With a lead role in "The Terminator" and noteworthy follow-ups in "Aliens," and "The Abyss," the rough-and-tumble Michael Biehn carved out a devoted following among sci-fi and action film fans - espec...
Anniston, Alabama, USA
|A Taste for Killing||Actor||Bo Landry||7|
|Deep Red||Actor||Joe Keyes||7|
|Deadly Intentions||Actor||Charles Raynor||7|
|Chain of Command||Actor||n/a||7|
|Arnold Schwarzenegger: Hollywood Hero||Actor||n/a||7|
|Silver Wolf||Actor||Uncle Roy||7|
|The Terrible Secret||Actor||Seth||7|
|The Paradise Connection||Actor||Larry DeWitt||7|
|James at 15||Actor||n/a||7|
|A Fire in the Sky||Actor||Tom Rearden||7|
|The Magnificent Seven: Season: 1||Actor||Chris Larrabee||7|
|Dead Men Can't Dance||1997||Actor||Robert Hart||19977|
|The Ride||1997||Actor||Smokey Banks||19977|
|Adventure Inc.||2002 2001 - 2002||Actor||Judson Cross||20027|
|In a Shallow Grave||1988||Actor||Garnet Montrose||19887|
|The Magnificent Seven: Season: 2||Actor||Chris Larrabee||7|
|Breach of Contract||1994||Actor||Casey||19947|
|The Magnificent Seven: Season: 3||Actor||Chris Larrabee||7|
|Time Bomb||1991||Actor||Eddie Kay||19917|
|American Dragons||1997||Actor||Detective Tony Luca||19977|
|Silver Wolf||Actor||Roy McLean||7|
|The Blood Bond||2013||Actor||n/a||20137|
|Hidden in the Woods||2013||Actor||Vance Crocker||20137|
|Cherry Falls||2014||Actor||Sheriff Brent Marken||20147|
|Maan Lone||2013||Actor||Petros Davinci||20137|
|In the Kingdom of the Blind||1993||Actor||n/a||19937|
|Deep Red||1993 1992 - 1993||Actor||Joe Keyes||19937|
|Hog Wild||1980||Actor||Tim Warner||19807|
|Megiddo: Omega Code 2||2001||Actor||David Alexander||20017|
|The Seventh Sign||1988||Actor||Russell Quinn||19887|
|The Terminator||1984||Actor||Kyle Reese||19847|
|Saving Grace B. Jones||2012||Actor||Landy Brethorst||20127|
|Dark Blue: O.I.S.||Actor||n/a||7|
|Operation: Runaway||Actor||Mark Johnson; David's assistant||7|
|Hawaii||2004 2003 - 2004||Actor||Sean Harrison||20047|
|Susan's Plan||1999 1998 - 1999||Actor||Bill||19997|
|The Abyss||1989||Actor||Lieutenant Coffey||19897|
|Criminal Minds: Cold Comfort||Actor||n/a||7|
|Chain of Command||Actor||Thornton||7|
|Strapped||Actor||Lieutenant Matt McCrae||7|
|China Rose||Actor||Daniel Allen||7|
|The Runaways||1978 1977 - 1978||Actor||Mark Johnson||19787|
|Psych: 9||2013||Actor||Detective Marling||20137|
|Jade||1995||Actor||Lieutenant Bob Hargrove||19957|
|Zuma Beach||Actor||J D||7|
|Planet Terror||2007||Actor||Sheriff Hague||20077|
|The Fan||1980||Actor||Douglas Breen||19807|
|The Lords of Discipline||1983||Actor||Alexander||19837|
|Take Me Home Tonight||2011||Actor||Bill Franklin||20117|
|The Art of War||2000||Actor||Bly||20007|
|Steeltown||1978 1977 - 1978||Actor||Gibby Anderson; Bill's brother||19787|
|Law & Order: Criminal Intent: The War At Home||Actor||Commissioner Leland Dockerty||7|
|A Fire in the Sky||Actor||Tom Reardon||7|
|James at 15||1977 1976 - 1977||Actor||Tony||19777|
|The Rock||1996||Actor||Charles Anderson||19967|
|The Blood Bond||2013||Director||n/a||4|
|Hidden in the Woods||2013||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|Played co-starring role in Cameron's "Aliens"|
|Made TV series debut as regular on "The Runaways" (NBC)|
|Appeared in third film with Cameron, "The Abyss"|
|Co-starred in "The Rock"|
|Had a recurring role (three episodes) as a cop on "Hill Street Blues" (NBC)|
|Appeared in community theater while a juvenile|
|Raised in Lincoln, NE|
|Co-starred in the NBC TV series "Hawaii"|
|Attended University of Arizona for two years|
|Played a sheriff in "Planet Terror," Robert Rodriguez's half of "Grindhouse," the goretastic double feature collaboration with Quentin Tarantino|
