Mickey Rourke is an actor, best known for roles in films such as "The Wrestler," "Iron Man 2" and "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." He is also known for his time spent as a professional boxer.
Rourke was born on Sept. 15, 1952 in Schenectady, New York and has German, Scottish and English ancestry. He first gained recognition as an actor in the 1980s, appearing in films such as "Rumble Fish," an adaptation of S.E. Hinton's acclaimed novel, and "9 1/2 Weeks," which generated controversy for its graphic sexuality. During this time, Rourke also appeared in "A Prayer for the Dying," "Diner" and "Angel Heart."
Rourke's work in quality films stalled in the 1990s, as he temporarily gave up acting to become a professional boxer. In the 2000s, he appeared in films such as "Sin City" and "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" before making a big comeback with "The Wrestler" in 2008, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. His nomination bolstered his career significantly and earned him roles in high-profile films such as "Iron Man 2" and "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." He also returned to boxing in 2014 for an exhibition match in Russia.