Rockwell at the 2009 premiere of Moon at the Tribeca Film Institute
Daly City, California
在1989的旧金山首次出演horror film Clownhouse (Francis Ford Coppola's production company出品) 后, 他搬到纽约，到William Esper Studios进修。当他客串演出美剧 The Equalizer, NYPD Blue and Law & Order 以及 Last Exit to Brooklyn and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles的配角后，他的演艺生涯在90年代缓缓起飞。这段时间，他同时在餐厅工作，担任端盘子和配送煎饼的工作 他甚至一度担任私人侦探的助手：“我跟踪一个出轨的妓女，并且在汽车酒店拍下了她的照片”, 他在2002年告诉滚石说：“这真的非常肮脏”。一个高薪的米勒啤酒商业在1994终于同意他担任全职演员。
洛克威尔事业的转折点是 Tom DiCillo导演的1996年电影：Box of Moon Light, 在片中他扮演一个住在孤立的移动房间、穿着像Davy Crockett 的古怪的孩子气的男人。The ensuing acclaim put him front and center with casting agents and new-found fans alike, with Rockwell himself acknowledging that "That film was definitely a turning point....I was sort of put on some independent film map after 10 years in New York."
He also won strong reviews for the 1997 film Lawn Dogs, where he played a working-class lawn mower who befriends a wealthy 10-year-old girl (Mischa Barton) in an upper-class gated community in Kentucky; Rockwell's performance won him Best Actor honors at both the Montreal World Film Festival and the Catalonian International Film Festival. In 1999, Rockwell played prisoner William "Wild Bill" Wharton in the Stephen King prison drama The Green Mile. At the time of the film's shooting, Rockwell explained why he was attracted to playing such unlikeable characters. He said, "I like that dark stuff. I think heroes should be flawed. There's a bit of self-loathing in there, and a bit of anger... But after this, I've really got to play some lawyers, or a British aristocrat, or they'll put a label on me."
在1999年作为模仿演员出演satire Galaxy Quest, in the 1999 Shakespeare adaptation A Midsummer Night's Dream as 长笛, and as gregarious villain Eric Knox in Charlie's Angels (2000), 洛克威尔赢得了在The Gong Show host Chuck Barris in George Clooney's 2002 directorial debut, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind担任主角的机会。他的表演被广泛认可，电影的票房收入也很不错。
在 Nicolas Cage in Ridley Scott's Matchstick Men (2003), with Entertainment Weekly 担任反派时，也受到赞许，被称为 “永远充满趣味性，是丰富多彩的搭档”。另外，在Zaphod Beeblebrox in the 2005 film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy中也收到了多种不同的评价。 后来，在Casey Affleck's character Robert Ford担任配角时，受到广泛的关注, 在2007年Brad Pitt导演的戏剧 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford担任主角,。 According to an interview on The Howard Stern Show, director Jon Favreau considered casting him as the titular character in Iron Man as the studio was initially hesitant to work with Robert Downey, Jr., who had been considered for his role in The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Rockwell appeared in the Iron Man sequel, released in 2010, as Tony Stark's rival weapons' developer, Justin Hammer. He is said to have accepted the role without reading the script. He had never heard of the character before he was contacted about the part, and was unaware that Hammer is an old man in the comic books.
除了大预算的故事片，他在独立电影中也站稳了脚跟，比如The F Word。最近，他在罗宾的重要约会中扮演一个穿着万圣节服装的好色的蝙蝠侠, ,与 扮演罗宾的Justin Long演对手戏。 He also starred in the 2008 film Snow Angels opposite Kate Beckinsale and directed by David Gordon Green. He had worked on several occasions with the comedy troupe Stella (Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter and David Wain), making cameo appearances in their short films and eponymous TV series.
Rockwell played Victor Mancini in the film Choke, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk. Critic Roger Ebert said of his performance that he "seems to have become the latter-day version of Christopher Walken – not all the time, but when you need him, he's your go-to guy for weirdness."
