Mickey Rourke biography 2022

Actor Mickey Rourke

Mickey Rourke biography

Mickey Rourke (Philip Andre Rourke) was born September 16, 1952, and is an American film actor.

As a youngster, Mickey Rourke had significant supporting roles, e.g., Barry Levinson's Diner (1982) and Francis Ford Coppola's Rumble Fish (1983).

He then decisively broke through roles as unpredictable, dangerous types in, for example, Michael Cimino's Year of the Dragon (1985) and Adrian Lyne's 9½ Weeks (1986), where he played an inscrutable seducer. He has portrayed similar characters in Alan Parker's Angel Heart (1987), Johnny Handsome (1989), and White Sands (1992).

One of Mickey Rourke's most notable performances came with the Charles Bukowski character in Barbet Schroeder's Barfly (1987).

Still, from 1991-95 he only sporadically attended to his acting career as he tried his hand at professional boxing. The attempt ended in personal de route. After that, Mickey Rourke had difficulty regaining his status as a star, with a few exceptions, such as Francis Ford Coppola's The Rainmaker (1997), based on John Grisham's novel.

For example, he landed several eye-catching supporting roles in Sin City (2005).

In 2008 the myth of Mickey Rourke as the talented star seed who self-destructively insists on the decline melted together with the role of a renegade wrestler in Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler (2008), which i.a. earned him an Oscar nomination and a BAFTA Award.

Subsequently, he is, among other things, seen in Iron Man 2 (2010) and Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables (2010).

last updated October 2022

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