1. Philip Andre Rourke Jr. , known professionally as Mickey Rourke, is an American actor, screenwriter, and retired boxer, who has appeared primarily as a leading man in drama, action, and thriller films.
2. In 1991 Rourke, who had trained as a boxer in his early years, left acting and became a professional boxer for a time.
3. After retiring from boxing in 1994, Rourke returned to acting and had supporting roles in several films, including the drama The Rainmaker , playing the role of a corrupt lawyer.
4. In 2005 Rourke made his comeback in mainstream Hollywood circles with a lead role in the neo-noir action thriller Sin City, for which he won awards from the Chicago Film Critics Association, the Irish Film and Television Awards, and the Online Film Critics Society.
5. In the 2008 film The Wrestler, Rourke portrayed a past-his-prime wrestler, and received a 2009 Golden Globe award, a BAFTA award, and a nomination for an Academy Award. Since then, Rourke has appeared in several commercially successful films including the 2010 films Iron Man 2 and The Expendables.
6. Philip Andre Rourke, Jr. was born in Schenectady, New York, the son of Annette and Philip Andre Rourke, Sr.
7. During his teenage years, Rourke focused his attention mainly on sports.
8. He took up self-defense training at the Boys Club of Miami. It was there that he learned boxing skills and decided on an amateur career.
9. At age 12, Rourke won his first boxing match as a 112-pound flyweight, fighting some of his early matches under the name Phil Rourke.
10. He continued his boxing training at the famed 5th Street Gym, in Miami Beach, Florida.
11. Rodriguez was the number one–rated middleweight boxer in the world and was training for his match with world champion Nino Benvenuti.
12. Rourke claims to have received a concussion from his sparring match with Rodriguez.
13. At the 1971 Florida Golden Gloves, Rourke suffered another concussion in a boxing match.
14. After being told by doctors to take a year off and rest, Rourke temporarily retired from the ring.
15. From 1964 to 1973, Rourke compiled an amateur boxing record of 27 wins and 3 defeats, which included first-round knockout wins over John Carver, and Ronald Robinson,
16. Soon after he temporarily gave up boxing, a friend at the University of Miami told Rourke about a play he was directing, Deathwatch, and how the man playing the role of Green Eyes had quit.
17. Borrowing $400 from his sister, he went to New York and took private lessons with Actors Studio teacher Sandra Seacat.