|Returned to series TV as co-star of "The Magnificent Seven" (CBS)|
|Moved with family to Lake Havasu, AZ, while a teen|
|Landed first prominent film role in "The Fan"|
|Landed a featured role in "Tombstone"|
|Acted opposite Topher Grace and Anna Faris in the comedy feature "Take Me Home Tonight"|
|Made TV acting debut on NBC's "James at 15"|
|Made film acting debut in "Coach"|
|Cast opposite Chris Evans in the legal drama "Puncture"|
|Starred in the landmark sci-fi thriller "The Terminator"; first collaboration with filmmaker James Cameron|
|Starred in the mountain climbing adventure "K2"|
|Moved to Hollywood, CA|
|Cast in the Tribune Entertainment syndicated TV series "Adventure, Inc."|
Biehn (pronounced "Bean") was born on July 31, 1956, in Anniston, AL, but grew up in Lincoln, NE before moving at age 14 to Lake Havasu, AZ.. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at the University of Arizona on a drama scholarship, but left for Hollywood before completing his degree. Thanks to his good looks and a rugged quality, Biehn had little trouble landing a slew of television parts at the start of his career. Starting his science fiction career early, one of his first appearances was in the pilot episode of the sci-fi series, "Logan's Run," (CBS, 1977-78), based on the theatrical movie of the same name. Biehn played the role of a "Sandman" - part of a futuristic police force charged with rounding up citizens for extermination when they reach the old age of 30.
Biehn went on to land bit parts in episodes of "The Runaways" (NBC, 1978-79), the acclaimed drama, "Family" (ABC, 1976-1980) and a 1979 episode of "The ABC After School Special" (ABC, 1972-1995) entitled, "The Big Secret." He also had an uncredited appearance in the 1978 feature film "Grease," playing a high school athlete hanging out in the background. It was his role as an obsessive stalker of Lauren Bacall in the 1981 thriller "The Fan" that first garnered Biehn some notice, as he was finally able to exhibit the kind of intensity that would pay off in his later efforts. He followed that film with a supporting role in the 1983 drama, "The Lords of Discipline," and a recurring role as Officer Randall Buttman on the esteemed police drama, "Hill Street Blues," (NBC, 1981-87), during the show's fifth season.
But it was with his part in what seemed to be just another small sci-fi B movie that put Biehn officially on the map - 1984's "The Terminator." Biehn auditioned for the role of Kyle Reese, a protector from the future, sent back in time to stop a deadly robot - played by then-body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger - from killing an innocent woman, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), who will to give birth to a resistance leader destined to save mankind. Biehn nearly lost out on the role, the story went, because he said his lines in a Southern accent he had picked up while performing on stage in "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof." It was not until his agent called, that producer Gale Anne Hurd and director James Cameron reconsidered him. The low-budget movie made a profitable run in theaters but formed a huge fanbase on cable television and home video, turning out to be a career-maker for almost everyone involved. Despite his leading role, Biehn never actually shared any scenes with Schwarzenegger, even though he was frequently asked about his co-star. The most important relationship forged onset though - one which would make Biehn's career - would be between the actor and his loyal director-turned-friend, Cameron.
