Sam Rockwell - biographySam Rockwell is an American actor who became famous in the mid-90s after the premiere of the films Box of Moonlight and Lawn Dogs. He is also known for the films The Green Mile, Conviction, and Frost/Nixon. He won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for the role of basket case deputy sheriff Dixon in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
ChildhoodSam was born in the family of novice actors Penny Hess and Pete Rockwell in Daly City, California. Soon, the ambitious parents felt that the provincial town was too little room for them and moved to New York with their two-year-old son.
In 1973, the parents divorced, and the boy moved to San Francisco with his father. He saw his mother only during the holidays, but these meetings had a great influence on his future life.
Acting careerSam spent two years at the Manhattan Drama School William Esper Studio under the supervision of acting teacher Terry Knickerbocker. At the same time, the young man played on the theatre stage and starred in the television series The Equalizer, NYPD Blue, and Law & Order. There were also some tiny appearances in full-length films like the Last Exit To Brooklyn and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
In January 2018, Sam won the Golden Globe for the supporting role in the MartinMcDonagh’s film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, defeating serious competitors in this nomination such as Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project), Christopher Plummer (All the Money of the World) and Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water). There he played Jason Dixon, an obtuse and aggressive deputy sheriff with a complicated fate. In March, the same year, this role brought him an Oscar in the nomination Best male supporting role.