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Biography #2 (for Frost/Nixon)

Sam Rockwell has emerged as one of the most dynamic actors of his generation by continuing to take on challenging roles in both independent and studio productions.

Rockwell can currently be seen in Clark Gregg's adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel Choke, which was released by 20th Century Fox. He has recently completed the lead and nearly solitary character in the extraterrestrial British film Moon, directed by the highly regarded commercial director Duncan Jones; Gentlemen Broncos with the director of Napoleon Dynamite, Jared Hess; and Everybody's Fine, with Robert De Niro and Drew Barrymore.

Rockwell has created memorable characters in several films, including Andrew Dominik's critically acclaimed film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, starring opposite Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck; David Gordon Green's acclaimed film Snow Angels, opposite Kate Beckinsale; the Russo brothers' comedy Welcome to Collinwood, opposite George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson, Jennifer Esposito and William H. Macy; David Mamet's Heist, opposite Gene Hackman, Rebecca Pidgeon and Danny DeVito; the blockbuster Charlie's Angels, with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu; and Frank Darabont's Oscar-nominated The Green Mile, opposite Tom Hanks. Rockwell also appeared in DreamWorks' box-office hit Galaxy Quest, opposite Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman and Tony Shalhoub.

Additional credits include Joshua, opposite Vera Farmiga; The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, opposite Zooey Deschanel, Mos Def and Martin Freeman; and the Warner Bros.' comedy-drama Matchstick Men, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Nicolas Cage. He has also appeared in Woody Allen's Celebrity; Michael Hoffman's A Midsummer Night's Dream, with Kevin Kline and Michelle Pfeiffer; John Duigan's Lawn Dogs; John Hamburg's Safe Men; Saul Rubinek's dark comedy Jerry and Tom; Tom DiCillo's Box of Moonlight, opposite John Turturro; Peter Cohn's Drunks, with Richard Lewis, Parker Posey and Faye Dunaway; Paul Schrader's Light Sleeper, with Willem Dafoe; Uli Edel's Last Exit to Brooklyn, with Jennifer Jason Leigh; and his feature film debut in Francis Ford Coppola's Clownhouse, while he was still a student at San Francisco's High School of the Performing Arts.

Rockwell won critical praise, as well as the Berlin Film Festival's Silver Berlin Bear Award and Movieline's Breakthrough Performance of the Year Award, for his portrayal of Chuck Barris in George Clooney's Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. He starred opposite Clooney, Drew Barrymore and Julia Roberts in this adaptation of Barris' memoirs. Other awards include Best Actor at the Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia for his performance in Joshua and the Decades Achievement Award from Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival.

On stage, Rockwell was seen in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, opposite Eric Bogosian, at The Public Theater. Philip Seymour Hoffman directed the LAByrinth Theater Company production. Rockwell has appeared in Face Divided as part of the EST Marathon series, as well as the off-Broadway production of Goose-Pimples, which was written by noted film writer/director Mike Leigh. He has also appeared in The Dumb Waiter and Hot L Baltimore for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, both of which were directed by Joe Montello.

Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "Frost/Nixon" (07-Dec-2008)


Biography #3 (for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind)

Sam Rockwell, known for his dynamic leading performances in the independent film world, has made a successful transition to starring roles in mainstream films. With CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND, Rockwell has landed the role of his career as he portrays game show magnate Chuck Barris in this adaptation of Barris' s memoirs. He recently completed filming Welcome to Colinwood, also starring Clooney, Patricia Clarkson, Jennifer Esposito, William H. Macy and Gabrielle Union.

Rockwell was most recently seen in David Mamet's Heist, opposite Gene Hackman, Rebecca Pidgeon and Danny Devito. Rockwell also appeared in Charlie's Angels and in Frank Darabont's Oscar nominated The Green Mile, based on Stephen King's serialized novel, receiving critical praise for his portrayal of Wild Bill, an uncontrollable prisoner who makes trouble for everyone else on his cell block. He was also seen in Dreamworks' box office hit Galaxy Quest, opposite Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman and Tony Shalhoub.

Rockwell gained considerable notice in three independent films. In John Duigan's Lawn Dogs, he starred as a lonely outsider who forms a controversial alliance with a rebellious ten-year-old girl. His performance earned him Best Actor awards at both the Montreal and Barcelona Film Festivals. He also starred opposite Steve Zahn, Harvey Fierstein, and Michael Lerner in John Hamburg's Safe Men, and in Saul Rubinek's dark comedy Jerry and Tom as a used-car salesman who moonlights as a part-time hit man.

Rockwell's additional big screen credits include Woody Allen's Celebrity, Michael Hoffman's A Midsummer Night's Dream with Kevin Kline and Michelle Pfeiffer, Tom DiCillo's Box of Moonlight opposite John Turturro, Peter Cohen's Drunks with Richard Lewis, Parker Posey and Faye Dunaway, Paul Schrader's Light Sleeper with Willem Dafoe, Uli Edel's Last Exit to Brooklyn with Jennifer Jason Leigh, and his feature film debut in Francis Ford Coppola's Clown House while he was still a student at the High School of the Performing Arts.

On television, Rockwell has appeared in the HBO special Dead Drunk, as well as episodes of NYPD Blue, Law & Order and The Equalizer. Rockwell has appeared on stage in Face Divided as part of the EST Marathon series, as well as the recent off-Broadway production of Goosepimples, which was written by noted film writer/director Mike Leigh.

Bio courtesy Miramax for "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (01-Jan-2003)