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Michael Madsen

Highest Rated:   100% Into Eternity (2011)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Lion of Judah (2011)
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Birthplace:   Chicago, Illinois, USA
Michael Madsen, who admits to being more interested in delivering a good performance than the perks of fame, formerly worked as a gas station attendant in his hometown of Chicago, IL. The older brother of actress Virginia Madsen, Michael's first acting experience took place inside of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, where he studied under the direction of fellow actor John Malkovich. This stage training provided him with the background needed to land a host of small roles, beginning with a bit part in the 1983 film WarGames. After relocating to Los Angeles, Madsen made several television and film appearances, including NBC's Emmy-winning Special Bulletin (1983), and The Natural (1984), director Barry Levinson's celebrated sports drama. Madsen continued to build credibility, gradually going on to land larger parts. Though his profile was raised substantially after appearing in the 1991 film Thelma & Louise, it was his 1989 performance as a psychotic killer in John Dahl's Kill Me Again that caught the attention of Quentin Tarantino, who would later give Madsen his true breakthrough opportunity in 1992's Reservoir Dogs. This ear-splitting performance earned Madsen critical acclaim, as well as further cementing his reputation for playing psychopathic murderers. Sure enough, Madsen would go on to perform in several decidedly evil roles. From the kitten-loving sociopath in The Getaway (1994), to mafia tough guy Sonny Black in Donnie Brasco, Madsen proved himself more than capable of playing a good bad guy. Rather than allowing himself to be typecast, however, Madsen readily accepted the role of a loving foster parent in Free Willy (1993), a seasoned alien assassin in Species (1995), and CIA Agent Damon Falco in director Lee Tamahori's Die Another Day (2002). Over the course of the next decade, however, the veteran actor largely stuck to his tough-guy image, though his reflective role in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill films displayed a sense of depth that most filmmakers fail to coax out of him.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Diamond Cartel
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Devil's Domain
  • Bill
2017
17% Vigilante Diaries
  • Moreau
2016
No Score Yet Back In The Day
  • Enzo DeVino
2016
No Score Yet The Natural: The Best There Ever Was
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino
  • Actor
2016
75% The Hateful Eight
  • Joe Gage
$54.2M 2015
No Score Yet Lumberjack Man
  • Dr. Peter Shirtcliff
2015
No Score Yet No Deposit
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Flipped
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Blood Rush
  • Casey
2015
No Score Yet The Witching Hour
  • The Detective
2015
No Score Yet Death in the Desert
  • Executive Producer
  • Ray Easler
2015
No Score Yet Kidnapped in Romania
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Hope Lost
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Skin Traffik (A Hitman in London)
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Magi
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Dirty Dealing 3D
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Turnaround Jake
  • Russell O'Malley
2014
No Score Yet Skoryy 'Moskva-Rossiya'
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet 2047 - Sights of Death
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet The Ninth Cloud
  • Actor
2014
6% I'm In Love With A Church Girl
  • Frank Harris
$2.4M 2013
No Score Yet Terrible Angels
  • Detective Ben Nolan
2013
No Score Yet Ashley
  • Bill
2013
No Score Yet ICE Agent
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Garbage
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Refuge From The Storm
  • Steve Grecco
2013
