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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:
Movie The One and Only Ivan 2020-08-21
Latest Project:
In the movie The Heart
Known For
Poster of Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary
Poster of Fosse/Verdon
Poster of Prince Street
Poster of Clownhouse
Movie The Heart
Movie The Adventures of Drunky Drunky
Movie Trolls World Tour Hickory (voice)
Movie The One and Only Ivan Ivan (voice)
Movie Jojo Rabbit Captain Klenzendorf
Series Fosse/Verdon Bob Fosse
Movie Richard Jewell Watson Bryant
Movie Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary Himself
Movie The Best of Enemies Claiborne Paul Ellis
Movie Blue Iguana Eddie
Movie Vice George W. Bush
Movie The Origins of Ebbing Himself/''Dixon''
Movie Woman Walks Ahead Silas Groves
Movie Mute Sam Bell
Movie Blaze Oilman
Movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Jason Dixon
Movie The Dark of Night Officer Witt
Movie Axis Himself
Movie Mr. Right Mr. Right
Movie Don Verdean Don Verdean
Movie Digging for Fire Ray
Series Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter Himself
Movie Poltergeist Eric Bowen
Series The Late Late Show with James Corden Himself
Movie Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King Justin Hammer
Movie Showing Up Himself
Movie Laggies Craig Hunter
Movie Loitering with Intent Wayne
Movie Better Living Through Chemistry Douglas Varney
Movie Trust Me Aldo
Movie Schooled: The Price of College Sports Narrator (voice)
Movie The Way Way Back Owen
Series Drunk History Bugsy Siegal
Movie A Single Shot John Moon
Movie A Case of You Gary
Movie Seven Psychopaths Billy Bickle
Movie The Sitter Karl
Movie Cowboys & Aliens Doc
Movie F--k
Movie Iron Man 2 Justin Hammer
Movie Conviction Kenny Waters
Movie Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of Iron Man 2 Himself
Movie Everybody's Fine Robert
Movie Gentlemen Broncos Bronco / Brutus
Movie G-Force Darwin the Guinea Pig (voice)
Movie Moon Sam Bell
Movie The Winning Season Bill
Movie I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale Himself
Movie The Assassination of Jesse James: Death of an Outlaw Himself
Movie Snow Angels Glenn Marchand
Movie Frost/Nixon James Reston Jr.
Movie Choke Victor Mancini
Movie Joshua Brad Cairn
Movie The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Charley Ford
Movie Piccadilly Jim Jim Crocker
Movie Inside 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' Himself
Movie Making of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' Himself
Movie The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox
Movie Nobody Wants Your Film
Movie Robin's Big Date
Movie Matchstick Men Frank Mercer
Movie Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Chuck Barris
Movie 13 Moons Rick
Movie Welcome to Collinwood Pero
Movie Made Hotel Clerk
Movie Heist Jimmy Silk
Movie BigLove Nate
Movie Charlie's Angels Eric Knox
Movie The Green Mile 'Wild Bill' Wharton
Movie A Midsummer Night's Dream Francis Flute
Movie Galaxy Quest Guy Fleegman
Movie Jerry and Tom Jerry
Movie Celebrity Darrow Entourage
Movie Safe Men Sam
Movie Arresting Gena Sonny
Movie Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground Man Eating (segment "Sax Cantor Riff")
Series Prince Street
Movie Drunks Tony
Movie Lawn Dogs Trent Burns
Movie Basquiat Thug
Movie Box of Moonlight The Kid
Movie Mercy Matty
Movie Glory Daze Rob
Movie The Search for One-eye Jimmy One-eye Jimmy
Movie Somebody to Love Polish Guy
Movie In the Soup Pauli
Movie Light Sleeper Jealous
Movie Jack and His Friends Louie
Movie Happy Hell Night Young Henry Collins
Movie Strictly Business Gary
Movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Head Thug
Movie Last Exit to Brooklyn Al
Movie Clownhouse Randy Collins
Series Saturday Night Live Himself - Host
Series The Academy Awards Himself - Best Supporting Actor winner