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Michael Madsen

Michael Søren Madsen (born September 25, 1957) is an American actor, poet, and photographer. He has starred in central roles in such films as "Reservoir Dogs", Free Willy, Donnie Brasco and Kill Bill, in addition to a supporting role in Sin City. Madsen was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Elaine (née Melson), an Emmy-winning poet, television producer and playwright who often works for PBS, and Calvin Madsen, a firefighter. Madsen's mother left a career in corporate business to pursue a writing career. Madsen's paternal grandparents were Danish and his mother has Irish and Native American ancestry. His sister is actress Virginia Madsen, and he also has an older sister, Cheri. Madsen's acting career began at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, where he served as an apprentice under actor John Malkovich. In 1982, Madsen was cast by Edward McDougal for the lead in a small independent film, Against All Hope, his first movie. He then played a small role in the studio picture WarGames in 1983. That same year, he appeared in a small cameo bit part in the 1983 television movie Special Bulletin. Soon after, Madsen was cast as a psychopathic gunman who took Mary Beth hostage in the Cagney and Lacey episode "Heat", which aired October 22, 1984. He moved to Los Angeles and appeared in other films, including as arrogant baseball player Bump Bailey in The Natural (1984), a deranged killer in Kill Me Again (1989) and as the tough but touching boyfriend of Susan Sarandon in Thelma & Louise (1991).

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'Kill Bill' Star Michael Madsen -- Goes Deadly Viper Squad on Tax Liens

'Kill Bill' Star Michael Madsen
Attacks $640k Tax Liens ... Deadly Viper Squad Style

"Kill Bill" star Michael Madsen took a katana sword to $640,000 worth of lingering IRS bills -- and paid 'em off, TMZ has learned. Two separate liens were filed against Madsen way back in 2008 ...… READ MORE >

Michael Madsen -- Ordered to Get Extra Help With Booze Problems

Michael Madsen
Ordered to Get Extra Help With Booze Problems

"Reservoir Dogs" star Michael Madsen has completed his 30-day stint at an intensive alcohol treatment facility, TMZ has learned -- but sometimes enough is just not enough ... because a judge… READ MORE >

- 265 days ago
Judge to Michael Madsen -- You Need Serious Help With Your Booze Problem

Judge to Michael Madsen
You Need Serious Help With Your Booze Problem

"Reservoir Dogs" actor Michael Madsen has a really bad booze problem that needs immediate attention -- so says the judge in his DUI case ... who just ordered Madsen to check in to a live-in… READ MORE >

- 305 days ago
Michael Madsen Charged with DUI for Flaming Hotrod Arrest

Michael Madsen
Charged with DUI for Flaming Hotrod Arrest

Michael Madsen's September joyride continues to be a drag ... cause the actor has just been charged with 2 counts of DUI stemming from his arrest ... TMZ has learned.We broke the story ... The… READ MORE >

- 496 days ago
Michael Madsen -- Hospitalized for Flu Symptoms After DUI Arrest

Michael Madsen
Hospitalized for Flu Symptoms After DUI Arrest

Michael Madsen was hospitalized for flu-like symptoms following his DUI arrest in Malibu yesterday ... sources close to the actor tell TMZ. As we reported, Madsen was pulled over for weaving… READ MORE >

- 585 days ago
Michael Madsen -- Busted for DUI in Badass Hot Rod

Michael Madsen
Busted for DUI in Badass Hot Rod

7:48 PM PT -- Madsen's attorney Perry Wander tells TMZ ... the actor wants to assure his fans that he did not fail the field sobriety test and "believes that the breathalyzer test is… READ MORE >

- 585 days ago
Michael Madsen -- Off the Hook in Child Endangerment Case

Michael Madsen
Off the Hook In Child Endangerment Case

"Kill Bill" star Michael Madsen won't face any charges stemming from his child endangerment arrest last week -- this according to the L.A. County District Attorney.A rep for the D.A.'s office… READ MORE >

- 767 days ago
Michael Madsen -- Arrested in Malibu for Child Endangerment

Michael Madsen
ARRESTED IN MALIBU

"Kill Bill" star Michael Madsen was arrested in L.A. today on suspicion of felony child endangerment ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement tells us ... Madsen was arrested in Malibu at 3:55 PM PT… READ MORE >

- 772 days ago
Arrest Warrant Issued for 'Kill Bill' Star

Arrest Warrant Issued for 'Kill Bill' Star

Cops are on the hunt for "Kill Bill" star Michael Madsen ... who allegedly owes around $570,000 in child and spousal support debts ... TMZ has learned.  According to court documents, Madsen… READ MORE >

- 1135 days ago
Michael Madsen Sued for Bailing on Movie

Michael Madsen Sued for Bailing on Movie

A Hollywood director thought he had Michael Madsen lined up to do his movie -- on the cheap -- but now the director's suing ...  claiming Madsen took his money and ran. According to the… READ MORE >

- 1223 days ago

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