Sam Rockwell
American actor
Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell is an American actor probably best known for his role as "Head Thug" in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the motion picture (1990) and for his leading roles in Lawn Dogs, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Choke and Moon, as well as for his supporting roles in The Green Mile, Iron Man 2, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Frost/Nixon, Galaxy Quest, Matchstick Men, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Conviction and Cowboys & Aliens.
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'The Gong Show' Is Getting A Reboot Produced By Will Arnett
Huffington Post - 5 months
“The Gong Show,” one of TV’s most iconic amateur talent contests, is making a comeback.  ABC has ordered a 10-episode run of the reboot, which will be executive produced by Will Arnett, the network said in a news release. Arnett will not be hosting, Variety reported. In the 1970s and 1980s, “The Gong Show” featured people with unusual talents ― or, in some cases, a complete lack of talent ― who performed routines, told jokes, sang and danced for a panel of celebrity judges. Any judge could stop an act by hitting a big gong.  Like the original, the new “Gong Show” will have a rotating panel of celebrity judges and amateur talent, but the recruitment process will receive a modern touch: Contestants will be “plucked from the Internet,” according to a news release.  “The comedy culture we are living in has finally caught up to ‘The Gong Show,’ so the timing is perfect,” Holly Jacobs, executive vice president of reality and syndication programming for Sony Pict ...
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Eternally Thrilling: Estelle Parsons Directs <i>The Last Days of Judas Iscariot</i> at the Actors Studio
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It's only natural that the battle for a man's soul feels dangerous, especially when that man betrayed Jesus. There has been a crackling element of menace throughout the rehearsals for Estelle Parsons' production of Stephen Adly Guirgis' The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, to the point that the Oscar winner/theatre icon tells me, "We stopped [one exercise] when it was clear that it was going to result in violence." Such things aren't uncommon at the Actors Studio, where Judas is the third play in Parsons' "Theater and Social Justice" series, which examines works that address such large cultural themes as race, poverty, and religion. But unlike the program's previous minimalist productions -- Leland Gantt's solo show Rhapsody in Black and the three-character Mud by Maria Irene Fornés -- Judas is a grand spectacle, featuring a cast of twenty-seven and a nearly three-hour running time. Thanks to the actors' intense vivacity (which includes that air of conflict) and Parsons' electrifying dir ...
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Eric Bogosian's 100 Monologues
Huffington Post - about 1 year
monologue: from the Greek μονόλογος; μόνος mónos or "alone, solitary" and λόγος lógos, "speech." The first recorded monologues and soliloquys go back at least as far as ancient Roman and Greek times. But unless you are someone with huge amounts of time on your hands and you love to surf the internet to discover acting gems that don't get theatrical releases-or you happen to live in New York and frequent the theater on a regular basis--It's often hard to see some of our most talented actors in this isolated, most intense form. Eric Bogosian's latest labor of love, which goes by the self-explanatory name of 100Monologues.com is here to remedy that, at least partly. In these one hundred sometimes hilarious, sometimes tragic but always revealing monologues written by the three-time Obie award winner and performed by his posse of A-List actors, you get glimpses into his psyche and that of performers that you may never get elsewhere. The themes presented will be familiar to Bogosi ...
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Tarantino Rides Again: The 'Hateful Eight' Premieres
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The eight gunslingers in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight really are hateful, so why do we like watching them so much, and so long -- 3-and-a-half hours -- give or take, including an overture and intermission. Not only can't you take your eyes off them, you want to catch every word of Quentin Tarantino's clever script. Utilizing the tropes of Westerns -- he claims The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was a big influence -- Tarantino's Western borders on horror, as the eight come together in a cabin in a snowstorm. Act I features a stagecoach: John Ruth (Kurt Russell), a bounty hunter, wants to bring his charge, Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), to Red Rock for hanging, and for the reward. Another bounty hunter, Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), wants a ride. He wisely advises, better to bring her in dead. Driving past a Christ on the Cross, this company arrives at a storm hounded pit stop, and the rest of the bearded group: Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, Demian Bichir, Michael Madsen ...
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Theater: <i>Once Upon</i> a Fairy Tale; <i>Color Purple</i> Glows
Huffington Post - about 1 year
ONCE UPON A MATTRESS ** 1/2 out of **** ABRON ARTS CENTER THE COLOR PURPLE ** 1/2 out of **** BERNARD B. JACOBS THEATRE Both of these musicals have a lot in common. Both are pretty weak, with Purple especially weak in the score and Mattress weak in the book. But both are elevated by outstanding casts. We'll probably never see a better production of The Color Purple; this one is so good it almost tricks you into thinking the show itself is worthwhile. Mattress can be harmless fun with the right pros on board and the right attitude -- Transport Group's production happily has both. First, the little show that could. Once Upon A Mattress was a memorable success for composer Mary Rodgers. It takes the old fairy tale of "The Princess And The Pea" and expands that into pleasing entertainment. The show is so old school you might believe it's winkingly retro rather than just traditional down to its toes. Genially overstuffed, it has a solo showcase for a hoofer (a fleet, fit Cor ...
