Michael Madsen

Michael Madsen

Michael Madsen

Birth Date: September 25, 1957
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois
Notable Films: Reservoir Dogs, Donnie Brasco, Free Willy, Kill Bill Vol.1, Kill Bill Vol.2
Awards: Boston Film Festival Prize (Best Actor | Strength and Honour)

Michael Madsen Biography:

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Michael Madsen was the son of a filmmaker mother and a firefighter father. He has two sisters, including actress Virginia Madsen. Madsen began his acting career on stage at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. Here he worked with John Malkovich in the production Of Mice and Men. His screen debut came in 1982 when he appeared in the film Against All Hope (1982) and followed it up with a small role in hit movie War Games (1983).

After scooping roles in an array of different TV episodes, Madsen’s career took an upturn when he appeared in Oliver Stone’s movie The Doors (1991). After that, he would secure his most iconic role yet, that of psychotic criminal Mr. Blonde in Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (1992). This marked a collaboration between the two, though Madsen turned down the lead in Pulp Fiction (1994) to do Wyatt Earp (1994). The decision, he later lamented, was the worst of his career.

In the mid-’90s Madsen had a starring role in Free Willy (1993), Species (1995), and acclaimed gangster movie Donnie Brasco (1997). Around this time Madsen also began a career in direct-to-video movies. He returned the big screen in James Bond film Die Another Day (2002) and Kill Bill Vol.1 (2003) and Vol.2 (2004). He also had a supporting voice role in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005).

In addition to acting, Madsen is also a keen poet and has released several books of poetry. He is also a keen photographer, releasing a book dedicated to his late friend Chris Penn.