Mickey Rourke
American actor
Mickey Rourke
Philip Andre "Mickey" Rourke, Jr. is an American actor, screenwriter and retired boxer, who has appeared primarily as a leading man in action, drama, and thriller films. During the 1980s, Rourke starred in Diner, Rumble Fish, and the erotic drama 9½ Weeks, and received critical praise for his work in Barfly and Angel Heart. In 1991, Rourke, who had trained as a boxer in his early years, left acting and became a professional boxer for a time.
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A Letter To Tupac Shakur, 20 Years Later
Huffington Post - 5 months
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Dear Tupac: There is a lot I want to say to you, so much so that I do not know where to begin. There is rarely a day or week that I do not think about your life, and your death, since that fateful day on Friday, September 13, 1996. I have tried, at times, and with great failure, to block you out of my head, to ignore the people who've asked me mad questions about you, about the circumstances of your death. I've been utterly frustrated, even, when it felt, during these past twenty years, like my life, in some ways, and for whatever reasons, is at least partially linked to yours. Maybe I should simply start at the beginning. When I first heard of you, it was when your debut album, "2Pacalypse Now," had just been released. We were still in what we now call the Golden Era of hip-hop, when an incredible and diverse range of rap music was being produced, it felt, every single month, from one new artist or another. At the time, groups like N.W.A and ...
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Helen Mirren, Jane Fonda, Blythe Danner, and Charlotte Rampling: Iconic Actors in Juicy Roles for Women
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Harvey Weinstein threw a swell party for Helen Mirren this week at House of Elyx, a chic loft in the Meatpacking District that Mickey Rourke used to own. Standing and greeting guests for two hours, Mirren chatted with admirers of her work in Woman in Gold, based on the true story of Maria Altmann, who with her lawyer E. Randol Schoenberg took on the Austrian government to regain Klimt's famous painting, Nazi-held loot in the Holocaust. The drink of the night: a special cocktail with a gold leaf and Absolut Elyx served in old-fashioned champagne glasses. Mirren talks clothes: she wore a floral Dolce & Gabbana shape hugging sheath, the better to be seen, she said, among the sea of black that marks a New York social event. She talks human rights: reminding a clutch of fans of her speech at the Gotham Awards where she segued from marital sex to the plight of the poet Ashraf Fayadh in Saudi Arabia sentenced to death for his writing. "I was among people of influence," she explained, and u ...
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Creed
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"Why would you pick a fighter's life if you didn't have to," asks the old, retired ex-boxer Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). He would know. The life, it ain't easy. Yet as he stares into the eyes of Apollo Creed's son Adonis (Michael B. Jordan), somewhere inside he knows the answer. His reservations and the young man's unbridled fighting spirit are the push-and-pull that drives this surprisingly compelling film that's a descendant of Rocky, the highest grossing film of 1976 and winner of an Oscar for Best Picture. 40 years later a pugilist's story is still a draw. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures) Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan co-star in Creed. Sylvester Stallone has written six Rocky films. The difference with this chapter is that the idea, story and script is the brainchild of the very bright and innovative writer/director Ryan Coogler, who won a bevy of awards for his directing debut Fruitvale Station. The creation of the character Adonis "Creed" Johns ...
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Mickey Rourke: I almost committed suicide
Fox News - over 1 year
Mickey Rourke owes his life to one of his beloved dogs.
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Action Cult Classic ‘Harley Davidson and The Marlboro Man’ To Hit Blu-ray On May 19th!
