Mickey Rourke - Rotten Tomatoes

Mickey Rourke

Highest Rated:   98% The Wrestler (2008)
Lowest Rated:   3% Passion Play (2011)
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Birthplace:   Liberty City in Miami
Mickey Rourke originally aspired to careers as a pro baseball player and - later - a championship boxer, but did a 180 away from the ring and cut his chops as an actor instead. Rourke launched his career with small roles in 1941 (1979) and Heaven's Gate (1981) before gaining broader notice as a pyro expert in Body Heat (1981) and one of the raunchier leads in Barry Levinson's Diner (1982). He followed with admirable work in Rumble Fish (1983) and The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984), and gave a bravura performance as fanatically determined police captain Stanley White in Year of the Dragon (1985). When the film was slammed by critics, Rourke defended director Michael Cimino and snubbed all interview requests. He immediately gained a reputation as a perfectionist, agreeing only to work with directors and on projects that met with his high standards. His 1987 performances in Angel Heart, A Prayer for the Dying, and Barfly attest to this, but starring roles in Adrian Lyne's infamous 9 1/2 Weeks (1986) and Zalman King's Wild Orchid (1990) gave him a "Eurotrash" taint, only enhanced by his hot temper and maverick nature. These qualities, however, while career poison in the U.S., did nothing to hurt Rourke's reputation in France, where filmgoers adored him.From the late '80s through the early '90s, the career of this disillusioned actor with the potential of Robert De Niro spiraled down, down, down, with his co-starring appearance in Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991) just one nadir. He wrote, produced, and starred in Homeboy (1988), a film about a near brain-dead prize fighter. It skipped theatrical release and went straight to home video. The masochistic connection between this film and Rourke's subsequent resumption of his boxing career (from 1991-1994) was undeniable, though he continued to appear sporadically in small films and supporting roles. In 1997, Rourke reprised his role as an s&m fetishist in Another 9 1/2 Weeks, a virtual remake of the original, only sans the redeeming presence of Kim Basinger. Although Rourke's career consisted primarily of direct-to-video titles for several years, he had enough friends and respect among his contemporaries that he hung on to his rebound potential, and his small role in Francis Ford Coppola's 1997 adaptation of John Grisham's The Rainmaker marked something of a comeback. The following year, Vincent Gallo, an unapologetic fan of Rourke's, cast him as the antagonist in Gallo's directorial debut, Buffalo '66; the long-dormant Terrence Malick also cast Rourke in his critically-worshipped Thin Red Line (1998), but Malick excised the actor's scenes from the final cut, probably to reduce the film's whopping length. Rourke showed flashes of his former brilliance in Steve Buscemi's Animal Factory (2000), joined the cast of the Sly Stallone-headlined Get Carter remake that same year, and gave an impressive supporting performance in Sean Penn's police procedural-cum-harrowing study of obsession, The Pledge (2001). Rourke also signed on with director Robert Rodriguez for the third of that helmer's Mariachi films, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, in 2003. As a harbinger of things to come, a powerful creative bond formed between the weathered, iconic Rourke and the tireless director on the Mexico set. In 2005 the duo again teamed for Rodriguez's and Frank Miller's eagerly anticipated big screen adaptation of Miller's Sin City comics. Cast as lovelorn brute Marv, Rourke delivered an impressive performance as an imposing beast of a fellow bent on avenging the death of an angelic prostitute in this stylish noir comic book come to life, which gave him cult status among a new generation of fans. In 2004, Rourke delivered a memorable supporting performance in Tony Scott's Man on Fire alongside Denzel Washington; it marked the first film in a two-picture creative partnership between Scott and Rourke, the second half of which came to fruition with 2005's Dom

