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Sam Rockwell

Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in San Mateo, California, the only child of two actors, Pete Rockwell and Penny Hess. The family moved to New York when he was two years old, living first in the Bronx and later in Manhattan. When Sam was five years old, his parents separated, at which point he and his father moved to San Francisco, where he subsequently grew up, while summers and other times were spent with his mother in New York. He made his acting debut when he was ten years old, alongside his mother, and later attended J Eugene McAteer High School in a program called SOTA. While still in high school, he got his first big break when he appeared in the independent film Clownhouse (1989). The plot revolved around three escaped mental patients who dressed up as clowns and terrorized three brothers home alone--Sam played the eldest of the brothers. His next big break was supposed to have come when he was slated to star in a short-lived NBC TV-series called Dream Street (1989), but he was soon fired. After graduating from high school, Sam returned to New York for good and for two years he had private training at the William Esper Acting Studio. During this period he appeared in a variety of roles, such as the ABC Afterschool Specials (1972): Over the Limit (1990) (TV) and HBO's Lifestories: Families in Crisis (1992): Dead Drunk: The Kevin Tunell Story (Season 1 Episode 7: 15 March 1993); the head thug in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990); and a guest-star turn in an Emmy Award-winning episode of Law & Order (1990), while working a string of regular day jobs and performing in plays. After a few smaller appearances in films such as Woody Allen's Celebrity (1998) and the modern version of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999), in which he played Francis Flute, he had larger roles in two of the bigger hit movies to emerge: The Green Mile (1999) and Galaxy Quest (1999), wowing audiences and critics alike with his chameleon-like performances as a crazed killer in the former and a goofy actor in the latter. More recently, he appeared in another string of mainstream films, most notably as Eric Knox in Charlie's Angels (2000) and as Zaphod Beeblebrox in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), while continuing to perform in smaller independent movies. After more than ten years in the business, Sam has earned his success. In 2018, he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as a troubled police deputy in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017).

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Nov 5, 1968 In Daly City, California
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Heart
Latest Project:
Movie If 2024-05-22
Known For
Poster of Schooled: The Price of College Sports
Poster of Robin's Big Date
Poster of Jack and His Friends
Poster of Clownhouse
Movie The Heart 2024
Movie If (voice) 2024-05-22
Movie The Adventures of Drunky Drunky 2024
Movie The Bad Guys Wolf (voice) 2022-03-17
Series Home Movie: The Princess Bride Westley 2020-06-29
Movie Trolls World Tour Hickory (voice) 2020-03-11
Movie The One and Only Ivan Ivan (voice) 2020-08-21
Movie The Best of Enemies Claiborne Paul Ellis 2019-04-05
Movie Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary Self 2019-11-26
Movie Richard Jewell Watson Bryant 2019-12-13
Series Fosse/Verdon Bob Fosse 2019-04-09
Movie Jojo Rabbit Captain Klenzendorf 2019-10-18
Movie Mute Sam Bell 2018-02-23
Movie Woman Walks Ahead Silas Groves 2018-04-25
Movie Blue Iguana Eddie 2018-08-23
Movie Blaze Oilman 3 2018-08-17
Movie Vice George W. Bush 2018-12-25
Movie The Origins of Ebbing Himself/''Dixon'' 2018-06-25