Icon vs. Icon - almost 2 years
This spring, rev up your engines and get ready to relive the explosive action, daring stunts and high-octane thrills when the 1991 action smash hit HARLEY DAVIDSON AND THE MARLBORO MAN arrives for the first time on Blu-ray on May 19, 2015 from Shout! Factory. Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, Sin City) and Don Johnson (A Boy and His Dog, TV’s Miami […]
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That Time Mickey Rourke Shushed Anna Faris' Baby For Crying On A Plane
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Anna Faris knows firsthand the struggles of flying with a baby. In a Tuesday appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the actress recalls traveling to London to visit her husband Chris Pratt while he was shooting "Guardians of the Galaxy" with their then-infant, Jack. Jack was making some noises, as babies do, she explained. "Not screaming, not crying, just being adorable, I thought... But I'm also sweating because you know everyone is hating me around me." And then, came the dreaded "shush" from another passenger. "I look over and it's Mickey Rourke," Faris told Kimmel. "I was already so nervous before, knowing that everyone hated me, then to have Mickey Rourke confirm that... didn't feel great!" Note to passengers and Mickey Rourke's everywhere: Leave the parents alone. They're doing their best! @media only screen and (min-width : 500px) {.ethanmobile { display: none; }} Like Us On Facebook | Follow Us On Twitter | Contact HuffPost Parents
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WATCH: Six Of 'Homefront' Star Jason Statham's Best Fight Scenes
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Jason Statham has come a long way since he was one of the UK's most prolific competitive divers, spending over a decade on the national team, before making his mark in Guy Ritchie's 'Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' in 1998. Next week sees the release of his latest action-flick, 'Homefront'. Penned by Sylvester Stallone, Statham plays a former drug enforcement agent, who opts for a quiet life, until peril, in the form of a local meth druglord comes calling. We chart Statham's journey to present status as one of the big screen's go-to actors for anything requiring energetic action sequences, undilted aggression and - when the occasion requires - a whole load of buffed up brawn... 1. The Transporter (2002) Jason was cast as the lead role for the action movie 'The Transporter'. Written by Luc Besson, the film tells the story of a man whose job is to deliver packages without asking any questions. One day, he breaks those rules... There have since been two sequels, Transporter 2 ...
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'The Counselor' Review: What Is This Movie?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
-- Somewhere deep into "The Counselor," I found myself mesmerized by a metaphysical monologue from one of the characters — someone who sounded strikingly similar to my college philosophy professor — and trying to figure out exactly what he meant, and how it related to the person he was saying it to. But then I realized I had more basic questions, as in, wait, who IS this guy? Where did he come from? Did I miss something? If that kind of experience would bother you, be forewarned. There's lots and lots of talk in Ridley Scott's latest film, which boasts a high-powered cast and also the first original screenplay by author Cormac McCarthy. But that talk doesn't always clarify what's happening onscreen. Sometimes, it seems like it's coming from another movie, or somewhere else entirely. And then, to move on to simpler stuff, this movie also features what's gotta be the yuckiest sex scene in recent cinematic history. Talk of this scene, which unites actress Cameron Diaz and, um, a car w ...
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First look: Tough guys take over 'Skin Traffik' poster
USA Today - over 3 years
Upcoming action film features Mickey Rourke, Michael Madsen and British star Gary Daniels.
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I Got 39 Problems... but Oprah Ain't One
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Let me say it right up front. I'm not an economist. So I can't pretend to know how the southern California economy fared when Lee Daniels' The Butler closed production. I only pray that the 39 credited producers on the film have been able to find meaningful employment after this gig ended. That's right. Thirty-nine. Thirty-nine producers (and that doesn't even count the Weinstein brothers or Oprah, who I have to believe could order any of those 39 to fetch them a cappuccino). Up until now, film fans would most associate "39," in descending order with Alfred Hitchcock's steps, Renee Zellweger's case, and the Tenacious D song that doesn't actually appear in Pick of Destiny. But from now on, we have something new to think of. Here's my weekly review of the new, and almost new, playing in your area theaters. But first, a note on this week's trailers: I love Spike Jonze and am always excited when he has a new movie out, even though Her appears to be derived from a Big Bang Theo ...
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Gregory Weinkauf: The Incredible Lou Ferrigno Brings The Liberator to Comic-Con -- and to the Free World
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Who else but Lou Ferrigno could stir up a project like The Liberator -- a perfect storm of awesomeness. A multi-media franchise with potential to burn, The Liberator focuses on Mr. Ferrigno as Ed Migliocetti -- a.k.a. "The Liberator," a scientifically-enhanced superhero who, after many triumphant missions, has been scapegoated and discarded, and seeks to reclaim both his own honor and the trust and transparency of the free world. A high-profile whistle-blower not unlike Edward Snowden (albeit significantly larger), the character of the Liberator is first and foremost a complex man of strong feelings, yet in the public eye he's become a traitor, the disgraced former leader of a government-backed superhero team who served outwardly as goodwill ambassadors -- and covertly as black-ops agents -- until a mission went bad and he took the fall. Now he's back with an axe to grind and a world to save. Sure, growly Christian Bale tried to play the kinda-sorta senior "Dark Knight" ...