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Weaponized
  • Professor Clarence Peterson
2016
50% Ashby
  • Ashby Holt
2015
No Score Yet War Pigs
  • Major A.J. Redding
2015
25% Black November
  • Tom Hudson
2015
No Score Yet Blunt Force Trauma
  • Zorringer
2015
No Score Yet Skin Traffik (A Hitman in London)
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet The Effects of Blunt Force Trauma
  • Actor
2015
43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • Marv
2014
80% Generation Iron
  • voice) Narrator
2013
8% Java Heat
  • Malik
2013
No Score Yet Dead in Tombstone
  • Blacksmith
2013
No Score Yet The Courier
  • Maxwell
2012
67% I Am Bruce Lee
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Sunset Strip
  • Actor
2012
35% Immortals
  • King Hyperion
2011
8% 13
  • Patrick Jefferson
2011
3% Passion Play
  • Nate Poole
2011
No Score Yet Rambo V: The Savage Hunt
  • Actor
2011
41% The Expendables
  • Tool
2010
72% Iron Man 2
  • Ivan Vanko/Whiplash
2010
13% The Informers
  • Peter
2009
No Score Yet 42nd Street: River To River
  • Actor
2009
43% Killshot
  • Armand Degas
2008
98% The Wrestler
  • Randy Robinson
2008
No Score Yet Shergar
  • Gavin O'Rourke
2008
34% Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker
  • Darrious Sayle
2006
19% Domino
  • Ed Mosbey
2005
78% Sin City
  • Marv
2005
39% Man on Fire
  • Jordan Kalfus
2004
68% Once upon a Time in Mexico
  • Billy
2003
24% Masked and Anonymous
  • Edmund
2003
37% Spun
  • The Cook
2003
No Score Yet They Crawl
  • Tiny Frakes
2002
No Score Yet The Follow
  • Husband
2001
78% The Pledge
  • Jim Olstand
2001
No Score Yet Picture Claire
  • Eddie
2001
82% Animal Factory
  • Jan the Actress
2000
12% Get Carter
  • Cyrus Paice
2000
No Score Yet Out in Fifty
  • Jack
1999
No Score Yet Shades
  • Paul Sullivan
1999
No Score Yet Shergar: Discover the Heart of a Champion
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Point Blank
  • Rudy Ray
1998
33% Thursday
  • Kasarov
1998
76% Buffalo '66
  • Bookie
1998
No Score Yet John Grisham's The Rainmaker
  • Bruiser Stone
1997
82% The Rainmaker
  • Bruiser Stone
1997
No Score Yet Another 9 1/2 Weeks
  • John Gray
1997
11% Double Team
  • Stavros
1997
No Score Yet Thicker Than Blood
  • Fr. Frank Larkin
1997
No Score Yet Bullet
  • Butch
1996
No Score Yet Exit in Red
  • Ed Altman
1996
No Score Yet The Last Outlaw
  • Graff
1994
No Score Yet F.T.W. (The Last Ride)
  • Frank T. Wells
1994
No Score Yet Fall Time
  • Florence
1993
47% White Sands
  • Gorman Lennox
1992
22% Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man
  • Harley Davidson
1991
36% Desperate Hours
  • Michael Bosworth
1990
12% Wild Orchid
  • James Wheeler
1990
62% Johnny Handsome
  • John Sedley
1989
No Score Yet Francesco
  • Francis of Assisi
1989
No Score Yet Homeboy
  • Johnny Walker
  • Screenwriter
1988
78% Barfly
  • Henry Chinaski
1987
63% A Prayer for the Dying
  • Martin Fallon
1987
78% Angel Heart
  • Harry Angel
1987
64% 9 1/2 Weeks
  • John
1986
60% Year of the Dragon
  • Stanley White
1985
No Score Yet Eureka
  • Aurelio
1984
90% The Pope of Greenwich Village
  • Charlie
1984
71% Rumble Fish
  • The Motorcycle Boy
1983
91% Diner
  • Robert 'Boogie' Sheftell
1982
97% Body Heat
  • Teddy Lewis
1981
57% Heaven's Gate
  • Nick Ray
1980
No Score Yet Rape And Marriage: The Rideout Case
  • John Rideout
1980
45% Fade to Black
  • Richie
1980
No Score Yet Act of Love
  • Joseph Cybulkowski
1980
No Score Yet City in Fear
  • Actor
1980
33% 1941
  • Reese
1979

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet 20/20
1978
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Ultimate Fighter
2005
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest

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