Michael Rooker has been known for his active presence in Hollywood since he began acting in movies in 1986. He is a popular face when you consider that over the course of his decades as an actor he has appeared in so many action movies and television series and has received several awards for his talent.
And even though a glance at his background doesn’t reveal much about his upbringing, we know that he was raised by a single mother and that he had formal acting training. The talented actor has transcended all boundaries and made a name for himself in the competitive film industry with an unforgettable role in the American horror movie The Walking Dead.
Michael Rooker’s Bio
The American actor cum director was born on April 6, 1955. He grew up with nine other siblings in Jasper, Alabama in the United States of America. At the age of 13, his parents separated, leaving him and his siblings in the care of their mother, who later moved them from Alabama to Chicago. Micheal was enrolled at the Well Community Academy High School in Chicago before studying at the Goldman School of Drama, where he nurtured his dream of becoming an actor.
After his formal education at acting school, Michael Rooker began his acting career in 1986 when he made his first appearance in the film Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Sources report that he was given the opportunity to star in this film when he met the director, who was looking for a suitable cast for the film, and Michael immediately accepted to star in the film without worrying about whether the script was okay or not, since he only wanted to be in one movie. His role in the film earned him well-deserved recognition, and his popularity began to earn him other movie roles in films such as Eight Men Out, Mississippi Burning, and JFK.
The actor became more popular as he starred in action movies like The Days of Thunder, Cliffhanger, Tombstone, and Sea of Thunder. Michael was cast for the role of Yondu in the film Guardians of the Galaxy, a film from Marvel Studios directed by James Gunn. His performance in television series such as The Walking Dead as Merle Dixon in 14 episodes, Outlaw Country as Larkin’s Henchman, The Equalizer as Bill Whitaker, and Gideon Oliver as Detective John Quinn also earned him industry recognition.
Over the years, the American actor has made a successful career in his films, television series, and also in his appearances in video games. Although no details are available on his income per film, sources indicate that he is well paid for most of his roles, which has placed his net worth around $8 million with prospects for improvement as he is still in the film business.
The actor is also known for landing characters in video games such as Days of Thunder, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Lollipop Chainsaw, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Bucher Bay, and The Walking Dead: Survival Instincts.
Michael Rooker has won several awards for his films over the years, including the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actor for Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, which was awarded by the Seattle International Film Festival in 1990, and the Fantasy Postage for Best Actor in the same film in 1991. He also won two awards in 2014, including the Detroit Film Critics Society for Best Ensemble for the film Guardians of the Galaxy and the Nevada Film Critics Society Award Best Ensemble Cast for the same film.
Michael Rooker is happily married and is said to have married his flock, Margot Rooker, in 1979, exactly on June 22nd. Their beautiful union is blessed with two lovely daughters named Alynne Rooker and Gillian Rooker. The couple seems to live very happily together in their home in California and there are no rumors of divorce between them.
Other Interesting Facts About Michael Rooker
It is worth knowing that Michael has a high rank in karate because he earned his black belt.
He received several awards like the Satellite Award For Best in Cast in 2012 for the movie The Walking Dead. Michael Rooker has also received a Golden Space Needle Award and a Fantasporto Award.
Michael Rooker has maintained an athletic build over the years with a weight of about 90 kg to match his height of 5 feet 10 inches.
He has a strong online presence as he is active on several social networking platforms, with about 1.1 million followers on Facebook, 33K followers on Twitter, and more than 787K followers following him on Instagram.