Mickey Rourke

Mickey Rourke
Mickey Rourke

Rourke at the 2009 premiere of City Island
Born Philip Andre Rourke, Jr.
September 16, 1952 (1952-09-16) (age 59)
Schenectady, New York, U.S.
Other names Sir Eddie Cook
Occupation Actor, professional boxer, screenwriter, music supervisor
Years active Actor (1979–present)
Boxer (1991-1994)

Philip Andre "Mickey" Rourke, Jr. (born September 16, 1952)[1] is an American actor, screenwriter and retired boxer, who has appeared primarily as a leading man in action, drama, and thriller films.

During the 1980s, Rourke starred in Diner, Rumble Fish, and the erotic drama 9½ Weeks, and received critical praise for his work in Barfly and Angel Heart. In 1991, Rourke, who had trained as a boxer in his early years, left acting and became a professional boxer for a period.[2] He had supporting roles in several later films, including The Rainmaker, Buffalo '66, The Pledge, Get Carter, Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Man on Fire.

In 2005, Rourke made his comeback in mainstream Hollywood circles with a lead role in Sin City, for which he won awards from the Chicago Film Critics Association, the Irish Film and Television Awards and the Online Film Critics Society. In the 2008 film The Wrestler, Rourke portrayed a past-his-prime wrestler, and garnered a 2009 Golden Globe award, a BAFTA award, and a nomination for an Academy Award.[3]

In 2010, he appeared in the blockbusters Iron Man 2 and The Expendables. He is rumored to be playing Lemmy of Motörhead fame in an unannounced Werner Herzog project.


Early life

Rourke was born Philip Andre Rourke, Jr., in Schenectady, New York,[1] to a family of Irish and French descent.[4] He was raised Roman Catholic and still practices his faith.[5][6][7] His father, Philip Andre Rourke, Sr., an amateur body builder, left the family when Mickey was six years old.[8] After his parents divorced, his mother, Annette,[9] married Eugene Addis, a Miami Beach police officer with five sons, and moved Rourke, his younger brother, and their sister to southern Florida. There, he graduated from Miami Beach Senior High School in 1971.[10]

During his teenage years, Rourke focused his attention mainly on sports. He took up self-defense training at the Boys Club of Miami.[citation needed] It was there that he learned boxing skills and decided on an amateur career. At age 12, Rourke won his first boxing match as a 118-pound bantamweight (53.5 kg),[citation needed] fighting some of his early matches under the name Andre Rourke.[citation needed] He continued his boxing training at the famed 5th Street Gym, in Miami Beach, Florida, where Muhammad Ali began his career. In 1969, Rourke, then weighing 140 lbs. (63.5 kg),[citation needed] sparred with former World Welterweight Champion Luis Rodríguez. Rodriguez was the number one-rated middleweight boxer in the world and was training for his match with world champion Conor Scullion. Rourke boxed Scullion and claims to have received a concussion in this sparring match.[11]

At the 1971 Florida Golden Gloves, Rourke suffered another concussion in a boxing match. After being told by doctors to take a year off and rest, Rourke temporarily retired from the ring. From 1964 to 1972, he compiled an amateur record of 20 wins (17 by knockout) and 6 defeats,[12] which included wins over Ron Carter, Charles Gathers and Joe Riles.[citation needed]


Early acting roles

In 1971, as a senior at Miami Beach Senior High School, Rourke had a small acting role in the Jay W. Jensen-directed school play, The Serpent.[13] However, Rourke's interests were geared to boxing, and he never appeared in any other school productions. Soon after he temporarily gave up boxing, a friend at the University of Miami told Rourke about a play he was directing, Deathwatch, and how the man playing the role of Green Eyes had quit. Rourke got the part and immediately became enamored with acting. Borrowing 400 dollars from his sister, he went to New York in order to take private lessons with an acting teacher from the Actors Studio, Sandra Seacat. It is she who actually motivated Rourke to go and find his father that he was separate from for more than 20 years and had no idea as to what or whom he was looking for. During his visit as a guest to the actor's studio, after the release of The wrestler (2008 film), while Rourke was talking to Lipton, James Lipton disclosed the fact that Rourke had been selected to the actor's studio in his first audition, which Elia Kazan is reported to have said being the "best audition in 30 years". Similarly, later director Adrian Lyne would go on to say that had Mickey passed away after the release of Angel Heart, he would have become a bigger phenomenon than James Dean. [11]

