May. 13th, 1939
Brooklyn, New York, USA
5' 7 1/2"
Guest TV Roles[none found]
Came to prominence in the early films of Martin Scorsese after working in theatre for around ten years, particularly Mean Streets (1973) and Taxi Driver (1976). Faded into anonymity in the eighties even though he turned in some impressive performances in films by some of America's leading directors. He re-emergered into star status with his role as Mr. White in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs (1992), Abel Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant (1992), The Piano (1993) 0110912.
- He is Godfather to 'Michael Madsen (I)' (qv)'s son Max.
- (August 2004) Son, Roman, with wife 'Daphna Kastner' (qv).
- Operates his own film production company, The Goatsingers, with partner 'Peggy Gormley (I)' (qv).
- Graduated from the BFA program at the prestigious Actors Studio, New School University in New York city, under Dean 'James Lipton' (qv).
- Appears in _Puerto Vallarta Squeeze (2004)_ (qv) opposite 'Scott Glenn' (qv), with whom he shared the role of Jack Crawford in the Hannibal Lecter films.
- (October 1997) Ranked #37 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
- Played a "cleaner" in both _Point of No Return (1993)_ (qv) (Victor the Cleaner) and in _Pulp Fiction (1994)_ (qv) (Winston "The Wolf" Wolfe").
- He was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 24th Istanbul Film Festival. (16 April 2005)