Michael Rooker Net Worth

Michael Rooker Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Michael Rooker net worth is
$3 Million

Michael Rooker Wiki Biography

Michael Rooker was born on the 6th April 1955, in Jasper, Alabama, USA and is an actor who is most famous for starring in several high profile Hollywood movies such as “Mississippi Burning” (1988), “JFK” (1991), “Cliffhanger” (1993), “Jumper” (2008) and “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014), as well as “The Walking Dead” TV series.

Have you ever wondered how much wealth this successful actor has accumulated so far? How rich Michael Rooker is? According to sources, it is estimated that the total amount of Michael Rooker’s net worth, as of mid-2016, is $3 million, acquired throughout his acting career, abundant with film and TV series roles, which is now spanning over 30 years.

Michael Rooker Net Worth $3 Million

Michael Rooker was raised in Chicago, Illinois to where he moved in his early teens with his mother and his eight siblings, after the divorce of his parents. During his teens, Michael discovered his passion for acting and decided to pursue that dream. He attended the Goodman School of Drama (or The Theatre School at DePaul University, as it is now referred to). Michael made his big screen debut in 1986 when he appeared in “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer”, a psychological horror film in which he played the title role. This role, apart from providing the basis for his later wealth, certainly helped him in establishing himself as a promising actor.

In the course of the next several years, Michael Rooker had managed to maintain a continuous string of small but memorable roles in movies as well as in TV series. In 1988 he appeared in two films, a sports drama “Eight Men Out” and a crime drama “Mississippi Burning”, in which he starred opposite Willem Dafoe and Gene Hackman. This was followed in 1989 by a role in “Sea of Love”, with Al Pacino featuring in the main role. Michael also appeared in the 1991 Hollywood’s blockbuster “JFK”. It is certain that all these engagements made a positive impact on Michael Rooker’s net worth.

The real breakthrough in Rooker’s career came with roles in action movies, which include “Days of Thunder” (1990), and “Cliffhanger” and “Tombstone”, both in 1993, in which Michael performed alongside Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sylvester Stallone, Val Kilmer and Kurt Russell, and apart from increments to his wealth, brought him international glory, and more profitable roles.

In his career so far, Michael Rooker has acted in over 115 projects which include movies, TV series and even video games. Apart those mentioned above, Michael Rooker has also appeared in “The Bone Collector” (1999), “The 6th Day” (2000), “Replicant” (2001), “Undisputed” (2002) and “Jumper” (2008). Michael Rooker has also starred as Yondu Udonta, a blue skin thug in the 2014 “Guardians of the Galaxy” as well as in its sequel, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” which is now in production and is expected to hit the theaters in 2017. Another famous role of Michael Rooker is certainly that of Merle Dixon, one of the survivors of the zombie apocalypse pictured in “The Walking Dead” TV series. This is not his first TV series appearance – in his portfolio there are side roles in “CSI: Miami”, “Las Vegas”, “JAG”, “Numb3rs”, “Law & Order” and “The Archer”. We should also mention voice acting engagements in popular video games “The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay” and several games from the “Call of Duty” franchise. All these involvements have helped Michael Rooker to add a significant sum to his overall net worth, as well as to build a quite successful acting career.

Although in the majority of his roles he played brutes, thugs, psychos and villains, Michael Rooker’s occasional “good guy” performances have shown his real acting talent, and have brought him international movie fame and respectable wealth.

Throughout his professional career, Michael Rooker has been honored and rewarded with several awards, of which the most important are a 1990 Golden Space Needle Award, 1991 International Fantasy Film Award and 2014 Critics Choice Award.

When it comes to his personal life, Michael Rooker has been married since 1980 to Margot Tsuru LaRose with whom he has two children; they currently reside in Tujunga, California.

