Sam Rockwell

Known For
Acting

Gender
Female

Birthday
1968-11-05

Place of Birth
Daly City, California

Sam Rockwell

Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in San Mateo, California, the only child of two actors, Pete Rockwell and Penny Hess. The family moved to New York when he was two years old, living first in the Bronx and later in Manhattan. When Sam was five years old, his parents separated, at which point he and his father moved to San Francisco, where he subsequently grew up, while summers and other times were spent with his mother in New York.

He made his acting debut when he was ten years old, alongside his mother, and later attended J Eugene McAteer High School in a program called SOTA. While still in high school, he got his first big break when he appeared in the independent film Clownhouse (1989). The plot revolved around three escaped mental patients who dressed up as clowns and terrorized three brothers home alone--Sam played the eldest of the brothers. His next big break was supposed to have come when he was slated to star in a short-lived NBC TV-series called Dream Street (1989), but he was soon fired.

After graduating from high school, Sam returned to New York for good and for two years he had private training at the William Esper Acting Studio. During this period he appeared in a variety of roles, such as the ABC Afterschool Specials (1972): Over the Limit (1990) (TV) and HBO's Lifestories: Families in Crisis (1992): Dead Drunk: The Kevin Tunell Story (Season 1 Episode 7: 15 March 1993); the head thug in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990); and a guest-star turn in an Emmy Award-winning episode of Law & Order (1990), while working a string of regular day jobs and performing in plays.

After a few smaller appearances in films such as Woody Allen's Celebrity (1998) and the modern version of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999), in which he played Francis Flute, he had larger roles in two of the bigger hit movies to emerge: The Green Mile (1999) and Galaxy Quest (1999), wowing audiences and critics alike with his chameleon-like performances as a crazed killer in the former and a goofy actor in the latter.

More recently, he appeared in another string of mainstream films, most notably as Eric Knox in Charlie's Angels (2000) and as Zaphod Beeblebrox in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), while continuing to perform in smaller independent movies. After more than ten years in the business, Sam has earned his success. In 2018, he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as a troubled police deputy in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017).

The Green Mile

1999

The Green Mile

8.4

Galaxy Quest

1999

Galaxy Quest

7.0

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

1990

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

6.5

Iron Man 2

2010

Iron Man 2

6.7

Charlie's Angels

2000

Charlie's Angels

5.7

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

2007

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

7.1

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

2002

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

6.7

Heist

2001

Heist

6.3

Happy Hell Night

1992

Happy Hell Night

4.8

Joshua

2007

Joshua

5.8

Frost/Nixon

2008

Frost/Nixon

7.4

Gentlemen Broncos

2009

Gentlemen Broncos

6.1

Box of Moonlight

1997

Box of Moonlight

7.0

Matchstick Men

2003

Matchstick Men

7.0

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

2005

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

6.7

Clownhouse

1989

Clownhouse

6.0

Welcome to Collinwood

2002

Welcome to Collinwood

6.3

Everybody's Fine

2009

Everybody's Fine

6.6

Celebrity

1998

Celebrity

6.0

Glory Daze

1995

Glory Daze

5.5

Last Exit to Brooklyn

1990

Last Exit to Brooklyn

6.6

Lawn Dogs

1998

Lawn Dogs

7.6

Choke

2008

Choke

6.2

Snow Angels

2008

Snow Angels

6.4

Light Sleeper

1992

Light Sleeper

6.3

The Winning Season

2009

The Winning Season

6.5

Safe Men

1998

Safe Men

5.9

Conviction

2010

Conviction

7.2

Strictly Business

1991

Strictly Business

5.2

Moon

2009

Moon

7.6

Piccadilly Jim

2005

Piccadilly Jim

6.6

Cowboys & Aliens

2011

Cowboys & Aliens

5.5

G-Force

2009

G-Force

5.2

The Sitter

2011

The Sitter

5.4

Jerry and Tom

1998

Jerry and Tom

6.5

Seven Psychopaths

2012

Seven Psychopaths

6.8

Mercy

1995

Mercy

10.0

Digging for Fire

2015

Digging for Fire

5.2

Drunks

1997

Drunks

0.0

The Way Way Back

2013

The Way Way Back

7.1

Better Living Through Chemistry

2014

Better Living Through Chemistry

5.9

A Single Shot

2013

A Single Shot

5.8

Robin's Big Date

2005

Robin's Big Date

6.4

Trust Me

2013

Trust Me

5.9

Schooled: The Price of College Sports

2013

Schooled: The Price of College Sports

7.0

Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King

2014

Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King

6.9

Poltergeist

2015

Poltergeist

5.1

Showing Up

2014

Showing Up

9.8

Laggies

2014

Laggies

6.1

A Case of You

2013

A Case of You

5.5

Basquiat

1996

Basquiat

6.8

Don Verdean

2015

Don Verdean

4.5

Loitering with Intent

2014

Loitering with Intent

4.4

Nobody Wants Your Film

2005

Nobody Wants Your Film

0.0

Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground

1997

Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground

7.1

BigLove

2001

BigLove

6.7

Mr. Right

2016

Mr. Right

6.4

A Midsummer Night's Dream

1999

A Midsummer Night's Dream

6.4

In the Soup

1992

In the Soup

6.8

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

2017

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

8.2

Woman Walks Ahead

2018

Woman Walks Ahead

6.6

The Assassination of Jesse James: Death of an Outlaw

2008

The Assassination of Jesse James: Death of an Outlaw

6.4

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale

2009

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale

7.4

Arresting Gena

1997

Arresting Gena

0.0

Mute

2018

Mute

5.6

Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of Iron Man 2

2010

Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of Iron Man 2

5.0

The Best of Enemies

2019

The Best of Enemies

0.0

The Dark of Night

2017

The Dark of Night

0.0

Jack and His Friends

1992

Jack and His Friends

0.0

13 Moons

2002

13 Moons

5.8

Somebody to Love

1994

Somebody to Love

4.9

Blue Iguana

2018

Blue Iguana

6.7

Vice

2018

Vice

7.2

Inside 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'

2005

Inside 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'

0.0

Blaze

2018

Blaze

6.7

The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

0.0

Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit

0.0

Trolls World Tour

2020

Trolls World Tour

0.0

The Adventures of Drunky

The Adventures of Drunky

0.0