Mickey Rourke

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Mickey Rourke (born Philip Andre 'Mickey' Rourke, 16.9.1952)

Mickey Rourke is an American actor and screenwriter. In 2009, he won an Oscar for his lead role in The Wrestler.

Mickey Rourke: Childhood

Mickey Rourke was born to Philip Andre Rourke Sr. and Ann Addis (who remarried a police officer, Eugene Addis) in Schenectady, New York. He later moved with his mother and her new husband to Miami Beach. Florida.

Rourke graduated from Miami Beach High School in 1971. As a teenager, he showed great talent as a boxer.

Mickey Rourke: Acting Career

Whilst at Miami Beach High School, Mickey Rourke had a role in the school's production of The Serpent. He also landed a role in a play, Deathwatch, via a friend and soon got hooked on acting. He borrowed money so that he could take acting lessons in New York.

Mickey Rourke then landed his debut film role in Steven Spielberg's 1941, which starred John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. He followed this by mainly appearing in television movies, such as Diner, with Kevin Bacon and Steve Guttenberg. He also appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's highly acclaimed Rumble Fish, which also starred Matt Dillon, Diane Lane and Nicolas Cage.

At this stage of his career, many of Rourke's performances garnered critical attention, if not commercial success, such as his performance in The Pope of Greenwich Village, along with Daryl Hannah and Eric Roberts.

The 1980s were a time when Mickey Rourke began landing himself lucrative leading roles, such as his role alongside Kim Basinger in 9 1/2 Weeks, which also earned him his status as a sex symbol. In Barfly, he starred opposite Faye Dunaway, playing Henry Chinaski, the literary alter-ego of the writer Charles Bukowski. He also appeared in Year of the Dragon, the screenplay for which was co-written by Oliver Stone.

1987 saw Mickey Rourke starring in Angel Heart, a film seen by many as a source of controversy, as Lisa Bonet (best known for appearing in the family-friendly Cosby Show) filmed explicit sex scenes for the movie. Around this time, Rourke also performed with David Bowie, on Bowie's Never Let Me Down album and also wrote his first screenplay, Homeboy, as well as appearing in Francesco with Helena Bonham Carter.

His 1989 film Wild Orchid bombed with the critics, as did Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man. Before he returned to the boxing ring, he joined Wilem Dafoe and Samuel L. Jackson in the film noir, White Sands.

His acting career then took something of a downward spiral, down to poor decisions in both his career and his personal life. He is reported to have turned down Tom Cruise's role in Rain Man, Nick Nolte's role in 48 Hrs and Christopher Lambert's part in Highlander. He took a break from acting and returned to acting in the 1990s.

Rourke was offered the role of Bruce Coolidge in Pulp Fiction, but turned it down. It became the role that lent Bruce Willis' career a newfound credibility. Rourke, however, found his own credibility, appearing in John Grisham's The Rainmaker with Matt Damon, Claire Danes and Jon Voight, as well as Vincent Gallo's Buffalo 66, with Gallo and Christina Ricci. He also appeared in Steve Buscemi's Animal Factory, Sean Penn's The Pledge and Sylvester Stallone's remake of Get Carter, which originally starred Michael Caine.

Mickey Rourke has also used the pen name Sir Eddie Cook to write a number of films, including Bullet, in which he co-starred with the late rap artist Tupac Shakur.

In 1997, Mickey Rourke co-starred with Jean-Claude Van Damme in Double Team, followed by an appearance in Another 9 1/2 Weeks.

The turn of the century saw Mickey Rourke playing a villain in Enrique Englesias's video for 'Hero', opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt. He teamed up with the directors Robert Rodriguez and Tony Scott for Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Man on Fire, He then worked with Rodriguez again on an adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel series Sin City. The film also starred Bruce Willis, Clive Owen, Jessica Alba, Elijah Wood and Brittany Murphy. Mickey Rourke followed this performance with a role in Domino, with Keira Knightley, as well as appearing in Sin City 2.

