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  Michael Rooker
Michael Rooker 2014
Portrays Merle Dixon (TV Series)
Merle Dixon (Survival Instinct)
Occupation Actor
Born April 6, 1955
Jasper, Alabama, USA
Age 60
Years Active 1986-Present
Gender Male
Hair Grey
Ethnicity Caucasian-American
Spouse Margot Rooker
Also Known For Henry in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990)
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Michael Rooker is an American actor who portrayed Merle Dixon in AMC's The Walking Dead.

Rooker was born in 1955 in Jasper, Alabama. When he was 13, his parents divorced and he went with his mother to live in Chicago. He caught the acting bug while attending college, and began appearing in local stage productions. On first breaking into film, his intensity and "don't-mess-with-me" good looks were highlighted to chilling effect as the title character in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986), filmed in 1986 but, due to its controversial nature, not released until 1990. Since that widely noticed and highly praised performance, much of his career has been spent playing brutes, villains, and psychopaths. His occasional turns as a "good guy," however, are always well-acted and a welcome change for a talented actor too often typecast.

He has also appeared in numerous films such as Mississippi Burning (1988), Cliffhanger (1993) (opposite Rex Maynard Linn), Mallrats (1995), The Bone Collector (1999), The 6th Day (2000), and Slither (2006). Like his Cliffhanger co-star Craig Fairbrass, he has also appeared twice in the popular Call of Duty franchise as himself in Call of the Dead, a map for Black Ops (2010), and providing the voice of Harper in Black Ops II (2012).

He has also appeared in various TV series, including Tremors: The TV Series, where he played a mob henchman.

Trivia

  • He jokes that Merle and Michonne would have become a couple had the former stayed alive in an interview.

After the Walking Dead

After Michael's portrayal of Merle in The Walking Dead, Michael went on to perform in many Movies/TV shows:

