Michael Rooker is an American actor. His Hollywood career started in the 1980s. He made his debut as the lead role in the movie Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. He later starred in the movies Sea of Love Days of Thunder, and JFK. In the 1990s, he had notable roles in the films Mallrats, Bastard Out of Carolina, and The Bone Collector. The following decade, he had supporting roles in Slither, Jumper, and Penance. In the 2010s, he became further known for his role as Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead. He’s also played Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.