In 2007, Rockwell guest-starred in a comedy mini-series via the web called "Casted: The Continuing Chronicles of Derek Riffchyn, Greatest Casting Director in the World. Ever." He appears opposite Jonathan Togo (of CSI: Miami fame) as Derek and Justin Long (Dodgeball, Accepted) as Scott. Rockwell plays an aspiring young actor named Pete Sampras, no relation to the tennis player. The video can be viewed on YouTube, episode number two of a four-part series.
In 2009, he starred in the critically acclaimed science fiction film Moon, directed by Duncan Jones, for which his performance was widely praised, with some critics calling for an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination.
On May 3, 2010, it was announced that Rockwell would team up again with Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau, for Favreau's adaptation of the graphic novel Cowboys & Aliens. He played a bar owner named Doc who joins in the pursuit of the aliens.
1992年开始,洛克威尔加入Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz 担任艺术总监的LAByrinth Theater Company。 2005年， Hoffman directed him in Stephen Adly Guirgis' hit play, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. This past August, Rockwell work-shopped an upcoming LAByrinth production, North of Mason-Dixon, scheduled to debut in London in 2007 and then premiere in New York City later the same year. Other plays in which Rockwell performed are: Dumb Waiter (2001), Zoo Story (2001), Hot L Baltimore (2000), Goosepimples (1998), Love and Human Remains, Face Divided, Orphans, Den of Thieves, Dessert at Waffle House, The Largest Elizabeth, and A Behanding in Spokane.
拍摄'Frost/Nixon.'期间，Sam has been in a relationship with actress Leslie Bibb since 2007 when they reportedly met in LA as he was filming They both appeared in 'Iron Man 2' together.
|1989||Last Exit to Brooklyn||Al|
|1990||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Head Thug|
|1992||Jack and His Friends||Louie|
|1992||In the Soup||Pauli|
|1992||Happy Hell Night||Young Henry Collins|
|1993||Law & Order||Officer Weddeker||Episode 3.21 "Manhood"|
|1994||Somebody to Love||Polish Guy|
|1994||The·Search for One-eye Jimmy||One-eye Jimmy|
|1996||Bad Liver and a Broken Heart||Broken Heart|
|1996||Box of Moon Light||The Kid, aka Bucky|
|1997||Prince Street||Donny Hanson||Series regular|
|1997||SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground||Man Eating||Television film
Segment: Sax Cantor Riff
|1997||Lawn Dogs||Trent||Best Actor Award at the Sitges Film Festival
Best Actor Award at the Montreal World Film Festival
|1998||The Call Back||Alan/Christopher Walken|
|1998||Jerry and Tom||Jerry|
|1998||Louis & Frank||Sam|
|1999||A·Midsummer Night's Dream||Francis Flute|
|1999||The·Green Mile||'Wild Bill' Wharton||Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|1999||Galaxy Quest||Guy Fleegman|
|2000||Charlie's Angels||Eric Knox|
|2001||D.C. Smalls||Karaoke Singer|
|2002||Running Time||The Hunted||Short film|
|2002||Welcome to Collinwood||Pero|
|2002||Confessions of a Dangerous Mind||Chuck Barris||Berlin International Film Festival – Silver Bear for Best Actor
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
|2002||Stella Shorts 1998–2002||Pizza Guy||Direct-to-video
|2003||Matchstick Men||Frank Mercer||Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture|
|2004||Piccadilly Jim||Piccdilly Jim/Jim Crocker|
|2005||The·Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||Zaphod Beeblebrox|
|2005||Robin's Big Date||The Bat-man||Short film|
|2007||Joshua||Brad Cairn||Best Actor Award at the Sitges Film Festival|
|2007||Snow Angels||Glenn Marchand|
|2007||The·Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford||Charley Ford|
|2008||Woman in Burka||Sam|
|2008||Choke||Victor Mancini||Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
