|Date of Birth
||13 May 1961
|Place of Birth
||Trenton, New Jersey, USA
Dennis Rodman began his career as a professional NBA player before breaking into the Hollywood scene. Young Rodman had to dump his dreams of playing high school basketball due to his short height, 5-foot-6 at that time. As he jumped to 6-foot-7 after high school, Rodman developed into a force on the playground. After a stint in junior collage, Rodman caught the attention of Southeastern Oklahoma State and was invited to join the university basketball team. Scoring successes and being named first-team NAIA All-American three straight seasons, Rodman’s position continued to rise as he won MVP honors.
Rodman began his professional career when The Detroit Pistons selected the 25-year-old in the second round of the 1986 NBA Draft. Led by Isiah Thomas at point guard, Bill Laimbeer at center and Joe Dumars as shooting guard, the up-and-coming team had noteworthy role players in Adrian Dantley, Vinnie Johnson, John Salley and Rick Mahorn. Adding Rodman to the team’s lists, The Pistons, known for its rough style of play and tenacious defense, successfully won their first NBA championship in 1989. As for Rodman, his outstanding contribution handed him a Defensive Player of the Year award. He had another victory in his hands when The Pistons won their second straight championship in 1990, in which Rodman once again was named The Defensive Player of the Year.
After his second top rebounding season, Rodman was traded to the San Antonio Spurs in 1993 for Sean Elliott. Before playing his first game with The Spurs, Rodman decided to makeover his appearance by shaving his head and dying the remaining hair blonde, which only added to his growing bad boy image. During his time with The Spurs, Rodman helped them to their best season in franchise history with 62 wins, and they made it to the Western Conference finals.
Moving to the Chicago Bulls, Rodman was recruited to fill a large hole in the power forward left by Horace Grant. The Bulls, with Rodman and the return from withdrawal of Michael Jordan, succeeded to bring a championship back in 1996 after a two-year absence, and continued the victory for two consecutive years until 1998. With Jordan winning the scoring title, Rodman led the league in rebounding for the fifth straight year. Besides, Rodman, Scottie Pippen and Jordan also made the All-Defensive First Team, the first time three players from the same team made it on the first team.
The phenomenal Rodman departed The Bulls in 1998 and signed with the LA Lakers in 1998, but was waived by the club after less than three months. He also had another brief stint with the Dallas Mavericks before finally quitting the league in 2000.
While enjoying a success on court, Rodman also tried his hand in wrestling and had a few matches for World Championship Wrestling. Rodman had his first match at Bash at the Beach ‘97 on July 13, 1997, which was lost to Lex Luger and The Giant. In the next season, he defeated Karl Malone & Diamond Dallas Page. He had his last match at Road Wild in 1999 where he lost to Randy Savage.
In addition to the NBA and the WCW careers, Rodman branched out to film in 1997. He made his debut with a costarring role opposite action star Jean-Claude Van Damme in the Hark Tsui-helmed Double Team (1997). His cinematic debut, however, was negatively received by many film critics. As a result, Rodman was given three Razzies for Worst New Star, Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Screen Couple (shared with Jean-Claude Van Damme) in the following year. In 1998, Rodman also landed his first television role as Deacon ‘Deke’ Reynolds in the TV series “Soldier of Fortune, Inc.” Back to the big screen, he starred in the title character of Kevin Elders’ Simon Sez (1999), opposite Dane Cook. After making a brief appearance in theaters, the action movie hastily recoiled to the home video market.
As Rodman dropped out of the NBA league in the new millennium, he continued to pursue an acting career and teamed up with veterans Tom Berenger and Stephen Baldwin in the made-for-TV film Cutaway (2000). Three years later, he appeared as himself in a TV film directed by Bill Fisher, Stripper's Ball (2003). After a seven-year absence from filmmaking, Rodman is scheduled to make his way back with the comedy Coming Attractions (2006), starring Josh Bunch, Mary Carey and Tony Casalino. Also in 2006, Rodman is set to appear in the television film Lingerie Bowl (2006).
During his hiatus from the screen, in 2005, Rodman resurfaced on court and took part in two different contests in Finland. He participated at Sonkajärvi in a wife-carrying contest in the summer of 2005, but resigned because of health problems. At the end of the year, Rodman played a single match and scored 17 points for Torpan Pojat in the Finnish Elite League.