  • Archer
  • Outlaw Country
  • Brother's Keeper
  • Guardians of the Galaxy

Interviews


Cast (TV Series)
Main Cast Andrew Lincoln (1-5) • Chad Coleman (5) • Chandler Riggs (1-5) • Danai Gurira (3-5) • David Morrissey (3-4) • Emily Kinney (5) • Jeffrey DeMunn (1-2) • Jon Bernthal (1-2) • Lauren Cohan (3-5) • Laurie Holden (1-3) • Melissa McBride (4-5) • Michael Cudlitz (5) • Michael Rooker (3) • Norman Reedus (2-5) • Sarah Wayne Callies (1-3) • Scott Wilson (4) • Steven Yeun (1-5)
Also Starring Alanna Masterson (4-5) • Aldis Hodge (4) • Alexa Nikolas (3) • Alexandra Breckenridge (5) • Andrew J. West (4-5) • Andrew Rothenberg (1) • Audrey Marie Anderson (4) • Austin Abrams (5) • Austin Nichols (5) • Benedict Samuel (5) • Brandon Fobbs (4) • Brighton Sharbino (4) • Chad Coleman (3-4) • Chris Coy (5) • Christian Serratos (4-5) • Christine Woods (5) • Cullen Moss (5) • Dallas Roberts (3) • Daniel Bonjour (5) • Denise Crosby (4-5) • Donzaleigh Abernathy (3) • Emily Kinney (2-4) • Emma Bell (1) • Enver Gjokaj (4) • Erik Jensen (5) • IronE Singleton (2-3) • Jason Douglas (5) • Jeff Kober (4) • Jose Pablo Cantillo (3-4) • Josh McDermitt (4-5) • Juan Gabriel Pareja (1) • Julio Cesar Cedillo (3) • Keisha Castle-Hughes (5) • Kerry Condon (4) • Kirk Acevedo (4) • Kyla Kenedy (4) • Kyle Gallner (4) • Lauren Cohan (2) • Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (4-5) • Lennie James (1, 5) • Lew Temple (3) • Madison Lintz (2) • Maximiliano Hernandez (5) • Melissa McBride (2-3) • Melissa Ponzio (3-4) • Meyrick Murphy (4) • Michael Cudlitz (4) • Michael Raymond James (2) • Michael Rooker (1-2) • Michael Zegen (2) • Noah Emmerich (1) • Noel Gugliemi (1) • Norman Reedus (1) • Pruitt Taylor Vince (2) • Robin Lord Taylor (4-5) • Ross Marquand (5) • Scott Wilson (2-3) • Seth Gilliam (5) • Sonequa Martin-Green (3-5) • Steve Coulter (5) • Sunkrish Bala (4) • Tate Ellington (4-5) • Tovah Feldshuh (5) • Tyler James Williams (5) • Vincent Martella (4)
Co-Stars Aaron Munoz (2) • Adam Boyer (5) • Adam Minarovich (1 -2) • Adrian Kali Turner (1) • Al Vicente (3) • Alex Van (3) • Amber Chaney (2) • Amy Cain (2) • Amy Dionne (4) • Andy Glen (3) • Andrea Moore (5) • Anissa Matlock (5) • Ann Mahoney (5) • Anthony Guajardo (1) • April Billingsley (5) • Arthur Bridgers (3) • Benjamin Papac (5) • Brandon Carroll (4) • Brian Hillard (2) • Brina Palencia (4) • Cameron Deane Stewart (4) • Cherie Dvorak (3) • Chris Burns (5) • Christopher Matthew Cook (5) • Corey Brill (5) • Dahlia Legault (5) • Dango Nguyen (3) • Daniel Thomas May (3-4) • Danny Vinson (4) • Dave Randolph-Mayhem Davis (3) • Davi Jay (4) • David Marshall Silverman (5) • Deja Dee (2) • Dwayne Boyd (3) • Elijah Marcano (5) • E. Roger Mitchell (3) • Eric Mendenhall (4) • Erin Hunter (4) • Gary Weeks (3) • Gina Morelli (1) • Irene Ziegler (4) • IronE Singleton (1) • James Allen McCune 2) • James Gonzaba (1) • Jan Harrelson (4) • Jane McNeill (2) • Jason Alexander Davis (5) • JD Evermore (4) • Jeryl Prescott Sales (1) • Jesse C. Boyd (5) • Jim R. Coleman (1) • Jordan Woods-Robinson (5) • Juliana Harkavy (4) • Justice Leak (5) • Katelyn Nacon (5) • Karenlie Riddering (3) • Keedar Whittle (2) • Keisha Tillis (1) • Keith Brooks (4) • Kelley Davis (2) • Kennedy Brice (4) • Kyle Clements (5) • Lawrence Kao (3) • Linds Edwards (1) • Lindsay Abernathy (3) • Luke Donaldson (4) • Maddie Lomax (1) • Madison Lintz (1) • Maia Moss-Fife (5) • Major Dodson (5) • Mandi Christine Kerr (5) • Marc Gowan (5) • Marcus Hester (4) • Markice Moore (3) • Melissa McBride (1) • Michael Harding (4) Michael Traynor (5) • Mike Mayhall (3) • Neil Brown Jr. (1) • Nelson Bonilla (5) • Nick Gomez (3) • Owen Harn (5) • Parker Wierling (3) • Peter Kulas (3) • Phillip DeVona (2) • Ricky Wayne (5) • Rico Ball (5) • Russ Comegys (3) • Russell Towery (3) • Sherry Richards (4) • Steve Coulter (5) • Susie Spear Purcell (5) • Tanner Holland (3) • Ted Huckabee (5) • Teri Wyble (5) • Theodus Crane (3) • Tiffany Morgan (5) • Tom Turbiville (4) • Travis Love (3-4) • Travis Young (5) • Troy Faruk (3) • Tyler Chase (3) • Victor McCay (4) • Vincent Ward (3) • Viviana Chavez-Vega (1)
Special Guests Andrew Rothenberg (3) • Brighton Sharbino (5) • Chris Coy (5) • David Morrissey (5) • Emma Bell (3) • Jeryl Prescott Sales (3) • Jon Bernthal (3) • Kyla Kenedy (5) • Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (5) • Lennie James (3) • Michael Rooker (2)

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