Sam Rockwell

Sam Rockwell

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    • November 5th, 1968
Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in San Mateo, California, the only child of two actors, Pete Rockwell and Penny Hess. 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 separated, 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 Eugene 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 (1989). 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 (1989), 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 (1972): Over the Limit (1990) (TV) and HBO's Lifestories: Families in Crisis (1992): Dead Drunk: The Kevin Tunell Story (Season 1 Episode 7: 15 March 1993); the head thug in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990); and a guest-star turn in an Emmy Award-winning episode of Law & Order (1990), while working a string of regular day jobs and performing in plays. After a few smaller appearances in films such as Woody Allen's Celebrity (1998) and the modern version of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999), in which he played Francis Flute, he had larger roles in two of the bigger hit movies to emerge: The Green Mile (1999) and Galaxy Quest (1999), 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 (2000) and as Zaphod Beeblebrox in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), while continuing to perform in smaller independent movies. After more than ten years in the business, Sam has earned his success. In 2018, he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as a troubled police deputy in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017).

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Acting (73 Credits)

2022The Bad Guys as Mr. Wolf (voice)
2020The One and Only Ivan as Ivan (voice)
2020Trolls World Tour as Hickory (voice)
2020Home Movie: The Princess Bride as Westley
2019The Best of Enemies as Claiborne Paul Ellis
2019Richard Jewell as Watson Bryant
2019Jojo Rabbit as Captain Klenzendorf
2019Fosse/Verdon as Bob Fosse
2018Blue Iguana as Eddie
2018Vice as George W. Bush
2018Mute as Sam Bell
2018Blaze as Oilman 3
2017Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as Jason Dixon
2017Woman Walks Ahead as Silas Groves
2015Poltergeist as Eric Bowen
2015Mr. Right as Mr. Right
2015Don Verdean as Don Verdean
2015Digging for Fire as Ray
2014Better Living Through Chemistry as Douglas Varney
2014Laggies as Craig Hunter
2014Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King as Justin Hammer
2014Loitering with Intent as Wayne
2013A Single Shot as John Moon
2013Schooled: The Price of College Sports as Narrator (voice)
2013The Way Way Back as Owen
2013Trust Me as Aldo
2013A Case of You as Gary
2012Seven Psychopaths as Billy Bickle
2011Cowboys & Aliens as Doc
2011The Sitter as Karl
2010Conviction as Kenny Waters
2010Iron Man 2 as Justin Hammer
2009Moon as Sam Bell
2009G-Force as Darwin the Guinea Pig (voice)
2009The Winning Season as Bill
2009Gentlemen Broncos as Bronco / Brutus
2009Everybody's Fine as Robert
2008Choke as Victor Mancini
2008Frost/Nixon as James Reston Jr.
2007Joshua as Brad Cairn
2007Snow Angels as Glenn Marchand
2007The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford as Charley Ford
2005The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as Zaphod Beeblebrox
2004Piccadilly Jim as Jim Crocker
2003Matchstick Men as Frank Mercer
2002Confessions of a Dangerous Mind as Chuck Barris
2002Welcome to Collinwood as Pero
200213 Moons as Rick
2001Heist as Jimmy Silk
2001Made as Hotel Clerk
2000Charlie's Angels as Eric Knox
1999Galaxy Quest as Guy Fleegman
1999The Green Mile as 'Wild Bill' Wharton
1999A Midsummer Night's Dream as Francis Flute
1998Safe Men as Sam
1998Jerry and Tom as Jerry
1998Celebrity as Darrow Entourage
1997Lawn Dogs as Trent Burns
1997SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground as Man Eating (segment "Sax Cantor Riff")
1996Box of Moonlight as The Kid
1996Basquiat as Thug
1995Glory Daze as Rob
1995Drunks as Tony
1994The Search for One-eye Jimmy as One-eye Jimmy
1994Somebody to Love as Polish Guy
1992Happy Hell Night as Young Henry Collins
1992Light Sleeper as Jealous
1992In the Soup as Pauli
1991Strictly Business as Gary
1990Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as Head Thug
1989Clownhouse as Randy
1989Last Exit to Brooklyn as Al

Himself (3 Credits)



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