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Aaron Strumwasser: Are Superhero Movies Serious?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Moviegoers over 13 years old seem to have stopped going to superhero movies for fantasy and started going for psychological realism. I myself never stopped going for fantasy, but the seriousness with which many people, including reviewers at the New Yorker, often take these movies is beginning to worry me. The trailer for Man of Steel seems to promise us such a blandly formulaic product that I almost want to see it, if only to hear what all the Walter Mitty psychotherapists say when they come out of the theater. Perhaps the origins of this issue lie in the degree to which many moviegoers are fascinated by the origins of superheroes If my neighbor comes to my door and shows me that blades can burst out of his knuckles, I'm going to be shocked and demand that he explain to me how he came to be able to do that. But if I see such an ability displayed on a movie screen, I'm ready to take it for granted. I'm ready to see Wolverine do his thing. Some readers may snicker ...
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William Bradley: Icons of an Era
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Everything is achievable through technology. Better living, robust health. And for the first time in human history, the possibility of World Peace. So from all of us here at Stark Industries, I'd like to introduce you to the City of The Future. "Technology holds infinite possibilities for mankind and will one day rid society of all its ills ... " -- Howard Stark (portrayed with trademark insouciance by Mad Men star John Slattery) introduction to the 1974 Stark Expo replayed by son Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) to open the present-day Stark Expo in Iron Man 2. It's highly debatable that every era gets the political leaders it deserves. More likely is that every era gets the cinematic icons it deserves. Or at least wants. In this era, with movies more globalized and insistently present in the culture than ever, three iconic cinematic figures are very much front and center, their latest movie outings from last year and this in the all-time top 10 in worldwide ...
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Star Spotting: The Wanted's Max George Fist-Pumped With Mickey Rourke, And It's As Epic As You'd Expect (PHOTO)
MTV News - over 3 years
Max George fist-pumping with Mickey Rourke is a STUNNING sight.  First, we'll have to call a teeeeny tiny late pass on the above photo of The Wanted's Max George "Jersey Shore"-style fist pumping with -- wait for it -- MICKEY ROURKE!! You know, the tough guy actor from "The Wrestler" who made you cry? (And who did seriously naughty kitchen stuff with Kim Basinger in "Nine 1/2 Weeks"?) Right, him. And yes, this photo happened like a day or so ago, but then again, would you have wanted us to just pretend it never happened? Because then you'd be living in a world where you didn't know that boy banders partied with old(er) actors who wear beanies, and that would be a very sad world. So actually, you should thank us. The Buffalo Jeans model hit up Rose Club where, after presumably a few beverages, he ran into Mickey Rourke and Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe. While we don't know the exact exchange that went down between this incredible posse, we have a feeling Mickey was like "Max! I'm lovin ...
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Star-Studded Project Gets Delayed
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Fans of stylized Frank Miller films will be disappointed to know that another of the author's anticipated sequels, "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," has now been pushed back, this time to Aug. 22, 2014. The "Sin City" follow-up was previously slated for release this October. The move comes just one month after "300: Rise of an Empire," also based on Miller's work, was postponed from this August until March 7, 2014. Dimension Films gave no reason for the "Sin City" delay. The Robert Rodriguez-directed sequel had been gestating for quite some time before finally beginning production in October 2012. "A Dame to Kill For" will be largely based on Miller's second entry in the comic-book series but will incorporate new plotlines written for the movie. The sequel finds Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Dennis Haysbert, Christopher Meloni, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven and others joining Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson and Jaime King, all of ...
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Heather Wagner: Cooking The Brooks
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Note: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Season 8, Episode 2 of Bravo's "Real Housewives of Orange County," titled "Evil Eyes and Evil Faces." Spring is here at last, and just as the heady scent of lilac and peony floats through the fading April twilight, so does the whiff of competing spray tans blanket the Dubrow lawn. It's fancy clambake night in the OC, so pull up your Victorian-era chair to the double-wide dining room table and let's get this "party" started. Vicki ambles across the green grass, her face an expressionless smudge, as Tamra chants "awkward" like an ancient Celtic rune. According to Vicki's interview, the prospect of seeing Tamra strikes her as "crap." Apparently Tamra will not take ownership of a considerable amount of smack-talking about Vicki and her sweetheart Brooks, as well as other unnamed acts of Coto de Caza malfeasance. At long last, the two frenemies meet face to (puffy) face. Vicki orders champagne, Tamra purses her glossy lips, an ...
