Michael Madsen Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth NameMichael Soren Madsen
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Michael Madsen's long career spans nearly 40 years and more than 170 films in which he has played memorable characters in myriad box office hits, including: Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) Sin City (2005), Hell Ride (2008), Die Another Day (2002), Donnie Brasco (1997), Species (1995), The Getaway (1994), Thelma & Louise (1991), and Free Willy (1993). Michael is notably recognized for his role as Mr. Blonde, in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs (1992).

Michael was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Elaine Madsen (née Melson), an Emmy-winning writer, producer, and poet, and Calvin Madsen, a firefighter. He is the brother of actress Virginia Madsen. His paternal grandparents were Danish.

In recent years, Madsen has received Best Actor awards for his role in the Irish boxing film Strength and Honour, from the New York International Film Festival, the Boston Film Festival and the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival. Madsen received the Golden Dolphin Award at the 25th Festroia Festival in Portugal, an award also given to veterans Kirk Douglas and Robert Mitchum. In 2012, Madsen was named President of the first annual Champs Elysees Film Festival in France which honored producer Harvey Weinstein. Recent television appearances include guest starring roles on The Mob Doctor (2012), Golden Boy (2013)and Blue Bloods (2010).

Madsen is well recognized as an accomplished poet. His first book "Burning In Paradise" with a Foreword by Dennis Hopper, won the Independent Firecracker Award and was later translated into Norwegian. He has a world-wide following with his work, honored at International Poetry Festivals in Genoa, Italy and Mexico . He was recently the Guest of Honor at the Crossing Border Festival in Netherlands. His "The Complete Poetic Works" is an international bestseller. This was followed by his "Signs of Life" dedicated to Chris Penn. This unique work combined his new poetry with his own original photography. His next book of poetry "American Badass"was dedicated to the memory of the late David Carradine, his friend and Kill Bill co-star. His newest book "Expecting Rain" has a Foreword by Jerry Hopkins.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Movie Guy

Family (3)

Spouse DeAnna Madsen (15 April 1996 - present)  (3 children)
Jeannine Bisignano (1991 - 1995)  (divorced)  (2 children)
Georganne LaPiere (? - ?)  (divorced)
Parents Elaine Madsen
Cal Madsen
Relatives Virginia Madsen (sibling)

Trade Mark (4)

Wears Ray Ban sunglasses in almost all of his movies
Deep husky voice
Menacing, shark-like grin
Frequently cast by Quentin Tarantino

Trivia (72)