In 2008, Mickey Rourke won a great deal of critical acclaim for his performance in The Wrestler, which also starred Marisa Tomei. He was nominated for an Oscar, but lost out to Sean Penn for his performance in Milk.

Mickey Rourke: Personal Life

Mickey Rourke has been romantically linked to a number of celebrities, including Terry Farrell, Debra Feuer (to whom he was married) and another wife, Carre Otis.

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he was my companion, my baby and everything I had now he's gone my beautiful boxer and I feel an emptiness inside, I know what it feels not to have your best friend around the one that will wig he's tail no matter what.. just to get a look from you. I share with you the pain that only a dog lover can have.V.

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mickey's brain is as scarred as his face........

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Laurie

I am soooo proud for Mickey I knew he would make it back he actually never left. I ahve been a fan of his for years and collect his movies. Yes I love the bad boys and animal lovers.Our animals give us unconditional love that is unbeatable. Always in your corner Mr. Rourke

5 years 9 months ago
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nadine

......GO Mickey...you R hot.....

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Dear Mr. Rourke, I am sincerely sorry for the loss of your lovely dog Loki. I have in the past few years learned what wonderful pets chiahuhuas are, and have a male and female dog, pokey and sassafras. Sassy has 5 puppies now, and they are six weeks old. If you are interested, I would love to offer you one of these pups, they range in color from black and white brodered to pale beige, with one little girl who looks like a mini doberman. Please feel free to contact me, or if you would like to see some photos. My goal is of course to find excellent homes for all my pups.

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POEM FOR LOKI WHEN THE CLOUDS PART AND THE SUN SHINES THROUGH I LOOK TO THE SKY AND THINK OF YOU YOU SEE MY TEARS AND FEEL MY ACHE I BREATH YOU IN WITH EACH BREATH I TAKE YOU ARE THE SUNS WARMTH UPON MY FACE GUIDING ME THROUGH THIS DARK PLACE YOU ARE THE WHISPER OF THE WIND THROUGH THE NIGHT THAT GENTLE SPARKLE IN A STARS LIGHT YOU ARE THE COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW DAZZLING COLOURS NOTHING COULD EVER TAME LOKI YOU STOLE MY HEART FROM THE START AND I CARRY YOUR FOOTPRINTS IN MY HEART SOMETHING SO SPECIAL COULD NEVER FADE OH HOW I WISH YOUR PAW WOULD STIR ME ONCE AGAIN AND LOKI WHEN THE CLOUDS PART AND THE SUN SHINES THROUGH I SMILE KNOWING THAT GLIMMER IS YOU IF MEMORIES COULD BUILD A STAIRWAY AND TEARS A LANE MICKEY WOULD WALK UP TO HEAVEN AND BRING LOKI HOME AGAIN

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I just saw the BBC interview with piers morgan and mickey rourke. it was very touching to see such a personal experience and intensely painful life story revealed. i thought it demonstrated sincerity and incredible strength to expose himself as he did. He is so charismatic still and seems to have found a place psychologically,to which many could aspire. I hope to see him pull off the role of his life, in a movie that can really play to his raw honesty. I don't go to the movies much but would bother to see Mickey Rourke in a very cool role as the emotionally aware macho, sexy hero part.

5 years 11 months ago
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Mickey Rourke -- I'm your biggest fan! Finally someone from Hollywood who speaks sense. I'm so tired of hearing all the negativity concerning our President from Hollywood. I make it a point to NOT support any of those who spout such ignorant words. I don't go see their movies, TV shows, concerts, etc. Mickey Rourke--I'll go see all your performances! You may not be a Bush supporter or Republican -- but you speak sense!

5 years 8 months ago
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Mickey Rourke is a God, he always has been and he always will be the sexiest man I have ever encountered.

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johninlongmont

count me in the Mickey Rourke fan club!...thanx for supporting our President, Mr. Rourke!

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