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Brian McKnight Returns With New Album, & New Sex Themes
Huffington Post - about 4 years
After professing his admiration for a woman’s “physiology” on the sexually infused track, “If You’re Ready To Learn,” Brian McKnight is ready to shift back to his conventional sound with the release of, “More Than Words.” Tentatively set to hit stores on April 2, McKnight’s eOne Music release features 16 tracks and marks his first new album in two years. During a recent interview with the Huffington Post, the “Anytime” crooner shared details on the project, in addition to his thoughts on possible repercussions stemming from the controversial adult track. Last year you admitted that you had no desire to release another album ever again. What changed your mind? I really didn’t think I would have this much to say anytime soon. And when the label came to me to say, “would you like to do another record,” I said, “Well I got these sixteen songs sitting here, so let’s do it.” And that was pretty much it...I never stopped writing, it’s just the way that the business is no ...
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Sheila Moeschen: 5 Life Lessons From Liz Lemon
Huffington Post - about 4 years
In seven years, 30 Rock's Elizabeth Miervaldis Lemon has shared a lot with us (probably too much). She made us laugh and helped us grow; she taught us that it's "never too late for now" and urged us, John Keating-style, to see the world with fresh eyes. Yes, Lemon, sometimes the buildings of New York City do look like giant robot penises. Always the principled feminist, ("I support women! I'm like a human bra!") Lemon served as a role model for women everywhere. She has lived life on her own dubious terms and now you can too! Here are some Liz Lemon life lessons for women: On Food A healthy relationship to unhealthy food is the cornerstone of a woman's self-worth. Proper nutrition is for nerds and Mickey Rourke. Cheesy Blasters are the stuff of champions! Embrace your love of Sabor de Soledad corn chips. Though they're made with bull semen, the false positives they cause on home pregnancy tests are well worth the trade off for shiny, luxurious hair. A lady is not afraid to ...
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Martin Newman: Jack Reacher Is Kicking Ass at the Box Office but What Are the Best Ever Movie Punch-Ups?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
In new action blockbuster Jack Reacher, Tom Cruise is surrounded by thugs when he gives a calm, chilling appraisal of their situation: "Remember, you wanted this". What comes next is a predictable staple of just about every Hollywood action flick made today. And in a market crowded with such franchises, making these fight scenes bigger and badder than anything before is a continual challenge for writers and choreographers. But what really makes a memorable movie punch-up? The James Bond films set a standard for the tough-guy butt-kicker and since the advent of Hong Kong martial arts movies the model has been refined and reiterated over the decades. New film franchises like the Die Hard, Mission Impossible, Matrix, Batman and Bourne series have kept the box office ticking over. But they have also become dangerously generic. Whether it's Daniel Craig or Matt Damon you always know the brutal outcome. They are heroes who don't break a sweat enroute to battering ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mickey Rourke
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  • 2015
    Age 62
    In 2015, Rourke expressed his support for Ben Carson for the Republican presidential nomination.
    More Details Hide Details He also denounced Republican frontrunner Donald Trump as a "bully". In addition to his faith, Rourke has publicly attributed his comeback to his dogs. He is well known as a pet lover, particularly fond of small-breed dogs. A spay/neuter advocate, Rourke participated in a protest outside a pet shop in 2007 and has done a public service announcement for PETA. His first little dog was reportedly a gift from his second wife. Though Rourke's dogs are generally referred to as "chihuahuas", some are not purebred. Loki, his most-publicized dog whom he described as "the love of my life", was a chihuahua-terrier mix. So reliant was Rourke on Loki's companionship, he spent US$5,400 to have her flown to England while he was on the set of the film Stormbreaker.
  • 2014
    Age 61
    In 2014 Dutt announced he was producing and writing a novelization inspired by an undeveloped script for a movie that Rourke wrote entitled Wild Horses which was eventually released in Fall 2015.
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    On Friday, November 28, 2014, Rourke briefly returned to the boxing ring and fought 29-year-old Elliot Seymour in Moscow, Russia.
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    In an appearance on the August 12, 2014, episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Rourke further elucidated that he had purchased the T-shirt because the proceeds were going to benefit an ill Ukrainian boy in need of an operation.
