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Also Known As: Died:
Born: November 5, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Daly City, California, USA Profession: actor, burrito delivery man, busboy

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After delivering a decade of memorable, off-the-wall performances in independent films like "Box of Moonlight" (1996) and "Lawn Dogs" (1997), actor Sam Rockwell's supporting role as an unrepentant killer in "The Green Mile" (2000) finally made him known to mainstream audiences. But it was his loopy turn as game show host-turned-CIA agent Chuck Barris in the fantastical biopic "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2002) that completed his successful crossover from indie film mainstay. From there, Rockwell ambulated easily between both worlds, co-starring opposite Nicholas Cage in the zany crime thriller "Matchstick Men" (2005), playing the two-headed, three-armed President of the Galaxy in the long-awaited "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (2005) and shining as an estranged husband reconnecting with his wife in the little-seen Sundance hit "Snow Angels" (2007). He turned to historical portrayals in both "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" (2007) and "Frost/Nixon" (2008), and played a sex addict in "Choke" (2008). Rockwell was adept at transforming both his appearance and demeanor to inhabit a wide range of roles, as he did playing a lone astronaut in "Moon" (2009), Tony Stark's...

After delivering a decade of memorable, off-the-wall performances in independent films like "Box of Moonlight" (1996) and "Lawn Dogs" (1997), actor Sam Rockwell's supporting role as an unrepentant killer in "The Green Mile" (2000) finally made him known to mainstream audiences. But it was his loopy turn as game show host-turned-CIA agent Chuck Barris in the fantastical biopic "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2002) that completed his successful crossover from indie film mainstay. From there, Rockwell ambulated easily between both worlds, co-starring opposite Nicholas Cage in the zany crime thriller "Matchstick Men" (2005), playing the two-headed, three-armed President of the Galaxy in the long-awaited "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (2005) and shining as an estranged husband reconnecting with his wife in the little-seen Sundance hit "Snow Angels" (2007). He turned to historical portrayals in both "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" (2007) and "Frost/Nixon" (2008), and played a sex addict in "Choke" (2008). Rockwell was adept at transforming both his appearance and demeanor to inhabit a wide range of roles, as he did playing a lone astronaut in "Moon" (2009), Tony Stark's incompetent rival in "Iron Man 2" (2010) and a timid saloon owner in "Cowboys & Aliens" (2011). Regardless of the movie, Rockwell's chameleon-like ability to portray just about any character was always in demand.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Mr. Right (2015)
2.
 Poltergeist (2015)
3.
 Digging for Fire (2015)
4.
 Laggies (2014)
5.
6.
 Why Now (2013)
7.
 Case of You, A (2013)
8.
9.
 Trust Me (2013)
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised mostly by father, but spent summers as a child in NYC with his mother
1978:
Launched performing career at age of 10, appearing in a play with his mother
1988:
Feature debut in the horror film "Clownhouse"; produced by Francis Ford Coppola
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Steadily employed as an actor in theater and commercials
1989:
Landed small part in "Last Exit to Brooklyn"
1990:
TV debut in "Over the Limit," an ABC "Afterschool Special"
1992:
Appeared in Paul Schrader's "Light Sleeper"
1992:
First feature with director Alexandre Rockwell, "In the Soup"
1994:
Re-teamed with director Alexandre Rockwell for "Somebody to Love"
1995:
Cast as one of two who kidnapped John Rubinstein in "Mercy"
1996:
Played One-Eye Jimmy in "The Search for One-Eye Jimmy"; worked with John Turturo for the first time
1996:
Delivered critically-acclaimed performance opposite John Turturo in Tom DiCillo's "Box of Moonlight"
1997:
His working-class Trent mowed lawns and bonded with 10-year-old Devon in "Lawn Dogs"
1997:
Appeared in HBO's "Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground"
1997:
Won raves for his performance as a Cockney salesman in the off-Broadway production of "Goose-Pimples" by Mike Leigh
1998:
Starred as Jerry opposite Joe Mantegna's Tom in "Jerry and Tom"
1999:
Cast as a bumbling actor in the sci-fi satire "Galaxy Quest"
1999:
Played psychotic killer and villain William 'Wild Bill' Wharton in "The Green Mile" opposite Tom Hanks
2000:
Played villain Eric Knox in "Charlie's Angels"
2001:
Acted in both "The Dumbwaiter" and "The Zoo Story" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival
2001:
Appeared with Gene Hackman and Danny DeVito in the crime thriller "Heist"
2002:
Played Pero is the Russo brothers' heist comedy "Welcome to Collinwood"
2002:
Breakthrough role as controversial 'Gong Show' host, Chuck Barris in George Clooney's directorial debut, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"
2003:
Starred alongside Nicolas Cage in Ridley Scott's "Matchstick Men"
2005:
Cast as Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed, ex-hippie President of the Galaxy in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
2007:
Co-starred with Vera Farmiga in the Sundance screened "Joshua"
2007:
Co-starred as Charles Ford, Robert's brother in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"
2008:
Played an estranged husband who tries to reconnect with his wife (Kate Beckinsale) in "Snow Angels"
2008:
Cast as Victor Mancini, a sex addict in the film "Choke," based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk
2008:
Portrayed James Reston Jr. in the film adaption of Peter Morgan's "Frost/Nixon"
2009:
Played an astronaut working alone in the sci-fi thriller "Moon"
2010:
Cast as Tony Stark's rival Justin Hammer in Jon Favreau's "Iron Man 2"
2010:
Played a man wrongly accused of a crime in "Conviction"
2011:
Played a saloon owner in the sci-fi Western "Cowboys & Aliens"
2011:
Cast opposite Jonah Hill in "The Sitter"
2012:
Cast in ensemble crime comedy "Seven Psychopaths"
2013:
Starred in the indie comedy "The Way Way Back"
2013:
Starred in the crime thriller "A Single Shot"
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Education

Urban Pioneers: San Francisco , California -
School of the Arts High School: San Francisco , California - 1987

Notes

"I've been playing too many nice guys. I want to play guys who cackle--nasty pricks, psychos. I know it's fashionable, but I wouldn't overact. I'd be subtle and good."---Sam Rockwell in DETAILS, August 1997.

"I recently got fired from 'G.I. Jane'. Actually, I kinda quit because they wanted me to scuba dive which wasn't in my contract, and I refused. I wanted to do the picture, too, because I'd love to work with Ridley Scott, and I'd already been through the two-week Navy Seals boot camp. All the actors had to do it, including Demi Moore, who was real sweet. She took us to a local strip joint where we got our heads shaved and drank tequila. That was fun, generally, though, I'm not sure I like making movies. Film is hard, largely because it's so tedious. Stage is where it really happens for an actor because it makes full use of whatever you have to give."---Rockwell in the LOS ANGELES TIMES, July 27, 1997.

On his character in 'Box of Moonlight': "Kid's a weirdo combination platter: part Joe Buck, part Peter Pan, Puck, Huck Finn, with a touch of Richard Pryor and the Michael Keaton of 'Night Shift' thrown in."---Rockwell to INTERVIEW, August 1997.

"Man, he's just got that thing where he can toss off a line with the weirdest reading. He's so dry, so minimal. There's so much restraint and subtlety."---Paul Giamatti on Rockwell to Premiere, May 2005.

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mother:
Penny Hess. Artist, former actor.

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