Michael Madsen

Biography: Malevolent looking, heavy set character actor who has etched himself a strong niche in Hollywood as the guy you just don't want to double cross. There's just something in the way Madsen delivers his lines with that underlying aggression masked behind his gravelly tones, that makes you feel very uneasy about his true intentions!

Talented Madsen first learned his craft at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, where he worked under talented actor John Malkovich. He then broke through onto the screen in minor roles in Against All Hope (1982), Racing with the Moon (1984) and The Natural (1984). His work received considerable notice after his knife-edged performance as a deranged killer "Vince Miller" in Kill Me Again (1989) and then as Susan Sarandon's rough-edged boyfriend "Jimmy" in Thelma & Louise (1991).

His real breakthrough, however, came as the sadistic jewel thief, "Mr. Blond," in Quentin Tarantino's low budget hit Reservoir Dogs (1992). Movie audiences were galvanised in
their seats as Madsen playfully danced around a tied down & terrified police officer, cutting him with a knife and splashing gasoline all over the petrified man.....all to the cheery tune's of "Stuck In the Middle With You."

However, not to be typecast, Madsen surprised all with his performance as foster parent Glen Greenwood in the hit family movie Free Willy (1993), before returning to another criminal role as bank robber Rudy Travis in the remake of the Steve McQueen heist flick The Getaway (1994), and then back again as Glen Greenwood in Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995).

Madsen continues to put in edge of the seat performances as morally bankrupt individuals on the wrong side of the law. Witness his intense on screen showings in Donnie Brasco (1997), Mulholland Falls (1996), and High Noon (2000) . In 2003, he teamed up again with indie director Quentin Tarantino to appear in both "volumes" of Tarantino's magnum martial arts/revenge opus of Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) as the coldly evil "Budd" (aka "Sidewinder"). In addition to his film work, Madsen has contributed dialogue to two of Sony Play Stations's biggest selling games, Grand Theft Auto" and Driv3r, as well as writing several books of his own poetry. Although uncomfortable with fame, Madsen's star continues to shine in Hollywood and his droll, yet captivating acting style is ensuring him a steady flow of work as one on the screen's favourite "heavies".

Michael Madsen's Scores

Average career score: 47
Highest Metascore: 88 Thelma & Louise
Lowest Metascore: 8 The Price of Air
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 21
  2. Negative: 9 out of 21
21 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd The Hateful Eight TBA Cast / John Gage tbd
46 Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Aug 22, 2014 Bob / Bob 7.1
23 I'm in Love with a Church Girl Oct 18, 2013 Frank Harris 3.0
35 Loosies Jan 11, 2012 Lt. 'Sully' Sullivan 6.3
14 The Killing Jar Mar 19, 2010 Doe 5.0
24 House Nov 7, 2008 Tin Man/Officer 4.7
25 Hell Ride Aug 8, 2008 The Gent 4.7
55 Vice May 9, 2008 Executive Producer / Max Walker 5.7
47 Boarding Gate Mar 21, 2008 Miles Rennberg 6.2
tbd Hoboken Hollow Apr 6, 2007 J.T. Goldman 6.3
40 Scary Movie 4 Apr 14, 2006 Oliver 5.9
18 BloodRayne Jan 6, 2006 Vladimir 7.7
83 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 Apr 16, 2004 Budd - 'Sidewinder' 7.8
69 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Oct 10, 2003 Budd 7.1
56 Die Another Day Nov 22, 2002 Damian Falco 6.1
tbd My Boss's Daughter Oct 25, 2002 T.J. 6.3
8 The Price of Air Sep 15, 2000 Producer / Mr. Ball 10
19 Species II Apr 10, 1998 Press Lenox 4.4
tbd The Maker Oct 17, 1997 Skarney tbd
76 Donnie Brasco Feb 28, 1997 Sonny Black 5.3
47 Wyatt Earp Jun 24, 1994 Virgil Earp 6.7
79 Free Willy Jul 16, 1993 Glen Greenwood 6.8
78 Reservoir Dogs Oct 1, 1992 Mr. Blonde - Vic Vega 8.6
88 Thelma & Louise May 24, 1991 Jimmy 7.2
62 The Doors Mar 1, 1991 Tom Baker 7.8