Full NameMichael Rooker
Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthApril 6, 1955
Place Of BirthJasper, Alabama, United States
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
ProfessionActor, Voice Actor
EducationGoodman School of Drama (The Theatre School at DePaul University)
NationalityUnited States of America
SpouseMargot Rooker
ChildrenAlynne Rooker
NicknamesРукер, Майкл
AwardsGolden Space Needle Award for Best Actor (1986), Fantasporto Award for Best Actor (1986), International Fantasy Film Award (1991),Critics Choice Award (2014), Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series (2012)
NominationsFantasporto Award for Best Actor (1986)
Movies"Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" (1986), "Mississippi Burning" (1988), "JFK" (1991), "Cliffhanger" (1993), "Jumper" (2008), "Guardians of the Galaxy" (2014), "The Walking Dead"
TV Shows"CSI: Miami", "Las Vegas", "JAG", "Numb3rs", "Law & Order", "The Archer", "The Walking Dead", "The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay", "Call of Duty"
1Frequently plays law enforcement or military characters
2Raspy, gravelly voice
1(On filming Undisputed (2002)) It was in a prison in Nevada. And it was scary. It was very scary. Every teenager should go visit a maximum-security prison. Talk about being scared straight. That was a scary, scary place. Clean as a whistle. You could eat off the floors, but it was so sterile and scary, it was like, "Holy shit. Let's do this movie and get the hell out of here". And the prisoners were very nice. The inmates were very, very cool. I have a lot of friends, a lot of fans that are in maximum-security prisons all over this country.
2(On filming Cliffhanger (1993)) Cliffhanger got me in the best shape of my life, working at 10,000 feet up in the mountains. And everybody was great. I lived in Italy for seven months doing that movie. It was a great vacation.
3(2011, on Tombstone (1993)) I learned to shoot in Tombstone (1993). I've been shooting ever since. As a matter of fact, I'm a co-owner shareholder of a shooting range outside of L.A. I shoot at least once or twice a week.
4(On almost not being cast in Eight Men Out (1988)) I was one of the last ballplayers to be cast. They couldn't find this guy, Chick Gandil, anywhere. They had called up several theaters around town. They got my name a few times. So they called my house after getting my number from some of the theater directors. They wanted me to send in a tape for this role. I think it was one of the smaller roles. But I said, "Where is the production?" It was in Indianapolis, Indiana. I said, "Well, my God, I'm going down there on a family barbecue this weekend. Why don't I just try to swing by and do the reading when I get there?" They said, "Okay, yeah, we'd love that". Of course, I lied through my teeth. I don't know anybody in Indianapolis, Indiana. But at that time, video sucked, and I would do anything to get in to do the audition physically without doing a video. Now, I gotta be there. I didn't have an agent at that time. I just fired all six of my agents here in Chicago. I went around the city, firing all my agents and taking back all my head-shots, because they weren't doing shit for me. It was a turning point in my career. I had decided "I'm not going to do film anymore, or TV. This is bullshit. I'm gonna do theater the rest of my career. I'm just going to do theater. I don't need this bullshit anymore". So, I went around and fired all of these schmucks, and I got back all my head-shots and resumes. And literally two days, three days later, I got this call from this film company. So I basically lied and I got into the audition. I borrowed $40 from my sister, drove down to Indianapolis in my Pontiac with a hole in the floorboard. I had to keep my windows open the whole time. Before I got there, I called the one and only agent that I hadn't been with in Chicago and said, "Look, you're my agent. I got an audition on this film. They're going to call you. I gave them your number and name. They're going to call you. Make the appointment. That's all you gotta do, okay?" "Okay". "Thanks, bye". That's all they did. They made the appointment and called me back and said, "Oh, yeah, you have a reading with John Sayles". I'm like, "Holy shit, great!" And so I went down there the whole time thinking "I'm going to have a reading with John Sayles!" So I get there and I'm talking with the casting lady, and there's no John Sayles to be had. He's not there. I didn't notice at first, and we were talking, and we start arguing about, "Well, where's John Sayles? I mean, I drove all this way to meet the director and read with the director." "Well, you can't do that." She wouldn't tell me he wasn't in town. So we have this whole row about it. We have this big argument about auditioning and "Where's John Sayles?", and blah-blah-blah-blah-blah. And so finally she yells. We're yelling in the office, and I'm a little upset because I drove this whole way. It's my last $40 in the world, and it wasn't even mine. I had borrowed it from my sister. Finally, she said, "Well, you have to read with me first no matter what." And then I was just, "Oh, okay. No problem." So as we're going back through the hallway, she gives me the sides, "Here, read these." It's some three lines, some thug or something. As I'm going back through the hallway, there's photos of the ballplayers on the wall. And as we're going back, I'm still a little teed off, because I'm not reading with John Sayles. I borrowed my sister's last $40, and I begged her for that, and I'm like, "Oh, fuck me." Walking through the hallway, I go, "Well, you know what? If I was going to play anyone in this stupid movie, I'd play this fucking guy here." And I smack the photo. And it's Chick Gandil. I smack the photo of Chick Gandil, who is the only ballplayer they couldn't find. Everybody else had been cast. They couldn't find Chick Gandil, and lo and behold, and she stops and looks at me, because when I smacked it, it made a loud noise. She turned around, and she looked at me, and she looked at who I smacked and she said, "Here, read this. Give me that." And she took away the old sides and gave me the Chick Gandil sides. And we went into the room, and I fucking did the audition and blew her away, and the rest is history. She asked me to stay for the weekend, and I said, "Yes, of course." And then I slept in my car until Monday morning to meet John Sayles. She wanted me to read for John Sayles. She invited me out to dinner and wanted to get to know me, make sure I wasn't some crazy person and I was a real actor. And I got to read for John Sayles that Monday, and ended up being his first choice. Then I was saddened, because even though I was his first choice, he couldn't cast me, because his producers in L.A., Sarah Pillsbury and Midge Sanford, it was their character to cast. He had already cast his allotment. They split up casting. This was their choice. The Chick Gandil role was their choice to cast. So he said, "They won't cast him." By this time, I'd already won ov
