Mickey Rourke

Highest Rated: 98% The Wrestler (2008)
Lowest Rated: 3% Passion Play (2011)
Birthday: Sep 16, 1956
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 Domino.2006 saw Rourke appearing in Stormbreaker

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
19% Berlin, I Love You Jim 2019
38% Tiger Actor 2018
20% Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers Narrator 2018
No Score Yet Weaponized Professor Clarence Peterson 2016
55% Ashby Ashby Holt 2015
No Score Yet War Pigs Major A.J. Redding 2015
25% Black November Tom Hudson 2015
No Score Yet Skin Traffik (A Hitman in London) Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Effects of Blunt Force Trauma Actor 2015
No Score Yet Blunt Force Trauma Zorringer 2015
42% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Marv 2014
80% Generation Iron voice) Narrator 2013
82% The Good Son: The Life of Ray Boom Boom Mancini Actor 2013
8% Java Heat Malik 2013
No Score Yet Dead in Tombstone Blacksmith 2013
No Score Yet The Courier Maxwell 2012
69% I Am Bruce Lee Actor 2012
No Score Yet Sunset Strip Actor 2012
37% 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
42% The Expendables Tool 2010
73% Iron Man 2 Ivan Vanko/Whiplash 2010
12% 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
77% Sin City Marv 2005
39% Man on Fire Jordan Kalfus 2004
67% Once upon a Time in Mexico Billy 2003
25% 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
11% 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
83% 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
7% Wild Orchid James Wheeler 1990
62% Johnny Handsome John Sedley 1989
No Score Yet Francesco Francis of Assisi 1989
No Score Yet Homeboy Screenwriter Johnny Walker 1988
74% Barfly Henry Chinaski 1987
56% A Prayer for the Dying Martin Fallon 1987
80% Angel Heart Harry Angel 1987
64% 9 1/2 Weeks John 1986
59% Year of the Dragon Stanley White 1985
40% Eureka Aurelio 1984
90% The Pope of Greenwich Village Charlie 1984
70% Rumble Fish The Motorcycle Boy 1983
92% 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
39% 1941 Reese 1979

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet 20/20
1978-2018
Appearing
  • 2016
  • 2012
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Ultimate Fighter
2005-2018
Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2005

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