Michael Rooker

  • Birth Name: Michael Rooker
  • Birth Place: Jasper, Alabama, United States
  • Profession: Actor

Fast Facts

  • Moved to Chicago at 13 with his mother and siblings after his parents divorced.
  • Wanted to join the Marines after high school, but was classified 4F due to hearing issues.
  • Worked as a lifeguard, CTA bus driver, janitor and Chicago Park District athletic instructor prior to becoming an actor.
  • Was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his performance in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1989).
  • Studied the Japanese martial art of aikido.
  • Collects beer steins.
  • Partial owner of a shooting range.


  • 1991, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee


  • Alynne Rooker — Daughter
  • Gillian Rooker — Daughter
  • Margot Rooker — Wife
  • Alynne — Daughter


  • Attended Wright Junior College, Chicago Illinois, United States; DePaul University, Goodman Theater School of Drama, Chicago , Illinois, United States (BFA, 1982)