He was born in 1952 in New York. The father left the family when Mickey was six, but his mother Ante soon married Miami Police Officer Eugene Addis, who moved the family to South Florida. Rorex claimed that Eddie repeatedly physically influenced him and his brother Joy, but his stepfather denied it outright. “When I once asked him why he told me things in the media, he replied, ‘Oh, Dad, I have something to tell the press,'” Eddie said in an interview with the New York Times more than a decade ago. These are by no means the only statements made by Rourke that were later trained.
At the age of twelve, Mickey started boxing. As he explained himself, learning to defend and resist the great and evil stepfather. From 1964 to 1973, he fought 26 fights in amateur boxing, defeating twenty, seventeen of them – with a massacre.