Michael Madsen

Michael Madsen Biography

Michael Madsen as Damian Falco

Michael Madsen was born on September 25, 1958, in Chicago, Illinois. Madsen began working at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, where he served as an apprentice under John Malkovich and appeared in a production of Of Mice and Men.

Michael Madsen boatss and extensive TV and filmography, but he’s best known for his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino, appearing in Reservoir Dogs, and Kill Bill. In Reservoir Dogs, Madsen played the role of “Mr. Blonde”, a cruel criminal, while in Kill Bill, Madsen played assassin Budd.

Madsen has also appeared in several other notable films, including The Doors (1991) Thelma & Louise (1991), Free Willy (1993) Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995), Wyatt Earp (1994), Donnie Brasco (1997), Die Another Day (2002) where he played NSA Chief Damian Falco, and Scary Movie 4 (2006) among many others.


Madsen has also appeared in several TV shows, including 24, where he played the role of Jim Ricker, the old friend of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), and the mini-series The Killing, where he played the role of John Locke.

Michael Madsen has been married three times. His first wife was Georganne LaPiere, half-sister of singer and actress Cher. They married in 1984, and divorced in 1988. He was married to Jeannine Bisignano from 1991 to 1995. They have two sons, Christian and Max, who are both actors.

In 1996, Michael Madsen married DeAnna Morgan. Together they had three sons, Luke, Calvin and Hudson. Additionally, Madsen has a line of hot sauces called American Badass.