV Series short Himself - Interviewee
MythBusters 2013 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest Star
NSFW Show 2013 TV Series Himself
Creative Continuity 2013 TV Series Himself
The Nerdist 2013 TV Series Himself
Good Day L.A. 2013 TV Series Himself
Speakeasy: With Paul F. Tompkins 2013 TV Series Himself
Durch die Nacht mit... 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
The Ballad of El Topo Chico 2011 Short Himself
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2010 Video Game Himself (voice, uncredited)
The Making of The Walking Dead 2010 Documentary short Merle Dixon
Atlantis Rising: The Making of 'Atlantis Down' 2010 TV Series Himself
Greatest Ever Disaster Movies 2007 TV Movie Himself
Working with a Master: John McNaughton 2006 Video documentary short
Portrait: The Making of 'Henry' 2005 Video documentary Himself
Mallrats: The Erection of an Epic - The Making of Mallrats 2005 Video documentary short Himself - 'Mr Svenning'
THS Investigates: Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Making of 'Tombstone' 2002 Video documentary short Himself - 'Sherman McMasters'
The 6th Day: The Future Is Coming 2000 Video documentary short Himself / Robert Marshall
Stallone on the Edge: The Making of Cliffhanger 1993 TV Short documentary Himself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra 2016 TV Series Himself
Scarface: The World Is Yours 2006 Video Game Tony's Enforcer / Old Civilian (uncredited)
Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 2006 Video documentary Himself
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series Henry
Tremors 2003 TV Series Kinney
Jeremiah 2002 TV Series Major Quantrell
On the 6th Day 2001 Video documentary Himself / Robert Marshall
Empire of the Censors 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Crime Story 1986 TV Series Lieutenant
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