Michael Rooker is an American actor known for his roles. He started acting several decades ago and is known for his many roles such as Henry in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986), Frank Terry Cruger in Sea of Love (1989), Bill Broussard in JFK (1991), Hal Tucker in Cliffhanger (1993), Jared Svenning in Mallrats (1995), Merle Dixon in AMC’s The Walking Dead, Yondu Udonta in Guardians of the Galaxy its sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Savant in The Suicide Squad.
Michael Rooker Age and Biography
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Michael Rooker was born on 6th April 1955 in Jasper, Alabama. He has siblings. When he was thirteen years old, his parents divorced and he moved with his mother and siblings to Chicago, Illinois. Rooker is 5 Feet 9 inches tall.
He attended Wells Community Academy High School and studied and later enrolled at the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University both in Chicago.
Rooker married Margot Rooker in 1979. They have two daughters and both reside in California. He practices the Kyokushin style of karate.
Michael Rooker Career
Rooker made his acting debut in 1986, portraying the title character in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Afterward, he was cast in films such as Eight Men Out, Mississippi Burning, and JFK. Rooker became more popular after appearing in action and thriller films such as Sea of Love, Days of Thunder, Cliffhanger, and Tombstone.
He was also cast as a guest in two episodes of the AMC television series The Walking Dead, where he played Merle Dixon, one of the survivors of a zombie apocalypse. After his guest appearance, he became part of the series regular cast for the third season.
Rooker portrayed Yondu in the Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy, and reprised the role in its sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. In addition, in 2021 he was cast in the film F9.
Michael Rooker Movies
Here are some of the film and television shows Rooker was featured in;
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Crime Story (1986), Light of Day, Rent-A-Cop (1987), The Walking Dead (2010-2013), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Robot Chicken, Seal Team (2017), True Detective, The Dark Tower, Bolden, Brightburn (2019), What If…?, Creepshow, The Suicide Squad, Vivo (2021), The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (2022), Fast X (2023), Horizon (TBA).
He was also featured in these videos games; The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (2004), Call of Duty: Black Ops, Days of Thunder (2011), Lollipop Chainsaw, Call of Duty: Black Ops II (2012), The Walking Dead: Survival (2014), Crime Boss: Rockay City (2023).
In 1986, Rooker received the Fantasporto Award for Best Actor, the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead, and a Golden Space Needle Award nomination for Best Actor.
Rooker received the 2017 Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Michael Rooker Net Worth
The American actor is currently worth an estimated sum of $4 million.