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    In August 2014, Rourke came under scrutiny for purchasing and wearing a T-shirt bearing the likeness of Russian President Vladimir Putin at a time when most of the Western world was criticizing and sanctioning Russia for its alleged violations of Ukrainian sovereignty.
    More Details Hide Details When questioned by the press, Rourke explained: "If I didn't like him, I wouldn't buy the T-shirt, believe me. I met him a couple of times and he was a real gentleman. A very cool, regular guy. Looked me right in the eye. Good guy."
    In early 2014 British author Saurav Dutt (who wrote two biographies on the actor) announced he was writing a novelization of an unproduced Mickey Rourke project entitled Wild Horses closely resembling Rourke's own unwritten screenplay about two brothers, closely resembling both Rourke and his brother Joey who died from cancer in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The book is scheduled to have a fall 2014 release.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 58
    Otis and writer Hugo Schwyzer co-authored Beauty, Disrupted: A Memoir, an autobiography that detailed Otis' marriage to Rourke that was published in October 2011 by HarperCollins.
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    In 2011 Rourke was cast in the film Java Heat as an American citizen shadowing terrorist groups in Java, Indonesia.
    More Details Hide Details The film was released in 2013.
  • 2010
    Age 57
    In 2010, he appeared in a Dutch TV Commercial for Bavaria Beer.
    More Details Hide Details Rourke appeared as a gangster in the music video for "Hero" by Enrique Iglesias. Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt also made an appearance in the clip. Rourke also provided the mid-song rap on the David Bowie song "Shining Star (Makin' My Love)" on his album Never Let Me Down (1987). Rourke has been the subject of two extensive biographies on his life and career Stand Alone: The Films of Mickey Rourke and Hollywood Outlaw: The Life of Mickey Rourke both were written by British author Saurav Dutt.
  • 2009
    Age 56
    More recently, in 2009, Rourke voiced the character of Dick Marcinko for the biographical video game Rogue Warrior, which was released on December 1, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Ironically, Rourke's portrayal of Marcinko was a source of humorous praise from a few critics (although many others criticized Rourke's role to the same degree that they did every other aspect of the game).
    About a month later, on February 16, 2009, Loki died in Rourke's arms at the age of 18.
    More Details Hide Details According to Rotten Tomatoes, Rourke's most "fresh" film is The Wrestler and most "rotten" film is Wild Orchid. Mickey Rourke films that rated as "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes. Mickey Rourke films which rate "good" on Metacritic. Christopher Walken stated to the Film Comment on August, 1992 that it was destiny to make Homeboy with Mickey Rourke: Rourke made his stage debut in a revival of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge. He lent his voice to the video games Driv3r (2004) as Jericho and True Crime: New York City (2005) as Terrence "Terry" Higgins, which was the his fifth and last work with actor Christopher Walken. He also appeared in a Japanese TV commercial for Suntory Reserve (early '90s) and a commercial for Daihatsu and Lark cigarettes.
    In addition to those dogs and several other past pets, Rourke currently owns a chihuahua named Jaws who appeared with him in his 2009 PETA ad, as well as in the film Once Upon a Time in Mexico.
    More Details Hide Details He has had as many as seven dogs at one time, back in 2005. At the time of his Golden Globes tribute to his pets, Rourke owned five chihuahuas: Loki, Jaws, Ruby Baby, La Negra and Bella Loca.
    The day of the 2009 Golden Globes show, he told Barbara Walters that "I sort of self-destructed and everything came out about 14 years ago or so... the wife had left, the career was over, the money was not an ounce.
    More Details Hide Details The dogs were there when no one else was there." Asked by Walters if he had considered suicide, he responded:
    Rourke gave his dogs credit during his Golden Globe Best Actor acceptance speech January 11, 2009: "I'd like to thank all my dogs.
    More Details Hide Details The ones that are here, the ones that aren't here anymore because sometimes when a man's alone, that's all you got is your dog. And they've meant the world to me."
    In January 2009, Rourke expressed admiration for Bush in an interview with GQ magazine.
    More Details Hide Details He also expressed his astonishment that Islamic fundamentalists were allowed to continue their activities in the UK after the 7 July 2005 London bombings.
