Mickey Rourke's Brother Is a Homeless Street Artist

And a toothless one at that.

This past Sunday, when Mickey Rourke was heinously denied of an Academy Award, one local relative wasn't watching in outrage. That's because stepbrother Michael Scott Addis, who was raised with Rourke, doesn't have a television set; he lives on the street behind a dilapidated upholstery shop in North Miami Beach. one relative wasn't watching. That's because stepbrother Michael Scott Addis, who was raised with Rourke, doesn't have a TV set; he lives on the street behind a dilapidated upholstery shop in North Miami Beach. If history is any indication, Oscar night probably found Addis, who once had a speaking role in a big-money film thanks to his stepbrother, partaking in one of his favorite hobbies: making art or smoking crack. "I'm not addicted to rock," Addis explains over a scrambled egg breakfast. "For me, it's almost a medicine. When I'm not feeling too good, I smoke a little rock, and I feel great! And my mind processes everything more clearly."

Addis is something of a fixture in North Miami Beach, where he panhandles on the corner of NE Second Avenue and 82nd Street. He affixes unique masks, made from a soap-suds-and-newspaper mâche recipe he invented in jail, to lampposts throughout the neighborhood. The whippet-thin 56-year-old, who bears a toothless resemblance to family-movie impresario Ernest (of Ernest Goes to Camp fame), recently greeted Riptide by pulling at his clothing and revealing constellations of old scars and burns. "This is when I blowtorched myself setting Gene Hackman on fire," he begins matter-of-factly, tugging at his arm. "This is when my leg was shattered when I was hit by a car. Here's where I stabbed myself in the leg trying to kill a blue crab that was pinching me."

He can spin a yarn. So we didn't rush to stop the presses when he added, "And get this: I'm Mickey Rourke's stepbrother!" — until a rep for the actor confirmed it. When Rourke was seven, he and his mother moved in with her new husband, Eugene Addis, who lived in Miami Beach, where he worked as a cop. Michael Scott bonded quickly with his new stepbrother, he says, who was only five months his senior.

When Rourke was a budding Hollywood star — the first time around — he hooked Addis up with a gig in the shockingly terrible Eureka, a 1983 Citizen Kane rip-off filmed partly in Miami about a paranoid gold tycoon, starring Rourke, Joe Pesci, and Hackman.

Addis says he was paid $3,000 for the movie, which he has never seen. "The director, Nick Roeg, asked me if I'd be interested in going to England to be an understudy for James Bond," he says. "I used to have my teeth, and I considered myself a very good-looking guy."

Alas, that was not to be. A criminal records search reveals Addis's activities for the past two decades have consisted mostly of getting arrested. He has a couple dozen misdemeanors, most of them for panhandling, trespassing, and weed possession, plus a felony for coke possession. So has his newly A-list-again stepbrother helped him out in these hard times? They met recently, Addis says, when Rourke spotted him panhandling. "He wanted to give me a lot of money, but his driver told him: 'Don't give him any money — he's a rock-head!' So he didn't give me anything."

 
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Stephani Addis
Stephani Addis

To Shareebaree Michael Scotty is one of my many uncles hes doing fine, he went to rehab and is trying to save his life :) thank you for being so helpful to him!!!!!!

Shareebaree
Shareebaree

Although I haven't seen Michael at 82nd and 2nd in a while, I did run into him a couple of times on 2nd and 79th Street. If anyone knows where hes been lately, please post. You can't miss Michael once you see him. The most important thing I can tell you about him is even though he may be homeless and sometimes look a little scary - he's the farthest thing from that. I was driving by him one day and saw his faces on a wall and stopped to talk to him. His art faces are so incredibly real looking. He was just finishing the face of another homeless guy who somtimes hangs out on that corner. The resemblance was amazing! He turned out to be a really nice guy. In the mornings when I would go to work, I'd pick up an extra cup of coffee or hot chocolate for him in the winter; or bring him my leftovers. There are days he wanted the food more than the change. I understand completely that not all homeless people are like this and I do know fully about Michael's drug habits; but I just want people to know before you judge, this guy is a really nice guy.

Jody Mikoleit
Jody Mikoleit

hey, Michael! i met you once in Hollywood, probably around 1985 ... i was at an acting audition and we met there and went to your place and you played guitar for me ... i was wearing a hot pink bikini with some pants and had my hair all crazy ... and i remember you told me you were Mickey's brother and at that time i didn't even know who he was

Isra
Isra

I met Michael Addis today. He was sculpting near the outskirts of the Design District and he's an extraordinary artist. He's a great artist. God Bless him.

Rachel
Rachel

I am sure that if Mickeys brother needed help the man would go to the end of the earth.

I watched my ex-husbands entire family go down the tubes due to drugs,including himself. I had a couple of childhood friends become murderers over drugs. One is serving life and the other is on Death Row. I have friends who have made it through hell and are on the other side. I have witnessed alot of things even though I am still young. A person MUST desire and create a change within themselves or you can never help them.

You do what you can do. If Mickey can tell off Sean Penn, break Sly's ribs, and pss a few well known Directors off and survive, he can certainly get past his limo driver!

