Fast Facts

  • After his parents divorced in 1959, moved with his mother to Miami Beach, where he took up boxing.
  • Attended the Actors Studio in New York and was a student of the acclaimed acting teacher Lee Strasberg.
  • While waiting for his big break, held various positions to pay the bills, including pretzel vendor and Good Humor Man.
  • First film role was as Pvt. Reese in Steven Spielberg's 1941.
  • After a falling out in Hollywood because of a reputation for being difficult to work with, became a professional boxer from 1991 to '95.
  • Once co-owned a small street-side stand with his hairdresser called Mickey & Joey's that sold magazines, ice cream and soda-fountain drinks in Beverly Hills.


  • 2008, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2009, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actor: Winner
  • 2009, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 1988, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
  • 2009, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 2009, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Winner


  • Ann Rourke — Mother
  • Anastassija Makarenko — Significant Other
  • Joey Rourke — Brother
  • Debra Feuer — Ex-wife
  • Philip A. Rourke — Father
  • Carre Otis — Ex-wife
  • Eugene Addis — Stepfather
  • Patty Rourke — Sister


  • Birth Name: Philip Andre Rourke Jr.
  • Birth Place: Schenectady, NY
  • Birthday: September 16, 1952, Virgo
  • Profession: Actor

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