Sam Rockwell

Known For
Acting

Gender
Female

Birthday
1968-11-05

Place of Birth
Daly City, California

Sam Rockwell

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).

1999
The Green Mile
8.4
1999
Galaxy Quest
7.0
1990
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
6.5
2010
Iron Man 2
6.8
2000
Charlie's Angels
5.7
2007
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
7.0
2002
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
6.7
2001
Heist
6.3
1992
Happy Hell Night
4.8
2007
Joshua
5.8
2008
Frost/Nixon
7.3
2009
Gentlemen Broncos
6.1
1997
Box of Moonlight
7.0
2003
Matchstick Men
7.0
2005
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
6.7
1989
Clownhouse
6.0
2002
Welcome to Collinwood
6.3
2009
Everybody's Fine
6.6
1998
Celebrity
6.0
1995
Glory Daze
5.5
1990
Last Exit to Brooklyn
6.5
1998
Lawn Dogs
7.5
2008
Choke
6.2
2008
Snow Angels
6.4
1992
Light Sleeper
6.3
2009
The Winning Season
6.5
1998
Safe Men
5.9
2010
Conviction
7.2
1991
Strictly Business
5.6
2009
Moon
7.6
2005
Piccadilly Jim
6.6
2011
Cowboys & Aliens
5.5
2009
G-Force
5.2
2011
The Sitter
5.4
1998
Jerry and Tom
6.5
2012
Seven Psychopaths
6.8
1995
Mercy
10.0
2015
Digging for Fire
5.3
1997
Drunks
0.0
2013
The Way Way Back
7.1
2014
Better Living Through Chemistry
5.9
2013
A Single Shot
5.8
2005
Robin's Big Date
6.4
2013
Trust Me
5.9
2013
Schooled: The Price of College Sports
7.0
2014
Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King
6.9
2015
Poltergeist
5.1
2014
Showing Up
9.8
2014
Laggies
6.1
2013
A Case of You
5.5
1996
Basquiat
6.8
2015
Don Verdean
4.5
2014
Loitering with Intent
4.4
2005
Nobody Wants Your Film
0.0
1997
Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground
7.1
2001
BigLove
6.7
2016
Mr. Right
6.4
1999
A Midsummer Night's Dream
6.4
1992
In the Soup
6.8
2017
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
8.2
2018
Woman Walks Ahead
6.6
2008
The Assassination of Jesse James: Death of an Outlaw
6.6
2009
I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale
7.3
1997
Arresting Gena
0.0
2018
Mute
5.6
2010
Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of Iron Man 2
5.0
2019
The Best of Enemies
0.0
2017
The Dark of Night
0.0
1992
Jack and His Friends
0.0
2002
13 Moons
5.8
1994
Somebody to Love
4.9
2018
Blue Iguana
6.6
2018
Vice
7.2
2005
Inside 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'
0.0
2018
Blaze
6.7
1969
The One and Only Ivan
0.0
2019
Jojo Rabbit
0.0
2020
Trolls World Tour
0.0
1969
The Adventures of Drunky
0.0
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