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Rockets Redglare



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet What About Me
  • Actor
2003
82% Animal Factory
  • Big Rand
2000
0% Fall
  • Performance Priest
1997
81% Trees Lounge
  • Stan
1996
70% Basquiat
  • Rockets
1996
92% In the Soup
  • Guy
1992
No Score Yet In The Spirit
  • Bartender
1990
88% Mystery Train
  • Liquor Store Clerk
1989
18% 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
90% Down by Law
  • Gig
1986
90% After Hours
  • Angry Mob
1985
87% Desperately Seeking Susan
  • Taxi Driver
1985
95% Stranger Than Paradise
  • Poker Player
1984

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