Sam Rockwell

Sam Rockwell

Highest Rated: 95% Blaze (2018)

Lowest Rated: 10% Strictly Business (1991)

Birthday: Nov 5, 1968

Birthplace: Daly City, California, USA

An idiosyncratic actor known for both his versatility and sinewy, off-kilter sexiness, Sam Rockwell is one of the stage and screen's most imaginative and least predictable performers. Once dubbed "the male Parker Posey" for his voluminous work in independent films, Rockwell has also earned notice for his work in more mainstream fare, including Frank Darabont's The Green Mile (1999).Born in Daly City, CA, on November 5, 1968, Rockwell enjoyed a steadfastly bohemian upbringing. The son of artists and actors, Rockwell moved to New York City with his parents when he was two. Three years later, his parents divorced, and he spent much of his youth traveling back and forth between them. Raised by his father in San Francisco, he spent his summers in New York with his mother, whose unconventional lifestyle -- replete with sex, drugs, and flamboyant hippies -- introduced Rockwell to some very adult pastimes at an extremely young age. It was through his mother that he became involved in theater, making his stage debut at the age of ten. He later attended San Francisco's High School of the Performing Arts, where, at the age of 18, he was chosen to star in Clown House (1988), an ill-fated thriller revolving around three brothers' fight to the death with a group of maniacal circus entertainers.Following his screen debut, Rockwell moved to New York and proceeded to make 20 more films, including Last Exit to Brooklyn (1990) and Tom Di Cillo's Box of Moonlight (1996). It was the actor's work in the latter film that first won him recognition: as The Kid, a coonskin cap-clad free spirit whose backwoods existence alters the mundane life of a burnt-out engineer (John Turturro), Rockwell gave an engaging performance that sparked industry attention; unfortunately, the independent film disappeared at the box office. The actor next garnered attention for his lead role in John Duigan's Lawn Dogs (1997), a tale about the unconventional friendship between a white trash lawn boy (Rockwell) and a ten year-old girl (Mischa Barton) with a heart problem. Employing a heavy helping of magical realism to tell its story, the film earned fairly positive reviews, and Rockwell drew particular praise for his complex, low-key performance.The actor subsequently appeared in a series of comedies that made good use of his quirky persona, most notably Safe Men (1998), which cast him and Steve Zahn as two singers of dubious quality who find themselves the unwitting targets of the Jewish mafia. In 1999, more mainstream audiences were introduced to Rockwell thanks to his memorable work in three films: A Midsummer Night's Dream, which cast him as the cross-dressing Francis Flute; Galaxy Quest, a comedy spoof in which Rockwell played a cast member of a failing circa-'70s sci-fi TV series; and The Green Mile, in which the actor got to fully exhibit his twisted versatility as Wild Bill, a death-row inmate whom Rockwell himself characterized as "a disgusting, racist, pedophile freak." Switching gears almost as much as humanly possible, Rockwell's following role in Galaxy Quest (1999) found him a quirky cast member of a Star Trek-like television sci-fi series. The contrast between Rockwell's ultra-lightweight Galaxy Quest characterization and his former role as a genuinely revolting criminal was a testament to his versatility, and though he would stick to comedy with Charlie's Angels, a series of small roles would follow before Rockwell teamed with actor George Clooney for Welcome to Collinwood and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (both 2002). Appearing as former host of the cult television sensation The Gong Show in the latter, Rockwell brought Chuck Barris' compellingly quirky (and partially fictionalized) biography to the screen under first-time director George Clooney. In addition to his work onscreen, Rockwell has continued to act on the stage, appearing in such productions as a 1998 off-Broadway run of Mike Leigh's Goosepimples.Over the next several years, Rockwell would remai

