Michael Madsen

Michael Madsen

His role in 'Reservoir Dogs' (1992)
Michael Madsen, who admits to being more interested in delivering a good performance than the perks of fame, formerly worked as a gas station attendant in his hometown of Chicago, IL. The older brother of actress Virginia Madsen, Michael's first acting experience took place inside of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, where he studied under the direction of fellow actor John Malkovich. This stage training provided him with the background needed to land a host of small roles, beginning with a bit part in the 1983 film WarGames. After relocating to Los Angeles, Madsen made several television and film appearances, including NBC's Emmy-winning Special Bulletin (1983), and The Natural (1984), director Barry Levinson's celebrated sports drama. Madsen continued to build credibility, gradually going on to land larger parts. Though his profile was raised substantially after appearing in the 1991 film Thelma & Louise, it was his 1989 performance as a psychotic killer in John Dahl's Kill Me Again that caught the attention of Quentin Tarantino, who would later give Madsen his true breakthrough opportunity in 1992's Reservoir Dogs. This ear-splitting performance earned Madsen critical acclaim, as well as further cementing his reputation for playing psychopathic murderers. Sure enough, Madsen would go on to perform in several decidedly evil roles. From the kitten-loving sociopath in The Getaway (1994), to mafia tough guy Sonny Black in Donnie Brasco, Madsen proved himself more than capable of playing a good bad guy. Rather than allowing himself to be typecast, however, Madsen readily accepted the role of a loving foster parent in Free Willy (1993), a seasoned alien assassin in Species (1995), and CIA Agent Damon Falco in director Lee Tamahori's Die Another Day (2002). Source: movies.yahoo.com
Your children don't have to fear you to respect you.More Michael Madsen quotes [07/20/2011 07:07:55]
I don't have a boss . . . nobody tells me what to do.More Michael Madsen quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Well, he's got a much bigger circus to play with, and he has a lot more financing available, and he has a lot more time available. I think that makes a huge difference. I think he instinctively knows how to make films and all the different ways that you can make stuff. He's very gadget-wise, and he's very smart about all the different things that are available to a filmmaker nowadays, and he makes very good use of them. He has a theater in his house, for God's sake. It has proper curtains on it and everything. It's preMore Michael Madsen quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
My career has been very strange. My career is like a heart monitor. I get involved in a good project now and then to keep things going. And then I make things that I work on that I hope are going to be good so I can make a living and keep a roof over the heads of those little monsters I have in my house.More Michael Madsen quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You know, every movie you make can't be great, no matter who you are.More Michael Madsen quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

Quotes of the month

Leo Tolstoy In spite the mountains of books written about art, no precise definition of art has been constructed. And the reason for this is that the conception of art has been based on the conception of beauty. [03/29/2018 05:03:36] More


Aneurin Bevan I have never regarded politics as the arena of morals. It is the arena of interest. [03/29/2018 05:03:36] More


James Baldwin There is something terribly radical about believing that one's own experience and images are important enough to speak about, much less to write about and to perform [03/29/2018 05:03:36] More


Mahatma Gandhi One of the objects of a newspaper is to understand popular feeling and to give expression to it; another is to arouse among the people certain desirable sentiments; and the third is fearlessly to expose popular defects. [03/29/2018 05:03:36] More


Azzedine Alaia The present fashion system is too hard - there are too many collections. The designers have no time to think! Money is too important. Schedules are too crazy. [03/29/2018 05:03:36] More