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Creator: Michael Rooker
"I don't approach a role by saying I'll be unsavory or unlikable. I think all the roles I've done have been very passionate people who go to absolute extremes to make their points."

Michael Rooker (born April 6, 1955) is an American actor, best known for his roles as Henry in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead, Frank Bailey in Mississippi Burning, Hal Tucker in Cliffhanger, and Rowdy Burns in Days Of Thunder.

On first breaking into film, his intensity and "don't-mess-with-me" good looks were highlighted to chilling effect as the title character in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986), filmed in 1986 but, due to its controversial nature, not released until 1990. Since that widely noticed and highly praised performance, much of his career has been spent playing brutes, villains and psychopaths. His occasional turns as a "good guy", however, are always well-acted and a welcome change for a talented actor too often typecast.

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  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Even his good guys tend to be on the surly side, but Michael himself is an out-going, jovial fellow who loves his fans and can usually be seen wearing a big grin.
  • Star-Making Role: 'Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer'', widely regarded as one of the best, most realistic and chilling performances of a serial killer in film.
  • Typecasting: Due to his raspy voice and memorable performance as Henry Lee Lucas, Michael is often cast as sinister villains. However, he has (and does) play good guys.

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