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Trolls World Tour Hickory 2020
76% Richard Jewell Watson Bryant 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit Captain Klenzendorf 2019
53% The Best of Enemies Claiborne Paul Ellis 2019
66% Vice George W. Bush 2018
37% Blue Iguana Eddie 2018
95% Blaze Actor 2018
53% Woman Walks Ahead Actor 2018
20% Mute Sam Bell 2018
83% One Million American Dreams Narration 2018
90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Officer Jason Dixon $52.1M 2017
No Score Yet 1 Mile to You Executive Producer 2017
No Score Yet Axis Actor 2017
44% Mr. Right Mr. Right / Francis $25.9K 2016
29% Don Verdean Don Verdean Executive Producer $31K 2015
66% Digging For Fire Ray $0.2M 2015
31% Poltergeist Eric Bowen $40M 2015
33% Loitering With Intent Executive Producer Wayne 2015
65% Laggies Craig Hunter 2014
53% Trust Me Aldo 2014
36% Misery Loves Comedy Actor $5.8K 2014
22% Better Living Through Chemistry Douglas Varney $52.3K 2014
47% A Case of You Gary 2013
50% A Single Shot John Moon Executive Producer 2013
83% The Way Way Back Owen $21.6M 2013
No Score Yet Schooled: The Price of College Sports Narrator 2013
82% Seven Psychopaths Billy $15.1M 2012
22% The Sitter Karl $30.3M 2011
45% Cowboys & Aliens Doc $100.3M 2011
No Score Yet Gettysburg Narrator 2011
67% Conviction Kenny Waters $6.8M 2010
50% The Winning Season Bill Executive Producer 2010
73% Iron Man 2 Justin Hammer $312.1M 2010
47% Everybody's Fine Robert $8.9M 2009
19% Gentlemen Broncos Bronco/Brutus 2009
22% G-Force Darwin $119.5M 2009
90% Moon Sam Bell $4.8M 2009
80% I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale Actor 2009
93% Frost/Nixon James Reston Jr $18.7M 2008
55% Choke Victor Mancini $2.9M 2008
77% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Charley Ford $4M 2007
62% Joshua Brad Cairn $0.5M 2007
68% Snow Angels Glenn Marchand $0.3M 2007
60% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox $51.1M 2005
No Score Yet The F Word Jeremy 2005
No Score Yet Piccadilly Jim Jim Crocker 2005
No Score Yet Nobody Wants Your Film Actor 2005
82% Matchstick Men Frank $36.9M 2003
79% Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Chuck Barris 2003
55% Welcome to Collinwood Pero $75.7K 2002
No Score Yet 13 Moons Rick 2002
66% Heist Jimmy Silk $23.3M 2001
71% Made Hotel Staffer (uncredited) $3.7M 2001
68% Charlie's Angels Eric Knox $124.5M 2000
89% Galaxy Quest Guy Fleegman 1999
78% The Green Mile Wharton 1999
67% William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Francis Flute 1999
80% The Thin Red Line Peale 1998
41% Celebrity Darrow Entourage 1998
57% Safe Men Sam 1998
72% Lawn Dogs Trent 1998
75% Jerry and Tom Jerry 1998
61% Box of Moonlight The Kid 1997
No Score Yet Mercy Matty (Al) 1996
No Score Yet Glory Daze Rob 1996
No Score Yet Somebody to Love Polish Guy 1996
68% Basquiat Thug 1996
No Score Yet Bad Liver & a Broken Heart Actor 1996
57% Drunks Tony 1995
No Score Yet The Search for One-Eyed Jimmy One-Eyed Jimmy 1994
87% Light Sleeper Jealous 1992
No Score Yet Jack and His Friends Louie 1992
92% In the Soup Pauli 1992
10% Strictly Business Gary 1991
40% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie Head Thug 1990
40% Clownhouse Randy 1989
78% Last Exit to Brooklyn Al 1989