    In 2009 he voiced protagonist US Navy SEAL Dick Marcinko in the video game Rogue Warrior.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010 Rourke played the role of the main villain Whiplash in the film Iron Man 2. In an interview with Rip It Up magazine he revealed that he prepared for the role by visiting Russian jail inmates. He also had a minor role as Tool in Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables. Though he had little screen time, his performance was met with rave reviews and cited as one of the film's highlights. He was unavailable, however, to reprise the role in The Expendables 2, though he was reportedly in talks to return for a possible third film. In 2013 it was confirmed that Rourke would not appear in The Expendables 3. The producer of the film, Avi Lerner, had originally said Rourke was welcome back to the franchise if he "didn't act too crazy", but his behavior must not have changed as he was nowhere to be seen on the cast and crew production list.
    In 2009 Rourke starred in John Rich's music video for Shuttin' Detroit Down alongside Kris Kristofferson.
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    In early 2009, Rourke developed a small feud with WWE wrestler Chris Jericho, as part of a storyline.
    More Details Hide Details The storyline climaxed at WrestleMania XXV, when Rourke knocked out Jericho with a left hook after Jericho won his match against Jimmy Snuka, Ricky Steamboat, and Roddy Piper, with Ric Flair in their corner.
  • 2008
    Age 55
    Rourke had a role in the film version of The Informers, playing Peter, an amoral former studio security guard who plots to kidnap a small child. In 2008 Rourke played the lead in Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, winner of the Golden Lion Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, about washed-up professional wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson.
    More Details Hide Details Regarding first reading the screenplay, he stated that he originally "didn't care for it". He also spoke on personal concern and hesitance of being in a film about wrestling, for he perceived it as being "pre-arranged and pre-choreographed". However, as he trained for the film, he developed an appreciation and respect for what real-life pro wrestlers do to prepare for the ring: He trained under former WWE wrestler Afa the Wild Samoan for the part, and has received a British Academy (BAFTA) award, a Golden Globe award, an Independent Spirit Award, and an Oscar nomination as Best Actor. Rourke was pessimistic about his chances to win the Oscar, as he had burned many bridges in Hollywood as a result of his past behavior. Rourke lost the Oscar to Sean Penn, while Penn did acknowledge Rourke in his acceptance speech.
  • 2006
    Age 53
    Chocolate returned to Rourke and died in 2006.
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    In June 2006, Rourke publicly gave his support to US President George W. Bush and the Iraq War.
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  • 2004
    Age 51
    In addition, in 2004, Rourke provided the voice for "Jericho" in the third installment of the Driver video game series.
    More Details Hide Details Rourke also recently appeared in a 40-page story by photographer Bryan Adams for Berlin's Zoo Magazine. In an article about Rourke's return to steady acting roles, entitled "Mickey Rourke Rising" Christopher Heard stated that actors/musicians Tupac Shakur, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, and Brad Pitt have "animated praise for Rourke and his work". During a roundtable session of Oscar-nominated actors held by Newsweek, Brad Pitt cited Rourke as one of his early acting heroes along with Sean Penn and Gary Oldman. Despite having withdrawn from acting at various points, and having made films that he now sees as a creative "sellout" (the action film Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man), Rourke has stated that "all that I have been through has made me a better, more interesting actor". Rourke's renewed interest in pursuing acting can be seen in his statement that "my best work is still ahead of me".
  • FORTIES
  • 2002
    Age 49
    Beau Jack sired two of Rourke's later pets, Loki and her littermate Chocolate. Beau Jack died in 2002, although Rourke reportedly gave him 45 minutes of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
    More Details Hide Details Chocolate was the subject of a children's book, Chocolate at the Four Seasons, about his temporary stay with producer Bonnie Timmerman.
    In 2002 he took the role of The Cook in Jonas Åkerlund's Spun, teaming up once again with Eric Roberts.
    More Details Hide Details His first collaborations with directors Robert Rodriguez and Tony Scott, in Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Man on Fire, respectively, were in smaller roles. Nonetheless, these directors subsequently decided to cast Rourke in lead roles in their next films. In 2005, Rourke made his comeback in mainstream Hollywood circles with a lead role—Marv—in Robert Rodriguez's adaptation of Frank Miller's Sin City. Rourke received awards from the Chicago Film Critics Association, the IFTA, and the Online Film Critics Society, as well as Man of the Year from Total Film magazine that year. Rourke followed Sin City with a supporting role in Tony Scott's Domino alongside Keira Knightley, in which he played a bounty hunter. Rourke played the role of "The Blackbird" in an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's Killshot, and appeared as Darrius Sayle in the adaptation of the Alex Rider novel Stormbreaker.
