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Also Known As: Michael Soren Madsen, Maykl Medsen Died:
Born: September 25, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, producer, poet, hospital orderly, auto mechanic, gas station attendant, house painter

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A legitimate tough guy who made a name for himself playing gun-toting psychopaths, actor Michael Madsen - brother to Oscar-nominated actress Virginia Madsen -demonstrated his versatility throughout his career by playing a wide-range of roles, including a well-meaning foster father in "Free Willy" (1993) and its unfortunate sequel. But it was his turn as the sociopathic Mr. Blonde in Quentin Tarantino's seminal "Reservoir Dogs" (1992) that propelled the then-unknown supporting actor into a star, thanks to a truly sickening scene where his character enjoys the torture and mutilation of a police officer - a scene forever inscribed in cinema infamy. Able to thrive in mainstream Hollywood movies and low-brow straight-to-DVD fare, Madsen easily fluctuated from popular films like "Thelma & Louise" (1991) and "Wyatt Earp" (1994) to low-budget thrillers and horror movies that barely saw the light of day. He had prominent supporting roles in the nourish "Mulholland Falls" (1998), the sci-fi horror "Species" (1998) and a small, but pivotal role in the James Bond movie "Die Another Day" (2002). By the time he reunited with Tarantino for "Kill Bill, Vol. 1" (2003) and "Kill Bill, Vol. 2" (2004), and played a...

A legitimate tough guy who made a name for himself playing gun-toting psychopaths, actor Michael Madsen - brother to Oscar-nominated actress Virginia Madsen -demonstrated his versatility throughout his career by playing a wide-range of roles, including a well-meaning foster father in "Free Willy" (1993) and its unfortunate sequel. But it was his turn as the sociopathic Mr. Blonde in Quentin Tarantino's seminal "Reservoir Dogs" (1992) that propelled the then-unknown supporting actor into a star, thanks to a truly sickening scene where his character enjoys the torture and mutilation of a police officer - a scene forever inscribed in cinema infamy. Able to thrive in mainstream Hollywood movies and low-brow straight-to-DVD fare, Madsen easily fluctuated from popular films like "Thelma & Louise" (1991) and "Wyatt Earp" (1994) to low-budget thrillers and horror movies that barely saw the light of day. He had prominent supporting roles in the nourish "Mulholland Falls" (1998), the sci-fi horror "Species" (1998) and a small, but pivotal role in the James Bond movie "Die Another Day" (2002). By the time he reunited with Tarantino for "Kill Bill, Vol. 1" (2003) and "Kill Bill, Vol. 2" (2004), and played a corrupt cop in Robert Rodriguez's take on Frank Miller's "Sin City" (2005), Madsen was well-established as one of the most prolific actors working in film.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Sprawl (2012)
2.
 Piranhaconda (2012)
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4.
5.
 Bleeding, The (2011)
6.
 Killing Jar (2010)
7.
8.
 Into Eternity (2010)
9.
10.
 Clear Lake, WI (2009)
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Milestones close milestones

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Encouraged by Sergio Leone to pursue a career in acting after the director saw him perform at the Steppenwolf Theater
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Moved to Los Angeles in his early 20s
1983:
Feature acting debut, "WarGames"
1983:
TV movie debut, Edward Zwick's Emmy-winning "Special Bulletin" (NBC)
1985:
TV series debut, "Our Family Honor" (ABC)
1988:
TV miniseries debut, "War and Remembrance" (ABC)
1989:
Portrayed a psychotic killer in John Dahl's "Kill Me Again"
1991:
Co-starred as Susan Sarandon's boyfriend in "Thelma & Louise"
1992:
Breakthrough screen role as sadistic Mr. Blonde in Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs"
1993:
Played the foster father in "Free Willy"
1994:
Had featured role as Virgil Earp in "Wyatt Earp"
1995:
Reprised his role in "Free Willy 2"
1995:
Co-starred in "Species"
1996:
Associate produced and starred in "Executive Target" (HBO)
1997:
Delivered a strong turn as Mafia hood Sonny Black in "Donnie Brasco"
1998:
Reprised role in the sequel "Species II"
1998:
Starred on the ABC drama "Vengeance Unlimited"
2001:
Returned to series work as co-star of the short-lived CBS police series "Big Apple"
2001:
Narrated the Animal Planet series "Animal Precint"
2002:
Cast in the James Bond feature "Die Another Day"
2003:
Cast in Quentin Tarantino's saga "Kill Bill;" film released in two parts "Kill Bill Vol. 1" (2003) and "Kill Bill Vol.2" (2004)
2005:
Starred in "Sin City," the adaptation of comic book icon Frank Miller's uber-noir series of grapic novels; co-directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez
2006:
Starred as Vladimir, a vampire hunter in the big-screen version of the popular video game "BloodRayne"
2007:
Co-starred in "Funny Money" a film adaptation of the 1994 play written by Ray Cooney
2007:
Co-starred with Dennis Hopper in the independent horror/thriller "Hoboken Hollow"
2010:
Landed a recurring role on Fox action drama "24" as an old friend of lead character Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland)
2012:
Appeared on the British reality series "Celebrity Big Brother"; finished in 4th place
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Education

Evanston High School: Evanston , Illinois -
Steppenwolf Theatre: Chicago , Illinois -

Notes

His fan club maintains a website at www.michaelmadsen.com

"I don't know if I've resigned myself to the fact that I'll always have a chaotic personal life as long as I'm an actor, but it seems like I can't get away from that, because I've tried. I'm not frivolous and it's not like 'This ain't working out, so screw you baby'--I've tried to hang in there and do the right thing, but sometimes you don't get much cooperation.

"When you do this kind of work, a lot of people throw themselves at you and that's why I'm glad it took a while for whatever success I'm having to come to me. If all this had happened when I was 22 I probably would have gotten into some bad trouble." --Michael Madsen quoted in the Los Angeles Times February 6, 1994.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Georgia LaPier. Actor. Briefly married in the 1980s; sister of actress-singer Cher; acted on "General Hospital".
wife:
Jeannine Bisignano. Mother of Christian Madsen; divorced.
wife:
DeAnna Madsen. Model. Married in April 1996; formerly married to musician Brian Setzer.

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father:
Cal Madsen. Firefighter. Divorced from Madsen's mother c. 1968.
mother:
Elaine Madsen. Documentary filmmaker, producer, screenwriter. Divorced from Madsen's father c. 1968.
sister:
Virginia Madsen. Actor. Born on September 11, 1961; acted together in "The Florentine" and "Ballad of the Nightingale".
son:
Christian Madsen. Born c. 1990; mother, Jeannine Bisignano.
son:
Hunter Lee Madsen. Born on May 20, 1995; mother, DeAnna Morgan.
son:
Calvin Michael Madsen. Born on November 5, 1997; mother, DeAnna Morgan.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Beer, Blood and Ashes" Holiday
"Eat the Worm"
"Burning in Paradise" Incommunicado Press

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