No Score Yet Desperate Endeavors
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Beyond The Trophy
  • Cole Lambert
2012
19% Loosies
  • Lt. Nick Sullivan
$3.8k 2012
No Score Yet Infected
  • Louis Hartley
2012
No Score Yet Sins Expiation
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet The Forest
  • Actor
2011
0% The Lion of Judah
  • Boss
2011
No Score Yet The Bleeding
  • Reverend Roy
2011
100% Into Eternity
  • Director
$33.5k 2011
No Score Yet The 5th Execution (Pyataya kazn)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet A Cold Day In Hell
  • Stallings
2011
No Score Yet Eldorado
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Amsterdam Heavy
  • Martin Keele
2011
No Score Yet Piranhaconda
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Dirty Little Trick
  • Vito
2011
No Score Yet Terror Trap
  • Carter
2010
No Score Yet The Kid: Chamaco
  • Willie
2010
No Score Yet Let the Game Begin
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The Big I Am
  • Martell
2010
0% The Killing Jar
  • Executive Producer
  • Doe
2010
No Score Yet Six Days In Paradise
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The Story of Bonnie and Clyde
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Krach
  • William
2010
No Score Yet Corruption.Gov
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The Brazen Bull
  • Producer
  • The Man
2010
No Score Yet Not Another Not Another Movie
  • Les
2009
No Score Yet Outrage: Born In Terror
  • Farragut
2009
50% Green Lantern: First Flight
  • Kilowog
2009
67% You Might as Well Live
  • Clinton Manitoba
2009
No Score Yet Break
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Shannon's Rainbow
  • Dave
2009
No Score Yet Hired Gun
  • Dan Moeller
2009
No Score Yet Starz Inside
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Buttermilk Sky
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Road of No Return
  • J. Marcone
  • Producer
2009
No Score Yet Serbian Scars
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Clear Lake WI
  • Actor
2009
0% House
  • Tin Man
$0.6M 2008
No Score Yet 45 R.P.M.
  • Major Baxter
2008
10% Hell Ride
  • The Gent
$0.2M 2008
No Score Yet Deep Winter
  • Dean
2008
29% Vice
  • Max Walker
  • Executive Producer
2008
No Score Yet Crash and Burn
  • Crime Boss
2008
30% Boarding Gate
  • Miles
2008
No Score Yet Lost Treasure of the Maya
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Los Angeles
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Portal
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Tomb
  • George
2008
No Score Yet Cosmic Radio
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet No Bad Days
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Eyes Front
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Being Michael Madsen
  • Producer
  • Actor
2007
33% Tooth and Nail
  • Executive Producer
  • Jackal
2007
No Score Yet All In
  • Seal
2007
No Score Yet Croc
  • Croc Hawkins
2007
6% Strength and Honour
  • Sean Kelleher
$52.4k 2007
No Score Yet Afghan Knights
  • Cooper
2007
No Score Yet Living & Dying
  • Agent Lind
2007
No Score Yet UKM: Ultimate Killing Machine
  • Major Blevins
2006
No Score Yet Machine
  • Ray
2006
No Score Yet The Last Drop
  • Col J.T. Colt
2006
37% Scary Movie 4
  • Oliver
$90.7M 2006
4% BloodRayne
  • Vladimir
$1.6M 2006
No Score Yet All In
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Canes
  • Guillermo List
2006
No Score Yet Last Hour
  • Monk
2006
No Score Yet L.A. Dicks
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Chasing Ghosts
  • Kevin Harrison
2005
78% Sin City
  • Bob
2005
No Score Yet Jacked$
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Hoboken Hollow
  • J.T. Goldman
2005
No Score Yet Firedog
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Velvet Revolution
  • Actor
2005
84% Kill Bill: Volume 2
  • Budd
2004
29% Renegade
  • Wallace Sebastian Blount
2004
No Score Yet Frankenstein
  • Det. Harker
2004
85% Kill Bill: Volume 1
  • Budd/Sidewinder
2003
8% My Boss's Daughter
  • T.J.
