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Rockets Redglare

Highest Rated: 100% Candy Mountain (1988)

Lowest Rated: 0% Fall (1997)

Birthday: May 8, 1949

Birthplace: Not Available

Born to a teenage heroin addict and a mobster, Michael Morra was addicted to heroin since birth. After his mother died, he became "Rockets Redglare." Growing up in Brooklyn and Long Island surrounded by severe drug addiction and illegal activity, Rockets turned to performing as an outlet and began a life as an actor, comedian, and general tough guy. Hanging out around the East Village during the late '70s, Rockets became a permanent fixture in the punk and porno film scenes. He worked as a bodyguard for the Sex Pistols and was the personal drug dealer for Sid Vicious. In the early '80s, he joined up with Steve Buscemi for standup comedy performances and short plays called "The Rockets Redglare Taxi Cabaret." With a small role in Jim Jarmusch's independent opus Stranger Than Paradise, he began a 15-year-long acting career. Playing characters not unlike his real-life persona, Rockets has also appeared in such independent classics as Desperately Seeking Susan, Mystery Train, and Trees Lounge. He played himself in the biographical drama Basquiat, as a bodyguard to the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Due to complications with liver failure and hepatitis C, Rockets died on May 28, 2001, at the age of 52. In 2002, Luis Fernandez de la Reguera released a documentary about his career and use of comedy performance to triumph over personal battles.

Highest Rated Movies



82% Animal Factory Big Rand 2000
0% Fall Performance Priest 1997
81% Trees Lounge Stan 1996
68% Basquiat Rockets 1996
No Score Yet What About Me Actor 1993
92% In the Soup Guy 1992
No Score Yet In The Spirit Bartender 1990
89% Mystery Train Liquor Store Clerk 1989
15% Cookie Carmine's Wiseguy 1989
0% Rooftops Carlos 1989
82% Talk Radio Killer/Redneck Caller 1988
63% Shakedown Ira 1988
100% Candy Mountain Van Driver 1988
No Score Yet Stars and Bars Gint 1988
97% Big Motel Clerk 1988
No Score Yet Salvation Oliver 1987
87% Down by Law Gig 1986
89% After Hours Angry Mob $10.7M 1985
83% Desperately Seeking Susan Taxi Driver $27.5M 1985
96% Stranger Than Paradise Poker Player 1984
No Score Yet The Way It Is Frank 1984


No Score Yet New York Undercover
Fat Roscoe 1996


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