  • 2001
    Age 48
    In 2001 Rourke appeared as the villain in Enrique Iglesias's music video for "Hero", which also featured Jennifer Love Hewitt.
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  • 1997
    Age 44
    He also had a lead role in 1997's Double Team, which co-starred martial arts actor Jean-Claude Van Damme and former NBA player Dennis Rodman.
    More Details Hide Details It was Rourke's first over-the-top action film role, in which he played the lead villain. During that same year, he filmed Another 9½ Weeks, a sequel to 9½ Weeks, which received only limited distribution. He ended the 1990s with the direct-to-video films Out in Fifty, Shades and television film Shergar, about the kidnapping of Epsom Derby-winning thoroughbred racehorse Shergar. Rourke has expressed his bitterness over that period of his career, stating that he came to consider himself a "has-been" and lived for a time in "a state of shame".
  • THIRTIES
  • 1992
    Age 39
    Otis married Rourke on June 26, 1992. In 1994 Rourke was arrested for spousal abuse. The charges were later dropped. The couple reconciled and also starred together in Exit in Red, but their marriage ended in December 1998.
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  • 1991
    Age 38
    In 1991 Rourke decided that he "had to go back to boxing" because he felt that he "was self-destructing... and had no respect for as an actor".
    More Details Hide Details Rourke was undefeated in eight fights, with six wins (four by knockout) and two draws. He fought internationally in countries including Spain, Japan, and Germany. During his boxing career, Rourke suffered a number of injuries, including a broken nose, toe, and ribs, a split tongue, and a compressed cheekbone. He also suffered from short term memory loss. His trainer during most of his boxing career was Hells Angels member, actor, and celebrity bodyguard Chuck Zito. Freddie Roach also trained Rourke for seven fights. Rourke's entrance song into the ring was often Guns 'N' Roses' "Sweet Child o' Mine" (referenced in his film The Wrestler, in which Rourke's character enters his final match of the film to the song playing over the loudspeakers). Boxing promoters said that Rourke was too old to succeed against top-level fighters. Indeed, Rourke himself admits that entering the ring was a sort of personal test: "I just wanted to give it a shot, test myself that way physically, while I still had time." Rourke's boxing career resulted in a notable physical change in the 1990s, as his face needed reconstructive surgery to mend his injuries. His face was later called "appallingly disfigured". In 2009, the actor told The Daily Mail that he had gone to "the wrong guy" for his surgery, and that his plastic surgeon had left his features "a mess".
    In 1991 he starred in the box office bomb Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man as Harley Davidson, a biker whose best friend, Marlboro, was played by Don Johnson.
    More Details Hide Details In his last role before departing for the boxing ring, Rourke played an arms dealer chased by Willem Dafoe and Samuel L. Jackson in White Sands, a film noir that reviewers found stylish but incoherent. Rourke's acting career eventually became overshadowed by his personal life and career decisions. Directors such as Alan Parker found it difficult to work with him. Parker stated that "working with Mickey is a nightmare. He is very dangerous on the set because you never know what he is going to do." In a documentary on the special edition DVD of Tombstone, actor Michael Biehn, who plays the part of Johnny Ringo, mentions that his role was first offered to Rourke. Rourke is said to have turned down several roles in high-profile films, including 48 Hrs. Platoon, Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, Rain Man, The Silence of the Lambs, and Pulp Fiction.
  • 1989
    Age 36
    The marriage ended in 1989, with Rourke subsequently commenting that making the film 9½ Weeks "was not particularly considerate to my wife's needs."
    More Details Hide Details The two have remained good friends, according to an interview Feuer gave in 2009. Wild Orchid co-star Carré Otis was briefly a cause célèbre following the release of the film owing to rumors that she and then-lover Rourke filmed an unsimulated sex scene.
    In 1989 Rourke starred in the docudrama Francesco, portraying St. Francis of Assisi.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by Wild Orchid, another critically panned film, which gained him a nomination for a Razzie award (also for Desperate Hours).
  • 1987
    Age 34
    In 1987 Rourke appeared in Angel Heart.
