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Also Known As: Henry Lawrence Garfield Died:
Born: February 13, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United States Profession: singer-songwriter, musician, stand-up comedian, spoken-word artist, actor, motivational speaker, publisher, activist

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Rock fans knew Henry Rollins as the singer for punk pioneers Black Flag and later, the Rollins Band, but over the course of the last twenty-five years, Rollins has also been an author, independent publisher, spoken-word performer, record label head, outspoken activist, talk show host and guest, and from time to time, an actor in film and television. Unfortunately, many of Rollins' roles have played off his physical attributes - in particular his burly, heavily tattooed frame and granite-jawed face - and missed his wicked sense of humor and heart.Born Henry Garfield on Feb. 13, 1961 in Washington, D.C., Rollins survived a difficult childhood, which included divorce and a stint in a military academy that helped develop a healthy mistrust of authority (though he has credited his experience there for his tireless work ethic and discipline). His entry into the world of punk came via friend Ian MacKaye (later the frontman for seminal bands Minor Threat and Fugazi), and his enthusiasm for the scene and its major players led him to meet the Southern California group Black Flag, whom he joined in 1981 and stayed with until they disbanded in 1986.Never one to rest on his laurels, Rollins formed the Rollins...

Rock fans knew Henry Rollins as the singer for punk pioneers Black Flag and later, the Rollins Band, but over the course of the last twenty-five years, Rollins has also been an author, independent publisher, spoken-word performer, record label head, outspoken activist, talk show host and guest, and from time to time, an actor in film and television. Unfortunately, many of Rollins' roles have played off his physical attributes - in particular his burly, heavily tattooed frame and granite-jawed face - and missed his wicked sense of humor and heart.

Born Henry Garfield on Feb. 13, 1961 in Washington, D.C., Rollins survived a difficult childhood, which included divorce and a stint in a military academy that helped develop a healthy mistrust of authority (though he has credited his experience there for his tireless work ethic and discipline). His entry into the world of punk came via friend Ian MacKaye (later the frontman for seminal bands Minor Threat and Fugazi), and his enthusiasm for the scene and its major players led him to meet the Southern California group Black Flag, whom he joined in 1981 and stayed with until they disbanded in 1986.

Never one to rest on his laurels, Rollins formed the Rollins Band, which released eleven albums between 1988 and 2002 and achieved enough popularity in the early '90s to earn them a spot on the first Lollapalooza tour. During this period, Rollins also founded 2.13.61, Inc., an independent publishing house (and record label) which released his books of poetry, essays, and tour diaries, as well as works by such noted authors and musicians as William Burroughs, Hubert Selby, Nick Cave, and The Gun Club.

Rollins was also a much-sought-after spoken word performer. With a wicked sense of humor and keen observation of social and political events, he released nine spoken word albums and toured ceaselessly. In recent years, he found time to also host a weekly radio show in Los Angeles, and several cable television shows, including the game show "Full Metal Challenge" (The Learning Channel, 2002) and "Henry's Film Corner" (IFC, 2004). Rollins also hosted the IFC talk show "The Henry Rollins Show."

Rollins' film career began during his days in Black Flag with "The Right Side of My Brain" (1985), a disturbing short film by underground filmmaker Richard Kern. His Hollywood film debut came in 1994 with "The Chase," a broad caper starring Charlie Sheen in which Rollins played the first of his many hyper-aggressive authority figures. Rollins' subsequent roles fell in line with this persona: a foul-mouthed prison guard in David Lynch's "Lost Highway" (1997); a tough dad in "Jack Frost" (1998); an escaped convict in "Morgan's Ferry" (1999); a prison warden in "The New Guy" (2002), and a SWAT team leader in "Bad Boys 2" (2003). Rollins' wry sense of humor was showcased most notably in "Deathdealer: A Documentary" (2004), in which he played the Angel of Death as a weary white-collar desk jockey. He was a frequent interviewee in documentaries about the punk scene, and often provided smart, enthusiastic commentary, most notably in "Dogtown and Z-Boys" (2001) and "Punk: Attitude."

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 Lemmy (2010)
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 Barbershop Punk (2010)
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 Gonzo Ballet (2009)
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1980:
Briefly joined the Washington D.C. band State of Alert
1981:
Fronted the California hardcore punk band Black Flag
1982:
Made film debut in "The Slog Movie," about the West Coast punk scene
1985:
First film appearance without Black Flag was the short film "The Right Side of My Brain" by underground filmmaker Richard Kern
1985:
Released first spoken word album <i>Short Walk On A Long Pier</i>
1987:
Released two solo records, <i>Hot Animal Machine</i> and <i>Drive by Shooting</i>
1988:
Formed the Rollins Band, which released eleven albums while they were together
1988:
Founded 2.13.61, Inc., an independent publishing house and record label, which released his spoken word albums, essays, and tour diaries
1991:
Signed a distribution deal with Imago Records and appeared at the first Lollapalooza festival
1992:
Released the spoken-word album <i>Human Butt</i> through his own record label
1994:
Played a police officer in his first Hollywood feature, "The Chase," starring Charlie Sheen
1994:
Released <i>Get in the Van: On the Road with Black Flag</i>, a double-disc set of him reading from his Black Flag tour diary of the same name
1995:
Had supporting roles in "Johnny Mnemonic" and "Heat"
1997:
Played a foul-mouthed prison guard in David Lynch's "Lost Highway"
1998:
Disbanded the original line-up of the Rollins band
1998:
Produced a Los Angeles hard rock band called Mother Superior and invited them to form a new incarnation of the Rollins Band; stopped performing together in 2003
1999:
Appeared as an escaped convict in "Morgan's Ferry"
2001:
Appeared as the uncredited host of Fox's "Night Visions," a short-lived horror anthology series
2001:
Provided commentary for the documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys"
2002:
Co-hosted the British television show "Full Metal Challenge" on TLC
2002:
Played a prison warden in "The New Guy"
2002:
Joined the cast of MTV's extreme show for the feature film "Jackass The Movie"
2003:
Appeared as a SWAT team leader in "Bad Boys 2"
2004:
Hosted the weekly radio show "Harmony in My Head" on Los Angeles' Indie 103.1 radio
2004:
Hosted the IFC talk show "The Henry Rollins Show"
2004:
Played the Angel of Death in "Deathdealer: A Documentary"
2005:
Co-starred in the horror film "Feast"
2006:
Again joined the MTV cast for "Jackass Number Two"
2007:
Guest-stared on an episode of Showtime's "Californication," playing himself hosting a radio show
2009:
Had a recurring role as A.J. Weston, a white-supremacist gang leader, in the second season of FX's "Sons of Anarchy"
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Education

The Bullis School: Potomac , Maryland -

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