TV

Credit
81% Fosse/Verdon
2019
Executive Producer Bob Fosse 2019
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest 2019
2018
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest 2019
2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest 2019
2018
2015
No Score Yet Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter
2015
Guest 2018
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host 2018
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest 2018
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
Guest 2018
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest 2018
2016
No Score Yet Drunk History
2013
2018
2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2019
Guest 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest 2016
2015
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009-2019
Guest 2016
2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest 2013
2010
2009
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
Guest 2012
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007-2019
Guest 2012
25% Napoleon Dynamite
2012
Voice 2012
67% Stella
2005
Guest 2005
84% NYPD Blue
1993-2005
Billy 1995
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Weddeker Off. Weddeker Randy Borland 1993
1992

QUOTES FROM Sam Rockwell CHARACTERS

Randy says: You want to prove where you really got some hair?

Randy says: Oh, you're sleeping bare ass now. Mom's gonna love that.

Owen says: I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you to leave. You're having way too much fun, it's making everyone uncomfortable.

Owen says: Don't die wondering.

Billy says: You're fucked from birth. The Spanish got bullfighting. The French got cheese. And the Irish have alcoholism.

Marty says: And what do the Americans have?

Billy says: Tolerance.

Owen says: Good, always take things literally. How's that working out for you, does that get you laid?

Al Fountain says: You live here? Where's the rest of your house?

Kid says: Oh, I only bought half. I got a really good dea.

Kid says: Oh, I only bought half. I got a really good idea.

Guy Fleegman says: oh that is just not right

Marty says: I don't have a drinking problem. I just like drinking.

Billy says: Of course you do, Marty. One: You're a writer. Two: You're from Ireland. It's part of your heritage. You're fucked!

Bill says: Art and peace and all that shit can wait

Sam Bell says: I’ve set your computer to reboot the second I’ve blasted off.

Sam Bell says: I've set your computer to reboot the second I've blasted off.

Gerty says: Okay, Sam.

Sam Bell says: Thanks for all your help, Gerty. I wish I could say I was going to miss you, buddy, but to be honest, I can’t wait to get away from here.

Sam Bell says: Thanks for all your help, Gerty. I wish I could say I was going to miss you, buddy, but to be honest, I can't wait to get away from here.

Gerty says: I understand, Sam. I hope life is everything you remember it to be.

Gerty says: I understand, Sam. I hope life is everything you remember it to be.

Sam Bell says: Thanks. Are you

Sam Bell says: Thanks. Are you

Gerty says: Of course. The new Sam and I * will be back to our programming as soon as I have finished rebooting.

Gerty says: Of course. The new Sam and I will be back to our programming as soon as I have finished rebooting.

Sam Bell says: Gerty, I’m not programmed.

Sam Bell says: Gerty, I'm not programmed.

Sam Bell says: Why are there so many of them?

Sam Bell says: The cryo pod in the Return Vehicle is an incinerator.

Sam Bell says: What?

Sam Bell says: We don’t go home. We’re burned to death up there. Then the company wakes up a new one. Every three years. Like clock work.

Sam Bell says: Gerty, am I a clone?

Gerty says: Yes, Sam.

Gerty says: We could run some tests. (a beat) I haven’t reported anything to central, Sam. They don’t know you were recovered alive from the accident.

Gerty says: We could run some tests. [a beat] I haven?t reported anything to central, Sam. They don't know you were recovered alive from the accident.

Sam Bell says: Recovered alive? What do you mean? Why haven’t you reported to central?

Sam Bell says: Recovered alive? What do you mean? Why haven't you reported to central?

Gerty says: I’m here to keep you safe, Sam. I want to help you. Are you hungry?

Gerty says: I'm here to keep you safe, Sam. I want to help you. Are you hungry?

Gerty says: Sam, what is it?

Sam Bell says: Something doesn’t feel right, that’s all.

Sam Bell says: Something doesn't feel right, that's all.

Gerty says: Sam, it might help to talk about it.

Billy says: You know, Marty, the way you're feeling today--all depressed and alcoholic and shit-- you know what you should do? Put it into your writing, man! Use it! Bad idea?