Movie Axis Himself 2017-04-07
Movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Jason Dixon 2017-12-01
Movie The Dark of Night Officer Witt 2017-05-18
Movie Mr. Right Mr. Right 2016-02-29
Series The Late Late Show with James Corden Himself 2015-03-23
Series Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter Himself 2015-08-02
Movie Don Verdean Don Verdean 2015-12-01
Movie Digging for Fire Ray 2015-08-21
Movie Poltergeist Eric Bowen 2015-05-20
Movie Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King Justin Hammer 2014-02-04
Movie Showing Up Self 2014-02-25
Movie Laggies Craig Hunter 2014-09-25
Movie Loitering with Intent Wayne 2014-04-18
Movie Better Living Through Chemistry Douglas Varney 2014-03-14
Movie Trust Me Aldo 2013-04-20
Movie The Way Way Back Owen 2013-06-06
Movie A Case of You Gary 2013-11-06
Series Drunk History Bugsy Siegal 2013-07-09
Movie A Single Shot John Moon 2013-09-19
Movie Schooled: The Price of College Sports Narrator (voice) 2013-10-16
Movie Seven Psychopaths Billy Bickle 2012-10-12
Movie Gettysburg Narrator 2011-05-30
Movie The Sitter Karl 2011-12-09
Movie Cowboys & Aliens Doc 2011-07-29
Movie Iron Man 2 Justin Hammer 2010-04-28
Movie Conviction Kenny Waters 2010-10-15
Movie The Winning Season Bill 2009-01-19
Movie I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale Self 2009-01-16
Movie Gentlemen Broncos Bronco / Brutus 2009-09-30
Movie Everybody's Fine Robert 2009-12-04
Movie G-Force Darwin the Guinea Pig (voice) 2009-07-24
Movie Moon Sam Bell 2009-06-12
Movie The Assassination of Jesse James: Death of an Outlaw Himself 2008-01-01
Movie Frost/Nixon James Reston Jr. 2008-10-15
Movie Choke Victor Mancini 2008-09-26
Movie Joshua Brad Cairn 2007-01-21
Movie Snow Angels Glenn Marchand 2007-03-07
Movie The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Charley Ford 2007-09-07
Movie The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox 2005-04-28
Movie Robin's Big Date The Bat-Man 2005-05-04
Movie Inside 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' Self 2005-07-05
Movie Nobody Wants Your Film Self 2005-05-06
Movie Piccadilly Jim Jim Crocker 2004-11-01
Movie Matchstick Men Frank Mercer 2003-09-12
Movie Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Chuck Barris 2002-12-31
Movie 13 Moons Rick 2002-08-30
Movie Welcome to Collinwood Pero 2002-05-24
Movie Heist Jimmy Silk 2001-11-09
Movie Made Hotel Clerk (uncredited) 2001-07-13
Movie BigLove Nate 2001-01-19
Movie Walking the Mile: The Making of The Green Mile Self (uncredited) 2000-06-13
Movie Charlie's Angels Eric Knox 2000-11-02
Movie A Midsummer Night's Dream Francis Flute 1999-05-14
Movie Galaxy Quest Guy Fleegman 1999-12-25
Movie The Green Mile 'Wild Bill' Wharton 1999-12-10
Movie Jerry and Tom Jerry 1998-12-04
Movie Safe Men Sam 1998-08-17
Movie Celebrity Darrow Entourage 1998-09-07
Movie Arresting Gena Sonny 1997-01-27
Series Prince Street 1997-03-06
Movie Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground Man Eating (segment "Sax Cantor Riff") 1997-07-24
Movie Lawn Dogs Trent Burns 1997-11-21
Movie Drunks Tony 1997-03-14
Movie Basquiat Thug 1996-08-09
Movie Box of Moonlight The Kid 1996-08-29
Movie Mercy Matty 1995-10-19
Movie Glory Daze Rob 1995-10-01
Movie The Search for One-eye Jimmy One-eye Jimmy 1994-11-14
Movie Somebody to Love Polish Guy 1994-09-27
Movie Light Sleeper Jealous 1992-08-21
Movie Jack and His Friends Louie 1992-01-01
Movie Happy Hell Night Young Henry Collins 1992-04-13
Movie In the Soup Pauli 1992-10-23
Movie Strictly Business Gary 1991-11-08
Movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Head Thug 1990-03-30
Movie Last Exit to Brooklyn Al 1989-10-11
Movie Clownhouse Randy 1989-01-02
Series Saturday Night Live Himself - Host 1975-10-11