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The brother of actress Virginia Madsen, Michael Madsen has director Quentin Tarentino to thank for some of his most visible roles, including his breakthrough performance as a gleefully sadistic killer in 1992's Reservoir Dogs and his turn as an assassin in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2003 and 2004).

Born Sept. 25, 1958, in Chicago, Madsen apprenticed at Steppenwolf Theater Co. in his native city before making his feature film debut in 1982's WarGames. Throughout the '80s, Madsen played the heavy in film and on TV (including the short-lived series "Our Family Honor"). After playing Susan Sarandon's understanding boyfriend in 1991's Thelma and Louise, however, Madsen began to land more varied roles, including that of a foster parent in Free Willy (1993).

More recent films for Madsen include Sin City (2005, opposite Bruce Willis) and Scary Movie 4 (2006).

Michael Madsen in The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight

2015 R

In Quentin Tarantino's stylish Western set in post-Civil War Wyoming, eight travelers stranded at a stagecoach way station -- including bounty hunters, outlaws and former soldiers -- become enmeshed in a duplicitous plot as a savage blizzard rages outside.

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