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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 6, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Jasper, Alabama, USA Profession: actor

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An imposingly-built character actor who specialized in intense, often dangerous characters on both sides of the law, Michael Rooker rose to prominence in the late 1980s as a psychotic serial killer in "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" (1986). Outfitted with an unwavering gaze and a granite jaw, Rooker was a natural for physically terrifying villains, but gave equally fine turns as world-weary cops, cowboys and tough patriarchs, all of which benefited from his dust-dry voice and uneasy smile. Rooker went on to tackle a number of memorable roles, playing disgraced Black Sox player Chick Gandil in "Eight Men Out" (1988), disloyal New Orleans prosecutor Bill Broussard in "JFK" (1991), and outlaw-turned-lawman Sherman McMasters in "Tombstone" (1993). For the remainder of the decade, he had supporting turns in a wide array of films like "Mallrats" (1995), "Rosewood" (1997) and "The Bone Collector" (1999), while in the new millennium he began having a stronger presence on television with guest spots on "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 2002-2012), "Numb3rs" (CBS, 2005-2010) and "Criminal Minds" (CBS, 2005- ). In 2010, Rooker was cast as racist zombie apocalypse survivor, Merle Dixon, on "The Walking Dead" (AMC, 2010-...

An imposingly-built character actor who specialized in intense, often dangerous characters on both sides of the law, Michael Rooker rose to prominence in the late 1980s as a psychotic serial killer in "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" (1986). Outfitted with an unwavering gaze and a granite jaw, Rooker was a natural for physically terrifying villains, but gave equally fine turns as world-weary cops, cowboys and tough patriarchs, all of which benefited from his dust-dry voice and uneasy smile. Rooker went on to tackle a number of memorable roles, playing disgraced Black Sox player Chick Gandil in "Eight Men Out" (1988), disloyal New Orleans prosecutor Bill Broussard in "JFK" (1991), and outlaw-turned-lawman Sherman McMasters in "Tombstone" (1993). For the remainder of the decade, he had supporting turns in a wide array of films like "Mallrats" (1995), "Rosewood" (1997) and "The Bone Collector" (1999), while in the new millennium he began having a stronger presence on television with guest spots on "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 2002-2012), "Numb3rs" (CBS, 2005-2010) and "Criminal Minds" (CBS, 2005- ). In 2010, Rooker was cast as racist zombie apocalypse survivor, Merle Dixon, on "The Walking Dead" (AMC, 2010- ), a high-profile role the multi-faceted performer eagerly sank his teeth into.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Broken Bridges (2013)
3.
 Super (2011)
4.
 Freeway Killer (2010)
5.
 Meteor (2009)
6.
 Super Capers (2009)
8.
 Jumper (2008)
9.
 Whisper (2007)
10.
 Lenexa, 1 Mile (2006)
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Moved to Chicago at age 12
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Studied Aikido, a Japanese martial art
1984:
Feature acting debut, "Streets of Fire"
1986:
TV acting debut, "Lady Blue"
1989:
TV movie debut, "Sleep Well, Professor Oliver"
1990:
Feature debut as a lead, "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" filmed in 1986
1990:
Played fellow race car driver Rowdy Burns opposite Tom Cruise in "Days of Thunder" directed by Tony Scott
1991:
Cast opposite Kevin Costner in Oliver Stone's "JFK"
1993:
Acted opposite Sylvester Stallone in the thriller "Cliffhanger" directed by Renny Harlin
1996:
Cast in Anjelica Huston's directorial debut "Bastard Out of Carolina"
1998:
Appeared opposite Yun-Fat Chow and Mira Sorvino in "The Replacement Killers"
1999:
Played Captain Howard Cheney in "The Bone Collector" starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie
2000:
Cast opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the futuristic thriller "The 6th Day"
2003:
Appeared in the TV movie "Saving Jessica Lynch" based on the true story of the rescue of Private Jessica Lynch, by the United States army, in Iraq
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Cast as a detective leaving the force in FX's drama "Thief" (lensed 2004)
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Education

Goodman Theater School of Drama: Chicago , Illinois - 1982

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