5(On landing Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)) I was doing a play called "Sea Marks", an Irish play, a two-person play. The director was doing the prosthetic work for Henry, and he turned me on to what was going on. "They're casting this guy. You should go and audition". I did, and I ended up getting the job. That's how it came about. That was my first real film role that had any sort of beginning, middle, and end. I was there throughout the whole piece. I started reading some books and material. Nothing really helped. I saw a couple of interviews with [Lucas] with a state trooper or something like that. So I got a little handle on it from that. He's very soft-spoken, and very shy and introverted. So I hooked into that, and that was my handle for the role. Everything else was just our imaginations, and my imagination. That was a really kind of crazy piece for me, because I was scared shitless. It was my first real role in film. I had done plays, but I wasn't sure if I was going to be good at this film stuff, so I really worked hard to make sure that I was there, I was bringing it that day and that minute. I stayed in character all day. Once I went in to work, I stayed in character all day long. So after the cut, I would leave the set and go to my room, close the door, and not talk to anybody. I wouldn't talk to anyone all day long during the filming of it. I would just do my work and go away. Come in, action, do my job, do what I needed to do, and then go away. And that's what helped me through the entire piece. It was way too difficult to go in and out of character, especially then, because I was young as an actor. I didn't know how this film stuff worked. In a play, you stay in character pretty much almost all the way through until the evening's over. So that's what I did here. I used that technique. I stayed in character as much as I possibly could all day long, or all night long, whatever the times were on the day we worked. People thought that was a little weird, that I'd just go away, that I wouldn't talk to them and stuff. Then they saw my room, and I had all my mirrors covered up, taped up. I didn't want to see images of myself, and I kept the room dark or black. And I just stayed in the room and just prepared for the next scene. So yeah, it was kind of weird and crazy, but that was a technique that seemed like it worked.
6(On filming Crime Story: Pilot (1986)) That's one of the roles that I cut class at school to go do, and I never told them. They didn't know how else to work outside of school, but I did anyway. I think I ended up getting my SAG card with that. And I had to cut my hair. I was in a play, and I had to have my long hair for it. Then [the Crime Story producers] wanted me to cut my hair because I was a cop or something like that. So what we ended up doing was cutting just the edges and stuffing my hair up under my hat, my cop hat, and I did the role that way.
7(On filming Super (2010)) It was mayhem. No, not really. James Gunn tried to keep everything really organized. He had a good AD department. Everyone was professional, by which I mean all the actors of course had a lot of good experience, and the crew did as well. So even though the budget was small, everybody was dead-on and worked real hard. You have to when you do a little one like this, because you don't have time to waste. And there is no time. There's no money. In these kinds of productions, time is definitely money, so if you screw up a day or a shot, you may not get a chance to go back and get that shot and redo that day.
8I don't approach a role by saying I'll be unsavory or unlikable. I think all the roles I've done have been very passionate people who go to absolute extremes to make their points.
9[on his Henry character] I can bring that role back in a second. I just rip into the little idiosyncrasies and it's interesting, I've never said good-bye to Henry. That character, the introverted-ness, the soft-spoken quality is always there.
1Said in an interview, that when he was 13 years old, he saw a Volvo commercial that compared Volvos to other cars by hanging them upside down from a crane and dropping them on their roof. He was so impressed with how well the Volvo fared in the comparison that he's wanted one ever since. In 2014 he finally purchased an s60 Volvo Sedan.
2The Walking Dead is not the first show on which Rooker's played a character with a prosthetic arm. He played a one-armed, drug smuggling, boat captain with a hook for a hand in CSI: Miami episode, "Dead Zone".
3Announced on twitter, with a photo, that his 1st daughter gave birth to his 1st grandchild, a daughter, on Thanksgiving morning, 28 November 2013.
4Father of two daughters, Alynne and Gillian.
5He has appeared in two films whose plot centered around Human Cloning: The 6th Day (2000) and Replicant (2001).
6Michael Rooker and Brian Thompson are the only actors to have acted alongside all 3 of the major action heroes of the 1980's. Michael Rooker appeared with Sylvester Stallone in Cliffhanger (1993), Arnold Schwarzenegger in The 6th Day (2000) and Jean-Claude Van Damme in Replicant (2001). Brian Thompson appeared with Sylvester Stallone in Cobra (1986), Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator (1984) and Jean-Claude Van Damme in Lionheart (1990).
7Lives in Los Angeles, California.
8He unofficially reprised his Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) role for the music video, "All Wrapped Up", by heavy metal band, American Head Charge.
9Ranked #17 on Tropopkin's Top 25 Most Intriguing People [Issue #100]
10He is a graduate of Chicago's Goodman School of Drama
11Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) was Michael Rooker's first movie, which was filmed in 1986 but was not released until years later.
12Studied Japanese martial art of Aikido with Fumio Toyoda Shihan prior to establishing himself in Chicago theatre.