Brother of actress Virginia Madsen and Cheryl Madsen. Son of Cal Madsen, a retired firefighter, and Elaine Madsen.
Has worn the same pinky ring in numerous movies.
Announced the second greatest movie villain of all time by Maxim Magazine's "Greatest Movie Villains of all Time" for his character in Reservoir Dogs (1992) of "Mr. Blonde".
His character of Mr. Blonde was one of the 200 nominees on the American Film Institute's list of 100 years of the best Heroes and Villains. He was also the only character from Reservoir Dogs (1992) who was nominated. However, he didn't make it into the top 50.
Dennis Hopper wrote the introduction to his book of short stories and poems "Burning in Paradise".
Former brother-in-law of Danny Huston and Cher.
Children with Jeannine Bisignano: Christian Madsen (born 1990) and Max Madsen (born 1994). Children with DeAnna Madsen: Hudson Lee (born 1995), Calvin Michael (born 1997) and Luke Ray (born 2005).
In the early days of his acting career, he considered changing his name to "Michael Hood."
States only five films as ones he's even remotely proud of: Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Donnie Brasco (1997), Reservoir Dogs (1992), Species (1995) and Free Willy (1993).
Because of his strong aversion to violence, Madsen was very uncomfortable filming the torture scenes in Reservoir Dogs (1992), especially in the scenes in which he was required to hit Kirk Baltz.
He points to Robert Mitchum as his idol and role model. Many similarities are apparent, as both are large, intimidating "tough guys" who are generally underrated and Madsen (as did Mitchum) doesn't always appear in films for their artistic merit. They both shared a love for poetry. He and Mitchum also both appeared in War and Remembrance (1988), though they never had any scenes together.
Was set to play "Sean Harrison" in the series Hawaii (2004) but was replaced by Michael Biehn.
TV commercial (voice-over): Boeing Corp.
Owned the yellow Cadillac that his character Mr Blonde drove in Reservoir Dogs (1992).
Was offered role of Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction (1994) but turned it down because he couldn't get out of rehearsal for Wyatt Earp (1994). He cited this as the the worst mistake of his career.
His paternal grandparents (Soren and Anna Marie Madsen) immigrated from Denmark in the early 1900s.
His mother has English, Irish, Scottish, and German ancestry, and is also said to have Native American roots.
For his past, present and ongoing commitment to independent film, was presented with the inaugural Rebel Award by good friend/actor Harvey Keitel at Rebelfest 2005, Toronto.
He was considered for Tom Sizemore's roles in Heat (1995) and Saving Private Ryan (1998).
Poetry collection: 10-Year Anniversary Edition of his poetry book, "The Complete Poetic Works of Michael Madsen, Vol I: 1995-2005/," available at Amazon.com.
One of his dogs is "Buftea", a recent addition. He found it emaciated, wild and roaming the forests of Romania while he was filming The Last Drop (2006). Madsen gradually tamed the dog, adopted it, named it after the town in Romania where they were shooting and whisked it back to beach-front Malibu.
He has said in an interview once that his feminine characteristic would be that he has soft feet.
His maternal grandparents are Lance and Lavinia.
"Burning in Paradise" won the Independent Firecracker Award for Poetry in 1998.
In 2002 he was presented an award for his work with the Shriners Hospital For Children.
Good friends with Dennis Hopper, Harry Dean Stanton and Nick Nolte.
Has worked as a car mechanic, a landscaper and a hospital orderly before turning to acting.
Married his wife, DeAnna Madsen, in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
He was originally asked to play "Harland", the man who rapes Geena Davis in Thelma & Louise (1991), but he refused the part and, when director Ridley Scott asked what part he would like instead, Madsen asked if he could play "Jimmy Lennox", the well meaning but short tempered boyfriend of Susan Sarandon's Louise. Scott initially scoffed at the idea, but Madsen got the part of "Jimmy" after having lunch with Sarandon.
He painted houses, repaired cars, worked as an orderly in a hospital and pumped gas in his late teens and early twenties before he moved to Los Angeles.
Hobbies include cars and bikes.
Has a parrot called Marlon (after Marlon Brando).
Uncle of Virginia Madsen's son, Jack Sabato.
Godfather of his sons, Hudson Madsen and Kalvin Madsen, is Quentin Tarantino.
Has lent his voice to several seasons of Animal Precinct (2001) on The Animal Planet.
Stepfather of Cody (born 1987), son of DeAnna Madsen and Brian Setzer.
Was offered the role of Seth Gecko in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), but couldn't accept due to scheduling conflicts.
The character of Officer Wendell 'Bud' White in L.A. Confidential (1997) was written with Madsen in mind, but Russell Crowe got the part.
According to his interview in Maxim magazine, he doesn't own a cell phone nor does he use the Internet to send e-mails; he still writes letters by hand.
Lives in Malibu with his family.
His parents, Cal and Elaine Madsen, divorced when Michael was 9.
He has an older sister named Cheryl Madsen (Cheri). She's the owner of a restaurant in Wisconsin.
On Dec. 26, 2004, David Carradine and his wife Annie were married at Madsen's home by Vicki Roberts.
September 2007 - outstanding achievement award in acting at the 13th annual Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival.
Good friend Harvey Keitel served as godfather to his son Max Madsen.
Was considered for the role of John McClane in Die Hard (1988).
Studied at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre.
The films he acted in have grossed over 2 billion dollars world wide.
Will Rogers pioneer award 2007.
The Boys Republic once a year gives a scholarship on behalf of Michael Madsen. Steve McQueen attended that school.
Very well-known for his generosity; he gave his casting director friend Bruno Rosato a Porsche 928.
Won the Maverick Award 2007 Method fest, presented to him by good friend David Carradine.
Uncle of Jack Sabato.
Has starred in three films as a gangster whose organization is infiltrated by undercover law enforcement: Reservoir Dogs (1992), Donnie Brasco (1997) and Beyond the Law (1993).
After the death of good friend Chris Penn, he has a hard time watching Reservoir Dogs (1992).
Ex-son-in-law of Georgia Holt.
He was considered for the role of John Nada in They Live (1988) that went to Roddy Piper.
He was considered for Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon (1987).
His wife DeAnna's ex-husband is Stray Cats guitarist Brian Setzer.
In 2002, Madsen was presented an award for his work with the Shriners Hospital for Children.
He was offered the role of Danny McKnight in Black Hawk Down (2001), but was forced to turn the role down because of scheduling conflicts with Big Apple (2001).
He called BloodRayne (2005) "an abomination... a horrifying and preposterous movie", but added that he enjoyed working with Uwe Boll and would certainly work with him again if asked. Boll claimed that Madsen was frequently drunk during production.
He was considered for the role of Mickey Knox in Natural Born Killers (1994), but Warner Bros. wanted somebody less intimidating, and with a softer persona, as they felt this might alleviate the brutality of the character somewhat.
He was strongly considered for Detective Mike Logan on Law & Order (1990), until the final reading when the NBC suits felt that his "acting mannerisms were repetitive.".
He was considered for a role in Inglourious Basterds (2009).
In September 2009, Madsen announced his participation in the Love Ride 26 to help raise money for local charities and those less fortunate. Love Ride began in 1981 and has included celebrities Malcolm Forbes, Peter Fonda, and Larry Hagman with musical entertainment from Billy Idol, Bruce Springsteen, and others. The event was to have taken place on October 25, 2009 but was canceled two weeks before the event due to poor ticket sales and a decline in sponsorship and vendor support.
He has a line of hot sauces.
He was considered for Christopher Walken's role in True Romance (1993).
Close friends with actor Chris Penn, and acted as a pallbearer at the latter's funeral.
He was offered the role of Perfect Tommy in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984), but turned it down due to scheduling conflicts with The Natural (1984).
He was considered for the role of Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom in Con Air (1997) that went to John Malkovich.
Wanted to be a police officer as a child but instead gradated high school with a juvenile rap sheet for stealing cars, breaking & entering and gun possession.

