Mickey Rourke

BirthDay:

16 Sep 1952

BirthPlace:

Schenectady, New York, USA

BirthName:

Philip Andre Rourke Jr.

Bio:

Mickey Rourke was born Phillip Andre Rourke, Jr. on September 16, 1952, in Schenectady, New York, the son of Annette (Cameron) and Phillip Andre Rourke. His father was of Irish and German descent, and his mother was of French-Canadian, English, and German ancestry. When he was six years old, his parents divorced. A year later, his mother married Eugene Addis, a Miami Beach police officer, and moved to Miami Shores, Florida. After graduating from Horace Mann Junior High School, Rourke's family moved to a house located on 47th Street and Prairie Avenue in Miami Beach. In 1969 Rourke attended Miami Beach Senior High School, where he played second-string first baseman under coach Skip Berkman. He also acted in a school play, "The Serpent," directed by legendary "Teacher To The Stars" Jay W. Jensen.

In 1971 he graduated from Miami Beach Senior High School, and after working for a short time as a bus boy at the famed Forge Restaurant on Miami Beach, Rourke moved back to New York to seek out a career in acting.

Rourke's teenage years were more aimed toward sports more than acting. He took up self-defense training at the Boys Club of Miami. It was there he learned boxing skills and decided on an amateur career. At the age of 12, Rourke won his first boxing match as an 118-pound bantamweight, defeating Javier Villanueva. Some of his early matches were fought as Andre Rourke. He continued his boxing training at the famed 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach,soon joining the Police Athletic League boxing program. In 1969 Rourke, now weighing 140 pounds, sparred with former World Welterweight champion Luis Rodriguez. Rodriguez was the number one-rated middleweight boxer in the world and was training for his match with world champion Nino Benvenuti. Rourke claims to have received a concussion in this sparring match.

In 1971, at the Florida Golden Gloves, Rourke received another concussion from a boxing match. Doctors told him to take a year off and rest. In 1972 Rourke knocked out Ron Robinson in 18 seconds and John Carver in 39 seconds. On Aug. 20, 1973, Rourke knocked out 'Sherman "Big Train"' Bergman' in 31 seconds. Shortly after, Rourke decided to retire from amateur boxing.

From 1964 to 1973, Rourke compiled an amateur boxing record of 27 wins (17 by knockout) and 3 defeats. At one point, he reportedly scored 12 consecutive first-round knockouts. As an amateur, Rourke had been friendly with pro-boxer Tommy Torino. When Rourke decided to return to boxing as a professional in 1991, Torino promoted some of Rourke's fights. Rourke was trained by former pro-boxer Freddie Roach at Miami Beach's 5th Street Gym and the Outlaw Boxing Club Gym in Los Angeles. He made $250 for his pro debut, but by the end of his second year of boxing, he had earned a million dollars. In June 1994, Rourke appeared on the cover of World Boxing Magazine. He sparred with world champions James Toney, John David Jackson, and Tommy Morrison.

Rourke wished to have 16 professional fights and then fight for a world title. However, he retired in 1994 after eight bouts and never got his desired title fight. His boxing career resulted in severe facial injuries that required a number of operations to repair his damaged face. Rourke went back to acting but worked in relative obscurity until he won a Golden Globe Award for his role as Randy "The Ram" Robinson in The Wrestler (2008). He was nominated for Best Actor, as well, but lost.
Filmography

Actor ( 137 credits )