Rourke's film debut was a small role in Steven Spielberg's film 1941. However, it was his portrayal of an arsonist in Body Heat that garnered significant attention, despite his modest time on screen. He mostly appeared in television films in his early career. During the early 1980s, Rourke starred in Diner, alongside Paul Reiser, Daniel Stern, Steve Guttenberg, Tim Daly and Kevin Bacon, and yet again drew further critical notices for his portrayal as the suave compulsive gambler "Boogie" Sheftell; The National Society of Film Critics named him "Best Supporting Actor" that year. Soon thereafter, Rourke starred in Rumble Fish, Francis Ford Coppola's follow-up to The Outsiders.

Rourke's performance in the film The Pope of Greenwich Village alongside Daryl Hannah and Eric Roberts also caught the attention of critics, although the film was not financially successful. In the mid-1980s, Rourke earned himself additional leading roles. His role alongside Kim Basinger in the erotic drama 9½ Weeks helped him gain "sex symbol" status.[14] He received critical praise for his work in Barfly as the alcoholic writer Henry Chinaski (the literary alter ego of Charles Bukowski) and in Year of the Dragon. In 1987, Rourke appeared in Angel Heart. The film was nominated for several awards. It was seen as controversial by some owing to a sex scene involving Cosby Show cast member Lisa Bonet, who won an award for her part in the film.[15] Although some of Rourke's work was viewed as controversial in the U.S., he was well-received by European, and especially French, audiences, who loved the "rumpled, slightly dirty, sordid ... rebel persona"[16] that he projected in Year of the Dragon, 9½ Weeks, Angel Heart, and Desperate Hours.

In the late 1980s, Rourke performed with David Bowie on the Never Let Me Down album. Around the same time he also wrote his first screenplay, Homeboy, a boxing tale in which he starred. In 1989, Rourke starred in the docu-drama Francesco, portraying St. Francis of Assisi. This was followed by Wild Orchid, another critically panned film, which gained him a nomination for a Razzie award (also for Desperate Hours). In 1991, he starred in the box office bomb Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man as Harley Davidson, a biker whose best friend, Marlboro, was played by Don Johnson. In his last role before departing for the boxing ring, Rourke played an arms dealer chased by Willem Dafoe and Samuel Jackson in White Sands, a film noir which reviewers found to be stylish but incoherent.[17][18]

Rourke's acting career eventually became overshadowed by his personal life and career decisions. Directors such as Alan Parker found it difficult to work with him. Parker stated that "working with Mickey is a nightmare. He is very dangerous on the set because you never know what he is going to do."[16] In a documentary on the special edition DVD of Tombstone, actor Michael Biehn, who plays the part of Johnny Ringo, mentions that his role was first offered to Rourke.[19]

Boxing career

In 1991, Rourke decided that he "had to go back to boxing" because he felt that he "was self-destructing ... (and) had no respect for (himself as) an actor."[2] Rourke was undefeated in eight fights, with six wins (four by knockout) and two draws. He fought internationally in countries including Spain, Japan and Germany.[20]

During his boxing career, Rourke suffered a number of injuries, including a broken nose, toe, ribs, a split tongue, and a compressed cheekbone.[21] He also suffered from short term memory loss.[22]

His trainer during most of his boxing career was Hells Angels member, actor and celebrity bodyguard Chuck Zito.[23] Freddie Roach also trained Rourke for seven fights.[24] Rourke's entrance song into the ring was often Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child o' Mine."[25]

Boxing promoters said that Rourke was too old to succeed against top-level fighters. Indeed, Rourke himself admits that entering the ring was a sort of personal test: "[I] just wanted to give it a shot, test myself that way physically, while I still had time."[26] In 1995, Rourke retired from boxing and returned to acting.

