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Michael Madsen biography: 13 things about actor born in Chicago, Illinois


Michael Madsen is an actor, writer, poet, photographer, director and producer born in Chicago, Illinois, United States to Calvin Christian Madsen and Elaine Loretta Madsen. Calvin is of Danish descent while Elaine is of English, German, Irish, Native American and Scottish descent.

Calvin was a World War II navy veteran and a Chicago Fire Department firefighter while Elaine was a filmmaker and an author. They divorced in the 1960s.

Michael is Virginia Madsen and Cheryl Madsen‘s brother. Here are 13 more things about him:


  1. He made his acting debut as Cecil Moe in the 1982 film “Against All Hope.” In 1983, he starred in the film “WarGames” and the television series “St. Elsewhere” and “Special Bulletin.”
  2. From 1984 to 1988, he was married to Georganne LaPierre.
  3. He played Augie Danzig in “Our Family Honor” from 1985 to 1986, Mr. Chapel in “Vengeance Unlimited” from 1998 to 1999, Terry Maddock in “Big Apple” in 2001, Donovan “The Matador” Everest in “Tilt” in 2005, Jim Ricker in “24” in 2010, Harvey Scoles in “Big Time in Hollywood, FL” in 2015 and Patrick/Supershock in “Powers” in 2016.
  4. He played Stu in “The Killing Time” in 1987, Vince Miller in “Kill Me Again” in 1989, Budd in “Kill Bill: Volume 1” in 2003 and in “Kill Bill: Volume 2” in 2004 and Doe in “The Killing Jar” in 2010.
  5. In 1990, Jeannine Bisignano gave birth to their son Christian Lucas Madsen. He was married to her from 1991 to 1995. In 1994, she gave birth to their son Max Madsen.
  6. In 1995, DeAnna Madsen gave birth to their son Hudson Lee Madsen. In 1996, he married her. She gave birth to their sons Calvin Madsen in 1997 and Luke Ray Madsen in 2005.
  7. In 2002, he received an award for his work with the Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa, Florida, USA.
  8. In 2005, 13 Hands Publications released “The Complete Poetic Works of Michael Madsen, Vol I: 1995–2005,” a compilation of all of his poetry. In 2006, 13 Hands Publications published his first book of photography titled “Signs of Life“, which contained new selections of his poetry.
  9. In April 2008, the 9th Annual Malibu International Film Festival honored him for his achievements in the art of acting.
  10. On September 25, 2009, he released “American Badass,” a poetry book dedicated to his “Kill Bill” co-star David Carradine.
  11. In October 2013, he released his poetry book “Expecting Rain.”
  12. On November 3, 2016, he hosted An Intimate Evening with Michael Madsen in Chicago, which benefitted children’s pediatric cancer for Advocate Children’s Hospital and the Tyler Robinson Foundation.
  13. On January 23, 2022, his son Hudson died by suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 64 years old when the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department arrested him at his house in Malibu, California, USA on February 23, 2022. He was charged with trespassing, given a $500 citation and released from custody on February 24, 2022.

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