Tiger (2017) Frank Donovan
The Lineup: Boxing's Greatest (2016)  Himself - Panelist (4 episodes, 2016)
Skin Traffik (2015) Vogel
Blunt Force Trauma (2015) Zorringer
War Pigs (2015) Major A.J. Redding
Ashby (2015)
Hollywood Banker (2014) Himself
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014) Henry (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) Marv
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Generation Iron (2013) Narrator (voice)
The Good Son: The Life of Ray Boom Boom Mancini (2013) Himself
Java Heat (2013) Malik
The Courier (2012) Maxwell
Black November (2012) Tom Hudson
Welcome to the Basement (2012)  Edmund / ... (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2013-2015)
Sunset Strip (2012) Himself
Immortals (2011) King Hyperion
Black Gold (2011) Craig Hudson
Piers Morgan Tonight (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Passion Play (2010) Nate Poole
The Expendables (2010) Tool
Iron Man 2 (2010) Ivan Vanko
13 (2010) Jefferson
Be Good Johnny Weir (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Mentoring Mickey Rourke (2009) Himself (voice)
La traversée du désir (2009) Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Live from Studio Five (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
MMA H.E.A.T. (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Hannity (2009)  Himself - Panelist (1 episode, 2009)
Mission Hollywood (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Mark at the Movies (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Richard Roeper & the Movies (2009)  Ivan Vanko / ... (archive footage) (1 episode, 2010)
42nd Street: River to River (2009) Himself
Killshot (2008) Armand 'Blackbird' Degas
The Informers (2008) Peter
The Wrestler (2008) Randy 'The Ram' Robinson
Prozhektorperiskhilton (2008)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2009)
The Dark Side of Fame with Piers Morgan (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Alex Zane's GuestList (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Piilokamerapäälliköt (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
The Graham Norton Show (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008)
Xposé (2007)  Himself (3 episodes, 2009)
Colors en sèrie (2007)  The Motorcycle Boy (1 episode, 2007)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (2006) Darrius Sayle
Close Up (2006)  Actor / ... (1 episode, 2013)
Domino (2005) Ed Moseby
Sin City (2005) Marv
Dancing with the Stars (2005)  Himself - Audience Member (1 episode, 2009)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
Cinema mil (2005)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005)
Sexes (2005)  John (1 episode, 2005)
80s (2005)  John (archive footage) (1 episode, 2005)
Man on Fire (2004) Jordan Kalfus
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself (3 episodes, 2009-2012)
CMT Insider (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2009)
Fashion News Live (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2007-2013)
La semaine du cinéma (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) Billy
Masked and Anonymous (2003) Edmund
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself - Guest / ... (4 episodes, 2005-2014)
Spun (2002) The Cook
V Graham Norton (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Gylne tider (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Picture Claire (2001) Eddie
The Follow (2001) Husband
The Pledge (2001) Jim Olstad
They Crawl (2001) Tiny Frakes
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)  Himself (3 episodes, 2005-2010)
Get Carter (2000) Cyrus Paice
Animal Factory (2000) Jan the Actress
On a tout essayé (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Shades (1999) Paul S. Sullivan
Out in Fifty (1999) Jack Bracken
Shergar (1999) Gavin O'Rourke
WWE Smackdown! (1999)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009)
Loose Women (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Point Blank (1998) Rudy Ray
Thursday (1998) Kasarov
Buffalo '66 (1998) The Bookie
Tout le monde en parle (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
The Rainmaker (1997) Bruiser Stone
Another Nine & a Half Weeks (1997) John Gray
Champions Forever: The Latin Legends (1997) Himself (uncredited)
Double Team (1997) Stavros
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005)
Exit in Red (1996) Ed Altman
Bullet (1996) Butch 'Bullet' Stein
The O'Reilly Factor (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Magacine (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Sorpresa, ¡Sorpresa! (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1996)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 1999-2002)
Fall Time (1995) Florence
F.T.W. (1994) Frank T. Wells
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2009)
WWF Raw (1993)  Himself (4 episodes, 2009-2010)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2005-2010)
Quelli che... il calcio (1993)  Himself (2 episodes, 2006-2010)
White Sands (1992) Gorman Lennox
Dateline NBC (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Goles son amores (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 1992)
Querida Concha (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 1992)
Gomorron (1992)  Himself - Om Filmen Man on Fire / ... (2 episodes, 200
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991) Harley Davidson
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Desperate Hours (1990) Michael Bosworth
The Word (1990)  Himself (1 episode, 1994)
Francesco (1989) Francesco
Wild Orchid (1989) James Wheeler
Johnny Handsome (1989) John 'Johnny Handsome' Sedley / Johnny Mitchell
Homeboy (1988) Johnny Walker
This Morning (1988)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2009)
Lunettes noires pour nuits blanches (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 1988)
Barfly (1987) Henry Chinaski
A Prayer for the Dying (1987) Martin Fallon
Angel Heart (1987) Harry Angel
9½ Weeks (1986) John
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Year of the Dragon (1985) Stanley White
Larry King Live (1985)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009)
The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984) Charlie
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (2 episodes, 1990-2010)
Eureka (1983) Aurelio D'Amato
Rumble Fish (1983) The Motorcycle Boy
Diner (1982) Robert 'Boogie' Sheftell
Body Heat (1981) Teddy Lewis
Wetten, dass..? (1981)  Himself (1 episode, 1990)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (9 episodes, 2009-2010)
Heaven's Gate (1980) Nick Ray
Fade to Black (1980) Richie
1941 (1979) Reese
WEAPONiZED (0) Professor Clarence Peterson

Writer ( 3 credits )

Bullet (1996) (as 'Sir' Eddie Cook)
F.T.W. (1994) (story) (as 'Sir' Eddie Cook) and
Homeboy (1988)