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: 50
Highest Metascore: 88 Thelma & Louise
Lowest Metascore: 8 The Price of Air
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 28
  2. Negative: 9 out of 28
28 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
88 Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood Jul 26, 2019 Cast / Principal Cast tbd
tbd The Dirty Kind May 3, 2019 Executive Producer tbd
34 Trading Paint Mar 22, 2019 Linsky tbd
tbd Welcome to Acapulco Mar 12, 2019 Hyde tbd
tbd Christian Audigier the Vif Jun 22, 2018 Himself tbd
tbd Unfallen Jun 30, 2017 General McCallister / General McCallister tbd
tbd Devil's Domain May 19, 2017 Bill / Bill tbd
tbd Diamond Cartel Mar 24, 2017 Cast tbd
tbd Vigilante Diaries Jun 24, 2016 Moreau tbd
tbd Back in the Day May 20, 2016 Enzo tbd
68 The Hateful Eight Dec 25, 2015 Cast / Joe Gage / John Gage / Joe Gage 7.5
46 Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Aug 22, 2014 Bob / Bob 8.0
23 I'm in Love with a Church Girl Oct 18, 2013 Frank Harris 3.1
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 / The Gent tbd
55 Vice May 9, 2008 Executive Producer / Max Walker 6.8
47 Boarding Gate Mar 21, 2008 Miles Rennberg / Miles Rennberg tbd
tbd Hoboken Hollow Apr 6, 2007 J.T. Goldman 6.3
40 Scary Movie 4 Apr 14, 2006 Oliver 5.8
18 BloodRayne Jan 6, 2006 Vladimir 7.6
83 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 Apr 16, 2004 Budd - 'Sidewinder' / Budd - 'Sidewinder' 4.5
69 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Oct 10, 2003 Budd / Budd tbd
56 Die Another Day Nov 22, 2002 Damian Falco 8.1
tbd My Boss's Daughter Oct 25, 2002 T.J. 6.2
8 The Price of Air Sep 15, 2000 Producer / Mr. Ball 3.8
19 Species II Apr 10, 1998 Press Lenox 1.7
tbd The Maker Oct 17, 1997 Skarney tbd
76 Donnie Brasco Feb 28, 1997 Sonny Black / Sonny Black tbd