Marty says: Thanks, Billy. Great idea. I'll put the way I'm feeling today into my writing. Then I'll go blow my fucking brains out.

Billy says: Come on, man! You know your writing helps alleviate your suicidal self-loathing and shit!

Marty says: I don't have suicidal self-loathing and shit.

Billy says: Five...four...three...two

Charlie says: Wait! Please go back to five. Please.

Billy says: I'm not going back to five, man. I'm not going back to five............Five

Billy says: (to zachariah) ok you seem normal come on in, we have to get this dog off the street cause its kidnapped from a manic.

Billy says: [to Zachariah] Okay you seem normal come on in, we have to get this dog off the street cause its kidnapped from a manic.

Marty says: No shoot-outs, no pay-offs. Just human beings talking.

Bill says: What, are we making French movies now? That sounds like the stupidest ending. No shoot-outs? That sounds like the stupidest ending I've ever fucking... No shoot-outs!?

Marty says: No?

Bill says: No!

Billy says: That, right there, is not a deal. Equally cool. *Big grin*

Hans says: An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.

Billy says: No, it doesn't. There'll be one guy left with one eye. How's the last blind guy gonna take out the eye of the last guy left?

Billy says: I wasn't trying to break his nose, his nose was just in the middle of what I was punching!

Billy says: (Speaking in Marty's Irish accent) You'll be grand! .. Sure of course we're friends

Billy says: [speaking in Marty's Irish accent] You'll be grand! Sure of course we're friends.

William "Wild Bill" Wharton says: i'd rather fuck your tight asshole then your sisters pussy

William "Wild Bill" Wharton says: I'd rather fuck your asshole than your sister's pussy, I think.

Paul Edgecomb says: I think Mr. Jingles happened by accident. I think when we electrocuted Del, and it all went so badly... well, John can feel that you know... and I think a part of... whatever magic was inside of him just lept through my tiny friend here. As for me, John had to give me a part of himself; a gift the way he saw it, so that I could see for myself what Wild Billy had done. When John did that; when he took my hand, a part of the power that worked through him spilled into me.

Elaine Connely says: He... what? He infected you with life?

William "Wild Bill" Wharton says: That's as good a word as any. He infected us both, didn't he, Mr. Jingles? With life. I'm a hundred and eight years old, Elaine. I was forty-four the year that John Coffey walked the Green Mile. You mustn't blame John. He couldn't help what happened to him... he was just a force of nature. Oh I've lived to see some amazing things Elly. Another century come to past, but I've... I've had to see my friends and loved ones die off through the years... Hal and Melinda... Brutus Howell... my wife... my boy. And you Elaine... you'll die too, and my curse is knowing that I'll be there to see it. It's my attonement you see; it's my punishment, for letting John Coffey ride the lightning; for killing a miracle of God. You'll be gone like all the others. I'll have to stay. Oh, I'll die eventually, that I'm sure. I have no illusions of immortality, but I will wished for death... long before death finds me. In truth, I wish for it already.

William "Wild Bill" Wharton says: I just wanted some cornbread, you motherfuckers!

Billy says: "You forgot about the flare gun you fuckin' idiot!"

Billy says: You forgot about the flare gun you fuckin' idiot!

James Reston Jr. says: David Frost: Are you really saying the President can do something illegal? Richard Nixon: I'm saying that when the President does it, it's *not* illegal! David Frost: I'm sorry?

David Frost says: Are you really saying the President can do something illegal?

Richard Nixon says: I'm saying that when the President does it, it's *not* illegal!

David Frost says: I'm sorry?

Hans says: As Gandhi said..."An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind". I believe that whole heartedly.

Hans says: As Gandhi said...'An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind'. I believe that whole heartedly.

