Actor Michael Rooker is well known for many notable roles throughout his career. One of those roles is Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead series. Recently actor Nathan Fillion shared the news that Rooker starred in the series The Rookie that airs on ABC.
The Rookie is a police procedural crime drama that aired its first season in 2018. Created by Alexi Hawley for ABC, the series is currently in its fifth season. Rooker played a character, Frank Tesca, in the twentieth episode of season 5, “S.T.R.,” which aired on ABC on April 18, 2023, and is available to stream on Hulu.
The synopsis for the episode reads: Officer Tim Bradford’s ex-wife returns and asks the team to help her save someone from her undercover past. Isabel’s return also creates additional pressure in Lucy and Tim’s relationship as they assist in the search.
The Rookie follows Fillion’s John Nolan, who, at 40 years old, became the oldest rookie in the Los Angeles Police Department. The series is based on the actual events of the life of William Norcross, who, in 2015, joined the LAPD while in his mid-40s.
The series also stars Alyssa Diaz, Richard T. Jones, Titus Makin Jr., Mercedes Mason, Melissa O’Neil, Afton Williamson, Eric Winter, Mekia Cox, Shawn Ashmore, Jenna Dewan, and Tru Valentino.
Fillion shared the social media post below, stating that Rooker holds the record for the actor he has worked with most. He praises Rooker for many of his attributes and says he is an excellent friend. The pair have starred in several James Gunn movies, including his directorial debut, Slither, and his second project Super. Other Gunn titles the pair have starred in are The Suicide Squad, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Michael Rooker – upcoming projects
Next, Rooker will star in Kevin Costner’s new western movie Horizon, which also stars fellow Walking Dead actor Tom Payne. This movie spans 15 years of pre- and post-civil war expansion and settlement of the American West.
He will also star in the Netflix original The Out-laws, which is an action comedy that will release in 2023. And he will reprise his role as Buddy in Fast X, which releases on May 19, 2023. He will also star in Road Rage, A Good Man is Hard to Find, and The President is Missing.