Personal Quotes (24)

Well, one thing for sure, I won't be remembered for Free Willy (1993). Or maybe I will.
[in Men's Health, March 2004] Kids are a great excuse for you to stop acting like one.
Encourage your kids' artistic side. Toughen up everything else.
Your children don't have to fear you to respect you.
Is it really selling out if it feeds your family?
I encourage my boys to do stuff in the arts, but I'm also an advocate of not taking any shit . . . I have a heavy bag and every morning the boys go three three-minute rounds on the heavy bag with the gloves.
The oddest thing is when children recognize me from Free Willy (1993) and their parents recognize me from Reservoir Dogs (1992). The kids are, like, "There's Glen!" and the parents are, like, "Don't go near that guy!"
I'm a leading man trapped inside a bad guy's body.
You get these horrifying straight-to-video things for very little money, then you go to the Cannes Film Festival and they got some poster of you, 40 feet high, in the worst movie in the world. You're like, "Oh my God. Take the fucking thing down!"
[2004] Maybe I was just born in the wrong era, man. I'm a bit of a throwback to the days of black-and-white movies. Those guys back then, they had a certain kind of directness about them. A lot of the screenplays, the plots were very simplistic - they gave rise to a type of anti-hero that maybe I suit better.
L.A. Confidential (1997) was written with me in mind, but Russell Crowe got the part. Go figure.
[on Donnie Brasco (1997)] Great film, sure, but not a payday. [Al Pacino] and [Johnny Depp] got all the money. There was none left for me.
I've been in a few brawls in my time.
I probably made a few pictures I shouldn't have done, but I have four sons and I have to pay the rent. If you have a decision to make about whether or not you can buy groceries at the market or whether or not you're going to make a bad movie, you're going to make a bad movie.
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. You know, every movie you make can't be great, no matter who you are. Even [Marlon Brando] made some clinkers.
I grew up in a time when I watched actors like Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum . . . those are the movies that I liked and I responded to. They're all gone now and there's no talent like that anymore, there's no immensity of talent that exists like that in the motion picture industry. Even the movies are turning into a bunch of junk. They think if they put a handsome face in there or a good-looking body and they surround it with enough cars blowing up, that it is going to be entertaining . . . but in the long run it's just not going to last. It's all empty, there's no story anymore . . . the same thing is happening to the motion picture industry that is happening to the landscape.
[on his role in Strength and Honour (2007)] It's a movie about fighters, not fighting. You know, I got over seeing myself on screen a long time ago, but watching this film really affects me.
I say my [tough guy] acting days are over. But then [Humphrey Bogart] made 30 pictures playing a [tough guy], and it wasn't until The Maltese Falcon (1941) that he was thought of as a leading man.
I like to diversify. And I am all about longevity. I want to be doing this for as long as I can. I have made, I think, 72 pictures now. And I have made a lot of studio stuff and I have made a lot of low-budget stuff. The fun of making independent films is that they are a lot more open and it is a lot easier to ad-lib and create a character and collaborate with the director. With a studio picture, you are a lot more controlled and your whole environment and your whole presentation is a lot more monitored.
[2002] I liked The Getaway (1994). I think "The Getaway" is pretty good. It was exciting. I don't think that it's comparable to the original [The Getaway (1972)] by any stretch of the imagination, but I still think it stands on its own. I think it was a little bit more exciting than given credit for.
[2002] The thing with Wyatt Earp (1994)] was, I think every guy in that picture did it because they wanted to walk down the streets of the OK Corral. That's part of history. That's a historical event that actually happened. I remember standing on top of the street with Dennis Quaid on the morning that we started to shoot this sequence and he said, "Let's face it, what we're about to do is the reason that we're all here." And he was right and we all knew he was. It was kind of ironic, if any of us had known how far it was down to the OK Corral, then we would have taken the horses . . . I might have even grabbed a cab. Having seen the movie, it was a long boring exercise in nothingness, so . . . But I still have to say that doing something that was historically accurate and had to do with history was very appealing to me.
(On the films he's proud of) Kill Bill, Species (1995), Free Willy (1993), Thelma & Louise (1991), Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Donnie Brasco (1997). Six, that's it. That's not a low number. I'm just hard to please. I've made some crap but you've got to pay the bills.
[on Reservoir Dogs (1992)] Reservoir Dogs gained a lot of steam over time. It wasn't really the phenomenon it is now when it first came out.
[on movies he regretted making] My regret lies in the people that made the pictures that seduced me into thinking that we were making something interesting.

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