Michael Rooker is an American actor best known for his turn as the blue-skinned alien Yondu Udonta in 2014’s top grossing filmGuardians of the Galaxy, a role he has reprised inGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He is also well known as the character fans loved to hate on AMC’s worldwide hit television showThe Walking Dead, Merle Dixon.
Rooker has thrilled fans for decades with complex portrayals of characters audiences can’t help but cheer on despite their dark personas. He made his film debut in 1986 playing the title role inHenry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, a film based on the confessions of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas. He has since appeared in numerous films includingMississippi Burning, Sea of Love, Days of Thunder, JFK, Cliffhanger, Mallrats, Tombstone, Rosewood, The 6th Day, Jumper, andBolden!. Rooker also has a prolific relationship with writer/director James Gunn, appearing in the Gunn-helmed productionsSlither, Super, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, The Belko ExperimentandGuardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2.
He has guest starred on several TV shows includingStargate SG-1, CSI: Miami, Las Vegas, JAG, Numb3rs, Law & Order, Chuck, Criminal Minds, Psych, Burn Notice, andArcher. He added his voice talents to Activision’s video gameThe Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. Rooker’s voiceover work in video games includes Mike Harper, the lead character inCall of Duty: Black Ops 2, and the villain Vikke inLollipop Chainsaw.