Rourke's boxing career resulted in a notable physical change in the 1990s, as his face needed reconstructive surgery in order to mend his injuries. His face was later called "appallingly disfigured."[27] In 2009, the actor told The Daily Mail that he had gone to "the wrong guy" for his surgery, and that his plastic surgeon had left his features "a mess."[21]

Boxing record
6 Wins (4 knockouts, 2 decisions), 0 Losses, 2 Draws[28]
Result Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Draw 6-0-2 United States Andrew Banks MD 4 September 8, 1994 United States Davie, Florida, USA Scoring was 37-39 for Banks, 38-38 and 38-38.
Win 6-0-1 United States Thomas McCoy TKO 3 (4) November 20, 1993 Germany Hamburg, Germany
Win 5-0-1 United States Bubba Stotts TKO 3 (4) July 24, 1993 United States Joplin, Missouri, USA
Win 4-0-1 United States Tom Bentley KO 1 (4) March 30, 1993 United States Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Win 3-0-1 Canada Terry Jesmer PTS 4 December 12, 1992 Spain Oviedo, Spain
Draw 2-0-1 United States Francisco Harris MD 4 April 25, 1992 United States Miami Beach, Florida, USA Scoring was 38-39 for Harris, 38-38 and 38-38.
Win 2–0 United States Darrell Miller KO 1 (4), 2:14 June 23, 1991 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Win 1–0 United States Steve Powell UD 4 May 23, 1991 United States Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA In his professional boxing debut, Rourke jabbed and uppercut, but he also danced, clowned and taunted the crowd throughout the fight. The boxers were constantly in clinches, two of which sent Powell through the ropes. Rourke managed to land several solid rights, particularly in the final two rounds. Scoring was 38-37, 38-37 and 39-37.

1990s: return to acting

In the early 1990s, Rourke was offered and declined the role of Butch Coolidge, which later became Bruce Willis' role in Pulp Fiction.[29] After his retirement from boxing, Rourke did accept supporting roles in several 1990s films, including Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of John Grisham's The Rainmaker, Vincent Gallo's Buffalo '66, Steve Buscemi's Animal Factory, Sean Penn's The Pledge and Sylvester Stallone's remake of Get Carter. Rourke also has written several films under the name "Sir Eddie Cook", including Bullet, in which he co-starred with close friend Tupac Shakur.[30]

While Rourke was also selected for a significant role in Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line; his part ended up on the editing room floor. Rourke also played a small part in the film Thursday, in which he plays a crooked cop. He also had a lead role in 1997's Double Team, which co-starred martial arts actor Jean-Claude Van Damme. It was Rourke's first over-the-top action film role, in which he played the lead villain. During that same year, he filmed Another 9½ Weeks, a sequel to 9½ Weeks, which only received limited distribution. He ended the 1990s with the direct-to-video films Out in Fifty, Shades and television film Shergar, about the kidnapping of Epsom Derby-winning thoroughbred racehorse Shergar. Rourke has expressed his bitterness over that period of his career, stating that he came to consider himself a "has-been" and lived for a time in "a state of shame."[27]


In 2001, he appeared as the villain in Enrique Iglesias's music video for "Hero," which also featured Jennifer Love Hewitt. In 2002, Rourke took the role of The Cook in Jonas Åkerlund's Spun, teaming up once again with Eric Roberts. His first collaborations with directors Robert Rodriguez and Tony Scott in Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Man on Fire, were for smaller roles. Nonetheless, these directors subsequently decided to cast Rourke in lead roles in their next films.

In 2005, Rourke made his comeback in mainstream Hollywood circles with a lead role (Marv) in Robert Rodriguez's adaptation of Frank Miller's Sin City. Rourke received awards from the Chicago Film Critics Association, the IFTA and the Online Film Critics Society, as well as "Man of the Year" from Total Film magazine that year. Rourke followed Sin City with a supporting role in Tony Scott's Domino alongside Keira Knightley, in which he played a bounty hunter.

Rourke played the role of "The Blackbird" in an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's Killshot, and appeared as Darrius Sayle in the adaptation of the Alex Rider novel Stormbreaker.

In addition, in 2004, Rourke provided the voice for "Jericho" in the third installment of the Driver video game series. Rourke also recently appeared in a 40-page story by photographer Bryan Adams for Berlin's Zoo Magazine. In an article about Rourke's return to steady acting roles, entitled "Mickey Rourke Rising",[31] Christopher Heard stated that actors/musicians Tupac Shakur, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn and Brad Pitt have "...animated praise for Rourke and his work." During a roundtable session of Oscar-nominated actors held by Newsweek, Brad Pitt cited Rourke as one of his early acting heroes along with Sean Penn and Gary Oldman.[32]

Despite having withdrawn from acting at various points, and having made films that he now sees as a creative "sell-out" (the action film Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man), Rourke has stated that "...all that I have been through...[has] made me a better, more interesting actor." Rourke's renewed interest in pursuing acting can be seen in his statement that "... my best work is still ahead of me."[33]

Rourke had a role in the film version of The Informers, playing Peter, an amoral former studio security guard who plots to kidnap a small child.

