Michael Søren Madsen (born September 25, 1958) is an American actor, poet and photographer. He has appeared in more than 150 films, many of which have been independent films, though he has starred in central roles in such films as Reservoir Dogs, Free Willy, Vice, Donnie Brasco and Kill Bill, in addition to a supporting role in Sin City. Madsen is also credited with voice work in several video games, including Grand Theft Auto III, True Crime: Streets of L.A., DRIV3R, Dishonored, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and The Walking Dead: Season Two. In January 2012, Madsen was a housemate in the British reality show Celebrity Big Brother 9. In 2013, he voiced Finn O'Leary of "Mob of the Dead" Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Madsen was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Elaine Melson, an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author, and Calvin Madsen, a firefighter. His parents divorced in the 1960s, and his mother left a career in finance to pursue a career in the arts, encouraged by Roger Ebert. His siblings are Cheryl Madsen, an entrepreneur, and Academy Award-nominated actress Virginia Madsen. Madsen's paternal grandparents were Danish and his mother is of English, Irish, Scottish, German, and Native American ancestry.
Madsen's acting career began at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, where he served as an apprentice under actor John Malkovich...
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