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Sam Rockwell

Highest Rated:   92% Frost/Nixon (2008)
Lowest Rated:   10% Strictly Business (1991)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Officer Jason Dixon
2017
42% Mr. Right
  • Mr. Right / Francis
2016
30% Don Verdean
  • Executive Producer
  • Don Verdean
2015
66% Digging For Fire
  • Ray
2015
32% Poltergeist
  • Eric Bowen
2015
32% Loitering With Intent
  • Executive Producer
  • Wayne
2015
67% Laggies
  • Craig
2014
54% Trust Me
  • Aldo
2014
36% Misery Loves Comedy
  • Actor
2014
20% Better Living Through Chemistry
  • Douglas Varney
2014
44% A Case of You
  • Gary
2013
50% A Single Shot
  • John Moon
  • Executive Producer
2013
85% The Way Way Back
  • Owen
2013
No Score Yet Schooled: The Price of College Sports
  • Narrator
2013
82% Seven Psychopaths
  • Billy
2012
21% The Sitter
  • Karl
2011
43% Cowboys & Aliens
  • Doc
2011
No Score Yet Gettysburg
  • Narrator
2011
67% Conviction
  • Kenny Waters
2010
52% The Winning Season
  • Bill
  • Executive Producer
2010
72% Iron Man 2
  • Justin Hammer
2010
46% Everybody's Fine
  • Robert
2009
19% Gentlemen Broncos
  • Bronco/Brutus
2009
22% G-Force
  • Darwin
2009
89% Moon
  • Sam Bell
2009
80% I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale
  • Actor
2009
92% Frost/Nixon
  • James Reston Jr
2008
54% Choke
  • Victor Mancini
2008
76% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • Charley Ford
2007
62% Joshua
  • Brad Cairn
2007
68% Snow Angels
  • Glenn Marchand
2007
60% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Zaphod Beeblebrox
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
2003
79% Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
  • Chuck Barris
2003
54% Welcome to Collinwood
  • Pero
2002
No Score Yet 13 Moons
  • Rick
2002
71% Made
  • Hotel Staffer (uncredited)
2001
68% Charlie's Angels
  • Eric Knox
2000
90% Galaxy Quest
  • Guy Fleegman
1999
80% The Green Mile
  • Wharton
1999
67% William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
  • Francis Flute
1999
78% The Thin Red Line
  • Peale
1998
41% Celebrity
  • Darrow Entourage
1998
55% Safe Men
  • Sam
1998
72% Lawn Dogs
  • Trent
1998
75% Jerry and Tom
  • Jerry
1998
59% 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
70% Basquiat
  • Thug
1996
No Score Yet Bad Liver & a Broken Heart
  • Actor
1996
50% Drunks
  • Tony
1995
No Score Yet The Search for One-Eyed Jimmy
  • One-Eyed Jimmy
1994
92% In the Soup
  • Pauli
1992
89% Light Sleeper
  • Jealous
1992
No Score Yet Jack and His Friends
  • Louie
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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Drunk History
2013
  • Actor
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Weddeker Off. Weddeker Randy Borland
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
25% Napoleon Dynamite
2012
  • Voice

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