    More Details Hide Details The film was nominated for several awards. It was seen as controversial by some owing to a sex scene involving Cosby Show cast member Lisa Bonet, who won an award for her part in the film. Although some of Rourke's work was viewed as controversial in the US, he was well received by European, and especially French, audiences, who loved the "rumpled, slightly dirty, sordid... rebel persona" that he projected in Year of the Dragon, 9½ Weeks, Angel Heart, and Desperate Hours. Director Adrian Lyne said that had Mickey died after the release of Angel Heart, he would have become a bigger phenomenon than James Dean. In the late 1980s, Rourke performed with David Bowie on the Never Let Me Down album. Around the same time he also wrote his first screenplay, Homeboy, a boxing tale in which he starred.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1981
    Age 28
    Rourke has dated several celebrities, including Terry Farrell and Sasha Volkova. He has been married twice. In 1981 he married Debra Feuer, whom he met on the set of Hardcase (1981) and who co-starred with him in Homeboy (1988) as his love interest.
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    However, it was in 1981, with his portrayal of an arsonist in Body Heat, that Rourke first received significant attention, despite his modest time on screen.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he drew further critical accolades for his portrayal as the suave compulsive gambler "Boogie" Sheftell in Barry Levinson's Diner, in which Rourke co-starred, alongside Paul Reiser, Daniel Stern, Steve Guttenberg, Tim Daly and Kevin Bacon; the National Society of Film Critics named him Best Supporting Actor that year. Soon thereafter, Rourke starred in Rumble Fish, Francis Ford Coppola's follow-up to The Outsiders. Rourke's performance in the film The Pope of Greenwich Village alongside Daryl Hannah and Eric Roberts also caught the attention of critics, although the film was not financially successful. In the mid-1980s, Rourke earned himself additional leading roles. His role alongside Kim Basinger in the erotic drama 9½ Weeks helped him gain sex symbol status. He received critical praise for his work in Barfly as the alcoholic writer Henry Chinaski (the literary alter ego of Charles Bukowski) and in Year of the Dragon.
  • 1980
    Age 27
    Doherty, a Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) member, was wanted by UK authorities for his part in an ambush using an M60 machine gun which killed a member of Britain's elite Special Air Service in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details Doherty was later arrested and charged for his part in the attack but escaped with seven other prisoners after holding a prison officer hostage and engaging in a shoot-out with members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary. Doherty was eventually imprisoned in the UK, but was later released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.
    He played Ritchie, Dennis Christopher's bullying and ill fated co-worker in the 1980 slasher film Fade to Black.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1971
    Age 18
    In 1971, as a senior at Miami Beach Senior High School, Rourke had a small acting role in the Jay W. Jensen–directed school play The Serpent.
    More Details Hide Details However, Rourke's interests were geared to boxing, and he never appeared in any other school productions. Soon after he temporarily gave up boxing, a friend at the University of Miami told Rourke about a play he was directing, Deathwatch, and how the man playing the role of Green Eyes had quit. Rourke got the part and immediately became enamored with acting. Borrowing $400 from his sister, he went to New York (to elude Florida police who wanted to arrest him for burglary) and took private lessons with Actors Studio teacher Sandra Seacat. Seacat motivated Rourke to find his father, from whom he had been separated for more than 20 years. During his appearance on Inside the Actors Studio, after the release of The Wrestler, host James Lipton disclosed that Rourke had been selected to the Actors Studio in his first audition, which Elia Kazan is reported to have said was the "best audition in 30 years".
    At the 1971 Florida Golden Gloves, Rourke suffered another concussion in a boxing match.
    More Details Hide Details After being told by doctors to take a year off and rest, Rourke temporarily retired from the ring. From 1964 to 1973, Rourke compiled an amateur boxing record of 27 wins (17 by knockout) and three defeats, which included first-round knockout wins over John Carver and Ronald Robinson, and decision victories over Ronnie Carter, Charles Gathers, Joe Riles, and Javier Villanueva. Rourke's amateur boxing record was 27 wins and 3 losses.
  • 1969
    Age 16
    In 1969 Rourke, then weighing 140 pounds (63.5 kg),, sparred with former World Welterweight Champion Luis Rodríguez.
    More Details Hide Details Rodriguez was the number one–rated middleweight boxer in the world and was training for his match with world champion Nino Benvenuti. Rourke claims to have received a concussion from his sparring match with Rodriguez.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1952
    Born
    Born on September 16, 1952.
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