Sam Rockwell, 51, is an American actor. Despite getting up there in years, his career has arguably been on the ascent at a time when his contemporaries' careers are winding down.
The latter half of his career has yielded in such gems as movie roles in Moon, Seven Psychopaths, Vice, Iron Man 2, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Jojo Rabbit, and his tour de force performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
We look at the seven essential facts that every fan of Sam Rockwell ought to know.
Sam Rockwell's illustrious career has spanned over three decades. On IMDb, he is credited with 105 movies and TV appearances.
As such, his net worth stands at a whopping $30 million as of 2020. He has played significant parts in some of the biggest movies of recent years.
Some of the box-office earnings of movies Sam has appeared in are listed below:
|Movie||Year||Earnings (In $)|
|The Green Mile||1999||290.7 million|
|Charlie's Angels||2000||264.1 million|
|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||2005||104.5 million|
|Iron Man 2||2010||623.9 million|
|Cowboys & Aliens||2011||174.8 million|
|Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri||2017||159.2 million|
Sam famously mentioned in an interview that he never wanted to have any children. He has also never been married once in his life. That does not, however, mean that Sam has remained celibate all these years.
On the contrary, he has been in a long-term relationship with actress Leslie Bibb since 2007. They were believed to have struck up a romance over their meeting when Sam was filming Frost/Nixon.
Despite having been active since the late '80s, Sam's magnum opus is undoubtedly hist turn as Jason Dixon- a corrupted and racist police officer in the 2017 drama, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
For the acclaimed performance, Sam bagged that year's Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critics' Choice Award, Golden Globe Award and SAG Award in the best supporting actor category.
It is a distinction only held by a few esteemed gentlemen. The elusive club includes the likes of Geoffrey Rush, Jamie Foxx, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Forest Whitaker, Javier Bardem, Daniel Day-Lewis, Heath Ledger, Christoph Waltz, Christopher Plummer, J.K. Simmons, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Gary Oldman.
For as talked about as his turn in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is, it is essential to remember the litany of stellar performances that Sam has put on since his debut in 1988.
A fixture of movies ranging from indie dramas like Moon to Hollywood mega-blockbusters like Iron Man 2, Sam Rockwell's body of work is as diverse as it is esteemed.
It is hard to imagine Sam Rockwell now as a down-in-his-luck struggling actor, but that was precisely what he was!
Prior to finding mainstream success and earning a Hollywood seven-figure salary, Sam toiled in menial labor working as a busboy and a burrito deliveryman to make ends meet.
In an interview where he was asked what he would be doing if his acting career didn't pan out, Sam said:
"I have no skills. There's absolutely nothing I know how to do. So I'd be f****d otherwise. I'm very fortunate to be an actor. I know I'm very lucky to be doing this. And though I'm not sure where I'm going to end up -- whether it's in major films, independents, or theater work -- I'm just happy getting to do roles that are really juicy, meaningful and allow me to keep adventuring the way I have been."
Thankfully, Sam never has to worry about an alternative job anymore.
If acting were genetically inherited, we know where Sam gets his acting chops from! Sam was born on November 5, 1968, to actors Pete Rockwell and Penny Hess. His maternal grandmother, Betty J. Davis, was also a drama teacher.
Instead of coasting on the wealth and fame of his parents, Sam forged his own path in movies and television, and the world was all the better for it!
At a time when actors of his age are facing the twilight of their careers, Sam Rockwell continues to amaze with one stellar performance after another.
In the 2018 Biographical Comedy-Drama, Vice Rockwell stole the spotlight from co-star Christian Bale as President George W. Bush.
For his performance, Rockwell was nominated for his second Academy Awards but lost the running to Mahershala Ali for Green Book.
Nonetheless, his performance is still talked about today.