Sam Rockwell
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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).

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Sam Rockwell Movie Credits

The Green Mile

Character : 'Wild Bill' Wharton

Galaxy Quest

Character : Guy Fleegman

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Character : Head Thug


Iron Man 2

Character : Justin Hammer

Charlie's Angels

Character : Eric Knox

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Character : Charley Ford

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Character : Chuck Barris


Character : Jimmy Silk

Happy Hell Night

Character : Young Henry Collins


Character : Brad Cairn


Character : James Reston Jr.

Gentlemen Broncos

Character : Bronco / Brutus

Box of Moonlight

Character : The Kid

Matchstick Men

Character : Frank Mercer

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Character : Zaphod Beeblebrox


Character : Randy Collins

Welcome to Collinwood

Character : Pero

Everybody's Fine

Character : Robert


Character : Darrow Entourage

Glory Daze

Character : Rob

Last Exit to Brooklyn

Character : Al

Lawn Dogs

Character : Trent Burns


Character : Victor Mancini

Snow Angels

Character : Glenn Marchand

Light Sleeper

Character : Jealous

The Winning Season

Character : Bill

Safe Men

Character : Sam


Character : Kenny Waters

Strictly Business

Character : Gary


Character : Sam Bell

Piccadilly Jim

Character : Jim Crocker

Cowboys & Aliens

Character : Doc


Character : Darwin the Guinea Pig (voice)

The Sitter

Character : Karl

Jerry and Tom

Character : Jerry

Seven Psychopaths

Character : Billy Bickle


Character : Matty

Digging for Fire

Character : Ray


Character : Tony

The Way Way Back

Character : Owen

Better Living Through Chemistry

Character : Douglas Varney

A Single Shot

Character : John Moon

Robin's Big Date

Character : No character defined

Trust Me

Character : Aldo

Schooled: The Price of College Sports

Character : Narrator (voice)

Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King

Character : Justin Hammer


Character : Eric Bowen

Showing Up

Character : Himself


Character : Craig Hunter

A Case of You

Character : Gary


Character : Thug

Don Verdean

Character : Don Verdean

Loitering with Intent

Character : Wayne

Nobody Wants Your Film

Character : No character defined

Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground

Character : No character defined


Character : Nate

Mr. Right

Character : Mr. Right

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Character : Francis Flute

In the Soup

Character : Pauli

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Character : Jason Dixon

Woman Walks Ahead

Character : Silas Groves

The Assassination of Jesse James: Death Of An Outlaw

Character : Himself

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale

Character : Himself

Arresting Gena

Character : Sonny


Character : Sam Bell

Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of Iron Man 2

Character : Himself

The Best of Enemies

Character : Claiborne Paul Ellis

The Dark of Night

Character : Officer Witt

Jack and His Friends

Character : Louie

13 Moons

Character : Rick

Somebody to Love

Character : Polish Guy

Blue Iguana

Character : Eddie


Character : George W. Bush

Inside 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'

Character : Himself


Character : No character defined

The One and Only Ivan

Character : Ivan (voice)

Jojo Rabbit

Character : Captain Klenzendorf

Trolls World Tour

Character : (voice)

The Adventures of Drunky

Character : Drunky

Sam Rockwell Tv Credits

Prince Street

Character : No character defined

Drunk History

Character : Bugsy Siegal

The Late Late Show with James Corden

Character : Himself

Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

Character : No character defined

Saturday Night Live

Character : Himself - Host


Character : Bob Fosse