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 ...

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Moon (2009)

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With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. When he has an accident however, he wakens to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Duncan Jones
CAST:  Sam Rockwell  •  Kevin Spacey  •  Dominique McElligott  •  Rosie Shaw

With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. When he has an accident however, he wakens to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Duncan Jones
CAST:  Sam Rockwell  •  Kevin Spacey  •  Dominique McElligott  •  Rosie Shaw

Galaxy Quest (1999)

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For four years, the courageous crew of the NSEA protector - "Commander Peter Quincy Taggart" (Tim Allen), "Lt. Tawny Madison (Sigourney Weaver) and "Dr.Lazarus" (Alan Rickman) - set off on a thrilling and often dangerous mission in space...and then their series was ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dean Parisot
CAST:  Tim Allen  •  Sigourney Weaver  •  Alan Rickman  •  Tony Shalhoub

For four years, the courageous crew of the NSEA protector - "Commander Peter Quincy Taggart" (Tim Allen), "Lt. Tawny Madison (Sigourney Weaver) and "Dr.Lazarus" (Alan Rickman) - set off on a thrilling and often dangerous mission in space...and then their series was ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dean Parisot
CAST:  Tim Allen  •  Sigourney Weaver  •  Alan Rickman  •  Tony Shalhoub

The Green Mile (1999)

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A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cell block's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, he tries desperately to help ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Darabont
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Michael Clarke Duncan  •  Bonnie Hunt  •  David Morse

A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cell block's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, he tries desperately to help ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Darabont
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Michael Clarke Duncan  •  Bonnie Hunt  •  David Morse

Iron Man 2 (2010)

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With the world now aware of his dual life as the armored superhero Iron Man, billionaire inventor Tony Stark faces pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military. Unwilling to let go of his invention, Stark, with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Favreau
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Don Cheadle  •  Scarlett Johansson

With the world now aware of his dual life as the armored superhero Iron Man, billionaire inventor Tony Stark faces pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military. Unwilling to let go of his invention, Stark, with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Favreau
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Don Cheadle  •  Scarlett Johansson

The Way Way Back (2013)

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Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park's managers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nat Faxon  •  Jim Rash
CAST:  Steve Carell  •  Toni Collette  •  Allison Janney  •  Sam Rockwell

Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park's managers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nat Faxon  •  Jim Rash
CAST:  Steve Carell  •  Toni Collette  •  Allison Janney  •  Sam Rockwell

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)

A film adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy about lovers whose romantic affections are manipulated by fairy magic. The setting is updated to a Tuscan hill town in the late 19th century.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Hoffman
CAST:  Stanley Tucci  •  Rupert Everett  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Sophie Marceau

A film adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy about lovers whose romantic affections are manipulated by fairy magic. The setting is updated to a Tuscan hill town in the late 19th century.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Hoffman
CAST:  Stanley Tucci  •  Rupert Everett  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Sophie Marceau

Celebrity (1998)

The career and personal life of writer Lee are at a standstill, so he divorces his bashful wife, Robin, and dives into a new job as an entertainment journalist. His assignments take him to the swankiest corners of Manhattan, but as he jumps from one lavish party to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Kenneth Branagh  •  Judy Davis  •  Joe Mantegna  •  Leonardo DiCaprio

The career and personal life of writer Lee are at a standstill, so he divorces his bashful wife, Robin, and dives into a new job as an entertainment journalist. His assignments take him to the swankiest corners of Manhattan, but as he jumps from one lavish party to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Kenneth Branagh  •  Judy Davis  •  Joe Mantegna  •  Leonardo DiCaprio

Charlie's Angels (2000)

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Three women, detectives with a mysterious boss, retrieve stolen voice-ID software, using martial arts, tech skills, and sex appeal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  McG
CAST:  Cameron Diaz  •  Lucy Liu  •  Drew Barrymore  •  Bill Murray

Three women, detectives with a mysterious boss, retrieve stolen voice-ID software, using martial arts, tech skills, and sex appeal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  McG
CAST:  Cameron Diaz  •  Lucy Liu  •  Drew Barrymore  •  Bill Murray

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. Television producer by day, CIA assassin by night, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA at the height of his TV career and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Clooney
CAST:  Sam Rockwell  •  Drew Barrymore  •  Julia Roberts  •  Rutger Hauer

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. Television producer by day, CIA assassin by night, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA at the height of his TV career and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Clooney
CAST:  Sam Rockwell  •  Drew Barrymore  •  Julia Roberts  •  Rutger Hauer

Light Sleeper (1992)

A drug dealer with upscale clientele is having moral problems going about his daily deliveries. A reformed addict, he has never gotten over the wife that left him, and the couple that use him for deliveries worry about his mental well-being and his effectiveness at ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Schrader
CAST:  Susan Sarandon  •  Dana Delany  •  David Clennon  •  Mary Beth Hurt

A drug dealer with upscale clientele is having moral problems going about his daily deliveries. A reformed addict, he has never gotten over the wife that left him, and the couple that use him for deliveries worry about his mental well-being and his effectiveness at ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Schrader
CAST:  Susan Sarandon  •  Dana Delany  •  David Clennon  •  Mary Beth Hurt

Matchstick Men (2003)