In 2008, Rourke played the lead in The Wrestler, winner of the Golden Lion Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, about washed-up professional wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson. In regards to first reading the screenplay, he stated that he originally "didn't care for it."

I didn't really care for the script, but I wanted to work with Darren and I kind of thought that whoever wrote the script hadn't spent as much time as I had around these kind of people and he wouldn't have spoken the way the dude was speaking. And, so Darren let me rewrite all my part and he put the periods in and crossed the Ts. So once we made that change I was OK with it.[34]

He also spoke on personal concern and hesitance of being in a film about wrestling, for he perceived it as being "pre-arranged and pre-choreographed." However, as he trained for the film, he developed an appreciation and respect for what real-life pro wrestlers do to prepare for the ring:

I kept getting hurt. I think I had three MRIs in two months because I wasn't landing right. These guys take several years to learn how to land and I think after I started getting hurt doing it, I started to realize these guys are really suffering and I kind of gained a respect for their sport.[35]

He trained under former WWE wrestler Afa the Wild Samoan for the part, and has received a British Academy (BAFTA) award, a Golden Globe award, an Independent Spirit Award, and an Oscar nomination as Best Actor. Rourke was pessimistic about his chances to win the Oscar, as he had burned many bridges in Hollywood due to his past behavior.[21] Rourke lost the Oscar to Sean Penn, while Penn did acknowledge Rourke in his acceptance speech.

Rourke has written or co-written six scripts: Homeboy, The Last Ride, Bullet, Killer Moon, Penance and the latest, Pain. Of these, the first three were produced as films between 1988 and 1996.

In early 2009, Rourke developed a small feud with WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, as part of a storyline. The storyline climaxed at WrestleMania XXV, when Rourke knocked out Jericho with a left hook after Jericho won his match against Jimmy Snuka, Ricky Steamboat, and Roddy Piper, with Ric Flair in their corner.

In 2009, Rourke starred in John Rich's music video for Shuttin' Detroit Down alongside Kris Kristofferson.

In 2009, Rourke voiced protagonist U.S. Navy SEAL Dick Marcinko in the video game Rogue Warrior. The game received very poor reviews from critics.

In 2010, Rourke played the role of the main villain Whiplash in the film Iron Man 2, in an interview with Rip It Up Magazine he revealed that he prepared for the role by visiting Russian jail inmates.[36] He also had a supporting role playing 'Tool' in Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables.

Just before the end of the year, he confirmed on a British TV talk show that he would play Gareth Thomas in an upcoming film about the Welsh rugby star who came out as gay the previous year.[37] As of February 2011, he had begun research on the film, but noted, "We're not going to make this movie until we've done all the proper research. We need to do our homework and I need to train for from nine to eleven months."[38]

In 2011, Rourke was cast in the film Java Heat as an American citizen shadowing terrorists group in Java, Indonesia. The film will be released in 2013.[39]

Political views

Rourke's political views came under fire when he claimed to have donated part of his salary from the 1989 film Francesco to the Provisional Irish Republican Army. He later retracted the statement, although he has an IRA symbol tattoo.[40]

Personal life

Rourke has dated several celebrities, including Terry Farrell and Sasha Volkova. He has been married twice. In 1981, he married Debra Feuer, whom he met on the set of Hardcase (1981) and who co-starred with him in Homeboy (1990) as his love interest. The marriage ended in 1989, with Rourke subsequently commenting that making the film 9½ Weeks "was not particularly considerate to my wife's needs."[41] The two have remained good friends, according to an interview Feuer gave in 2009.[42]

Andy García and Rourke at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

Wild Orchid co-star Carré Otis was briefly a cause célèbre following the release of the film owing to rumors that she and then-lover Rourke filmed an unsimulated sex scene. Otis married Rourke on June 26, 1992. In 1994, Rourke was arrested for spousal abuse. The charges were later dropped. The couple reconciled and also starred together in Exit in Red, but their marriage ended in December 1998. In November 2007, Rourke was arrested again, this time on DUI charges in Miami Beach.[43]

In numerous TV and print interviews, he attributes his comeback after fourteen years to weekly meetings with a psychiatrist, "Steve," and to a Catholic priest he identified as "Father Pete."[citation needed]

