Sam Rockwell Biography |
  • Sam Rockwell Biography

    Born: May 11, 1968 in Daly City, California, USA

    SAM ROCKWELL has emerged as one of the most dynamic actors of his generation by continuing to take on challenging roles in both independent and studio productions.

    Rockwell has two additional films slated for release in 2015: “Don Verdean,” written and directed by Jared Hess (“Napoleon Dynamite”), about a biblical archeologist who walks the line between faith-promoting spectacle and massive fraud; and “Digging for Fire,” written and directed by Joe Swanberg (“Drinking Buddies”), about the pleasures and pains of building a family, and maintaining the excitement of a relationship over time.  

    Rockwell was recently seen in Lynn Shelton’s “Laggies,” opposite Keira Knightley and Chloë Grace Moretz.  This romantic coming-of-age comedy follows Megan (Knightley), who reacts to her boyfriend’s marriage proposal by hiding out with a new 16-year old friend Annika (Moretz) and Annika’s dad (Rockwell).  He was also featured in “The Way, Way Back,” written by the Academy Award® winning team of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (“The Descendants”), opposite Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Maya Rudolph, and Rob Corddry. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and Rockwell was nominated for a 2014 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actor in a Comedy for his performance. 

    Throughout his career, Rockwell has created memorable and diverse characters.  His film credits include Tony Goldwyn's “Conviction,” opposite Hilary Swank; Jon Favreau’s “Iron Man 2,” opposite Robert Downey Jr. and “Cowboys and Aliens,” opposite Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig; Duncan Jones' “Moon”; the blockbuster “Charlie’s Angels,” with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu; and Frank Darabont's Oscar®-nominated “The Green Mile,” opposite Tom Hanks.  

     Additional credits include DreamWorks' box-office hit “Galaxy Quest,” opposite Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, and Tony Shalhoub; Andrew Dominik's “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”  opposite Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck; Martin McDonagh’s “Seven Psychopaths,” opposite Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, and Woody Harrelson; David Gordon Green's “Snow Angels,” opposite Kate Beckinsale; the Russo brothers' comedy “Welcome to Collinwood,” opposite George Clooney and William H. Macy; David Mamet's “Heist,” opposite Gene Hackman and Danny DeVito; “The Sitter,” opposite Jonah Hill; “Everybody’s Fine,” opposite Robert De Niro; “Frost/Nixon,” opposite Frank Langella; “Joshua,” opposite Vera Farmiga; “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” opposite Zooey Deschanel; and the Warner Bros. comedy-drama “Matchstick Men,” directed by Ridley Scott, also starring Nicolas Cage. 

    Rockwell has also appeared in Woody Allen's “Celebrity”; Michael Hoffman's “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” with Kevin Kline and Michelle Pfeiffer; John Duigan's “Lawn Dogs”; John Hamburg's “Safe Men”; Saul Rubinek's dark comedy “Jerry and Tom”; Tom DiCillo's “Box of Moonlight,” opposite John Turturro; Peter Cohn's “Drunk,” with Richard Lewis, Parker Posey, and Faye Dunaway; Paul Schrader's “Light Sleeper,” with Willem Dafoe; Uli Edel's “Last Exit to Brooklyn,” with Jennifer Jason Leigh; and his feature film debut in Francis Ford Coppola's “Clownhouse,” filmed while Rockwell was still a student at San Francisco's High School of the Performing Arts.

    Rockwell won critical praise, as well as the Berlin Film Festival's Silver Berlin Bear Award and Movieline's Breakthrough Performance of the Year Award, for his portrayal of Chuck Barris in George Clooney's “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.”  Rockwell starred opposite Clooney, Drew Barrymore, and Julia Roberts in this adaptation of Barris' memoirs. Other awards include Best Actor at the Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia for his performance in “Joshua” and the Decades Achievement Award from Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival.

     Last summer, Rockwell starred with Nina Arianda in Sam Shepherd’s “Fool for Love” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.  Other stage credits include Martin McDonagh's critically acclaimed production of “A Behanding in Spokane,” opposite Christopher Walken, on Broadway; “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” at The Public Theater, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman; and the off-Broadway production of “Goose-Pimples,” written by noted film writer/director Mike Leigh. He has also appeared in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “The Dumb Waiter,” and “Hot L Baltimore” for the Williamstown Theatre Festival.


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