Biography

Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in San Mateo, California, the only child of two actors, Pete Rockwell and Penny Hess. The family moved to New York when he was two years old, living first in the Bronx and later in Manhattan. When Sam was five years old, his parents separated, at which point he and his father moved to San Francisco, where he subsequently grew up, while summers and other times were spent with his mother in New York.

He made his acting debut when he was ten years old, alongside his mother, and later attended J Eugene McAteer High School in a program called SOTA. While still in high school, he got his first big break when he appeared in the independent film Clownhouse (1989). The plot revolved around three escaped mental patients who dressed up as clowns and terrorized three brothers home alone--Sam played the eldest of the brothers. His next big break was supposed to have come when he was slated to star in a short-lived NBC TV-series called Dream Street (1989), but he was soon fired.

After graduating from high school, Sam returned to New York for good and for two years he had private training at the William Esper Acting Studio. During this period he appeared in a variety of roles, such as the ABC Afterschool Specials (1972): Over the Limit (1990) (TV) and HBO's Lifestories: Families in Crisis (1992): Dead Drunk: The Kevin Tunell Story (Season 1 Episode 7: 15 March 1993); the head thug in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990); and a guest-star turn in an Emmy Award-winning episode of Law & Order (1990), while working a string of regular day jobs and performing in plays.

After a few smaller appearances in films such as Woody Allen's Celebrity (1998) and the modern version of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999), in which he played Francis Flute, he had larger roles in two of the bigger hit movies to emerge: The Green Mile (1999) and Galaxy Quest (1999), wowing audiences and critics alike with his chameleon-like performances as a crazed killer in the former and a goofy actor in the latter.

More recently, he appeared in another string of mainstream films, most notably as Eric Knox in Charlie's Angels (2000) and as Zaphod Beeblebrox in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), while continuing to perform in smaller independent movies. After more than ten years in the business, Sam has earned his success. In 2018, he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as a troubled police deputy in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017).

Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in San Mateo, California, the only child of two actors, Pete Rockwell and Penny Hess. The family moved to New York when he was two years old, living first in the Bronx and later in Manhattan. When Sam was five years old, his parents separated, at which point he and his father moved to San Francisco, where he subsequently grew up, while summers and other times were spent with his mother in New York.

He made his acting debut when he was ten years old, alongside his mother, and later attended J Eugene McAteer High School in a program called SOTA. While still in high school, he got his first big break when he appeared in the independent film Clownhouse (1989). The plot revolved around three escaped mental patients who dressed up as clowns and terrorized three brothers home alone--Sam played the eldest of the brothers. His next big break was supposed to have come when he was slated to star in a short-lived NBC TV-series called Dream Street (1989), but he was soon fired.

After graduating from high school, Sam returned to New York for good and for two years he had private training at the William Esper Acting Studio. During this period he appeared in a variety of roles, such as the ABC Afterschool Specials (1972): Over the Limit (1990) (TV) and HBO's Lifestories: Families in Crisis (1992): Dead Drunk: The Kevin Tunell Story (Season 1 Episode 7: 15 March 1993); the head thug in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990); and a guest-star turn in an Emmy Award-winning episode of Law & Order (1990), while working a string of regular day jobs and performing in plays.

After a few smaller appearances in films such as Woody Allen's Celebrity (1998) and the modern version of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999), in which he played Francis Flute, he had larger roles in two of the bigger hit movies to emerge: The Green Mile (1999) and Galaxy Quest (1999), wowing audiences and critics alike with his chameleon-like performances as a crazed killer in the former and a goofy actor in the latter.

More recently, he appeared in another string of mainstream films, most notably as Eric Knox in Charlie's Angels (2000) and as Zaphod Beeblebrox in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), while continuing to perform in smaller independent movies. After more than ten years in the business, Sam has earned his success. In 2018, he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as a troubled police deputy in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017).

