Who is Michael Madsen and what is his net worth 2019? Michael Madsen is an American actor, producer, director, writer, poet and photographer whose acting career spans over 25 years. Aside from acting, he is also a well-known poet, and his ‘The Complete Poetic Works’ is an international bestseller. Some of his books are decorated with his photographs, as he is also a photographer. He is celebrated by his acting career in which he played more than 200 rolls, of which the most eminent are in the movies: ‘Kill Bill: Vol. 1’, ‘Kill Bill: Vol. 2’, ‘Sin City’, ‘Hell ride’, ‘Donnie Brasco’, ‘Reservoir Dogs’.
Michael Madsen was born on September 25, 1958, in Chicago, Illinois, by parents Elaine Madsen and Calvin Madsen, divorced in the 1960s. His mother was a filmmaker and author and his father was a firefighter. One of his sisters, Virginia Madsen, is an Academy Award-nominated actress, the other one, Cheryl Madsen, being an entrepreneur.
Madsen had three marriages, first with Jeannine Bisignano, second with Georganne LaPiere, and in his third marriage, he settled with DeAnna Madsen in 1996. He has five sons and one daughter, of which, Christian Madsen, is an actor as well.
Michael Madsen starred in over 200 movies and guest starred in numerous television series. His best-known movies are the ones with Quentin Tarantino. He has also done a voice work in several video games. Madsen started his acting career at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, where he was a student of John Malkovich.
His debut role was in independent movie ‘Against All Special Bulletin’ in 1982. During the 1980s, he played many small roles. The role which brought him the attention of critics was in the Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Reservoir Dogs’ in 1992. Madsen’s next big role was in ‘Donnie Brasco’ in 1997 when he also starred in the drama film ‘The Maker’. In the following year, he appeared in the television series ‘Vengeance Unlimited’ and ‘Species II’.
In the 2000s, he performed in movies such as ‘The Alternate’, ‘Die Another Day’, ‘Kill Bill’, ‘Blueberry’, ‘and Sin City’. In 2005 he provided voice work for the movie version of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe’. For the role in ‘Strength and Honor’, he won the Best Actor award at the Boston Film Festival and the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival in 2007.
Some of his roles are in the movies ‘The Bleeding’, ‘Let the Game Begin’, ‘Forest of the Living Dead’, ‘Ashley’, ‘I’m in Love with a Church Girl’, ‘The Hateful Eight’, ‘Flipped’ and ‘Vigilante Diaries’. Michael Madsen has also published critically acclaimed poetry work. His poems written from 1995 to 2005 are compiled in ‘The Complete Poetic Works of Michael Madsen and released in 2005. After that, he has released two more books ‘American Badass’, dedicated to his friend David Carradine, and ‘Expecting Rain’.
Michael Madsen gained accolade for his achievements in his acting, as well as in his poetry career. He was rewarded for his book of poetry ‘Burning in Paradise’ with the Independent Firecracker Award and with the Lifetime Achievement for his Complete Poetic Works in 2006 by Red Hen Press.
For his acting, Madsen won the ‘Best Actor’ award at the 23rd Annual Boston Film Festival in 2007, the 9th Annual Malibu International Film Festival award in 2008, ‘Best Supporting Actor’ at the IFS Film Festival in Beverly Hills in 2013, and the Golden Dolphin Award at the 25th Festroia Festival in Portugal.
Net Worth of Michael Madsen
Michael Madsen starred in many critically and commercially successful movies, which led to an estimated net worth of $13 million. However, he would have been a much better rewarded artistically, if he hadn’t faced some issues, such as drunk driving and unpaid taxes. This led him to incur a significant debt in 2009 when he borrowed $1 million from Quentin Tarantino.
Michael Madsen is celebrated for his work with Quentin Tarantino. He has a line of hot sauces called ‘American Badass’. He was named President of the first annual Champs Elysees Film Festival in France. One of his most distinguishable features is his deep, husky voice, and Ray-Ban sunglasses, which he wears in almost all of his movies.