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Sam Rockwell

1968-11-05 Daly City, California

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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).


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