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Nerdist: Course of the Force2013TV Mini-SeriesBounty Hunter
Conan2013TV SeriesMerle Dixon
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Call of Duty: Black Ops II2012Video GameMike Harper (voice)
The Lost Episode2012Dr. Death
Outlaw Country2012TV Movie
Lollipop Chainsaw2012Video GameVikke (voice)
Archer2012TV SeriesSheriff E.Z. Ponder
Mysteria2011Captain McCarthy
Cell 2132011Ray Clement
Call of the Dead2011Video GameMichael Rooker (voice)
Matadors2010TV MovieJohn Canterna
Scott's Dead2010ShortMitch
DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection2010VideoRed Doc (segment "Jonah Hex") (voice)
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam2010Video shortRed Doc (voice)
Atlantis Down2010Father / Alien
Burn Notice2010TV SeriesDale Lawson
Louis2010Pat McMurphy
DC Showcase: Jonah Hex2010Video shortRed Doc (voice)
Blood Done Sign My Name2010Defense attorney Billy Watkins
Freeway Killer2010Det. St. John
The Marine 22009VideoChurch
Psych2009TV SeriesGarth Longmore
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena2009Video GameCenturion / Jack (voice)
Criminal Minds2009TV SeriesChief Carlson
Super Capers: The Origins of Ed and the Missing Bullion2009Judge / Dark Winged Vesper
Meteor2009TV Mini-SeriesCalvin Stark
Humanzee!2008TV SeriesPriest
Chuck2008TV SeriesMauser
Shark2008TV SeriesOscar Riddick
Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker Story2008Sheriff Haney
This Man's Life2008ShortRichard Crummly
Law & Order2008TV SeriesJamie Yost
Jumper2008William Rice
Crossing Jordan2007TV SeriesShawn Curaco
Thief2006TV Mini-SeriesDet. John Hayes
Slither2006Grant Grant
Lenexa, 1 Mile2006Russ
Repo! The Genetic Opera2006ShortRepo Man
Chasing Ghosts2005Mark Spencer
JAG2005TV SeriesCaptain Jack Ramsey
Numb3rs2005TV SeriesDon's Partner
Las Vegas2004TV SeriesMarcus Wexler
The Eliminator2004Miles Dawson
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay2004Video GameCenturion Jack (voice)
Skeleton Man2004TV MovieCaptain Leary
Saving Jessica Lynch2003TV MovieColonel Curry
On Thin Ice2003TV Movie
CSI: Miami2003TV SeriesMarty Jones
Stargate SG-12003TV SeriesColonel Edwards
Lucky2003TV SeriesGibby
The Box2003/IDetective Stafford
Tremors2003TV SeriesKinney
Undisputed2002A.J. Mercker
Jeremiah2002TV SeriesMajor Quantrell
Hostage Rescue Team2001TV MovieSpecial Agent Nicholas Roberts
Replicant2001Det. Jake Riley
The Outer Limits2001TV SeriesColonel Beckett
Table One2000Rowdy
The 6th Day2000Robert Marshall
Newsbreak2000John McNamara
Here on Earth2000Malcolm Arnold
The Bone Collector1999Captain Howard Cheney
A Table for One1999Matt Draper / Dr. Matthew Swan
Honolulu CRU1998TV Series
Renegade Force1998Matt Cooper
Brown's Requiem1998Fritz Brown
Shadow Builder1998Father Vassey
The Replacement Killers1998Stan 'Zeedo' Zedkov
Song of Hiawatha1997Bertrand
Deceiver1997Det. Edward Kennesaw
Keys to Tulsa1997Keith Michaels
Rosewood1997Sheriff Walker
Meet Wally Sparks1997uncredited
The Trigger Effect1996Gary
Back to Back1996TV MovieBob Malone
Bastard Out of Carolina1996Uncle Earle
Johnny & Clyde1995TV MovieFrank Tennant
Fallen Angels1995TV SeriesBabe McCloor
The Hard Truth1994Jonah Mantz
Tombstone1993Sherman McMasters
Cliffhanger1993Hal Tucker
The Dark Half1993Sheriff Alan Pangborn
Afterburn1992TV MovieCasey 'Z' Zankowski
JFK1991Bill Broussard
Days of Thunder1990Rowdy Burns
Equal Justice1990TV SeriesWallace 'Wally' Dalton
Music Box1989Karchy Laszlo
Sea of Love1989Terry
L.A. Takedown1989TV MovieBosko
The Edge1989TV MovieDeputy Sheriff
Gideon Oliver1989TV SeriesDetective John Quinn
Mississippi Burning1988Frank Bailey
Eight Men Out1988Arnold 'Chick' Gandil
Above the Law1988Man in Bar
The Equalizer1988TV SeriesBill Whitaker
Light of Day1987Oogie
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A Table for One1999co-executive producer