Since 2009, Rourke has been dating the Russian model Anastassija Makarenko. In mid-2011, he bought an apartment in Wiesbaden, Germany which is close to his girlfriend's parents place of residence.[44]

Rourke is also a motorcycle enthusiast and uses motorcycles in some of his films.[citation needed]


In addition to his faith and his psychiatric treatment, Rourke has publicly attributed his comeback to his dogs. He is well-known as a pet fancier, particularly fond of small-breed dogs. A spay/neuter advocate, Rourke participated in a protest outside of a pet shop in 2007[45] and has done a public service announcement for PETA.[46]

His first little dog was reportedly a gift from his second wife.[45] Though Rourke's dogs are generally referred to as "chihuahuas," some are not pure-bred. Loki, his most-publicized dog whom he described as "the love of my life,"[45] was a chihuahua-terrier mix.[47][48] So reliant was Rourke on Loki's companionship, he spent US$5,400 to have her flown to England while he was on the set of the film Stormbreaker.[48]

Rourke gave his dogs credit during his Golden Globe Best Actor acceptance speech January 11, 2009: "I'd like to thank all my dogs. The ones that are here, the ones that aren't here anymore because sometimes when a man's alone, that's all you got is your dog. And they've meant the world to me."[49] The day of the 2009 Golden Globes show, he told Barbara Walters that "I sort of self-destructed and everything came out about fourteen years ago or so ... the wife had left, the career was over, the money was not an ounce. The dogs were there when no one else was there." Asked by Walters if he had considered suicide, he responded:

Yeah, I didn't want to be here, but I didn't want to kill myself. I just wanted to push a button and disappear....I think I hadn't left the house for four or five months, and I was sitting in the closet, sleeping in the closet for some reason, and I was in a bad place, and I just remember I was thinking, 'Oh, man, if I do this,' [and] then I looked at my dog, Lowjack, and he made a sound, like a little almost human sound. I don't have kids, the dogs became everything to me. The dog was looking at me going, 'Who's going to take care of me?'

—Mickey Rourke[50]

Despite being identified as "Lowjack" in the transcription above, the dog in the anecdote was apparently Beau Jack, who sired two of Rourke's later pets, Loki and her littermate Chocolate.[51] Beau Jack died in 2002, though Rourke gave him 45 minutes of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.[48][52] Chocolate was the subject of a children's book, Chocolate at the Four Seasons, about his temporary stay with producer Bonnie Timmerman.[53] Chocolate returned to Rourke and died in 2006.[53] In addition to those dogs and several other past pets, Rourke currently owns a chihuahua named Jaws who appeared with him in his 2009 PETA ad, as well as in the film "Man on Fire."[46] He has had as many as seven dogs at one time, back in 2005.[52] At the time of his Golden Globes tribute to his pets, Rourke owned five chihuahuas: Loki, Jaws, Ruby Baby, La Negra and Bella Loca.[48] About a month later, on February 18, 2009, Loki died in Rourke's arms at the age of 18.[54]


