Sam Rockwell

Sam Rockwell


  • Known For: Acting
  • Birthday: 05-11-1968
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of Birth: Daly City, California, USA
  • Also Known As:

    Сэм Рокуэлл

  • Popularity: 5.56
  • Homepage: N/A


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).




Year Movie Character
2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind as Chuck Barris
2007 Joshua as Brad Cairn
2008 Choke as Victor Mancini
2009 The Winning Season as Bill
1998 Safe Men as Sam
2009 Moon as Sam Bell
2004 Piccadilly Jim as Jim Crocker
2009 G-Force as Darwin the Guinea Pig (voice)
2014 Better Living Through Chemistry as Douglas Varney
2013 A Single Shot as John Moon
2005 Robin's Big Date
2013 Schooled: The Price of College Sports as Narrator (voice)
2015 Poltergeist as Eric Bowen
2015 Don Verdean as Don Verdean
2018 Blue Iguana as Eddie
2020 The One and Only Ivan as Ivan (voice)
2009 Gentlemen Broncos as Bronco / Brutus
1996 Box of Moonlight as The Kid
2003 Matchstick Men as Frank Mercer
1997 Lawn Dogs as Trent Burns
2008 Snow Angels as Glenn Marchand
2010 Conviction as Kenny Waters
1998 Jerry and Tom as Jerry
2012 Seven Psychopaths as Billy Bickle
2001 BigLove as Nate
2019 The Best of Enemies as Claiborne Paul Ellis
1992 Jack and His Friends as Louie
1970 The Adventures of Drunky as Drunky
1970 The Heart
2017 Axis as Himself
1970 Untitled Merle Haggard Biopic as Merle Haggard
2007 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford as Charley Ford
2005 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as Zaphod Beeblebrox
2002 Welcome to Collinwood as Pero
1995 Glory Daze as Rob
1995 Mercy as Matty
2014 Laggies as Craig Hunter
2005 Nobody Wants Your Film
2016 Mr. Right as Mr. Right
2017 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as Jason Dixon
2018 Woman Walks Ahead as Silas Groves
2017 The Dark of Night as Officer Witt
1970 Untitled Ben Schwartz/Sam Rockwell Comedy
2001 Heist as Jimmy Silk
2008 Frost/Nixon as James Reston Jr.
2009 Everybody's Fine as Robert
2013 Trust Me as Aldo
2014 Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King as Justin Hammer
2014 Loitering with Intent as Wayne
2019 Richard Jewell as Watson Bryant
1999 Galaxy Quest as Guy Fleegman
2010 Iron Man 2 as Justin Hammer
2000 Charlie's Angels as Eric Knox
2015 Digging for Fire as Ray
2013 The Way Way Back as Owen
1997 Arresting Gena as Sonny
2019 Jojo Rabbit as Captain Klenzendorf
2005 Making of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' as Himself
1989 Clownhouse as Randy
2011 The Sitter as Karl
2014 Showing Up as Himself
2008 The Assassination of Jesse James: Death of an Outlaw as Himself
2018 Blaze as Oilman
2018 The Origins of Ebbing as Himself/''Dixon''
2010 F--k
1992 Happy Hell Night as Young Henry Collins
1991 Strictly Business as Gary
1992 Light Sleeper as Jealous
1997 Drunks as Tony
2013 A Case of You as Gary
2010 Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of Iron Man 2 as Himself
1994 Somebody to Love as Polish Guy
1999 The Green Mile as 'Wild Bill' Wharton
1989 Last Exit to Brooklyn as Al
1992 In the Soup as Pauli
2018 Mute as Sam Bell
2018 Vice as George W. Bush
2020 Trolls World Tour as Hickory (voice)
2011 Cowboys & Aliens as Doc
2009 I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale as Himself
2005 Inside 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' as Himself
1996 Basquiat as Thug
2019 Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary as Self
2002 13 Moons as Rick
1999 A Midsummer Night's Dream as Francis Flute
2001 Made as Hotel Clerk
1994 The Search for One-eye Jimmy as One-eye Jimmy
1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as Head Thug
1998 Celebrity as Darrow Entourage
1997 Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground as Man Eating (segment "Sax Cantor Riff")
2005 Domino
1970 Untitled Ben Schwartz/Sam Rockwell Comedy
2018 Blue Iguana
2009 The Winning Season
Photo Name Department
1997 Prince Street (6 episode)
2013 Drunk History (1 episode) as Bugsy Siegal
2015 The Late Late Show with James Corden (1 episode) as Himself
1975 Saturday Night Live (1 episode) as Himself - Host
2019 Fosse/Verdon (8 episode) as Bob Fosse
2015 Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter (2 episode) as Self
1953 The Academy Awards (1 episode) as Himself - Best Supporting Actor winner
2014 Off Camera with Sam Jones (1 episode) as Himself
1990 Law & Order (1 episode) as Randy Borland
1985 The Equalizer (1 episode) as Slick
2005 Unscripted (1 episode) as Himself
2019 Fosse/Verdon (8 episode) Production as (Executive Producer)

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