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
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".
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Michael Madsen's Scores

Average career score: 49
Highest Metascore: 88 Thelma & Louise
Lowest Metascore: 8 The Price of Air
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 25
  2. Negative: 8 out of 25
25 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
88 Thelma & Louise May 24, 1991 Jimmy 8.3
83 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 Apr 16, 2004 Budd - 'Sidewinder' / Budd - 'Sidewinder' tbd
79 Reservoir Dogs Oct 1, 1992 Mr. Blonde - Vic Vega 8.7
79 Free Willy Jul 16, 1993 Glen Greenwood 7.4
76 Donnie Brasco Feb 28, 1997 Sonny Black / Sonny Black tbd
69 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Oct 10, 2003 Budd 8.7
68 The Hateful Eight Dec 25, 2015 Cast / Joe Gage / John Gage / Joe Gage 7.5
62 The Doors Mar 1, 1991 Tom Baker 7.5
61 The Natural May 11, 1984 Bump Bailey 8.8
61 Kill Me Again Oct 27, 1989 Vince Miller tbd
56 Die Another Day Nov 22, 2002 Damian Falco 8.2
55 Vice May 9, 2008 Executive Producer / Max Walker tbd
49 Species Jul 7, 1995 Preston Lennox tbd
47 Boarding Gate Mar 21, 2008 Miles Rennberg 6.2
47 Wyatt Earp Jun 24, 1994 Virgil Earp 6.6
46 Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Aug 22, 2014 Bob / Bob 8.0
40 Scary Movie 4 Apr 14, 2006 Oliver 5.8
35 Loosies Jan 11, 2012 Lt. 'Sully' Sullivan 6.3
25 Hell Ride Aug 8, 2008 The Gent / The Gent tbd
24 House Nov 7, 2008 Tin Man/Officer 4.3
23 I'm in Love with a Church Girl Oct 18, 2013 Frank Harris 3.1
19 Species II Apr 10, 1998 Press Lenox 1.3
18 BloodRayne Jan 6, 2006 Vladimir 7.6
14 The Killing Jar Mar 19, 2010 Doe 5.0
8 The Price of Air Sep 15, 2000 Producer / Mr. Ball 3.8