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Also Known As: Philip Andre Rourke Jr., Sir Eddie Cook Died:
Born: September 16, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Schenectady, New York, USA Profession: actor, boxer, good humor man, parking lot attendant, nightclub bouncer, pretzel vendor

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Though he emerged onto the film landscape loaded with talent and promise, actor Mickey Rourke squandered what could have been a long, prominent career, thanks to hubris and his combative nature. Rourke first made his presence known with a scene-stealing turn as an arsonist in the erotic noir "Body Heat" (1981) before spending the next few years playing roles that would be looked back upon as the genesis of his greatness. His performances in "Diner" (1982) and "Rumble Fish" (1983) were clear signs that the world was witnessing the emergence of another James Dean or Robert De Niro. But by the time he starred opposite the latter in "Angel Heart" (1987), Rourke was well on his way to career obscurity and had no one to blame but himself. Even as a struggling actor, Rourke ran afoul of many co-stars and directors, while not taking seriously the business side of making good in Hollywood, leading to often disastrous parts in films like "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man" (1991) and "Double Team" (1997). But after coming to his senses - particularly when he failed to rekindle his boxing career - Rourke reemerged in several small but prominent turns, culminating in a full-fledged career comeback with his...

Though he emerged onto the film landscape loaded with talent and promise, actor Mickey Rourke squandered what could have been a long, prominent career, thanks to hubris and his combative nature. Rourke first made his presence known with a scene-stealing turn as an arsonist in the erotic noir "Body Heat" (1981) before spending the next few years playing roles that would be looked back upon as the genesis of his greatness. His performances in "Diner" (1982) and "Rumble Fish" (1983) were clear signs that the world was witnessing the emergence of another James Dean or Robert De Niro. But by the time he starred opposite the latter in "Angel Heart" (1987), Rourke was well on his way to career obscurity and had no one to blame but himself. Even as a struggling actor, Rourke ran afoul of many co-stars and directors, while not taking seriously the business side of making good in Hollywood, leading to often disastrous parts in films like "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man" (1991) and "Double Team" (1997). But after coming to his senses - particularly when he failed to rekindle his boxing career - Rourke reemerged in several small but prominent turns, culminating in a full-fledged career comeback with his acclaimed performances in "Sin City" (2005) and "The Wrestler" (2008). Thanks to his resurgence, Rourke was able to secure roles in blockbusters like "Iron Man 2" (2010) and "The Expendables" (2010), which helped rekindle his long-diminished promise.

