Actor Michael Bowen

Michael Bowen Jr. (born June 21, 1953) is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Nicolas Cage’s romantic rival, Tommy in the cult classic Valley Girl (1983), Danny Pickett on the ABC series Lost and Jack Welker on the AMC series Breaking Bad.

Early life

Bowen is the only son of Beat painter Michael Bowen Sr. and actress Sonia Sorel (née Henius; 1921–2004) who was Bowen’s first wife. His maternal great-grandfather was biochemist Max Henius, a Danish immigrant to America who himself was of Polish-Jewish descent, and his maternal great-grandmother was the sister of historian Johan Ludvig Heiberg. He grew up in San Francisco knowing “interesting characters — revolutionary-type people,” which inspired his portrayal of Uncle Jack. Through his mother’s other marriage he is the half-brother of actors Robert and Keith Carradine of the Carradine family. He is the half-uncle of actresses Martha Plimpton and Ever Carradine.


Bowen has appeared in several other films, including The Godfather Part III (1990), Beverly Hills Cop III (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Magnolia (1999), Kill Bill Volume 1 (2003), Walking Tall (2004), and Django Unchained (2012). On November 30, 2015, Fox announced he would play Matches Malone on Gotham. His recent film is A Soldier’s Revenge released in 2020.



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Forbidden World Jimmy Swift
1983 Valley Girl Tommy
1984 The Wild Life Vince
1984 On the Line Customs Officer
1984 Night of the Comet Larry Dupree
1985 Private Resort Scott
1986 Echo Park August
1986 Iron Eagle Knotcher
1986 The Check Is in the Mail… Gary Jackson
1987 Amazing Grace and Chuck Hot Dog
1987 Less Than Zero Hop
1989 Season of Fear Mick Drummond
1989 Mortal Passions Berke
1989 The Ryan White Story Harlan
1990 The Godfather Part III Mask #2
1991 The Taking of Beverly Hills L.A. Cop At Roadblock
1992 The Waterdance Biker #1
1992 The Player Himself
1992 Bonnie & Clyde: The True Story Buck Barrow
1992 Adventures in Spying Slater
1994 Beverly Hills Cop III Fletch
1994 Love and a .45 Ranger X
1995 Real Ghosts Bobby Mackey
1997 Cupid Mike Logan
1997 Excess Baggage Gus
1997 Jackie Brown Detective Mark Dargas
1998 Letters from a Killer Parker
1998 Gideon Billy Ray Turner
1999 Natural Selection Willie Dickenson
1999 Me and Will George
1999 Magnolia Rick Spector
2001 Final Payback Steve Ghallagher
2003 Kill Bill: Volume 1 Buck
2004 Walking Tall Sheriff Stan Watkins
2004 Kill Bill: Volume 2 Buck
2004 After the Sunset FBI Driver
2005 Lethal Eviction Lewis
2005 Self Medicated Dan Jones
2005 Chandler Hall Richard
2005 The Work and the Glory: American Zion Robert Johnson
2006 The Lost Detective Charlie Schilling
2006 The Work and the Glory III: A House Divided Robert Johnson
2008 Autopsy Travis
2008 Deadgirl Clint
2009 The Hessen Affair Ben Cassidy
2009 Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever Principal Sinclair
2009 The Last House on the Left Officer Morton
2011 Brawler Rex Baker
2011 Echo Park Love Story The Guitar Maker
2011 Apart Teddy Berg
2011 The Perfect Student Detective Walker
2012 Django Unchained Tracker
2012 Slumber Party Slaughter Mod Man
2012 Soda Springs Larry
2013 Deep Dark Canyon Randy Cavanaugh
2013 All Cheerleaders Die Larry
2013 Duke Sergeant Roman
2017 House by the Lake Harry
2020 A Soldier’s Revenge Feldman


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The X-Files Dwight Cooper Episode: “Surekill”
2003-2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Marty Cooperman / Jason Richter Episodes: “Jackpot” and “Cold Blooded”
2006–2007 Lost Danny Pickett 7 episodes
2009 Criminal Minds Tommy Anderson Episode: “Haunted”
2009 Dark Blue Dan Kemp Episode: “Ice”
2010 Scoundrels Charlie 5 episodes
2012 Revolution Ray Kinsey Episode: “The Plague Dogs”
2012–2013 Breaking Bad Jack Welker 7 episodes
2014 Raising Hope Mullet Episode: “How I Met Your Mullet”
2016 Gotham Matches Malone Episode: “This Ball of Mud and Meanness”
2016 Animal Kingdom Vin 3 episodes
2020 Beef House Brad Episode: “Army Buddy Brad”

External Links

Actor Michael Bowen – Wikipedia

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