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A phobic con artist and his protege are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the con artist's teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Sam Rockwell  •  Alison Lohman  •  Bruce Altman

A phobic con artist and his protege are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the con artist's teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Sam Rockwell  •  Alison Lohman  •  Bruce Altman

Safe Men (1998)

Two untalented singers are mistaken for a pair of major league safe crackers in Providence, Rhode Island. The two are pressed into service by the local hoodlums and quickly find themselves in conflict with their professional colleagues. Romantic interest is added ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hamburg
CAST:  Sam Rockwell  •  Steve Zahn  •  Paul Giamatti  •  Mark Ruffalo

Two untalented singers are mistaken for a pair of major league safe crackers in Providence, Rhode Island. The two are pressed into service by the local hoodlums and quickly find themselves in conflict with their professional colleagues. Romantic interest is added ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hamburg
CAST:  Sam Rockwell  •  Steve Zahn  •  Paul Giamatti  •  Mark Ruffalo

Strictly Business (1991)

Waymon has a great job in real estate and a promising future, but he's also trapped in a loveless longterm relationship. He meets Natalie, a beautiful club-hopping hipster, and quickly falls in love. Realizing he's just not cool enough to attract her on his own, he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Hooks
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Joseph C. Phillips  •  Sam Rockwell  •  Halle Berry

Waymon has a great job in real estate and a promising future, but he's also trapped in a loveless longterm relationship. He meets Natalie, a beautiful club-hopping hipster, and quickly falls in love. Realizing he's just not cool enough to attract her on his own, he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Hooks
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Joseph C. Phillips  •  Sam Rockwell  •  Halle Berry

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

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Outlaw Jesse James is rumored to be the 'fastest gun in the West'. An eager recruit into James' notorious gang, Robert Ford eventually grows jealous of the famed outlaw and, when Robert and his brother sense an opportunity to kill James, their murderous action ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Dominik
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Mary-Louise Parker  •  Brooklynn Proulx  •  Dustin Bollinger

Outlaw Jesse James is rumored to be the 'fastest gun in the West'. An eager recruit into James' notorious gang, Robert Ford eventually grows jealous of the famed outlaw and, when Robert and his brother sense an opportunity to kill James, their murderous action ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Dominik
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Mary-Louise Parker  •  Brooklynn Proulx  •  Dustin Bollinger

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

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Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garth Jennings
CAST:  John Malkovich  •  Sam Rockwell  •  Yasiin Bey  •  Helen Mirren

Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garth Jennings
CAST:  John Malkovich  •  Sam Rockwell  •  Yasiin Bey  •  Helen Mirren

Welcome to Collinwood (2002)

Five hapless inner-city low-lifes attempt to burgle a pawnbroker's safe, but end up being plagued by bad luck.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Russo  •  Anthony Russo
CAST:  William H. Macy  •  Isaiah Washington  •  Sam Rockwell  •  Michael Jeter

Five hapless inner-city low-lifes attempt to burgle a pawnbroker's safe, but end up being plagued by bad luck.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Russo  •  Anthony Russo
CAST:  William H. Macy  •  Isaiah Washington  •  Sam Rockwell  •  Michael Jeter

Basquiat (1996)

The brief life of Jean Michel Basquiat, a world renowned New York street artist struggling with fame, drugs and his identity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julian Schnabel
CAST:  Jeffrey Wright  •  Michael Wincott  •  Benicio del Toro  •  David Bowie

The brief life of Jean Michel Basquiat, a world renowned New York street artist struggling with fame, drugs and his identity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julian Schnabel
CAST:  Jeffrey Wright  •  Michael Wincott  •  Benicio del Toro  •  David Bowie

Made (2001)

Two aspiring boxers and lifelong friends get involved in a money-laundering scheme through a low-level organized crime group.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Favreau
CAST:  Vince Vaughn  •  Jon Favreau  •  Sean Combs  •  Famke Janssen

Two aspiring boxers and lifelong friends get involved in a money-laundering scheme through a low-level organized crime group.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Favreau
CAST:  Vince Vaughn  •  Jon Favreau  •  Sean Combs  •  Famke Janssen

Heist (2001)

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Joe Moore has a job he loves. He's a thief. His job goes sour when he gets caught on security camera tape. His fence, Bergman, reneges on the money he's owed, and his wife may be betraying him with the fence's young lieutenant. Moore and his partner, Bobby Blane, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Mamet
CAST:  Gene Hackman  •  Danny DeVito  •  Delroy Lindo  •  Sam Rockwell

Joe Moore has a job he loves. He's a thief. His job goes sour when he gets caught on security camera tape. His fence, Bergman, reneges on the money he's owed, and his wife may be betraying him with the fence's young lieutenant. Moore and his partner, Bobby Blane, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Mamet
CAST:  Gene Hackman  •  Danny DeVito  •  Delroy Lindo  •  Sam Rockwell

13 Moons (2002)

Can you solve the mystery of the 13 moons?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexandre Rockwell
CAST:  Rose Rollins  •  Jennifer Beals  •  Elizabeth Bracco  •  Steve Buscemi

Can you solve the mystery of the 13 moons?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexandre Rockwell
CAST:  Rose Rollins  •  Jennifer Beals  •  Elizabeth Bracco  •  Steve Buscemi
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