Sam Rockwell

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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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Best of Enemies Claiborne Paul Ellis 2019
66% Vice George W. Bush 2018
38% Blue Iguana Eddie 2018
95% Blaze Actor 2018
53% Woman Walks Ahead Actor 2018
19% Mute Sam Bell 2018
100% 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 Executive Producer Don Verdean $31K 2015
65% Digging For Fire Ray $0.2M 2015
31% Poltergeist Eric Bowen $40M 2015
33% Loitering With Intent Wayne Executive Producer 2015
65% Laggies Craig 2014
52% 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
51% A Single Shot Executive Producer John Moon 2013
84% 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 Executive Producer Bill 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
76% 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
90% Galaxy Quest Guy Fleegman 1999
79% 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
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
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
92% In the Soup Pauli 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

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
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 Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2018
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet Drunk History
2013
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2012
25% Napoleon Dynamite
2012
Voice
  • 2012
84% NYPD Blue
1993-2005
Billy
  • 1995
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Weddeker Off. Weddeker Randy Borland
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Fosse/Verdon
Bob Fosse

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