Mickey Rourke

Mickey Rourke


9/16/1956, Schenectady, New York, USA

Birth Name

Philip Andre Rourke Jr.



Also Known As

'Sir' Eddie Cook
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Mickey Rourke has had quite a career. He has moved back and forth from boxer to actor, and back again. Rourke has been called many things by many people, but conventional has never been one of the adjectives used to describe him.

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • During his boxing career, Mickey had his nose broken twice, required nose surgery five times, and also received a smashed cheekbone.

    • Rourke had to complete three months of training with a cage fighter to prepare for his role in The Wrestler.

    • Rourke stated that The Pope of Greenwich Village was his favorite movie.

    • Rourke credits a conversation with director Tony Scott saved him from turning back to his destructive behavior after his brother died.

    • In October of 2004, Rourke's younger brother, Joe died of cancer. His death hit Rourke very hard.

    • Rourke had a bit part in Steven Spielberg's film, 1941. This was Rourke's film debut.

    • Mickey's biggest regret in life was turning his back on Hollywood to pursue a career in boxing. In his opinion, it robbed him of everything important in life: his wife, house, and reputation. He sought professional help in order to reconstruct his life.

    • Mickey was named 'Man of The Year' by British Film Fans for his role in Sin City.

    • Mickey was set to play the part of stuntman Mike on Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse, but was replaced by Kurt Russell after an arguement caused Mickey to walk off of production.

    • Mickey went to Argentina to visit former world middle weight boxing champion Carlos Monzon while serving time in prison for murder.

    • Mickey's boxing nickname was 'El Marielito'.

    • Mickey was first considered for the role of Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop; it went to Slyvester Stallone, who passed it on to Eddie Murphy.

    • Mickey performed on David Bowie's Never Let Me Down album in the 1980s.

    • Mickey played the thug in the music video by Enrique Iglesias, 'Hero' with Jennifer Love Hewitt in 2001.

    • Mickey was once called the 'human ashtray' by Kim Basinger.

    • Mickey has several tattoos, including a bull's skull on his right bicep, shamrock on his left forearm, and a tiger's head with Chinese Symbols on his left shoulder.

    • Mickey was married to model Carrie Otis from June 1992 until they divorced in December 1998. He married Debra Feur in 1981 until they divorced in 1989.

    • Mickey appeared on the cover of World Boxing magazine in June of 1994.

    • Mickey was born in Liberty City, Florida as Philip Andre Rourke, Jr. He attended Miami Beach Senior High School, and played 2nd string 1st baseman on the school baseball team.

    • Mickey was arrested by the LAPD and charged with spousal abuse in July of 1994, for assaulting then-wife Carrie Otis.

    • Mickey was considered for the role of Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs.

  • Quotes

    • Mickey: (On spending money) I ain't never seen no Brinks truck at a funeral and there ain't gonna be one at mine.

    • Rourke: I think Joe (his brother) left me something. His spirit. As long as I can work with people I'm excited about working with, it will be okay. I just can't work for the pay cheque.

    • Mickey: (On hitting rock bottom) You wake up one day and everything is gone. Your respectability, your money, everyone you care about. You're alone. You call up and try to get a table at a restaurant, and you can't. It went on for a long time. It's a dark hole, where I would pray to God. I mean, literally, on my knees, where I would say, 'Please can you just send me a little bit of daylight?' I always thought it would go away. There would be a little bit of hope, but then boom, it was black again.

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    A badass man in real-life who pretty much always plays a badass on the big screen. His roles in Domino, Sin City and Mexico are the reasons I like him so much.