People have to live their own life, so whatever negative impression that was implied by this article, if its bad news, I am not buying it.

Mary
Mary

We call him Scotty, you wrote about him as Michael.

Both are my brothers, Mickey (step brother) Scotty is my real brother.Scotty has been helped many times.he refused rehab.My father has helped him, as well as Mickey, and Steve the oldest, as well as Joey and Larry (both deceased) have all helped him. He doesn't want help.Quit giving Mickey a bad rap.Scotty is a crackhead..he doesn't want help!

He is NOT Mickey's responsibility...sadly he is a lost soul, but somehow this is what he wants.

You cannot help someone who chooses to live that kind of lifestyle.

nobama
nobama

Barack Obama has a step brother who's homeless in Kenya and Barack hasn't given him a bed, house or money.

carlton brown
carlton brown

i knew him well...when we lived on 84 terr. back in th 60s.ive been praying for him for yrs .last time i saw him us 1 and 79th,was 92 i think.i am on fb and sober now too!!we ran away from home back in 67 or 68...find me on fb..for him .i live in palm bay now.please reply hes an OLD freind o mine...peace out and God bless

Stephani Addis
Stephani Addis

To Shareebaree Michael Scotty is one of my many uncles hes doing fine, he went to rehab and is trying to save his life :) thank you for being so helpful to him!!!!!!

slb9884
slb9884

I am glad to tell everyone that Mike is in betterway of Miami. A treatment center. He has been there for 9 months, and has been clean. He now has teeth and is doing amazing!

Pamela Morse
Pamela Morse

Even if this weren't a sad story to do with Mickey Rourke's step bro or not, I can not empathize with anyone who gets hooked and can spend every penny they have on a street drug and not get help and,'" Take a break?????" Then to survive by a high that won't last as long as a natural high or being with someone or keeping yourself preoccupied is no f-itty excuse or cop-out for ANYONE, except for those who have ligit physical meds that they had or have to take a script and it can turn into addiction!! For Mickey to be related by his Mom marrying another man with children from him and his ex wife, should not be any reason for Mickey as cool as he is, to step down and try to keep helping him when most of the money he'd get will go up in smoke??? I have a stepbrother and he is having alcohol probs. Maybe this dude is too far brain damaged to see past what he is or isn't doing! Look at Charlie Sheen for example! He thought he was King Kong with all his fame, moneys, trying to have fun partying when he started out in spurts and then it went out of control see?? His smoking free base or crack too much, whether it was in a short span or long one, it effected his thought processes and made him be some other creature-like form and he wasn't aware of his dispostion see! I read that he suffered from brain damage from smoking so much within a short time??? Some people should see at an earlier stage somewhere along the path if they have an addiction-like personality and can see they like a drug or alcohol too much! I have had alot of medical trubs and believe me, I am one who could have an addiction probs big time! But I can control whatever I take or drink and not let a chemical take the lead. If Mickey was smart in the caregiving way, he'd have him committed to a baker-act hospital and let Scotty? do the rest! When they use the expression, "Once you do crack, you never go back!", goes to the ones who are in deep shit to begin with!! Lets all get together and try to help one another overcome our temporary relief before they become a permanent one! I wish I could ask Mickey to help me get off my nerve and pain meds, would be a Godsend!

as other natural highs in this world

Pamela Morse
Pamela Morse

Even if Mickey Rourke is connected with a family related member and he gave him somewhat chances of changing his life style, and the poor stepbro can't take life seriously enough from choosing crack over a good job/career offer, he should have got rehab right away and appreciated a non-blood family related member especially someone like Mickey on top of that, trying to give him a break. I have had my experiences with the shit smoking free-base and other crack offers that I could get over the next day and believe me, it's not that so much difficulty to lay off the frigin evil drug. It's all in the mind and if someone can stay straight for a day, they can go ask for help to stop any addicted chemical....NO EXUSE, MO FO! Even if Mickey wasn't famous or whatever, I certainly would have jumped at the chance of his offer, whether I was male or female, bro or sis, see!!! Just hearing and seeing his adorable face and personality says all. Guess who I am?????nlye

SCOTTYADDIS
SCOTTYADDIS

MARY THIS IS STEVIE THE SON OF STEVE ADDIS, HE JUST PAST AUG 12, I LOVE MY UNCLE SCOTTY TO DEATH HE IS HERE WITH US RIGHT NOW SO HE CAN MEET MY SON AND NEPHEWS, AS FAR I AM CONCERNED U CAN TAKE YOUR COMMENTS AND SHOVE THEM UP YOUR ASS. YOU NEVER GAVE A SHIT ABOUT THIS FAMILY, AND WHOEVER HAS A PROBLEM CAN COME FIND ME AT ANY TIME. I ALWAYS WONDERED WHY MY DAD SPOKE SO LOW OF YOU AND NOW I SEE WHY, YOU SEEM TO BE NOTHING BUT A GOLD DIGGER. AND IF U HAVE A PROBLEM WITH ANYTHING I SAY, GUESS WHAT I DONT GIVE A SHYT  SINSCERELY STEVIE ADDIS

