Mickey Rourke is an American actor who rose to prominence in the 1980s. But following some unfortunate events, he left the entertainment world in the early ‘90s and took up a career in professional boxing. He made a comeback for his fans yet again. The audience loves him and looks forward to seeing him more on the screen. The actor’s life has been full of ups and downs.
His professional career brought him success and wealth too. So what is Mickey Rourke’s net worth? Read this article till the end to find out.
Early Life of Mickey Rourke
Mickey was born Philip Andre Rourke Jr. on the 16th of September, 1952, in Schenectady, New York. He was raised in a Catholic household which had a strong impact on his later life. He still practices Catholicism and describes himself as a good Catholic. When he was six, his father left the family, and Mickey and his siblings were taken care of by their mother. His mother remarried, and the entire family shifted to South Florida. Mickey graduated from high school in Miami in 1971.
While he was a teenager, he showed great interest in sports, especially boxing. He became a strong athlete in years, entering boxing sport as an amateur fighter when he was only 12. From age 14 to 25, Mickey earned himself a record of 27 wins and 3 defeats. The challenging sports also resulted in numerous concussions, after which the doctor suggested he take a year off and rest. The suggestion made him quit boxing temporarily.
How Did Mickey Become an Actor?
Besides his passion for boxing, another thing that attracted him most was acting. Mickey’s tryst with acting began in the 70s with small roles in school plays and college productions. He followed up with many television roles in the late ‘70s and finally established himself as a film actor with Coppola’s Rumble Fish in 1983.
After his first official movie, Mickey took up erotic roles in other projects and became a sex symbol for females. But besides his killer looks, he received admiration for his great acting skills. He received critical acclaim for his performance in Barfly and Angel Heart.
Mickey’s journey as an actor was not very smooth. After delivering successful movies, he also participated in a few ill-fated movies and developed a reputation for being hard to work with. During this time, he was also suffering in his personal life. All these challenges made him quit acting temporarily.
Mickey decided to return to his boxing career and spent the next years pursuing the same. Following many injuries, his face was disfigured, and because of it the actor/boxer had to undergo reconstructive surgery. He made a comeback in several acting roles in the 90s.
In the 2000s, Mickey appeared in the movies like Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Man on Fire. Gradually, he started taking more career-defining roles, one of which was in Sin City.
Initially, Mickey’s comeback received mixed reviews from the audience and critics, which also had him develop a reputation for being something of a ‘sellout’. However, the actor challenged all these claims after appearing in The Wrestler. The movie was a breakthrough, and he was universally lauded for his performance. Mickey was even nominated for an Oscar.
He played the role of a central villain Whiplash in Iron Man 2 and also gained notoriety for his role in The Expendables.
What is Mickey Rourke’s Net Worth?
A professional career full of ups, downs, and other challenges did not affect the actor’s bank balance. An actor, boxer, and now a screenwriter owns an impressive net worth of $10 million, owing to an acting career and multiple brand endorsements.
Over the years, Mickey had increased his net worth with many brand endorsements. In the early ‘90s, the actor appeared in Japanese commercials for Daihatsu and Suntory Reserve. He also appeared in other commercials and made impressive wealth out of them.
Mickey Rourke’s Assets
The actor’s real estate investments are not widely known. Reportedly, Mickey is popular for renting various apartments.
In 2011, he moved out of a 5,000-square-foot Manhattan apartment and shifted into a smaller one. In 2014, he was on a hunt for another rental property. He signed an 18-month lease and moved into a Tribeca apartment. In 2017, Mickey’s landlord sued him for unpaid rent and damages, leaving him with a rent debt of $30,000.
Mickey Rourke’s Personal Life
The actor was first married to Debbie Feuer in 1981. The pair met while filming a movie called Hardcase and later appeared in Homeboy. Things didn’t work between the two, and they filed for divorce in 1989.
Mickey’s second marriage was with actress Carre Ortis in 1992. But unfortunately, this marriage, too, didn’t work out for him. After two years of the union, he was arrested on the charges of spousal abuse. However, these charges were later dropped. The couple made amends and starred together in a movie called Exit in Red. Their marriage finally ended in 1998.
Besides two failed marriages, the actor does have a dating record. His dating list includes popular female celebrities like Sasha Volkova, Terry Farrel, Courtney Love, and Bai Ling. Mickey was also in a long-term relationship with Anastassija Makarenko from 2009 to 2015.
Lesser-Known Facts about Mickey Rourke
- Mickey Rourke is a motorcycle enthusiast. He has been in some movies where motorcycles had been a significant part of the scenes. He knows how to handle all kinds of bikes to perfection.
- Mickey was good friends with Tupac Shakur. They were co-stars in a movie together. While they were shooting they got along pretty well. Tupac’s demise affected Mickey a lot.
- Similar to many boxes, Mickey still has lingering effects from his boxing days. When he drinks alcohol, he gets tired and dizzy, beyond what might be normal.
- Not many people know this, but once upon a time, Mickey, with his brother Joey, opened a New York-style candy store in Los Angeles just to cure his homesickness. The store’s name was Mickey and Joey’s, and it was hidden in the far corner of a Beverly Hills shopping plaza off North Canon Drive.
- The actor has gone through many rough patches in his career. He was admitted to suffering from several mental health issues before his comeback to the acting world. In one of the interviews, he stated he got through these rough times with the love and support of his agent, psychiatrist, and Catholic priest.