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Theater: Cracked "China Doll," A "C" For "School Of Rock," New Bacharach And New Standards
Huffington Post - about 1 year
CHINA DOLL * out of **** SCHOOL OF ROCK * 1/2 out of **** but *** out of **** on cute scale NEW YORK ANIMALS ** 1/2 out of **** THE NEW STANDARDS HOLIDAY SHOW*** out of **** OK, so the theatrical season is ending on a pretty grumpy note, with coal in the stockings of several shows. Luckily, music comes to the rescue. Here we go. CHINA DOLL * out of **** GERALD SCHOENFELD THEATRE Well, no reason to pile on. China Doll is not a good play. But let's make a few points: a bad play is a lot harder to memorize than a good play. At least that's always been my thinking. And even the greats rarely produce great works of art throughout their careers. Most often, they have a fertile period of ten to 15 years or so...and then they repeat themselves, plow the same land with decreasing yields and every once in a while do something good that reminds you of why they're great. Not something great, mind you. But something good. So David Mamet is not being lazy or indifferent. He's a pla ...
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Review: ‘Don Verdean,’ a Sendup of Ambitious Pastors and the Lure of Religious Relics
NYTimes - about 1 year
Jared and Jerusha Hess’s film stars Sam Rockwell as an archaeologist who finds himself in a quandary after a pastor asks him to track down Holy Land artifacts.
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Lost Causes: 16 Great Performances From 2015 That Have No Prayer of Winning an Award
Huffington Post - about 1 year
December has dawned and with it have come the lists. Site &amp; Sound kicked it off with their Best Films (International Division), and then the Independent Spirit nominees followed, and then the National Board of Review, and then, and then, and then. Soon, we will all be comparing notes and arguing and raising or lowering our opinions of friends and colleagues based on how much their opinions coincide with our own. Well, call me old fashioned, but I believe in waiting until the end of the year to write my year-end list. But, fish gotta swim and birds gotta fly, and film bloggers gotta tell you over and over again how great their favorites are til you cry. (That rhymes provided you say it fast enough.) So, as a place holder until December gives way to January, I have compiled a list of 16 stand-out performances from 2015. None of these have a prayer of getting a sniff of an Oscar Nomination. They come from the obscure or the maligned or the generally overlooked and undervalued. In ...
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Theater: Strong But Cracked "Bridge," Miserable "Misery," And Pledging "Allegiance"
Huffington Post - over 1 year
MISERY * out of **** A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE *** out of **** ALLEGIANCE ** ½ out of **** MISERY * out of **** BROADHURST THEATRE A bad idea poorly executed, a stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film Misery has been kicking around for years. It's hard to know why. What might seem creepy on film plays as silly and campy on stage. We sit and watch best-selling author Paul Sheldon trapped in the home of his "number one fan" Annie Wilkes after a car accident left him with two broken legs. Rather creepily, the audience awaits and applauds two iconic moments in the tension-free show: the scene where Annie crushes his ankles with a sledge-hammer and the scene where Paul chokes her to death. Since that signals the end is near, insert here your own joke about being put out of misery. Clearly, fans are there to see Bruce Willis as Paul and the excellent stage actress Laurie Metcalf as Annie. Willis has goodwill to spare, from Moonlighting to the Die Hard films and beyond. Metcalf ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sam Rockwell
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 47
    In May 3, 2016, it was announced that Rockwell will be vocing Mortimer Ramsey in the upcoming action game, Dishonored 2.
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  • 2015
    Age 46
    Additionally, Rockwell starred in the 2015 remake of Poltergeist.
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  • 2014
    Age 45
    In January 2014, it was announced that Rockwell was cast in the upcoming film The Eel, in which he will play an escaped convict.
    More Details Hide Details The film will be produced by Kevin Walsh, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash, marking Rockwell's second collaboration with all three.
  • 2010
    Age 41
    On May 3, 2010, it was announced that Rockwell would team up again with Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau, for Favreau's adaptation of the graphic novel Cowboys & Aliens.
    More Details Hide Details He played a bar owner named Doc who joins in the pursuit of the aliens. Rockwell also appeared in Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths, as well as Nat Faxon and Jim Rash's The Way, Way Back. For his performance in The Way, Way Back, some critics felt he again deserved an Academy Award nomination.
  • 2009
    Age 40
    In 2009, he starred in the critically acclaimed science fiction film Moon, directed by Duncan Jones.
    More Details Hide Details His performance was widely praised, with some critics calling for an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2007
    Age 38
    Rockwell has never been married and stated in a 2007 interview, "I definitely don't want to become a parent.
    More Details Hide Details It's not my bag." Sam has been in a relationship with actress Leslie Bibb since 2007, when they reportedly met in Los Angeles as he was filming Frost/Nixon. They both appeared in Iron Man 2.
    This past August, Rockwell work-shopped an upcoming LAByrinth production, North of Mason-Dixon, scheduled to debut in London in 2007 and then premiere in New York City later the same year.
