Michael Søren Madsen (born September 25, 1957) is an American actor, producer, director, writer, poet and photographer. Known for playing "charming, careless, terrifying bastards," he has starred in many films and television series, frequently collaborating with director Quentin Tarantino, most famously in the latter's debut film Reservoir Dogs.
Madsen's first wife was Georganne LaPiere. They met in 1983, married in 1984, and divorced two years later. He was married to Jeannine Bisignano from 1991 to 1995. They have two children, Christian and Max, who are both actors. In 1996, he married DeAnna Madsen. They have three children. He also has one daughter named Jessica.
On January 25, 2022, it was reported that Michael and DeAnna's son, Hudson, an active U.S. Army Soldier with 2-27IN at Schofield Barracks Hawaii, died by suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.Madsen has a line of hot sauces called American Badass.
Madsen was born on September 25, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. His mother, Elaine (née Melson; born 1932), was a filmmaker and author. His father, Calvin Christian Madsen (1927–2015), was a World War II Navy veteran and a firefighter with the Chicago Fire Department. His parents divorced in the 1960s, and his mother left the financial world to pursue a career in the arts, encouraged by film critic Roger Ebert. His siblings are Cheryl Madsen, an entrepreneur, and Academy Award nominee Virginia Madsen. Madsen's paternal grandparents were Danish, while his mother is of English, German, Irish, Native American and Scottish ancestry.