|2008||Frost/Nixon||James Reston Jr.||Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|2009||The Winning Season||Bill||Also producer|
|2009||Moon||Sam Bell||Best Actor Award at the Sitges Film Festival
Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actor
Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Irish Film and Television Award for Best International Actor
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Scream Award for Best Sci-Fi Actor
|2009||G-Force (film)||Darwin||Voice only|
|2009||G-Force (video game)||Darwin||Video game|
|2010||Iron Man 2||Justin Hammer|
|2010||Conviction||Kenneth Waters||Boston Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Hollywood Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Iowa Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
|2011||Cowboys & Aliens||Doc|
|2012||Seven Psychopaths||Billy||Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male|
|1997||Montreal World Film Festival||Best Actor||Lawn Dogs||獲獎||1–0|
|1997||Catalonian International Film Festival (CIFF)||Best Actor||Lawn Dogs||獲獎||2–0|
|2000||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Theatrical Motion Picture||The Green Mile (w/ Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, James Cromwell, Patricia Clarkson, Jeffrey DeMunn, Graham Greene, Bonnie Hunt, Michael Jeter, Doug Hutchison, Barry Pepper, Harry Dean Stanton)||提名||2–1|
|2003||Berlin International Film Festival||Best Actor||Confessions of a Dangerous Mind||獲獎||3–1|
|2003||Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards||Best Actor In A Leading Role||Confessions of a Dangerous Mind||獲獎||4–1|
|2003||Satellite Awards||Best Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role, Musical Or Comedy||Confessions of a Dangerous Mind||提名||4–2|
|2004||Satellite Awards||Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role, Musical Or Comedy||Matchstick Men||提名||4–3|
|2008||Satellite Awards||Best Actor In A Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy||Choke||提名||5–4|
|2008||Sundance Film Festival||Special Jury Prize||Choke (w/ Anjelica Huston, Kelly Macdonald, Brad William Henke)||獲獎||6–4|
|2009||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture||Frost/Nixon (w/ Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Toby Jones, Matthew Macfadyen, Rebecca Hall)||提名||6–5|
|2009||Seattle International Film Festival||Best Actor||Moon||獲獎||7–5|
|2009||Scream Awards||Best Sci-Fi Actor||Moon||提名||8–6|
|2009||British Independent Film Awards||Best Actor||Moon||提名||8–7|
|2009||Detroit Film Critics Society Award||Best Actor||Moon||提名||8–8|
|2009||The Golden Schmoes Movie Awards||Best Actor||Moon||獲獎||9–8|
|2009||Saturn Award||Best Actor||Moon||提名||9–9|
- ^ 1.0 1.1 Sam Rockwell; One-Man Gallery of Rogues, Crooks and Oddballs. by Laura Winters, The New York Times. September 13, 1998 [March 25, 2008].
- ^ “Sam Rockwell,” by Miranda Spencer. Biography, January 2003.
- ^ Today's Buzz Stories: Rockwell turned around. CNN Showbuzz. December 23, 2002 [February 10, 2007]. （原始内容存档于July 20, 2007）.
- ^ 4.0 4.1 Scott, A. O. AT THE MOVIES; A Career Picks Up. by Bernard Weinraub, The New York Times. January 23, 1998 [February 10, 2007].
- ^ “Sam Rockwell,” by M.B. Rolling Stone, 10/3/02.
- ^ Movie Review: Matchstick Men. by Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly. September 10, 2003 [February 10, 2007].
- ^ Choke. Chicago Sun-Times.
- ^ YouTube上的「Casted: Episode 2 – Enter The Sampras! (with Sam Rockwell)」视频
- ^ Moon. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2012-08-18.
- ^ Sam Rockwell cast in COWBOYS & ALIENS. collider.com. [May 11, 2010].
- ^ Martin McDonagh Helms ‘Seven Psychopaths’, Colin Farrell among all-star cast. iftn.com. [May 13, 2010].
- ^ Chrissy Iley (November 11, 2007). It's scary in here.... Interview – Film.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved on 2012-08-18.