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Michael Rooker

Actor | * 04/06/1955 (69) | Jasper, Alabama (United States of America (USA))
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Michael Rooker (born April 6, 1955) is an American actor who mainly plays roles of antagonists. He first rose to prominence for portraying Henry Lee Lucas in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986), and is best known for starring as Merle Dixon in the AMC series The Walking Dead (2010–2013) and as Yondu Udonta in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), followed by its sequels Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023). He is a recurring collaborator of Guardians of the Galaxy director and co-CEO of DC studios James Gunn, appearing in his films Slither (2006), Super ()
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Michael Rooker (born April 6, 1955) is an American actor known for his roles as Henry in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986), Chick Gandil in Eight Men Out (1988), Terry Cruger in Sea of Love (1989), Rowdy Burns in Days of Thunder (1990), Bill Broussard in JFK (1991), Hal Tucker in Cliffhanger (1993), Jared Svenning in Mallrats (1995), Detective Howard Cheney in The Bone Collector (1999), Grant Grant in Slither (2006), Merle Dixon in AMC's The Walking Dead (2010–2013) and Yondu Udonta in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), its sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), and the animated TV series What If...? (2021).Since 2006, he has been a frequent collaborator of filmmaker James Gunn.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Action | Thriller

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Movies with Michael Rooker as Actor(97)

as Buddy2023 Fast X
as Agent Oldham2023 The Out-Laws
as Yondu Udonta2023 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
as Warden Devlin2022 Corrective Measures
as Gabriel Tancredi2022 White Elephant
as Lutador (voice)2021 Vivo
as Buddy2021 F9
as Brian Durlin / Savant2021 The Suicide Squad
as himself2021 Clerk
as Clyde2020 Love and Monsters
as Damon2020 Fantasy Island
as The Big T2019 Brightburn
as Pat McMurphy2019 Bolden
as Yondu Udonta2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
as himself2017 Life After Flash
as Merle Dixon / Lucille's Father (voice)2017 The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who's Walking
as Bud Melks2016 The Belko Experiment
as Trooper2014 The Driving Dead
as Yondu Udonta2014 Guardians of the Galaxy
as Chief Carver2013 Brother's Keeper
as Ray Pelletier2012 Hypothermia
as Gas Attendent2012 Rogue River
as Dr. Death2012 Pennhurst
as Ray Clement2011 Cell 213
as Captain McCarthy2011 Mysteria
as Father / Alien2010 Atlantis Down
as Red Doc (segment "Jonah Hex") (voice)2010 DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection
as Abe2010 Super
as Red Doc (voice)2010 DC Showcase: Jonah Hex
as Defense attorney Billy Watkins2010 Blood Done Sign My Name
as Pat McMurphy2010 Louis
as Church2009 The Marine 2
as Mann2009 Penance
as Judge / Dark Winged Vesper2009 Super Capers
as Det. St. John2009 Freeway Killer
as Richard Crummly2008 This Man's Life
as Priest2008 Humanzee!
as William Rice2008 Jumper
as Sydney Braverman2007 Whisper
as Grant2006 Slither
as Russ2006 Lenexa, 1 Mile
as Repo Man2006 Repo! The Genetic Opera
as Mark Spencer2005 Chasing Ghosts
as Captain Leary2004 Skeleton Man
as Colonel Curry2003 Saving Jessica Lynch
as Detective Stafford2003 The Box
as A.J. Mercker2002 Undisputed
as Jake2001 Replicant
as Robert Marshall2000 The 6th Day
as Malcolm Arnold2000 Here on Earth
as Rowdy2000 Table One
as John McNamara2000 Newsbreak
as Matt Draper / Dr. Matthew Swan1999 Wicked Ways
as Captain Howard Cheney1999 The Bone Collector
as Fritz Brown1998 Brown's Requiem
as Matt Cooper1998 CounterForce
as Father Vassey1998 Shadow Builder
as Stan 'Zeedo' Zedkov1998 The Replacement Killers
as Bertrand1997 Song of Hiawatha
as himself1997 Meet Wally Sparks
as Keith Michaels1997 Keys to Tulsa
as Detective Edward Kennesaw1997 Deceiver
as Sheriff Walker1997 Rosewood
as Bob Malone1996 Back to Back
as Gary1996 The Trigger Effect
as Uncle Earle1996 Bastard Out of Carolina
as Babe McCloor1995 Fly Paper
as Frank Tennant1995 Johnny and Clyde
as Mr. Jared Svenning1995 Mallrats
as Attendet1994 Suspicious
as Jonah Mantz1994 The Hard Truth
as Sheriff Alan Pangborn1993 The Dark Half
as Hal Tucker1993 Cliffhanger
as Sherman McMasters1993 Tombstone
as Casey 'Z' Zankowski1992 Afterburn
as Bill Broussard1991 JFK
as Rowdy Burns1990 Days of Thunder
as Bosko1989 L.A. Takedown
as Terry1989 Sea of Love
as Karchy Laszlo1989 Music Box
as Frank Bailey1988 Mississippi Burning
as Arnold 'Chick' Gandil1988 Eight Men Out
as Man in Bar1988 Above the Law
as Joe1987 Rent-a-Cop
as Oogie1987 Light of Day

TV Shows/Series with Michael Rooker as Actor(25)

as Yondu Udonta (voice)2021 What If...?
as Beau2019 Creepshow
as Frank Teska2018 The Rookie
as Big Chief2017 SEAL Team
as Arnold2015 CelebriD&D
as Edward Hoyt2014 True Detective
as himself2011 Talking Dead
as Merle Dixon2010 The Walking Dead
as Calvin Stark2009 Meteor
as Sheriff E. Z. Ponder (voice)2009 Archer
as Mauser2007 Chuck
2006 Thief
2006 Shark
as Garth Lawnmore2006 Psych
as Chief Carlson2005 Criminal Minds
2003 Tremors
as Marty Jones2002 CSI: Miami
as Shawn Curaco2001 Crossing Jordan
as Colonel Edwards1997 Stargate SG-1
as Jamie Yost1990 Law & Order
as Lieutenant1986 Crime Story
as Bill Whitaker1985 The Equalizer

Movies with Michael Rooker as Crew(3)

Directing/Director2012 Pennhurst
Production/Co-Executive Producer1999 Wicked Ways
Production/Associate Producer1998 Brown's Requiem

Additional Information

Full Name: Michael Rooker
Born: Wednesday, 04/06 1955 (April) in Jasper, Alabama (United States of America (USA)) (current age: 69 years + 100 days)
Zodiac sign: Aries (Chinese zodiac sign: Goat)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Educated at: DePaul University, Wells Community Academy High School
Other names for Michael Rooker (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"마이클 루커"
"Майкл Рукер"
Michael Rooker frequently works together with these people:
James Gunn (28x, Crew)
Gregory Nicotero (17x, Crew)
Stan Lee (11x, Crew)
Kevin Costner (11x, Actor)
Edward D. Murphy (11x, Actor)
Vin Diesel (9x, Actor)
Dennis Boutsikaris (9x, Actor)
Sean Gunn (9x, Actor)
Socorro Santiago (9x, Actress)
Stephen Blackehart (9x, Actor)
Mark Casella (9x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:635, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 07/11/2024