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Michael Rooker is known for his active presence in Hollywood since he started starring in movies in 1986. He is a popular face given that he has appeared in so many action films and television series over his decades as an actor and has landed several awards for his talent.

And even though a look into his background does not reveal much about his upbringing, we know that he was being raised by a single mum and that he had a formal education in acting. The talented actor has gone beyond every limitation to make a name for himself in the competitive film industry with an unforgettable role in the American horror film The Walking Dead.

Michael Rooker’s Bio

The American actor cum director was born on the 6th of April 1955. He grew up in Jasper, Alabama in the United States of America along with nine other siblings. At the age of 13, his parents parted ways, leaving him and his siblings in the care of their mother who later moved them from Alabama to Chicago. Micheal got enrolled at the Well Community Academy High School in Chicago before proceeding to study at the Goldman School of Drama where he nurtured his dreams to become an actor.

After his formal education in acting school, Michael Rooker began his acting career in 1986 when he made his first movie appearance in the film Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Sources have it that he got the opportunity to feature in that movie when he stumbled upon the movie director who was looking for a suitable cast for the movie and Michael immediately accepted to be cast in the movie not minding whether the script was okay or not, since all he wanted was to feature in a movie. His role in the movie brought him well deserved recognition and his popularity started to fetch him other movie roles in films like Eight Men Out, Mississippi Burning and JFK.

The actor became more popular when he featured in action-driven moves such as The Days of Thunder, Cliffhanger, Tombstone as well as Sea of Thunder. Michael was cast to play the role of Yondu in the movie Guardians of the Galaxy, a film from the Marvel Studios directed by James Gunn. His performance in the television series like The Walking Dead as Merle Dixon in 14 episodes, Outlaw Country as Larkin’s Henchman, The Equalizer as Bill Whitaker and Gideon Oliver as Detective  John Quinn also earned him recognition in the industry

Other Works

The actor is also known to have landed characters in video games like Days of Thunder, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Lollipop Chainsaw, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Bucher Bay and The Walking Dead: Survival Instincts.

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A scene from the movie The Walking Dead

Michael Rooker has won several awards for his films over the years which include the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actor for Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer given by Seattle International Film Festival in 1990 as well as the 1991 Fantasporto for best actor in the same film. In 2014, he also won two awards which include the Detroit Film Critics Society for Best Ensemble for the film Guardians of the Galaxy and the Nevada Film Critics Society Award Best Ensemble Cast for the same film.

Net Worth

The American actor has maintained a successful career over the years in his films, TV series as well as his appearances in video games. Although no detail is available regarding his earnings per movie, sources have it that he is well paid for most of his roles and this has placed his net worth around $8 million with prospects of improvement as he is still active in the film business.

Wife, Daughters

Michael Rooker is a happily married and is said to have married his heartthrob Margot Rooker in 1979, on the 22nd of June precisely. Their beautiful union is blessed with two lovely daughters named Alynne Rooker and Gillian Rooker. The couple seems very happy together in their home in California and there are no divorce rumors between them.

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Other Interesting Facts About Michael Rooker

It is worth knowing that Michael has a high ranking level in karate as he has earned himself a black belt.

He is a recipient of several awards like The Satellite Award For Best in Cast in 2012 for the film The Walking Dead. Michael Rooker also has a Golden Space Needle Award and Fantasporto Award to his credit.

Michael Rooker has maintained an athletic physique over the years with a weight of about 90 kg to go with his height of 5 feet 10 inches.

He has a strong online presence as he is active on several social network platforms with about 1.1m followers on Facebook, 33K followers on Twitter and more than 787K followers following him on Instagram.

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