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Michael Rooker

Michael Rooker

Michael Rooker is an American director and actor. He is famous for his roles as Henry in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Terry Cruger in Sea of Love, Rowdy Burns in Days of Thunder, Bill Broussard in JFK, Hal.

Rooker has been active in Hollywood since 1986 and is still actively making his appearances. Also, he plays Yondu Udonta in the 2014 film, Guardians of the Galaxy.Michael Rooker was born on 6 April 1955, in Jasper, Alabama, the U.S. As of 2019, his age is 64 years old with his birth sign is Aries. He has nine brothers and sisters.

Parents Marital Relationship

His parents divorced when he was 13 years old. Later on, he moved with his mother and siblings to Chicago, Illinois, where he attended Wells Community Academy High School and studied at the Goodman School of Drama. This helped Michael to lighten the way towards success. And so far, he has not shared many of his childhood memories and details with us.

Michael stands at a height of 5 feet 10 inches tall with his body weighs about 90 Kg. He has a pair of eyes with blue color and Brown color hair. Also, he wears the shoe size 10 with the dress size 10.

Rooker’s Movies Career

In 1986 Michael started his professional career as an actor. His debut film Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer rose him to fame as it received huge success. The storyline of this film was based on the confession of Henry Lee Lucas.

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Caption: Michael Rooker

His dream debut, Michael was quickly able to make frequent appearances in the movies and television series. Also, he starred in many numbers of movies such as Slither, Cliffhanger, Days of Thunder, Tombstone, The 6Th Day, Eight Men Out, Super, Hypothermia, Mississippi Burning, and several others.

In addition, he has appeared in Crime Story, The Walking Dead, CSI, Chuck, Law & Order, Psych, Archer, and much more. His role as Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead was highly popular and received many appreciations.

Not only acting, but he has also got the experience of directing and producing. He directed the movie The Lost Episode in 2012. Also, he has provided his voice in the games such as Calls of Duty: Black Ops, Days of Thunder, The Walking Dead: Survival Instincts, and The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Bucher Bay. Further, he holds a black belt in karate.

How much is Michael Rooker Net Worth and Salary?

The American actor Michael Rooker has an estimated net worth of around $8 million as of 2019. His salary is unknown. With this net worth, he is living a lavish lifestyle.

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Caption: Michael Rooker with his car

Moreover, his role in The Walking Dead, he received Satellite Award for Best Cast in 2012. Also, he has a Golden Space Needle Award and Fantasporto Award under his name. There is no fourth information about his cars and property too.

Is Michael Rooker still Married?

Michael Rooker is a married man, he married to Margot Rooker. There is no further information about their first met and dating history. However, they got married on June 22, 1979.  Also, Michael has had a successful marriage so far. With their marriages, the couple blessed with two daughters, Alynne Rooker, and Gillian Rooker. Currently, he lives in California with his wife.

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Caption: Michael Rooker with his daughter

Furthermore, there are not any rumors about the dispute in his personal life and affairs, he must be getting the most out of his marriage. The married couple spent a long time with each other.

Michael is quite active on social sites such as Facebook and Instagram. He has more than 1m followers on Facebook and over 826k followers on Instagram account. However, he is not active on the Twitter account.

Facts of Michael Rooker

Full NameMichael Rooker
Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthApril 6, 1955
Age65 years 2 months
HoroscopeAries
Place Of BirthJasper, Alabama, United States
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
ProfessionActor, Voice Actor
EducationGoodman School of Drama (The Theatre School at DePaul University)
NationalityUnited States of America
SpouseMargot Rooker
ChildrenAlynne Rooker
NicknamesРукер, Майкл
FacebookMichael Rooker Facebook
AwardsGolden Space Needle Award for Best Actor (1986), Fantasporto Award for Best Actor (1986), International Fantasy Film Award (1991),Critics Choice Award (2014), Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series (2012)
NominationsFantasporto Award for Best Actor (1986)
Movies"Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" (1986), "Mississippi Burning" (1988), "JFK" (1991), "Cliffhanger" (1993), "Jumper" (2008), "Guardians of the Galaxy" (2014), "The Walking Dead"
TV Shows"CSI: Miami", "Las Vegas", "JAG", "Numb3rs", "Law & Order", "The Archer", "The Walking Dead", "The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay", "Call of Duty"

Quotes of Michael Rooker

#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.
8I 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.

Quick Facts of Michael Rooker

#Fact
1Said 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.
2The 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".
3Announced on twitter, with a photo, that his 1st daughter gave birth to his 1st grandchild, a daughter, on Thanksgiving morning, 28 November 2013.
4Father of two daughters, Alynne and Gillian.
5He has appeared in two films whose plot centered around Human Cloning: The 6th Day (2000) and Replicant (2001).
6Michael 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).
7Lives in Los Angeles, California.
8He 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.
9Ranked #17 on Tropopkin's Top 25 Most Intriguing People [Issue #100]
10He is a graduate of Chicago's Goodman School of Drama
11Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) was Michael Rooker's first movie, which was filmed in 1986 but was not released until years later.
12Studied Japanese martial art of Aikido with Fumio Toyoda Shihan prior to establishing himself in Chicago theatre.

Trademarks of Michael Rooker

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

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