Michael Madsen

Michael Madsen

Sep. 25th, 1958
Born in
Chicago, Illinois, USA
6' 2"

Michael Madsen's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Animal Precinct TV Show
Animal Precinct
Vengeance Unlimited TV Show
Vengeance Unlimited
Big Apple TV Show
Big Apple
Tilt TV Show
Henry's Film Corner TV Show
Henry's Film Corner

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Water Wars
2013 - Terrible Angels
2011 - A Cold Day in Hell
2011 - Not Another Not Another Movie
2010 - The Killing Jar
2010 - The Brazen Bull
2009 - The Bleeding
2009 - Serbian Scars
2009 - Hired Gun
2009 - Clear Lake, WI
2008 - Hell Ride
2008 - House
2008 - House
2008 - Last Hour
2008 - No Bad Days
2008 - Vice
2007 - Strength and Honour
2007 - Afghan Knights
2007 - Being Michael Madsen
2007 - Tooth & Nail
2007 - Boarding Gate
2006 - UKM: The Ultimate Killing Machine
2006 - Chasing Ghosts
2006 - Canes
2006 - Scary Movie 4
2005 - Sin City
2005 - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
2004 - Blueberry
2004 - Kill Bill Vol. 2
2003 - Vampires Anonymous
2003 - Kill Bill Vol. 1
2002 - Die Another Day
2001 - Choke
2001 - Extreme Honor
2000 - The Alternate
1998 - Species II
1997 - The Maker
1997 - Donnie Brasco
1996 - The Last Days of Frankie the Fly
1996 - Mulholland Falls
1995 - Species
1994 - The Getaway
1994 - Wyatt Earp
1994 - Dead Connection
1993 - Money for Nothing
1993 - A House In The Hills
1993 - Beyond the Law
1993 - Free Willy
1993 - Trouble Bound
1992 - Straight Talk
1992 - Reservoir Dogs
1991 - The Doors
1989 - Kill Me Again
1987 - The Killing Time
1984 - The Natural
1984 - Racing with the Moon
1983 - WarGames
0 - Ashley

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


At 6' 2" and 190 pounds, Michael Madsen - the brother of actress Virginia Madsen - is equally adept at portraying heroic as well as villainous characters. There's just something in the way he delivers his lines with an underlying aggression masked behind his gravelly tones that makes you feel very uneasy about his true intentions! Madsen first learned his craft at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, where he worked under John Malkovich, one of the theater's founders. His first few film roles were minor ones, in such projects as Against All Hope (1982), Racing with the Moon (1984) and The Natural (1984). His work received considerable notice, however, after his knife-edged performance as deranged killer Vince Miller in Kill Me Again (1989) and then as Susan Sarandon's rough-edged boyfriend Jimmy in Thelma & Louise (1991). His big breakthrough, however, came as the sadistic jewel thief Mr. Blonde in Quentin Tarantino's low-budget hit Reservoir Dogs (1992). Movie audiences were glued to their seats as Madsen playfully danced around a tied-down and terrified police officer, slicing him with a knife and splashing gasoline all over the petrified man, all to the cheery tunes of "Stealer's Wheels' "Stuck In the Middle With You." Not to be typecast, Madsen surprised many with his performance as foster parent Glen Greenwood in the hit family movie Free Willy (1993) before returning to another criminal role as bank robber Rudy Travis in the remake of the Steve McQueen (I) heist flick The Getaway (1994), and then back again as Glen Greenwood in Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995). Madsen continues to turn in edge-of-the-seat performances as morally bankrupt individuals on the wrong side of the law, as in his intense on-screen showings in Donnie Brasco (1997), Mulholland Falls (1996), and High Noon (2000) (TV). In 2003 he teamed up again with Tarantino in both "volumes" of Tarantino's magnum martial arts/revenge opus Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) as the coldly evil Budd (aka "Sidewinder"). In addition to his film work, Madsen has contributed dialogue to two of Sony PlayStations's biggest-selling games, Grand Theft Auto III (2001) (VG) and Driv3r (2004) (VG), as well as writing several books of his own poetry. Although uncomfortable with fame, Madsen's star continues to shine in Hollywood and his droll, yet captivating acting style is ensuring him a steady flow of work as one on the screen's favorite "heavies".

  • 'Dennis Hopper' (qv) wrote the introduction to his book of short stories and poems "Burning in Paradise".
  • Has worked as a car mechanic, a landscaper and a hospital orderly before turning to acting.
  • His maternal Grandparents are Lance and Lavinia.
  • He was originally asked to play "Harland", the man who rapes 'Geena Davis' (qv) in _Thelma & Louise (1991)_ (qv), but he refused the part and, when director 'Ridley Scott' (qv) asked what part he would like instead, Madsen asked if he could play "Jimmy Lennox", the well meaning but short tempered boyfriend of 'Susan Sarandon' (qv)'s Louise. Scott initially scoffed at the idea, but Madsen got the part of "Jimmy" after having lunch with 'Susan Sarandon' (qv).
  • Was considered for the role of Sergeant Mike Horvath in _Saving Private Ryan (1998)_ (qv). The role eventually went to Madsen's friend, 'Tom Sizemore' (qv).
  • Hobbies include cars and bikes.
  • In the early days of his acting career, he considered changing his name to "Michael Hood."
  • The films he acted in have grossed over 2 billion dollars world wide.

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