Sam Rockwell

Sam Rockwell

  • Birthday: 1968-11-05
  • Place of birth: Daly City, California, USA
  • Also know as: Сэм Рокуэлл

Biography

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. His performances in The Green Mile (1999) and Galaxy Quest (1999) wowed 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).

Filmography

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

2002

As Chuck Barris

Joshua

2007

As Brad Cairn

Choke

2008

As Victor Mancini

The Winning Season

2009

As Bill

Safe Men

1998

As Sam

Moon

2009

As Sam Bell

Piccadilly Jim

2004

As Jim Crocker

G-Force

2009

As Darwin the Guinea Pig (voice)

Better Living Through Chemistry

2014

As Douglas Varney

A Single Shot

2013

As John Moon

Robin's Big Date

2005

As The Bat-Man

Schooled: The Price of College Sports

2013

As Narrator (voice)

Poltergeist

2015

As Eric Bowen

Don Verdean

2015

As Don Verdean

BigLove

2001

As Nate

Mr. Right

2016

As Mr. Right

Blue Iguana

2018

As Eddie

The Heart

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As Merle Haggard

See How They Run

2022

As Inspector Stoppard

The Bad Guys

2022

As Mr. Wolf (voice)

Maraschino Ruby

2022

As Mr. Wolf (voice)

Gentlemen Broncos

2009

As Bronco / Brutus

Box of Moonlight

1996

As The Kid

Matchstick Men

2003

As Frank Mercer

Glory Daze

1995

As Rob

Lawn Dogs

1997

As Trent Burns

Snow Angels

2007

As Glenn Marchand

Conviction

2010

As Kenny Waters

Jerry and Tom

1998

As Jerry

Seven Psychopaths

2012

As Billy Bickle

The Best of Enemies

2019

As Claiborne Paul Ellis

The Dark of Night

2017

As Officer Witt

Jack and His Friends

1992

As Louie

The One and Only Ivan

2020

As Ivan (voice)

Axis

2017

As Himself

Happy Hell Night

1992

As Young Henry Collins

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

2005

As Zaphod Beeblebrox

Mercy

1995

As Matty

Laggies

2014

As Craig Hunter

Woman Walks Ahead

2018

As Silas Groves

Argylle

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Heist

2001

As Jimmy Silk

Frost/Nixon

2008

As James Reston Jr.

Everybody's Fine

2009

As Robert

Cowboys & Aliens

2011

As Doc

Loitering with Intent

2014

As Wayne

Arresting Gena

1997

As Sonny

Vice

2018

As George W. Bush

Richard Jewell

2019

As Watson Bryant

Galaxy Quest

1999

As Guy Fleegman

Iron Man 2

2010

As Justin Hammer

Charlie's Angels

2000

As Eric Knox

The Way Way Back

2013

As Owen

Jojo Rabbit

2019

As Captain Klenzendorf

The Origins of Ebbing

2018

As Himself/''Dixon''

Clownhouse

1989

As Randy

The Sitter

2011

As Karl

Showing Up

2014

As Self

F--k

2010

As Sam

Strictly Business

1991

As Gary

Gettysburg

2011

As Narrator

Light Sleeper

1992

As Jealous

Drunks

1997

As Tony

Trust Me

2013

As Aldo

A Case of You

2013

As Gary

Trolls World Tour

2020

As Hickory (voice)

The Green Mile

1999

As 'Wild Bill' Wharton

In the Soup

1992

As Pauli

Mute

2018

As Sam Bell

Digging for Fire

2015

As Ray

Basquiat

1996

As Thug

13 Moons

2002

As Rick

Made

2001

As Hotel Clerk

A Midsummer Night's Dream

1999

As Francis Flute

The Search for One-eye Jimmy

1994

As One-eye Jimmy

Blaze

2018

As Oilman 3

Celebrity

1998

As Darrow Entourage

Somebody to Love

1994

As Polish Guy

Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground

1997

As Man Eating (segment "Sax Cantor Riff")

Production

Domino

2005

As Thanks

Blue Iguana

2018

As Executive Producer

The Winning Season

2009

As Executive Producer

Sweet Thing

2020

As Producer

No Longer Suitable For Use

2021

As Executive Producer

A Single Shot

2013

As Executive Producer

The Smack

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As Producer

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