About Michael Rooker

Michael Rooker is a well known American actor who was popularly known for his famous movies and series where he was actively working since the year 1986.

Quick Info
Full NameMichael Rooker
Date of BirthApril 6, 1955
Birth PlaceJasper, Alabama, U.S.
Spouse(s)Margot Rooker ​(m. 1979)
Net worthUS $8 million

Personal Life and Relationship

Michael Rooker was born on April 6, 1955, in Jasper, Alabama, the U.S., where his parents divorced when he was in his age 13. Rooker has nine brothers and sisters as siblings. He is a black belt holder in the Kyokushin style of karate.

Rooker married Margot Rooker on June 22, 1979, where they gave birth to their two daughters.

Nationality and Physical Stats

Michael Rooker holds an American nationality and belongs to White ethnicity. He is currently 65 years old, with a height of 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) and 86 kg. He had got brown hair with blue eyes. As he was born on April 6, his zodiac sign is Aries.

Michael Rooker

Early Life and Education

After his parents divorced, Rooker and his siblings moved with his mother to Chicago, Illinois. After that, he joined Wells Community High School and later went to Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University.


Film Career

Michael Rooker started his film career after cast as Henry in an American psychological horror crime movie “Henry: Portrait of Serial Killer” in 1986. He received the Fantasporto Award for Best Actor and Golden Space Beedle Award for Best Actor. He was also able to earn a nomination for Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead. When he was offered this role, he didn’t care if the script was right or not. He just wanted to be cast in the movie at that time, where he received critical success, and he was known and attracted by many people.

In 1987, he was cast into an American musical drama movie “Light of Day” as an Oogie, and in the same year, he starred as Joe in an American thriller movie “Rent-a-Cop.” Later, he was seen playing the role of Arnold “Chick” Gandil in an American sports drama movie “Eight Men Out” in 1988, based on the book Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series. In that year, he also appeared in an American biographical crime thriller movie, “Mississippi Burning,” where he was seen playing Frank’s role.

In 1989, Michael Rooker was seen as Terry Cruger is an American neo-noir thriller movie “Sea of Love,” where Harold Becker directed it. He was also cast as Karchy Laszlo is an American crime drama movie “Music Box” in 1989. In 1990, he was seen playing Rowdy’s role in an American sports action drama movie “Days of Thunder.”

Likewise, Rooker was seen playing into the movies like “JFK” as Bill Broussard, “The Dark Half” as Sheriff Alan Pangborn, “Cliffhanger” as Ranger Hal Tucker, “Tombstone” as Sherman McMasters, “Suspicious” as Attendant, “The Hard Truth” as Jonah Mantz and “Mallrats” as Jared Svenning. Further, he was seen playing the role of Uncle Earle in an American drama movie “Bastard Out of Carolina “in the year 1996. In that year, he was also seen in Gary in the thriller movie “The Trigger Effect” and seen in as Bob Malone in another movie “Back to Back”.

Later, in the year 1997, Michael Rooker was seen as Bertrand in the movie “Song of Hiawatha” and also starred as Sheriff Walker in the historical drama movie “Rosewood.” Also, he was seen playing into the film like “Keys to Tulsa,” “Deceiver, “Shadow Builder,” “The Replacement Killers,” and “Brown’s Requiem.” He has also associated producer of the movie “Brown’s Requiem.”

Michael Rooker

 After that, Michael Rooker was seen as Matt Cooper in another action movie, “Renegade Force,” and later, he was seen in another “A Table for One,” where he was also co-executive producer of the movie. Last, he was seen playing into the film like “The Bone Collector,” “Table One, “Here on Earth,” “NewsBreak,” “The 6th Day”, “Replicant,” “Undisputed,” “The Box,” “The Eliminator,” “Chasing Ghosts,” “Repo! The Genetic Opera” which was not released, “Lenexa, 1 Mile”, “Slither,” “Whisper,”

“The Lena Baker Story,” “Jumper” “This Man’s Life,” “Super Capers,” “Penance,” “The Marine 2”, “Scott’s Dead,” “Freeway Killer,” “Blood Done Sign My Name,” “Cell 213”, “DC Showcase: Jonah Hex,” “Louis,” “Super,” “Atlantis Down,” “Mysteria,” “Elwood,” “The Lost Episode,” “Hypothermia,” “Brother’s Keeper,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Belko Experiment” and “Guardians of Galaxy Vol 2”. He also became able to receive the nomination for Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Also, he was seen in the movies, including “Bolden,” “Brightburn,” “Fantasy Island,” and “Love and Monsters.” He will also be seen in upcoming movies “F9” as Buddy, “The Suicide Squad” as Brian Durlin.

Television Career

Michael Rooker started his television career after being cast as Lieutenant in a crime drama television series “Crime Story” in 1986. After that, he was seen playing in the series including “The Equalizer, “Gideon Oliver,” “The Edge,” “L.A. Takedown, “Equal Justice,” “Afterburn,” “Fallen Angels” Johnny & Clyde,” “The Outer Limits,” “Hostage Rescue Team,” “Jeremiah,” “Tremors,” “Lucky,” “Stargate SG-1”, “CSI: Miami,” “On Thin Ice,” “Saving Jessica Lynch.”

Likewise, Michael Rooker appeared in series like “Skeleton,” “Las Vegas,” “Numb3rs”, “JAG,” “Thief,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Law & Order,” “Shark,” “Chuck,” “Humanzee!”, “Meteor,” “Criminal Minds,” “Psych,” “Burn Notice,” and “Matadors.” Later, he was cast as Merle Dixon in an American post-apocalyptic horror television series “The Walking Dead” for which he received Satellite Award for Best Cast television series.”

Further, he was seen playing in series like “The Walking Dead,” “Outlaw Country,” “Archer,” “Conan,” “Unlocked: The World of Games, Revealed,” “SEAL Team,” “Robot Chicken,” “True Detective” and “The Dark Tower.” In 2020, he was seen in an American travel series, “Ride with Norman Reedus.” He will also be seen providing his voice-over Yondu Udonta in an upcoming American movie, “What If…?”.

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Video Games

Michael Rooker was also seen in first-person action and the stealth video game “The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay” as Centurion and Jack in 2004. Later, he was also seen in video games like “Scarface: The World Is Yours,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” “Days of Thunder,” “Lollipop Chainsaw,” “Call of Buty: Black Ops II,” and “The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct.”  

Net Worth

The estimated net worth of Michael Rooker is $8 million.