 

SCOTTYADDIS
SCOTTYADDIS

MARY, PLEASE TAKE YOUR COMMENT DOWN. SCOTTY IS DOING FINE. NO THANKS TO YOU OR ANYONE. HE IS SOBER NOW AND WE DO NOT APPRECIATE YOU POSTING OUR FAMILIES BUSINESS ONLINE. THEIF. HOW ABOUT WE BLAST YOUR BUSINESS ON HOW YOU STOLE EVERY BIT OF GRANDPAS MONEY. HE WOULD BE SO ASHAMED OF YOU YOU THEIF. SCOTTY SAYS KISS HIS ASS. OH AND MY DAD STEVE, WHO PASSED AWAY SUNDAY AUGUST 12TH 2012 SAID KISS HIS ASS TOO. HE COULDVE TAKIN THE MONEY HE WAS SUPPOSED TO GET FOR A NEW LIVER. SO FUCK YOU. GOODBYE THEIF.

SCOTTYADDIS
SCOTTYADDIS

MARY, PLEASE TAKE YOUR COMMENT DOWN. SCOTTY IS DOING FINE. NO THANKS TO YOU OR ANYONE. HE IS SOBER NOW AND WE DO NOT APPRECIATE YOU POSTING OUR FAMILIES BUSINESS ONLINE. THEIF. HOW ABOUT WE BLAST YOUR BUSINESS ON HOW YOU STOLE EVERY BIT OF GRANDPAS MONEY. HE WOULD BE SO ASHAMED OF YOU YOU THEIF. SCOTTY SAYS KISS HIS ASS. OH AND MY DAD STEVE, WHO PASSED AWAY SUNDAY AUGUST 12TH 2012 SAID KISS HIS ASS TOO. HE COULDVE TAKIN THE MONEY HE WAS SUPPOSED TO GET FOR A NEW LIVER. SO FUCK YOU. GOODBYE THEIF.

SCOTTYADDIS
SCOTTYADDIS

MARY PLEASE DELETE YOUR COMMENT. TAKE OUR FAMILIES BUSINESS OFF OF THE INTERNET. SCOTTY IS DOING GREAT. HE HAS BEEN SOBER FOR A YEAR NOW. HE IS ACTUALLY VISITING US THIS WEEKEND. MY FATHER STEVE PASSED AWAY THIS SUNDAY AUGUST 12TH 2012.

Angela Evans
Angela Evans

I understand about a loved one who has a drug addiction. My sister was a meth addict for 10 years. Everyone gave up on her. She had been in and out of rehabs and still nothing changed, until one day out of desperation I got in my car and she was so high that I didnt think she was listening and I said no matter what you do God loves you and he will never leave you or forsake you. It didnt work instantly, but she had to get to her lowest and then know someone still loved her. If you have already done this then all you can do is wait. Hell come around.

SCOTTYADDIS
SCOTTYADDIS

CARLTTON i AM DOING FINE.  SOBER\ FOR MORE THAN A YEAR. THIS I WILL CONTNUE FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE .GOD KNOWS I KNOW AND KNOW YOU KNOW. THANKS FOR THE GOOD WORDS..LUV  YA WILL GET BACK!

SCOTTYADDIS
SCOTTYADDIS

TO PAMELA MOORE YOU MUST BE IGNORANT NOT TO KNOW ME AND JUDGE, I DO NOT WANT ANYTHING FROM MICKEY. I DO LOVE HIM, BUT HE IS IN HIS OWN WORLD. HE'S BEEN HEARING NASTY THINGS FROM PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT TRY TO PUT HIM ON A PEDISTOOL. YOUR COMMENTS YOU CAN KEEP TO YOURSELF AND ANYONE ELSE CAN DO THE SAME. I AM CLEAN AND SOBER AND HAVE BEEN FOR OVER A YEAR ALSO PROUD OF IT. MY MIND WORKS FINE. SO KISS MY ASS- FROM SCOTTY ADDIS.

Pyrata
Pyrata

@SCOTTYADDIS  God bless Scotty and you also --- I'm so sorry for your troubles.  And I'm also sorry that some people, have made your private business public.  But I hope you know that there are FAR more GOOD people than bad in this world and we wish you all the best.  I came across this article while I was looking for info on street artists in Miami/southern Florida.  I am a painter and artist also.  I really do hope you will be encouraged by my words, that there are people out here in the "real world" that wish you well, and hope for all the best for you and your family.  God bless you Scotty.  Keep the faith and keep painting.  The "pain" in "painting" is there for a reason --- the only way to get rid of it is to paint.  :)  Much love to you Scotty, and Steve, and all your family.  Your fellow artist and painter,

Pyrata  WWW.PYRATA.COM


SCOTTYADDIS
SCOTTYADDIS

^STEPHANI ADDIS WROTE THESE LAST TWO COMMENTS

SCOTTYADDIS
SCOTTYADDIS

I FOUND GOD AND TREATMENT SOBER NOW FOR A YEAR. ILL WRITE BACK NEXT YEAR SCOTTY

 
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