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 87

Birthday 1968-11-05

Place of Birth Daly City, California

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Also Known As

  • Сэм Рокуэлл

Acting TV ShowsMovies

The Ballad of Richard Jewell
The Adventures of Drunky as Drunky
2020 The One and Only Ivan as Ivan (voice)
2020 Trolls World Tour as (voice)
2019 Jojo Rabbit as Captain Klenzendorf
2019 Fosse/Verdon (8 episodes) as Bob Fosse
2019 The Best of Enemies as Claiborne Paul Ellis
2018 Vice as George W. Bush
2018 Blue Iguana as Eddie
2018 Blaze as Oilman
2018 The Origins of Ebbing as Himself/''Dixon''
2018 Woman Walks Ahead as Silas Groves
2018 Mute as Sam Bell
2017 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as Jason Dixon
2017 The Dark of Night as Officer Witt
2016 Mr. Right as Mr. Right
2015 Don Verdean as Don Verdean
2015 Digging for Fire as Ray
2015 Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter (1 episode)
2015 Poltergeist as Eric Bowen
2015 The Late Late Show with James Corden (1 episode) as Himself
2014 Laggies as Craig Hunter
2014 Loitering with Intent as Wayne
2014 Better Living Through Chemistry as Douglas Varney
2014 Showing Up as Himself
2014 Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King as Justin Hammer
2013 A Case of You as Gary
2013 Schooled: The Price of College Sports as Narrator (voice)
2013 A Single Shot as John Moon
2013 Drunk History (1 episode) as Bugsy Siegal
2013 The Way Way Back as Owen
2013 Trust Me as Aldo
2012 Seven Psychopaths as Billy Bickle
2011 The Sitter as Karl
2011 Cowboys & Aliens as Doc
2010 Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of Iron Man 2 as Himself
2010 Conviction as Kenny Waters
2010 Iron Man 2 as Justin Hammer
2009 Everybody's Fine as Robert
2009 Gentlemen Broncos as Bronco / Brutus
2009 G-Force as Darwin the Guinea Pig (voice)
2009 Moon as Sam Bell
2009 The Winning Season as Bill
2009 I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale as Himself
2008 Frost/Nixon as James Reston Jr.
2008 Choke as Victor Mancini
2008 Snow Angels as Glenn Marchand
2008 The Assassination of Jesse James: Death of an Outlaw as Himself
2007 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford as Charley Ford
2007 Joshua as Brad Cairn
2005 Inside 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' as Himself
2005 Nobody Wants Your Film
2005 Robin's Big Date
2005 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as Zaphod Beeblebrox
2005 Piccadilly Jim as Jim Crocker
2003 Matchstick Men as Frank Mercer
2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind as Chuck Barris
2002 13 Moons as Rick
2002 Welcome to Collinwood as Pero
2001 Heist as Jimmy Silk
2001 BigLove as Nate
2000 Charlie's Angels as Eric Knox
1999 Galaxy Quest as Guy Fleegman
1999 The Green Mile as 'Wild Bill' Wharton
1999 A Midsummer Night's Dream as Francis Flute
1998 Jerry and Tom as Jerry
1998 Celebrity as Darrow Entourage
1998 Safe Men as Sam
1997 Lawn Dogs as Trent Burns
1997 Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground
1997 Drunks as Tony
1997 Prince Street (6 episodes)
1997 Arresting Gena as Sonny
1996 Box of Moonlight as The Kid
1996 Basquiat as Thug
1995 Mercy as Matty
1995 Glory Daze as Rob
1994 Somebody to Love as Polish Guy
1992 In the Soup as Pauli
1992 Light Sleeper as Jealous
1992 Happy Hell Night as Young Henry Collins
1992 Jack and His Friends as Louie
1991 Strictly Business as Gary
1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as Head Thug
1989 Last Exit to Brooklyn as Al
1989 Clownhouse as Randy Collins
1975 Saturday Night Live (1 episode) as Himself - Host

Production

2019 Fosse/Verdon (8 episodes)Executive Producer

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