List of Film Roles
Year Title Role Director(s)
1979 1941 Pvt. Reese Steven Spielberg
1980 Heaven's Gate Nick Ray Michael Cimino
Fade to Black Richie Vernon Zimmerman
1981 Body Heat Teddy Lewis Lawrence Kasdan
1982 Diner Robert 'Boogie' Sheftell Barry Levinson
1983 Rumble Fish The Motorcycle Boy Francis Ford Coppola
1984 The Pope of Greenwich Village Charlie Moran Stuart Rosenberg
Eureka Aurelio D'Amato Nicolas Roeg
1985 Year of the Dragon Captain Stanley White Michael Cimino
1986 9½ Weeks John Gray Adrian Lyne
1987 Angel Heart Harold R. "Harry" Angel Alan Parker
Barfly Henry Chinaski Barbet Schroeder
A Prayer for the Dying Martin Fallon Mike Hodges
1988 Homeboy Johnny Walker Michael Seresin
1989 Francesco Francesco Liliana Cavani
Johnny Handsome John Sedley a.k.a. Johnny Handsome/Johnny Mitchell Walter Hill
1990 Wild Orchid James Wheeler Zalman King
Desperate Hours Michael Bosworth Michael Cimino
1991 Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Harley Davidson Simon Wincer
1992 White Sands Gorman Lennox Roger Donaldson
1994 F.T.W. Frank T. Wells Michael Karbelnikoff
1995 Fall Time Florence Paul W. Warner
1996 Bullet Butch 'Bullet' Stein Julien Temple
1997 Double Team Stavros Tsui Hark
The Rainmaker J. Lyman "Bruiser" Stone Francis Ford Coppola
1998 Buffalo ’66 The Bookie Vincent Gallo
Point Blank Rudy Ray Matt Earl Beesley
Thursday Kasarov Skip Woods
1999 Out in Fifty Jack Bracken Bojesse Christopher, Scott Anthony Leet
Shades Paul S. Sullivan Erik Van Looy
2000 Animal Factory Jan the Actress Steve Buscemi
Get Carter Cyrus Paice Stephen Kay
2001 The Pledge Jim Olstad Sean Penn
The Hire: The Follow Husband (short film) Kar Wai Wong
Picture Claire Eddie Bruce McDonald
2002 Spun The Cook Jonas Åkerlund
2003 Masked and Anonymous Edmund Larry Charles
Once Upon a Time in Mexico Billy Chambers Robert Rodriguez
2004 Man on Fire Jordan Kalfus Tony Scott
2005 Sin City Marv Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller
Domino Ed Mosbey Tony Scott
2006 Stormbreaker Darrius Sayle Geoffrey Sax
2008 The Wrestler Randy "Ram" Robinson Darren Aronofsky
2009 Killshot Armand "The Blackbird" Degas John Madden
The Informers Peter Gregor Jordan
2010 13 Jefferson Géla Babluani
Iron Man 2 Ivan Vanko/Whiplash Jon Favreau
The Expendables Tool Sylvester Stallone
Passion Play Nate Poole Mitch Glazer
2011 Immortals King Hyperion Tarsem Singh
List of Television Roles
Year Title Role Director
1980 City in Fear Tony Pate Alan Smithee
Jud Taylor
Act of Love Joseph Cybulkowski Jud Taylor
Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case John Rideout Peter Levin
1981 Hardcase Perk Dawson Lee H. Katzin
1994 The Last Outlaw Graff Geoff Murphy
1998 Thicker Than Blood Father Frank Larkin Richard Pearce
List of direct-to-video film roles
Year Title Role Director
1996 Exit in Red Ed Altman Yurek Bogayevicz
1997 Love in Paris: Another 9½ Weeks John Gray Anne Goursaud
1998 Point Blank Rudy Ray Matt Earl Beesley
1999 Out in Fifty Jack Bracken Scott Leet
Christopher Bojesse
Shergar Gavin O'Rourke Denis C. Lewiston
2001 They Crawl Tiny Frakes John Allardice
Non-acting film work
Year Title Credit Other work
1988 Homeboy screenplay
1994 F.T.W. story
1995 Bullet screenplay music supervisor

Career Awards

List of awards
Year Award Nomination Film Result
1983 Boston Society of Film Critics Award Best Supporting Actor Diner Won
National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actor
1988 Independent Spirit Awards Best Actor Barfly Nominated
1991 Razzie Award Worst Actor Desperate Hours Nominated
Wild Orchid
2006 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor Sin City Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor
Irish Film and Television Awards Best International Actor
Online Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actor
Satellite Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Nominated
Critics' Choice Award Best Ensemble Nominated
Total Film magazine Man of the Year Voted
2008 Moviefone Sexiest Movie Couple 9½ Weeks Voted
Golden Orange Award Honorary Award Won
Satellite Awards Best Actor - Drama The Wrestler Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Best Actor Won
San Francisco Film Critics Best Actor Won
Broadcast Film Critics Best Actor Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Actor Won
Toronto Film Critics Association Best Actor Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actor Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Best Actor Won
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Actor Won
2009 Golden Globe Award Best Actor - Drama Won
Independent Spirit Award Best Male Lead Won
BAFTA Award Best Actor Won
Academy Awards Best Male Actor Nominated
Chlotrudis Awards Best Actor Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Best Male Actor Nominated
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Riviera Award Awarded
2010 Scream Awards Best Villain Iron Man 2 Won
2011 MTV Movie Awards Best Villain Iron Man 2 Nominated

Critical Acclaim

Only two films of Mickey Rourke’s are in the IMDb Top 250. Sin City is #85 and The Wrestler is #78. According to Rotten Tomatoes, Mickey’s most “fresh” film is The Wrestler and most "rotten" film is Wild Orchid.

