Michael Madsen



Michael Soren Madsen

BornSeptember 25 1958 (1958--) (age 49)
Chicago, Illinois, US
Died
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Michael Soren Madsen (born September 25, 1958) is an American actor. He is well known for his 'tough guy' image on screen.

Biography

Early life

Madsen was born in Chicago, Illinois to Cal Madsen, a fireman, and Elaine, an Emmy-winning poet, producer and playwright who often works for PBS;[1] Madsen's mother left a career in corporate business to pursue a writing career.[2] His sister is actress Virginia Madsen. He also has an older sister named Cheri, who owns a restaurant with her husband and three children, they live in Wisconsin. Madsen's paternal grandparents were Danish and his mother has Irish and Native American ancestry.[3] Madsen's youth was characterized by unfortunate events: at age nine his parents separated and he frequently had to change schools. He began to steal and was sent to jail a few times. Madsen's acting career started at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, where he served as an apprentice actor under John Malkovich.

Career

Soon after his apprenticeship, he was cast in a small role in his first movie WarGames (1983). He moved to Los Angeles and appeared in a series of minor film roles, including playing baseball player Bump Bailey in The Natural, a deranged killer in Kill Me Again (1989), and Susan Sarandon's tough but touching boyfriend "Jimmy" in Thelma & Louise (1991).

He played a razor-wielding, sadistic ex-con and jewel thief, "Mr. Blonde", in the film Reservoir Dogs. The film gained attention among film critics and fans, as did Madsen's performance and the brutality of his character. During the scene in Reservoir Dogs where Michael Madsen's character, Mr. Blonde, tortures Officer Nash, actor Kirk Baltz ad-libbed a line about being father of a young child. Madsen, who himself had just become a father, was so upset by this line that he had difficulty finishing the scene. On some copies of the DVD, as Baltz completes the line, a voice can be heard off-screen saying "Oh, no, no..." The line compounded Madsen's already mixed feelings about filming the scene because of his aversion to violence in real life.

Subsequently, Madsen was cast in a variety of supporting roles in major studio films, including Free Willy, Mulholland Falls, Species, and the critically-acclaimed Donnie Brasco. Quentin Tarantino wanted Madsen to play Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction, a role that ultimately went to John Travolta (the character is the brother of Vic Vega, Madsen's character in Reservoir Dogs). However, Madsen was already committed to Wyatt Earp (1994) and couldn't appear in the film. Since his peak in the mid 1990s, Madsen has appeared in a large number of lower-budget films that have been released directly to video or television. Some notable exceptions include his major role in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill and appearances in the James Bond film Die Another Day and the film version of Frank Miller's Sin City. He appeared in Scary Movie 4 in 2006 parodying Tim Robbins's character from War of the Worlds.

Madsen has appeared in a few television series, including the short-lived series Vengeance Unlimited and most recently as "Don Everest" in the poker-themed ESPN series Tilt. He appeared in Michael Jackson's 2001 music video, "You Rock My World" and has provided voice work for several video games, including Grand Theft Auto III, , and Driver 3. He provided voice work for the movie of as Maugrim the wolf, captain of the White Witch's secret police.

Madsen's latest voice-over role is for the Playstation 2 game, Yakuza, where he voices the role of Futo Shimano, a violent and unforgiving leader of a Yakuza family.

Quentin Tarantino has confirmed that he will use Madsen in another upcoming movie by him, this time as the lead role of Babe Buchinsky in Inglorious Bastards. Madsen will reprise his role as Bob in Sin City 2. He is set to appear in House, a horror movie that is adapted from the acclaimed novel by Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti, in which he will portray a police officer. It is scheduled to be released on October 22 2007.

Madsen appeared in Every Time I Die's music video "Kill The Music".

Personal life

Madsen's first marriage was to Georganne LaPiere, the half sister of Cher. He remarried, to Jeannine Bisignano, with whom he has two of his first sons, Max and Christian. Since 1996, he has been married to De Anna Morgan. Madsen has five children, all boys. His sons' names are Calvin who now has changed his name to Kalvin, Hudson, Luke and his other sons Max and Christian from his marriage to Bisignano. He has said that the five films he has acted in that he is proudest of are Reservoir Dogs, Donnie Brasco, Species, Free Willy, and Kill Bill.

Michael lives in a Malibu house that once belonged to the late Keith Moon, the original drummer of The Who but has recently moved but is still in Malibu.

Award(s)

September 20th, 2007 won "Best Actor" award at the 23rd Annual Boston Film Festival for his role as Sean Kelleher in Strength and Honour. [4]

Radio

  • Recorded a public service announcement for Deejay Ra's 'Hip-Hop Literacy' campaign, encouraging reading of screenplays by Quentin Tarantino

Filmography

1982 - 1999

  • Against All Hope (1982)
  • WarGames (1983)
  • Racing with the Moon (1984)
  • The Natural (1984)
  • The Killing Time (1987)
  • Shadows in the Storm (1988)
  • Iguana (1988)
  • Kill Me Again (1989)
  • Blood Red (1989)
  • The End of Innocence (1990)
  • Fatal Instinct (1991)
  • The Doors (1991)
  • Thelma and Louise (1991)
  • Beyond the Law (1992)
  • Almost Blue (1992)
  • Reservoir Dogs (1992)
  • Straight Talk (1992)
  • Inside Edge (1993)
  • A House in the Hills (1993)
  • Trouble Bound (1993)
  • Free Willy (1993)
  • Money for Nothing (1993)
  • Who Do You Think You're Fooling? (1994)
  • Season of Change (1994)
  • Dead Connection (1994)
  • The Getaway (1994)
  • Blue Tiger (1994)
  • Wyatt Earp (1994)
  • Species (1995)
  • (1995)
  • Man with a Gun (1995)
  • Red Line (1996)
  • Mulholland Falls (1996)
  • The Winner (1996)
  • Surface to Air (1997)
  • Papertrail (1997)
  • The Last Days of Frankie the Fly (1997)
  • Donnie Brasco (1997)
  • The Girl Gets Moe (1997)
  • The Maker (1997)
  • Catherine's Grove (1997)
  • Executive Target (1997)
  • The Thief & the Stripper (1998)
  • Flat Out (1998)
  • Ballad of the Nightingale (1998)
  • Rough Draft (1998)
  • Species II (1998)
  • The Sender (1998)
  • Fait Accompli (1998)
  • The Florentine (1999)
  • Detour (1999)

2000 onwards

References

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Michael Madsen can refer to:
  • Michael Madsen, an actor
  • Michael Madsen, a baseball player
  • Michael Madsen, an ice hockey player
  • Michael Madsen, a soccer player

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Mulholland Falls is an American neo-noir film released in 1996 and directed by Lee Tamahori. The film stars Nick Nolte, Jennifer Connelly, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, and Melanie Griffith.
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Species is a 1995 sexploitative science fiction thriller. It stars Natasha Henstridge, Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Forest Whitaker, Alfred Molina and Marg Helgenberger.

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