To say Mickey Rourke is “our kind of guy” is like saying The Godfather was a good flick: It just doesn’t do the man justice. Much of his body of work reads like The Man Guide’s list of the best dude films of all time: Diner, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Year of the Dragon, Nine 1/2 Weeks, Bar Fly, Sin City, The Wrestler, Iron Man 2, The Expendables, and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

Mickey Rourke

Beyond his acting chops, we love that he’s lived life on his own terms and either dated or married the hottest women in Hollywood. He took a break from acting to try boxing – not yoga or pilates. The guy’s definitely a man’s man and we respect him for it.

Here are our Top Ten Favorite Mickey Rourke Quotes:

1. “I don’t mind getting punched in the nose by a guy standing in front of me. It’s getting stabbed in the back that I can’t handle”.

Mickey Rourke

2. “My dogs are more important than my family”.

Mickey Rourke

3.” Where I come from, being a hard man is being able to take a good beating and then get back up again and carry on fighting”.

Mickey Rourke

4. “I grew up in a gym in Miami, the one where Muhammad Ali trained. I had 142 amateur fights and lost three”.

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5. “Wrestling and boxing is like Ping-Pong and rugby. There’s no connection”.

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6. “I spent so long studying really hard to become a fine actor, but threw it all away because I got the adulation and the fame so easily”.

Mickey Rourke 7. “The ladies love me and I love the ladies!”

Mickey Rourke

8. “I still work out most days. When I do it, I go full blast five or six days a week, two to three hours a day. I enjoy it. It’s therapeutic for me”.   

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9. “You want to earn respect in your old age. You want to walk into a restaurant and have people say: ‘There’s Mickey Rourke. He was great in ‘The Wrestler.” You don’t want them jumping out of windows”.

Mickey Rourke

10. “All I am hoping for is to be able to work – I think my best work is still ahead of me – I think all that I have been through in the last several years have only made me a better, more interesting actor”.

Mickey Rourke