Know Your “That Guy”: Michael Rooker

Michael Rooker

Born: April 6, 1955

Number of Roles: 103

Best Known for Playing: Horrible, usually racist, criminals and murderers

First Appearance: Lieutenant on Crime Story (1986)

Most Recent Appearance: Merle Dixon on The Walking Dead (2010)

Notable Roles:

  • Rowdy Burns in Days of Thunder
  • Hal Tucker in Cliffhanger
  • Henry in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
  • Man in Bar in Above the Law
  • Frank Bailey in Mississippi Burning
  • Bill Broussard in JFK
  • Sherman McMasters in Tombstone
  • Captain Howard Cheney in The Bone Collector
  • Col. Beckett on The Outer Limits “Patient Zero”
  • Grant Grant in Slither
  • Det. John Hayes on Thief
  • Dale Lawson on Burn Notice
  • Abe in Super
  • Church in The Marine 2
  • Robert Marshall in The 6th Day

Fun Facts

  • Studied Akido Martial Arts
  • Worked with all the major 80’s action stars, Arnold in The 6th Day, Stallone in Cliffhanger, Van Damme in Replicant and Seagal in Above the Law.
  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer was Rooker’s official first movie, filmed in 1986, but it wasn’t released until 1990 due to it’s controversial nature.

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