Mickey Rourke is an American actor born on September 16, 1952 in Schenectady, New York to Ann and Philip Andre Rourke, Sr. His family is of Irish and French descent. After his parents separated, Mickey Rourke moved to Florida with his mother. He attended Beach Senior High School, where he became a member of the school’s baseball team. During his teens, Mickey Rourke’s attention was more focused on sports than acting. He enrolled in a self-defense training at Boys Club of Miami, where he eventually learned boxing. He continued amateur boxing in his early years and landed matches as a pro during the 1990s.
Rourke had his big screen debut when he did a small role in Steven Spielberg’s theatrical film 1941. In 1981, he gained widespread attention in his small yet pivotal role as an arsonist in Lawrence Kasdan’s neo-noir film Body Heat. The following year, he co-starred with Paul Reiser, Daniel Stern, Steve Guttenberg, Tim Daly and Kevin Bacon in Barry Levinson’s cult classic Diner. Rourke further gained artistic recognition for his remarkable performance as Matt Dillon’s older brother in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1993 film Rumblefish. He was further praised by critics in his starring role as Charlie in the 1984 film The Pope of Greenwich Village.
After his retirement from boxing in the 1995, Rourke appeared in the films The Rainmaker, Vincent Gallo's Buffalo '66, Animal Factory directed by Steve Buscemi and Get Carter. He also did minor roles in Thursday and in Double Team, in which he co-starred with Jean Claude Van Damme.
In 2000, Rourke played The Cook in Jonas Akerlund’s independent film Spun. He also did minor roles in the films Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Man on Fire.
Rourke once again gained fame as film actor when he co-starred with top caliber actors Bruce Willis and Benicio del Toro in the film adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel Sin City, playing one of the film’s main character, Marv. His role in the film earned him awards from Chicago Film Critics Association, the IFTA and the Online Film Critics Society. He was also named as “Man of the Year” by Total magazine that year.