Actor Michael Rooker visited Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) on June 14, speaking to students, faculty and staff. This wonderful opportunity was put together by adjunct professor Walter Roberts, who went to the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago with the actor. The Parliament Student Lounge was packed with an overflowing and passionate TUJ audience.
Rooker started off by looking back at his acting career while speaking with his old friend Walter. Then the actor took to the floor, enthusiastically interacting with the audience and electrifying the atmosphere in the lounge. All those in attendance could sense his strong stage presence; that of a true entertainer.
Rooker made his film debut playing the title role in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986), a film based on the confessions of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas. He has also starred in some of the most iconic films, such as Mississippi Burning (1988), Sea of Love (1989), JFK (1991), Tombstone (1993) and Jumper (2008) to name a few. In August 2014, Rooker starred in one of the most memorable franchises in the Marvel Universe, Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), as Yondu, the blue-skinned space pirate. The film went on to gross over $700 million worldwide and spent five weeks atop the box office charts, more than any other film in the Marvel Universe.
On the television front, Rooker is best known for his regular role as Merle Dixon on AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead (2010) as well as: Criminal Minds (2005), CSI: Miami (2002), Las Vegas (2003), Law & Order (1990) and Archer (2009), among others. Additionally, Rooker’s talents go beyond both film and television. He adds his voice to various video games, including The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and Lollipop Chainsaw.
Michael Rooker official website: http://www.michaelrookeronline.com/