Sam Rockwell



Place of birth:

Daly City, California, USA:


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 in an Emmy Award-winning episode of Law & Order (1990), while working a string of regular day jobs and performing in plays. After a few smaller appearances in films such as Woody Allen's Celebrity (1998) and the modern version of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999), in which he played Francis Flute, he had larger roles in two of the bigger hit movies to emerge: The Green Mile (1999) and Galaxy Quest (1999), wowing audiences and critics alike with his chameleon-like performances as a crazed killer in the former and a goofy actor in the latter. More recently, he appeared in another string of mainstream films, most notably as Eric Knox in Charlie's Angels (2000) and as Zaphod Beeblebrox in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), while continuing to perform in smaller independent movies. After more than ten years in the business, Sam has earned his success. In 2018, he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as a troubled police deputy in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017).


The One and Only Ivan (2020)
Ivan (voice)
Trolls World Tour (2020)
Hickory (voice)
Richard Jewell (2019)
Watson Bryant
Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary (2019)
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
Captain Klenzendorf
The Best of Enemies (2019)
Claiborne Paul Ellis
Vice (2018)
George W. Bush
Blue Iguana (2018)
Blaze (2018)
The Origins of Ebbing (2018)
Woman Walks Ahead (2018)
Silas Groves
Mute (2018)
Sam Bell
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
Jason Dixon
The Dark of Night (2017)
Officer Witt
Axis (2017)
Mr. Right (2016)
Mr. Right
Don Verdean (2015)
Don Verdean
Digging for Fire (2015)
Poltergeist (2015)
Eric Bowen
Laggies (2014)
Craig Hunter
Loitering with Intent (2014)
Better Living Through Chemistry (2014)
Douglas Varney
Showing Up (2014)
Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King (2014)
Justin Hammer
A Case of You (2013)
Schooled: The Price of College Sports (2013)
Narrator (voice)
A Single Shot (2013)
John Moon
The Way Way Back (2013)
Trust Me (2013)
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
Billy Bickle
The Sitter (2011)
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of Iron Man 2 (2010)
Conviction (2010)
Kenny Waters
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Justin Hammer
F--k (2010)
Everybody's Fine (2009)
Gentlemen Broncos (2009)
Bronco / Brutus
G-Force (2009)
Darwin the Guinea Pig (voice)
Moon (2009)
Sam Bell
The Winning Season (2009)
I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009)
Frost/Nixon (2008)
James Reston Jr.
Choke (2008)
Victor Mancini
Snow Angels (2008)
Glenn Marchand
The Assassination of Jesse James: Death of an Outlaw (2008)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
Charley Ford
Joshua (2007)
Brad Cairn
Making of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' (2005)
Inside 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' (2005)
Nobody Wants Your Film (2005)
Robin's Big Date (2005)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
Zaphod Beeblebrox
Piccadilly Jim (2004)
Jim Crocker
Matchstick Men (2003)
Frank Mercer
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
Chuck Barris
13 Moons (2002)
Welcome to Collinwood (2002)
Heist (2001)
Jimmy Silk
Made (2001)
Hotel Clerk
BigLove (2001)
Charlie's Angels (2000)
Eric Knox
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Guy Fleegman
The Green Mile (1999)
'Wild Bill' Wharton
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)
Francis Flute
Jerry and Tom (1998)
Celebrity (1998)
Darrow Entourage
Safe Men (1998)
Lawn Dogs (1997)
Trent Burns
Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground (1997)
Man Eating (segment "Sax Cantor Riff")
Drunks (1997)
Arresting Gena (1997)
Box of Moonlight (1996)
The Kid
Basquiat (1996)
Mercy (1995)
Glory Daze (1995)
The Search for One-eye Jimmy (1994)
One-eye Jimmy
Somebody to Love (1994)
Polish Guy
In the Soup (1992)
Light Sleeper (1992)
Happy Hell Night (1992)
Young Henry Collins
Jack and His Friends (1992)
Strictly Business (1991)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Head Thug
Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)
Clownhouse (1989)
The Heart ()
The Adventures of Drunky ()
Untitled Ben Schwartz/Sam Rockwell Comedy ()
Untitled Merle Haggard Biopic ()
Merle Haggard
Blue Iguana (2018)
Executive Producer
The Winning Season (2009)
Executive Producer
Domino (2005)
Untitled Ben Schwartz/Sam Rockwell Comedy ()
Executive Producer