Top 10 Facts - Michael Rooker
Fact #1

Michael Rooker is an American actor, best known for his roles as Hal Tucker in “Cliffhanger”, Chick Gandil in Eight Men Out, Henry in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead, Yondu Udonta in Guardians of the Galaxy, Frank Bailey in Mississippi Burning, Bill Broussard in JFK, and Jared Svenning in Mallrats.

Fact #2

He grew up sharing a house with his mother and eight brothers and sisters in Chicago.

Fact #3

His parents divorced when he was 13 years old, and he moved with his mother and siblings to Chicago, Illinois.

Fact #4

Rooker made his film debut in 1986, playing the title role in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, a film based on the confessions of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas. He was acting in a play when the director of the play, who was going to do the prosthetics for Henry, told him about the film.

Fact #5

Rooker is also known for his roles in video games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops , Mike Harper in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 in November 2012, and voiced Merle in The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, the video game based on the television series.

Fact #6

Rooker played Yondu in the Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy, which was directed by James Gunn.

Fact #7

In June 2010, he revealed via Twitter that he was to appear in the AMC television series The Walking Dead as Merle Dixon, one of the survivors of a zombie apocalypse. He guest starred in two episodes of the first season and one of the second season before finally becoming a series regular for the third season.

Fact #8

He widened his career in the 2010 James Felix McKenney horror film Hypothermia.

Fact #9

He played a major role in the 2011 thriller Mysteria, starring Billy Zane.

Fact #10

Encouraged by an instructor at Wright Junior College in Chicago to audition for admission to the prestigious Goodman School of Drama, Rooker debated for two years on whether to try out and finally applied and was accepted. He graduated in 1982 and worked in the theater for several years thereafter.

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