An idiosyncratic actor known for both his versatility and sinewy, off-kilter sexiness, Sam Rockwell is one of the stage and screen’s most imaginative and least predictable performers.
He delivered a decade of memorable, off-the-wall performances in independent films like Box of Moonlight (1996) and Lawn Dogs (1997) before a supporting role as an unrepentant killer in The Green Mile (2000) brought him before mainstream audiences.
When he starred as game show host-turned-CIA agent Chuck Barris in the fantastical biopic Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), he confirmed his successful crossover from indie film mainstay to valuable Hollywood asset. He ambulated easily between both worlds in years to come; co-starring with Nicholas Cage in Matchstick Men (2005) and shining in the little-seen Sundance hit Snow Angels (2007).
Sam’s latest film is Iron Man 2 in which he plays Justin Hammer, a clever adversary of the superhero played by Robert Downey Jr. His other recent films include the critically acclaimed sci-fi Moon (2009), the family comedy Everybody’s Fine (2009), Choke (2008), based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, and Frost/Nixon (2008), a dramatic retelling of television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.