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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 8 May 1949New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 28 May 2001New York City, New York, USA  (complications of kidney failure, liver failure, cirrhosis and hepatitis C)
Birth NameMichael Morra

Mini Bio (1)

Rockets Redglare was born on May 8, 1949 in New York City, New York, USA as Michael Morra. He is known for his work on Big (1988), Down by Law (1986) and Stranger Than Paradise (1984). He died on May 28, 2001 in New York City.

Trade Mark (1)

Frequently cast in Jim Jarmusch and Susan Seidelman films.

Trivia (6)

Was a bodyguard for the band the "Sex Pistols" and later for bandmember Sid Vicious.
Was a roadie for the band "The Hassles" which included a young unknown Billy Joel.
Grew up in Brooklyn and in Long Island.
Bodyguard for Jean Michel Basquiat.
He produced a show called "The Rockets Redglare Taxicabaret" in which the likes of Steve Buscemi and Mark Boone Jr. performed along with Rockets doing stand-up and one act plays.
Two authors have claimed in their books that the actual murderer of Nancy Spungeon at the Hotel Chelsea in NYC in October 1978 was Rockets Redglare, according to the book This Ain't No Holiday Inn: Down And Out At The Chelsea Hotel 1980-1995 by James Lough. Sid Vicious, the punk musician and Nancy's partner, had been charged with this crime but died prior to trial. In his book Pretty Vacant: A History Of Punk, Phil Strongman also accuses Redglare of the murder.

Personal Quotes (1)

"As long as you owe someone money you know they are always thinking of you".

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