Bill says: No it doesn't. There'll be one guy left with one eye. How's the last blind guy going to take out the eye of the last guy left whose still got one eye left? All that guy has to do is run away and hide behind a bush. Ghandi was wrong. It's just that nobody's got the balls to come out and say it.

Bill says: Ghandi was wrong! Its just that nobody has had the balls to say it!

Ivan Vanko/Whiplash says: Hey, I want my bird.

Justin Hammer says: Uh, a bird? You want a bird?

Ivan Vanko/Whiplash says: I want my bird.

Justin Hammer says: I can get you a bird, I can get you ten birds.

Ivan Vanko/Whiplash says: I want MY bird!

Justin Hammer says: Well, nothing's impossible. Are we talkin--is this a bird, uh, back in Russia?

Guy Fleegman says: HEY! Don't open that! It's an alien planet! Is there air? You don't know!

Sam Bell says: Wake me up when it's quitting time.

Tony Stark says: Yeah i'd say most countries 5-10 years away....Hammer Industries 20.

Justin Hammer says: I'd like to point out that that test pilot survived.

William "Wild Bill" Wharton says: A prisoner with a belt?

Zaphod Beeblebrox says: I'll pull your spleen out through your throat.

Bronco/Brutus says: Cyclops there... cyclops there... cyclops THERE... turrets... moon buggies... oh, my holy crap: surveillance does. I hate those.

Zaphod Beeblebrox says: Humma Kavula!

Bill says: Listen, you know, kids are stupid.

Kathy says: Yeah, but it's not just the kids.

Bill says: Well, you know, people are stupid. lt starts in childhood and then continues all the way to death.

Sam Bell says: "I know you can't kill anybody, 'cause i can't kill anybody."

Sam Bell says: I know you can't kill anybody, 'cause I can't kill anybody.

Jason Nesmith says: You're not gonna die on the planet, Guy.

Guy Fleegman says: I'm not? Then what's my last name?

Jason Nesmith says: It's... uh... uh... I don't know.

Guy Fleegman says: Nobody knows. Do you know why? Because my character isn't important enough for a last name, because I'm gonna die five minutes in!

Gwen DeMarco says: Guy, you have a last name.

Guy Fleegman says: DO I? DO I? For all you know, I'm Crewman Number Six! Mommy... mommy...

Bronco/Brutus says: You sole my nads Denis!

Bronco/Brutus says: You took my nads Denis!

Bronco/Brutus says: You took my nads, Dennis!

Sam Bell says: You look like a radioactive tampon... like a banana with a yeast infection.

Charley Ford says: You think it's all made up don't yea, think it's all yarns and newspaper stories.

Robert Ford says: He's just a human being

Robert Ford says: He's just a human being.

Chuck Barris says: Whatever your hand finds to do , do it gladly , because there is no work, love, knowledge or wisdom in the grave.

Chuck Barris says: Whatever your hand finds to do, do it gladly, because there is no work, love, knowledge or wisdom in the grave.

Sam Bell says: We're not programs Gerty we're people

Sam Bell says: We're not programs Gerty, we're people.

Sam Bell says: Who's the guy in the rec room?

Gerty says: Sam Bell...You are Sam Bell

Gerty says: Sam Bell...You are Sam Bell.

Karl says: I am now accepting applications for my 8th bestfriend..

Karl says: I am now accepting applications for my 8th best friend.

Karl says: "you're as queer as a football bat".

Karl says: You're as queer as a football bat, and that's fine.

Karl says: Can't buy underwear, balls don't fit.

Karl says: i let my haters be my motivators

Karl says: I let my haters be my motivators!

Bronco/Brutus says: ..Its a friendship stone... Lets blow on it... fhooooooooowww

Bronco/Brutus says: It's a friendship stone. Let's blow on it.

Sam Bell says: "Jesus Christ there are so many of 'em. Why are their so many of 'em"

Sam Bell says: You look like a radioactive tampon... like a banana with a yeast infection.

Justin Hammer says: I wanna make Iron Man look like an antique.