2003
No Score Yet 44 Minutes
  • Detective Frank McGregor
2003
58% Die Another Day
  • Damian Falco
$160.3M 2002
No Score Yet Pressure Point
  • Jed Griffin
2002
No Score Yet The Real Deal
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Primal Instinct
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Extreme Honor
  • Sparks
2001
No Score Yet L.A.P.D.: To Protect and to Serve
  • Lt. Alexander
2001
No Score Yet Choke
  • Will
2001
No Score Yet Vampires Anonymous
  • Vic's Sponsor
2000
60% High Noon
  • Frank Miller
2000
No Score Yet Sacrifice
  • Tyler Pierce
2000
No Score Yet The Stray
  • Ben
2000
No Score Yet The Ghost
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Luck of the Draw
  • Zippo
2000
No Score Yet The Inspectors 2: A Shred of Evidence
  • Joe
2000
No Score Yet The Alternate
  • Agent Briggs
2000
No Score Yet The Primal Instinct
  • Russ
2000
No Score Yet 42K
  • Narrator
2000
0% The Price of Air
  • Mr. Ball
2000
No Score Yet Supreme Sanction
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet The Florentine
  • Whitey
1999
No Score Yet Fait Accompli
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Trail of a Serial Killer
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Detour
  • Burl Rogers
1998
No Score Yet The Maker
  • Skarney
1998
9% Species II
  • Press
1998
No Score Yet Executive Target
  • Nick James
1998
No Score Yet Final Reckoning
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Strip 'N' Run
  • Jimmy D.
1998
17% The Winner
  • Wolf
1997
No Score Yet Diary of a Serial Killer
  • Det. Haynes
1997
No Score Yet Catherine's Grove
  • Joe Mason
1997
87% Donnie Brasco
  • Sonny Black
1997
No Score Yet The Last Days of Frankie the Fly
  • Sal
1997
No Score Yet The Girl Gets Moe
  • Donnelly
1997
No Score Yet The Sender
  • Dalla Grayson
1997
No Score Yet Surface to Air
  • Gunnery Sgt. Zach Massin
1997
31% Mulholland Falls
  • Eddie Hall
1996
No Score Yet Red Line
  • Mr. Lawrence
1995
36% Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home
  • Glen Greenwood
1995
34% Species
  • Press Lennox
1995
No Score Yet Blue Tiger
  • Gun salesman (uncreditted)
1995
42% Wyatt Earp
  • Virgil Earp
1994
No Score Yet Man with a Gun
  • John
1994
33% The Getaway
  • Rudy Travis
1994
No Score Yet Dead Connection
  • Det. Matt Dickson
1994
No Score Yet Money for Nothing
  • Det. Laurenzi
1993
No Score Yet Almost Blue
  • Morris Poole
1993
57% Free Willy
  • Glen Greenwood
1993
No Score Yet A House in the Hills
  • Mickey
1993
No Score Yet Baby Snatcher
  • Cal Hudson
1992
40% Straight Talk
  • Steve Labell
1992
90% Reservoir Dogs
  • Mr. Blonde
1992
No Score Yet Beyond the Law
  • Blood
1992
No Score Yet Trouble Bound
  • Harry Talbot
1992
No Score Yet To Kill For
  • Cliff Burden
1992
83% Thelma & Louise
  • Jimmy
1991
54% The Doors
  • Tom Baker
1991
No Score Yet The End of Innocence
  • Earl
1990
No Score Yet Le Dernier Cow-Boy
  • Pierce
1990
No Score Yet Kill Me Again
  • Vince Miller
1989
No Score Yet Blood Red
  • Enziio
1988
No Score Yet Iguana
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Shadows in the Storm
  • Earl
1988
No Score Yet The Killing Time
  • Stu
1987
81% The Natural
  • Bump Bailey
1984
60% Racing With the Moon
  • Frank
1984
93% WarGames (War Games)
  • Steve
1983
No Score Yet Against All Hope
  • Cecil Moe
1982

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
48% Powers
2015-2016
  • SuperShock
  • 2016
73% Big Time in Hollywood, FL
2015
  • Harvey Scoles
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Roy Parrish
  • 2014
58% Golden Boy
2013
  • Walter Clark Sr.
  • 2013
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
  • Benjamin Walker
  • 2012
23% The Mob Doctor
2012-2013
  • Russell King
  • 2012
87% 24
2001-2014
  • Jim Ricker
  • 2010
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Coop Daly
  • 2010

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