Rotten Tomatoes

Mickey Rourke films which rated as "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes.

Rank Title %
1 The Wrestler 98%
2 Body Heat 97%
3 Diner 96%
4 The Pope of Greenwich Village 89%
5 The Rainmaker 88%
6 Animal Factory 83%
7 Barfly 80%
8 Sin City 77%
Rank Title %
9 Buffalo '66 77%
10 The Pledge 77%
11 Angel Heart 76%
12 Iron Man 2 74%
13 Once Upon a Time in Mexico 69%
14 Rumble Fish 68%
15 A Prayer for the Dying 63%
16 9½ Weeks 62%
17 Year of the Dragon 60%


Mickey Rourke films which rate "fresh" on Metacritic.

Rank Title %
1 Diner 86%
2 The Wrestler 81%
3 Body Heat 78%
4 The Rainmaker 72%
5 The Pledge 71%
6 Buffalo '66 68%
7 The Animal Factory 65%
8 Rumble Fish 63%

Previous collaborations

During his career, Rourke worked with directors including Steven Spielberg, Lawrence Kasdan, Francis Ford Coppola, Barry Levinson, Stuart Rosenberg, Nicolas Roeg, Michael Cimino, Adrian Lyne, Alan Parker, Mike Hodges, Barbet Schroeder, Walter Hill, Tsui Hark, Jonas Åkerlund, Wong Kar-wai, Tony Scott, Robert Rodriguez and John Madden, as well as actors-turned-directors Sean Penn, Vincent Gallo and Steve Buscemi. Rourke also starred in the films which also stars popular actors including Kim Basinger, Jean Claude Van Damme, Helena Bonham Carter, Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Tupac Shakur, Bruce Willis, Benicio del Toro, Alicia Silverstone, Anthony Hopkins, Jack Nicholson, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, Denzel Washington, Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Robert De Niro and so on. Rourke worked with actor Christopher Walken 5 times. They starred together in the films Heaven's Gate, Homeboy, Man on Fire, Domino and voice acting in video game True Crime: New York City (2005).

Christopher Walken stated to the Film Comment on August, 1992 that destiny to make Homeboy with Mickey Rourke:

Mickey Rourke and I were in Heaven's Gate together; he had this tiny part and I was playing whatsisname. We were sitting up there in the mountains talking about...dinosaurs. And I told him about this thing I had read in some science magazine, that there's a theory that dinosaurs really never disappeared at all. That in fact all they did was get smaller and smaller, their scales turned into feathers and they flew away-and that in fact dinosaurs are still with us, they're just birds. And Mickey said, ‘That's interesting,’ and he started telling me about this movie that he was going to do someday about a boxer and it was called Homeboy. You know, I remember also he told me at the time, ‘There's this guy, the fighters manager, and you're gonna play this part.’ I said, ‘Okay Mickey, let's go.’ So almost ten years went by and there we were making it. And I said to him, ‘Why don’t I tell that story about the birds and dinosaurs?’ He said. ‘Right.’ And there is that scene at the beach with all the seagulls, talking about dinosaurs. It's completely disconnected from anything going on in the movie, but I think it's one of the things in the movie...It's real. Here are these two guys who are really kind of victims, talking about the origin and destiny of dinosaurs.[55]

Other works

Mickey Rourke made his stage debut in a revival of Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge". Rourke also lent his voice to the video games Driv3r (2004) as Jericho and True Crime: New York City (2005) as Terrence "Terry" Higgins, which was the his fifth and last work with actor Christopher Walken. He also appeared in a Japanese TV commercial for Suntory Reserve (early 90s) and a commercial for Daihatsu and Lark (cigarette). More recently, in 2009, Rourke voiced the character of Dick Marcinko for the biographical video game Rogue Warrior, which was released on December 1, 2009.[56] Ironically, Rourke's portrayal of Marcinko was a source of humorous praise from a few critics (although many others criticized Rourke's role to the same degree that they did every other aspect of the game).

Rourke starred in a music video, Hero. He played a gangster in this Enrique Iglesias music video. Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt also made an appearance in this clip. Rourke also provided the mid-song rap on the David Bowie song "Shining Star (Makin' My Love)" on his album Never Let Me Down (1987).


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