Mickey Rourke

Mickey Rourke



Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke created a stir after he played Robert ‘Boogie’
Sheftell, the soft-talking beautician, in Barry Levinson’s drama comedy Diner
(1982). For his superb acting in the movie, the actor took home a Boston Society
of Film Critics Award and a National Society of Film Critics Award. Rourke also
gave a solid portrayal of poet and alcoholic Henry Chinaski in the romantic
comedy Barfly (1987), where he received an Independent Spirit nomination. The
distinctive performer has played roles in numerous titles, including the
well-known, Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumble Fish (1983), the Sean Penn-directed
The Pledge (2001), Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003, for director Robert
Rodriguez) and the action biopic Domino (2005).

Aside from acting, Rourke once had an insubstantial career as a boxer, despite
his undefeated record in matches. Due to an injury, he retired and returned to

“You get desensitized to pain and for three and a half years, I developed these
symptoms of Brain Damage. You forget what you did the night before. You have to
get out when the doctors tell you to; otherwise you’re on queer street for the
rest of your life. One doctor said to me before a big fight, ‘Your neurological
report doesn’t look too good.’ I was like four fights away from a big, big fight
and he said, ‘Mickey, how much are they paying you? Look at your tests; you
won’t be able to count the money.’” Mickey Rourke

Outside the spotlight, the owner of seven tattoos (including symbol for IRA,
Irish Republican Party) once provoked controversy by saying that he had donated
part of his acting fee to the IRA. In July 1994, he was arrested by the Los
Angeles Police Department and charged with spousal abuse. As for his romantic
life, the ex-husband of Debra Feuer was also once married to Carre Otis.

Human Ashtray

Childhood and Family:

Mickey Rourke was born Philip Andre Rourke Jr. on July 16, 1956, in Schenectady,
New York. After his parents, Philip A Rourke and Ann Rourke divorced, his mother
married former police officer Gene Addis. However, due to his stepfather’s
violent habits, his mother divorced him. Mickey, who once was called “The Human
Ashtray” by fellow actress Kim Basinger, is also credited as ‘Sir’ Eddie Cook in
his screenwriting work.

As a teenager, Mickey moved to Miami Beach with his family and attended Miami
Beach Senior High School. At the time, he also briefly took an acting class with
Jay Jenson. However, his growing interest in boxing led him to fight in a number
of amateur matches and brought about a 20-4 amateur boxing record with 17
knockouts. Then, choosing to learn more about acting, he studied at the Actors
Studio in New York.

On a more private note, Mickey was married to actress Debra Feuer in 1981, but
the couple divorced eight years later. He then tied the knot with actress Carre
Otis (born on September 28, 1968) in 1992. Unfortunately, that union also ended
in divorce.



Mickey Rourke made his first appearance on the silver screen with the small role
of Private Reese in Stephen Spielberg’s comedy 1941 (1979). He went to the small
screen and had the supporting role of Tony Pate in the drama City in Fear (1980)
and followed it up with the part of arsonist Teddy Lewis in the Lawrence Kasdan-directed
thriller Body Heat (1981).

Rourke’s distinctive performances soon were in the radar of director Barry
Levinson, who cast the new actor as Robert ‘Boogie’ Sheftell, the soft-talking
beautician, in the drama comedy Diner (1982). Rourke’s excellent performance
earned a Boston Society of Film Critics and a National Society of Film Critics
award for Best Supporting Actor. The victory was ensued with the leading turn in
the Francis Ford Coppola-directed Rumble Fish (1983, opposite Matt Dillon), The
Pope of Greenwich Village (1984, starred as Charlie Moran), the Oliver
Stone-written Year of the Dragon (1985) and Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986, as John).

Rourke’s fine turn as poet and alcoholic Henry Chinaski in Barbet Schroeder’s
romantic comedy Barfly (1987) brought him an Independent Spirit nomination for
Best Male Lead. The actor then wrote the screenplay for the drama Homeboy
(1988), in which he also starred as Johnny Walker, an aging alcoholic boxer. He
also took the titular role of the St-Francis of Assisi in the docudrama
Francesco (1989), before starring opposite his wife Carre Otis in Wild Orchid

“I had to go back to boxing because I was self-destructing. I had no respect for
myself being an actor. So I went back to a profession which really humbled me.”
Mickey Rourke

In 1991, Rourke unexpectedly returned to his teenage dream and entered pro
boxing. Under the nickname “Marielito,” he ran up an undefeated record of 6-0-2.
Still, he never reached his peak and finally retired after being told by his
doctor that his neurological exam showed bad results. His last match was a draw
with “Irish” Sean Gibbons in Davie, Florida, in 1994.

Meanwhile, Rourke had the movies Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991),
and White Sands (1992) released while he was boxing. After his retirement from
boxing, the actor took the leading role of ex-convict Frank T. Wells in his
self-written F.T.W. (1994). In Bullet (1996), Rourke starred as Jewish junkie
Butch, and served as the writer and music supervisor. The next year, he
delivered a nice supporting turn as lawyer Bruiser Stone in the big screen
adaptation of John Grisham’s The Rainmaker, before playing a priest named Father
Frank Larkin in the TV film Thicker Than Blood (1998). Rourke also took parts in
the drama Shergar (1999), the remake of Get Carter (2000, as Cyrus Paice), Sean
Penn’s The Pledge (2001), the black comedy Spun (2002, starred as The Cook), the
Robert Rodriguez-helmed Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) and Man on Fire (2004,
played Jordan).

In 2005, the eccentric actor appeared as Marv in an adaptation of Frank Miller’s
Sin City, as well as had the leading turn as a bounty hunter named Domino Harvey
in the action biopic Domino. Rourke is set to play roles in the adaptation of
Anthony Horowitz’ Stormbreaker (2006, opposite Ewan McGregor) and the action
movie Killshot (2006, stars as Armand “The Blackbird” Degas). He will also be
seen in Grind House (2007), a movie by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino.
Rourke’s fans will soon see him in the sequel Sin City 2 (2007, reprising his
role of Marv) and the thriller The Night Job (2007).


Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Supporting Actor, Diner, 1983
National Society of Film Critics: Best Supporting Actor, Diner, 1983
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