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 Generation Iron (2013)
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 Java Heat (2013)
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 Marble City (2013)
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 I Am Bruce Lee (2012)
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 Courier, The (2012)
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 Immortals (2011)
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 Passion Play (2011)
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 Expendables, The (2010)
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1963:
Moved with his mother to Miami at age ten
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Fought in amateur boxing matches during the 1970s
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Moved to NYC to pursue an acting career
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Stage debut in revival of Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge"
1978:
Relocated to Los Angeles
1979:
Feature film debut in Steven Spielberg's "1941"
1980:
Acted in Michael Cimino's studio-breaking "Heaven's Gate"
1980:
Made TV acting debut as a psychotic murderer in the ABC movie "City in Fear"
1980:
Starred opposite Linda Hamilton in the based-on-fact TV-movie "Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case" (CBS)
1980:
Made initial onscreen impact as the arsonist in "Body Heat"
1982:
Earned critical praise for his role as Boogie, the soft-talking beautician, in Barry Levinson's "Diner"
1983:
Portrayed Motorcycle Boy in Francis Ford Coppola's "Rumble Fish"
1984:
Starred as Irish tough Charlie Moran in "The Pope of Greenwich Village" alongside Daryl Hannah and Eric Roberts
1985:
Re-teamed with Cimino for "Year of the Dragon" (scripted by Oliver Stone)
1986:
Acted opposite Kim Basinger in Adrian Lyne's saga of sexual obsession "Nine 1/2 Weeks"
1987:
Played boozy, lowlife (based on writer Charles Bukowski) with comic bravado in Barbet Schroeder's "Barfly"
1987:
Portrayed two-bit private eye in Alan Parker's controversial "Angel Heart"
1988:
Received "from story" credit for "Homeboy," a downbeat tale of aging alcoholic boxer in which he also starred
1989:
Provoked controversy when he disclosed that he had donated part of his fee for playing St Francis of Assisi in "Francesco" to the IRA
1990:
Returned to the world of obsessive love with the bomb "Wild Orchid"; starred opposite then-wife Carre Otis
1990:
Third film with Cimino, the remake of "Desperate Hours"
1991:
Made professional boxing debut (billed as Marielito), scoring a unanimous decision over Steve Powell (May 23)
1991:
Attempted to lighten screen image with the misfire "Harley Davidson & the Marlboro Man"
1993:
Returned to TV as star of the made-for-cable Western "The Last Outlaw" (HBO)
1995:
Played title role of "Bullet" opposite the late Tupac Shakur; also received a writing credit as 'Sir' Eddie Cook
1997:
Reprised his 1986 character for "Another Nine and a Half Weeks"
1997:
Starred opposite then-wife Carre Otis in the TV-movie "Exit in Red" (TMC)
1997:
Delivered a well received performance as ambulance-chasing lawyer Bruiser Stone in John Grisham's "The Rainmaker"
1998:
Turned in effective cameo as a bookie in Vincent Gallo's directing debut "Buffalo 66"
1998:
Portrayed a priest in the TNT telefilm "Thicker Than Blood"
1998:
Had prominent roles in two direct-to-video releases, "Thursday" and "Point Blank"
2000:
Appeared virtually unrecognizable as a transvestite prison inmate in the Steve Buscemi directed "Animal Factory"
2001:
Appeared in the Sean Penn directed "The Pledge"
2003:
First collaboration with director Robert Rodriguez, "Once Upon a Time in Mexico"
2004:
First collaboration with director Tony Scott, playing a small role in "Man on Fire"
2005:
Starred in the Robert Rodriguez directed ensemble "Sin City," based on the popular graphic novels by Frank Miller
2005:
Played fellow bounty hunter in Tony Scott's "Domino," starring Keira Knightley as Domino Harvey
2006:
Cast in "Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker" based on Stormbreaker, the first novel in the Alex Rider series
2008:
Portrayed professional wrestler Randy 'The Ram' Robinson in Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler"; earned SAG and Academy Award nominations for Best Actor
2009:
Joined an ensemble cast for "The Informers"; based on a collection of short stories by Bret Easton Ellis
2010:
Cast as villain Ivan Vanko (aka 'Whiplash') opposite Robert Downey Jr. in Jon Favreau's "Iron Man 2"
2010:
Co-starred with Sylvester Stallone in "The Expendables," an 80s-style action adventure about a group of mercenaries who attempt to overthrow a South American dictator; film featured a Who's Who of action stars including Bruce Willis, Jet Li, and Arnold Schwarzenegger
2011:
Cast as the ruthless King Hyperion in "Immortals"
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Education

Miami Beach Senior High School: Miami Beach , Florida -
Lee Strasburg Academy Actor's Studio: New York , New York -

Notes

Mr. Rourke's birthyear has variously been given as 1950, 1952, 1953 and 1956.

"He was hugely talented, but he was surrounded by so many creeps. I often think if he had died after making 'Angel Heart', he would have been a legend on the scale of James Dean. Maybe he still will be."---Adrian Lyne to People, October 10, 1994.

"I want to work with interesting material that has integrity. It doesn't have to have a big f***ing message, so long as you can take chances. I don't want to just make action movies with guns blazing."---Rourke to Empire, July 2005.

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wife:
Debra Feuer. Actor. Divorced.
wife:
Carre Otis. Model, actor. Married in 1992; separated in 1993; divorced; announced their re-engagement on Valentine's Day 1995; acted together in "Wild Orchids" (1990); continue to have on-again, off-again relationship.

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father:
Philip A Rourke. Country club caretaker. Divorced from Rourke's mother.
mother:
Ann Rourke. Divorced from Rourke's father; remarried; divorced second husband.
step-father:
Gene Addis. Former police officer. Married Rourke's mother c. 1963; a strict disciplinarian, he wasn't averse to slapping his kids around to make his point; Rourke's mother later divorced him.
sister:
Patty Rourke. Older.
brother:
Joey Rourke. Younger.
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