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Heller Awards2016TV MovieHimself - Presenter
WGN Morning News2016TV SeriesHimself
This Week in Hollywood2016TV SeriesHimself
Talking Dead2011-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself / Himself - 'Merle'
The Walkers Among Us2015DocumentaryHimself
The Playboy Morning Show2015TV SeriesHimself
I Am Dale Earnhardt2015DocumentaryMichael Rooker
All Access Pass2014-2015TV SeriesHimself
Guide to the Galaxy with James Gunn2014Video shortHimself
The Dark Half: The Sparrows Are Flying Again! - The Making of the Dark Half2014Documentary shortHimself
Tweet Out2014TV SeriesHimself
Bonus Content2013-2014TV SeriesHimself
Super Power Beat Down2014TV Series shortHimself - Interviewee
MythBusters2013TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest Star
NSFW Show2013TV SeriesHimself
Creative Continuity2013TV SeriesHimself
The Nerdist2013TV SeriesHimself
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHimself
Speakeasy: With Paul F. Tompkins2013TV SeriesHimself
Durch die Nacht mit...2012TV Series documentaryHimself
The Ballad of El Topo Chico2011ShortHimself
Call of Duty: Black Ops2010Video GameHimself (voice, uncredited)
The Making of The Walking Dead2010Documentary shortMerle Dixon
Atlantis Rising: The Making of 'Atlantis Down'2010TV SeriesHimself
Greatest Ever Disaster Movies2007TV MovieHimself
Working with a Master: John McNaughton2006Video documentary short
Portrait: The Making of 'Henry'2005Video documentaryHimself
Mallrats: The Erection of an Epic - The Making of Mallrats2005Video documentary shortHimself - 'Mr Svenning'
THS Investigates: Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Tombstone'2002Video documentary shortHimself - 'Sherman McMasters'
The 6th Day: The Future Is Coming2000Video documentary shortHimself / Robert Marshall
Stallone on the Edge: The Making of Cliffhanger1993TV Short documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Extra2016TV SeriesHimself
Scarface: The World Is Yours2006Video GameTony's Enforcer / Old Civilian (uncredited)
Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 22006Video documentaryHimself
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHenry
Tremors2003TV SeriesKinney
Jeremiah2002TV SeriesMajor Quantrell
On the 6th Day2001Video documentaryHimself / Robert Marshall
Empire of the Censors1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Crime Story1986TV SeriesLieutenant

Won Awards

2014DFCS AwardDetroit Film Critic Society, USBest EnsembleGuardians of the Galaxy (2014)
2014NFCS AwardNevada Film Critics SocietyBest Ensemble CastGuardians of the Galaxy (2014)
1991International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest ActorHenry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
1990Golden Space Needle AwardSeattle International Film FestivalBest ActorHenry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

Nominated Awards

2015COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest EnsembleGuardians of the Galaxy (2014)
2014PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Ensemble ActingGuardians of the Galaxy (2014)
2006Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsRelationship from HellSlither (2006)
1993Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Half (1993)
1991Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Male LeadHenry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

Known for movies

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