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. His performances in The Green Mile (1999) and Galaxy Quest (1999) wowed 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 is known for:

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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Character : Chuck Barris


Character : Brad Cairn


Character : Victor Mancini


The Winning Season

Character : Bill

Safe Men

Character : Sam


Character : Sam Bell

Piccadilly Jim

Character : Jim Crocker


Character : Darwin the Guinea Pig (voice)

Better Living Through Chemistry

Character : Douglas Varney

A Single Shot

Character : John Moon

Robin's Big Date

Character : The Bat-Man

Schooled: The Price of College Sports

Character : Narrator (voice)


Character : Eric Bowen

Don Verdean

Character : Don Verdean

Mr. Right

Character : Mr. Right

Blue Iguana

Character : Eddie

The Bad Guys

Character : Mr. Wolf (voice)

Gentlemen Broncos

Character : Bronco / Brutus

Box of Moonlight

Character : The Kid

Matchstick Men

Character : Frank Mercer

Glory Daze

Character : Rob

Lawn Dogs

Character : Trent Burns

Snow Angels

Character : Glenn Marchand


Character : Kenny Waters

Jerry and Tom

Character : Jerry

Seven Psychopaths

Character : Billy Bickle


Character : Nate

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Character : Jason Dixon

The Best of Enemies

Character : Claiborne Paul Ellis

Jack and His Friends

Character : Louie

The One and Only Ivan

Character : Ivan (voice)

The Adventures of Drunky

Character : Drunky

The Heart

Character : No character defined


Character : Himself

Untitled Merle Haggard Biopic

Character : Merle Haggard

See How They Run

Character : Inspector Stoppard

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Character : Charley Ford

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Character : Zaphod Beeblebrox

Welcome to Collinwood

Character : Pero


Character : Matty


Character : Craig Hunter

Nobody Wants Your Film

Character : No character defined

Woman Walks Ahead

Character : Silas Groves

The Dark of Night

Character : Officer Witt

Untitled Ben Schwartz/Sam Rockwell Comedy

Character : No character defined

Untitled Martin McDonagh Project

Character : No character defined


Character : Jimmy Silk


Character : James Reston Jr.

Everybody's Fine

Character : Robert

Cowboys & Aliens

Character : Doc

Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King

Character : Justin Hammer

Loitering with Intent

Character : Wayne


Character : George W. Bush

Richard Jewell

Character : Watson Bryant

Galaxy Quest

Character : Guy Fleegman

Iron Man 2

Character : Justin Hammer

Charlie's Angels

Character : Eric Knox

The Way Way Back

Character : Owen

Arresting Gena

Character : Sonny

Jojo Rabbit

Character : Captain Klenzendorf

Making of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'

Character : Himself


Character : Randy

The Sitter

Character : Karl

Showing Up

Character : Self

The Assassination of Jesse James: Death Of An Outlaw

Character : Himself

The Origins of Ebbing

Character : Himself/''Dixon''


Character : Sam

Inside Jojo Rabbit

Character : Self

Happy Hell Night

Character : Young Henry Collins

Strictly Business

Character : Gary


Character : No character defined


Character : Narrator

Light Sleeper

Character : Jealous


Character : Tony

Trust Me

Character : Aldo

A Case of You

Character : Gary

Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of Iron Man 2

Character : Himself

The Green Mile

Character : 'Wild Bill' Wharton

Last Exit to Brooklyn

Character : Al

In the Soup

Character : Pauli


Character : Sam Bell

Trolls World Tour

Character : Hickory (voice)

Don't Crash: The Documentary of the Making of the Movie of the Book of the Radio Series of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'

Character : Self

Digging for Fire

Character : Ray

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale

Character : Himself

Inside 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'

Character : Self


Character : Thug

Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary

Character : Self

13 Moons

Character : Rick

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Character : Francis Flute


Character : Hotel Clerk

The Search for One-eye Jimmy

Character : One-eye Jimmy


Character : Oilman 3

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Character : Head Thug


Character : Darrow Entourage

Walking the Mile: The Making of The Green Mile

Character : Self (uncredited)

Somebody to Love

Character : Polish Guy

Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground

Character : Man Eating (segment "Sax Cantor Riff")

Sam Rockwell Tv Credits

Prince Street

Character : No character defined

Drunk History

Character : Bugsy Siegal

The Late Late Show with James Corden

Character : Himself

Saturday Night Live

Character : Self - Host / Various


Character : Bob Fosse

Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

Character : Self

The Oscars

Character : Self

Off Camera with Sam Jones

Character : Self

Law & Order

Character : Randy Borland

The Equalizer

Character : Slick


Character : Himself

Home Movie: The Princess Bride

Character : Westley

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Character : Self

Law & Order

Character : Officer Weddeker