Has worn the same pinky ring in numerous movies.
Announced the second greatest movie villain of all time by Maxim Magazine's "Greatest Movie Villains of all Time" for his character in Reservoir Dogs (1992) of "Mr. Blonde".
His character of Mr. Blonde was one of the 200 nominees on the American Film Institute's list of 100 years of the best Heroes and Villains. He was also the only character from Reservoir Dogs (1992) who was nominated. However, he didn't make it into the top 50.
Dennis Hopper wrote the introduction to his book of short stories and poems "Burning in Paradise".
In the early days of his acting career, he considered changing his name to "Michael Hood."
He points to Robert Mitchum as his idol and role model. Many similarities are apparent, as both are large, intimidating "tough guys" who are generally underrated and Madsen (as did Mitchum) doesn't always appear in films for their artistic merit. They both shared a love for poetry. He and Mitchum also both appeared in War and Remembrance (1988), though they never had any scenes together.
TV commercial (voice-over): Boeing Corp.
Owned the yellow Cadillac that his character Mr Blonde drove in Reservoir Dogs (1992).
His paternal grandparents (Soren and Anna Marie Madsen) immigrated from Denmark in the early 1900s.
His mother has English, Irish, Scottish, and German ancestry, and is also said to have Native American roots.
For his past, present and ongoing commitment to independent film, was presented with the inaugural Rebel Award by good friend/actor Harvey Keitel at Rebelfest 2005, Toronto.
Poetry collection: 10-Year Anniversary Edition of his poetry book, "The Complete Poetic Works of Michael Madsen, Vol I: 1995-2005/," available at Amazon.com.
One of his dogs is "Buftea", a recent addition. He found it emaciated, wild and roaming the forests of Romania while he was filming The Last Drop (2006). Madsen gradually tamed the dog, adopted it, named it after the town in Romania where they were shooting and whisked it back to beach-front Malibu.
He has said in an interview once that his feminine characteristic would be that he has soft feet.
His maternal grandparents are Lance and Lavinia.
"Burning in Paradise" won the Independent Firecracker Award for Poetry in 1998.
In 2002 he was presented an award for his work with the Shriners Hospital For Children.
Has worked as a car mechanic, a landscaper and a hospital orderly before turning to acting.
Married his wife, DeAnna Madsen, in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
He was originally asked to play "Harland", the man who rapes Geena Davis in Thelma & Louise (1991), but he refused the part and, when director Ridley Scott asked what part he would like instead, Madsen asked if he could play "Jimmy Lennox", the well meaning but short tempered boyfriend of Susan Sarandon's Louise. Scott initially scoffed at the idea, but Madsen got the part of "Jimmy" after having lunch with Sarandon.
He painted houses, repaired cars, worked as an orderly in a hospital and pumped gas in his late teens and early twenties before he moved to Los Angeles.
Hobbies include cars and bikes.
Has a parrot called Marlon (after Marlon Brando).
Has lent his voice to several seasons of Animal Precinct (2001) on The Animal Planet.
Was offered the role of Seth Gecko in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), but couldn't accept due to scheduling conflicts.
According to his interview in Maxim magazine, he doesn't own a cell phone nor does he use the Internet to send e-mails; he still writes letters by hand.
Lives in Malibu with his family.
His parents, Cal and Elaine Madsen, divorced when Michael was 9.
He has an older sister named Cheryl Madsen (Cheri). She's the owner of a restaurant in Wisconsin.
September 2007 - outstanding achievement award in acting at the 13th annual Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival.
Was considered for the role of John McClane in Die Hard (1988).
Studied at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre.
The films he acted in have grossed over 2 billion dollars world wide.
Will Rogers pioneer award 2007.
The Boys Republic once a year gives a scholarship on behalf of Michael Madsen. Steve McQueen attended that school.
Very well-known for his generosity; he gave his casting director friend Bruno Rosato a Porsche 928.
Won the Maverick Award 2007 Method fest, presented to him by good friend David Carradine.
Uncle of Jack Sabato.
Ex-son-in-law of Georgia Holt.
He's shooting House (2008) in Lodz, Poland; staying in the Grand Hotel. [July 2006]
Starring on Celebrity Big Brother (2001) in the UK. [January 2012]
His wife DeAnna's ex-husband is Stray Cats guitarist Brian Setzer.