    More Details Hide Details Other plays in which Rockwell performed are: Dumb Waiter (2001), Zoo Story (2001), Hot L Baltimore (2000), Goosepimples (1998), Love and Human Remains, Face Divided, Orphans, Den of Thieves, Dessert at Waffle House, The Largest Elizabeth, and A Behanding in Spokane.
    In 2007, Rockwell guest-starred in the Web series Casted: The Continuing Chronicles of Derek Riffchyn, Greatest Casting Director in the World.
    More Details Hide Details Ever. He appears opposite Jonathan Togo as Derek and Justin Long as Scott. Rockwell plays an aspiring young actor named Pete Sampras.
    He then had a notable supporting role as Charley Ford, brother of Casey Affleck's character Robert Ford, in the well-received 2007 drama The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, in which Brad Pitt played the lead role of Jesse James.
    More Details Hide Details According to an interview on The Howard Stern Show, director Jon Favreau considered casting him as the titular character in Iron Man as the studio was initially hesitant to work with Robert Downey, Jr., who had been considered for his role in The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Rockwell appeared in the Iron Man sequel, released in 2010, as Tony Stark's rival weapons' developer, Justin Hammer. He is said to have accepted the role without reading the script. He had never heard of the character before he was contacted about the part, and was unaware that Hammer is an old man in the comic books. In addition to big-budget feature films, Rockwell also appears in indie films such as The F Word and he played a randy, Halloween-costume-clad Batman in a short, Robin's Big Date, opposite Justin Long as Robin. He also starred in the 2008 film Snow Angels opposite Kate Beckinsale. He had worked on several occasions with the comedy troupe Stella (Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter and David Wain), making cameo appearances in their short films and eponymous TV series.
  • 2005
    Age 36
    He received somewhat more mixed reviews as Zaphod Beeblebrox in the 2005 film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
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  • 2002
    Age 33
    At one point, Rockwell even worked as a private detective's assistant. "I tailed a chick who was having an affair and took pictures of her at this motel", he told Rolling Stone in 2002. "It was pretty sleazy."
    More Details Hide Details A well-paying Miller commercial in 1994 finally allowed him to pursue acting full-time.
  • 1999
    Age 30
    In 1999, Rockwell played prisoner William "Wild Bill" Wharton in the Stephen King prison drama The Green Mile.
    More Details Hide Details At the time of the film's shooting, Rockwell explained why he was attracted to playing such unlikeable characters. He said, "I like that dark stuff. I think heroes should be flawed. There's a bit of self-loathing in there, and a bit of anger... But after this, I've really got to play some lawyers, or a British aristocrat, or they'll put a label on me." After appearances as a bumbling actor in 1999's science fiction satire Galaxy Quest, in the 1999 Shakespeare adaptation A Midsummer Night's Dream as Flute, and as gregarious villain Eric Knox in Charlie's Angels (2000), Rockwell won the biggest leading role of his career as The Gong Show host Chuck Barris in George Clooney's 2002 directorial debut, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Rockwell's performance was well received, and the film received generally positive reviews.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 29
    Rockwell had what The New York Times described in 1998 as a "footloose upbringing" and, at age 10, made his brief stage debut playing Humphrey Bogart in an East Village improv comedy sketch starring his mother.
    More Details Hide Details He attended San Francisco School of the Arts with Margaret Cho and Aisha Tyler but dropped out before graduating. He later received his high school diploma after his parents enrolled him in an Outward Bound-style alternative high school called Urban Pioneers because, as Rockwell explained, "I just wanted to get stoned, flirt with girls, go to parties." The school, the actor said, "had a reputation as a place stoners went because it was easy to graduate," but the program ended up helping him regain an interest in performing. After appearing in an independent film during his senior year, he graduated and moved to New York to pursue an acting career.
  • 1997
    Age 28
    He also won strong reviews for the 1997 film Lawn Dogs, where he played a working-class lawn mower who befriends a wealthy 10-year-old girl (Mischa Barton) in an upper-class gated community in Kentucky; Rockwell's performance won him Best Actor honors at both the Montreal World Film Festival and the Catalonian International Film Festival.
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  • 1996
    Age 27
    The turning point in Rockwell's career was Tom DiCillo's 1996 film Box of Moonlight, in which he played an eccentric man-child who dresses like Davy Crockett and lives in an isolated mobile home.
    More Details Hide Details The ensuing acclaim put him front and center with casting agents and new-found fans alike, with Rockwell himself acknowledging that "That film was definitely a turning point I was sort of put on some independent film map after 10 years in New York."
  • 1989
    Age 20
    After his debut role in the 1989 horror film Clownhouse (produced by Francis Ford Coppola's production company), which he filmed when based in San Francisco, he moved to New York and trained at the William Esper Studios.
    More Details Hide Details His career slowly gathered momentum in the early 1990s, when he alternated between small-screen guest spots in TV shows like The Equalizer, NYPD Blue and Law & Order and small roles in films such as Last Exit to Brooklyn and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He also appeared as the title character in The Search for One-eye Jimmy. During this time Rockwell worked in restaurants as a busboy and delivered burritos by bicycle.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1968
    Born
    Born on November 5, 1968.
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