Michael Madsen

Michael Madsen

Age
56
Birthday
Sep. 25th, 1958
Born in
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height
6' 2"

Michael Madsen's Main TV Roles

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

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Turnaround Jake
2010 - The Portal
2010 - The Killing Jar
2009 - Clear Lake, WI
2009 - Hired Gun
2009 - Serbian Scars
2009 - The Bleeding
2008 - No Bad Days
2008 - Hell Ride
2008 - Vice
2008 - House
2008 - Last Hour
2007 - Tooth & Nail
2007 - Strength and Honour
2007 - Living & Dying
2007 - Boarding Gate
2007 - Being Michael Madsen
2006 - Chasing Ghosts
2006 - Scary Movie 4
2006 - All in
2006 - UKM: The Ultimate Killing Machine
2005 - Hoboken Hollow
2005 - The Last Drop
2005 - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
2005 - Sin City
2004 - Kill Bill Vol. 2
2004 - Blueberry
2003 - Kill Bill Vol. 1
2003 - My Boss's Daughter
2002 - Die Another Day
2001 - Choke
2000 - The Alternate
1998 - Species II
1997 - Donnie Brasco
1996 - Mulholland Falls
1996 - The Last Days of Frankie the Fly
1995 - Species
1994 - Wyatt Earp
1993 - Free Willy
1992 - Straight Talk
1992 - Reservoir Dogs
1991 - The Doors
1991 - Thelma & Louise
1989 - Kill Me Again
1987 - The Killing Time
1984 - Racing with the Moon
1984 - The Natural
1983 - WarGames

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Augie Danzig
13
Jim Ricker
4
Russell King
3
Johnny Fosse
3
Walter Clark Sr.
2
Mike O'Connor
2
Blue
1
Roy Parrish
1
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

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".


TRIVIA:
  • The films he acted in have grossed over 2 billion dollars world wide.
  • His paternal grandparents (Soren and Anna Marie Madsen) immigrated from Denmark in the early 1900s.
  • Voiced a central character in two competing video game franchises. He was the voice of "Tanner" in _Driv3r (2004) (VG)_ (qv) and "Toni Cipriani" in _Grand Theft Auto III (2001) (VG)_ (qv).
  • In 2002 he was presented an award for his work with the Shriners Hospital For Children.
  • His maternal Grandparents are Lance and Lavinia.
  • Hobbies include cars and bikes.
  • He points to 'Robert Mitchum' (qv) as his idol and role model. Many similarities are apparent, as both are large, intimidating "tough guys" who are generally underrated and Madsen (as did Mitchum) doesn't always appear in films for their artistic merit. They both also share a love for poetry. He and Mitchum also both appeared in War and Remembrance (1988) (TV), though they never had any scenes together.
  • He has an older sister named Cheri. She's the owner of a restaurant in Wisconsin.


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