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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:||Cast ... actor boxer good humor man parking lot attendant nightclub bouncer pretzel vendor|
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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