In what many believed to be his pen-ultimate role, Biehn reunited with Cameron for the director's follow-up project, "Aliens" (1986), playing futuristic bad ass, Corporal Dwayne Hicks. Managing to be both no-nonsense and sarcastic at the same time, Biehn nearly stole the show, whether sleeping through a harrowing plunge into a planetary atmosphere, or his response to the phrase, "No offense" when being called "a grunt." - the ultra-calm Hicks simply replies, "None taken." Biehn so enjoyed the role, that when his character - one of only three survivors from the initial marine unit that had touched down on the alien-infected planet - was killed off at the beginning of the David Fincher-directed third installment, "Alien 3," the actor admitted to being bitterly disappointed. The fans seemed to be in total agreement, with many of the film series' fans mentally ending the franchise in their minds with Cameron's second film.
Biehn's next project was the 1988 horror-thriller, "The Seventh Sign" - an unmemorable showcase for Demi Moore. That same year, he appeared in a handful of forgettable movies such as "In a Shallow Grave" and "Rampage," before again working with Cameron, in his undersea action epic, 1989's "The Abyss." Knowing one of his favorite utility actors' strengths on screen, Cameron cast Biehn as yet another tough-talking soldier, and Biehn - this time sporting a less-than-attractive moustache - turned in a nuanced performance in a film more notable for its thought-provoking CGI majesty than action or thrills. Biehn began developing a core of devoted fans, who followed obscure details of his life and films, such as a running gag where, in every Cameron film he appeared in, Biehn is bitten on the hand - by Linda Hamilton's character in "The Terminator;" by the little girl, Newt, played by Carrie Henn, in "Aliens," and by Ed Harris' character in "The Abyss." Along with Biehn, Cameron's other repertory go-to actors he not only respected, but depended upon to make his stories come alive included Bill Paxton (Pvt. Hudson in "Aliens;" Brock Lovett in "Titanic;" Simon in "True Lies") and Jenette Goldstein (Pvt. Vasquez in "Aliens;" Janelle Voight in "T2: Judgment Day;" the Irish mommy in "Titanic").
Despite the following he had developed with his tough guy roles throughout the eighties, by the early to mid nineties, Biehn's star inexplicably faded. He narrowly missed being cast in high profile roles that could have put him over the mainstream top - he was in the running to play the title superhero and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, in "Batman" (1989), as well as was an early choice to play Peter Parker/Spider-Man, when James Cameron was still attached to the superhero film in the beginning stages of development in the early 1990s.
After again playing his stock-in-trade role of soldier in "Navy SEALS," (1990), Biehn reunited with Cameron for sequences in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991), but those scenes were unfortunately cut from the final film, remaining unseen until they were included in a special director's cut edition released on video. He did manage to make a memorable part out of Johnny Ringo in the very popular Wyatt Earp western, "Tombstone," (1993). After another small part, in the detective thriller "Jade" (1995) - a film which virtually derailed the career of its new TV-turned-movie star wannabe, David Caruso - it was his part as a soldier, in the Nicholas Cage ass-kicking actioner, "The Rock" (1996) that was really one of his last recognizable big screen hurrahs for mainstream moviegoers. Playing a Navy SEAL for a third time, Biehn's searing speech to a group of U.S. military defectors, delivered at the middle of the movie, was a pulpy high point in one of the better-regarded high-octane action films of the 1990s, especially among Biehn's still loyal legion of fans - even if he did die a bloody death after getting his point across.
At that point in Biehn's career, the quality and quantity began tapering off. What followed post-"Rock," was a slew of smaller police thrillers, many of them straight-to-video. However, he did remind people of his powerful onscreen charisma when he played a town sheriff suffering a moral quandary in the 2000 cult horror film, "Cherry Falls." Delivering a borderline, tongue-in-cheek performance, Biehn played Sheriff Brent Marken, in the twisted tale of a serial killer who targets only virgins - leaving the local kids with only one way to spare themselves. His role in "Cherry Falls" was one of the first parts to capitalize on a post-modern recognition and appreciation of Biehn and his role in genre films of the 1980s.
After performances in films such as "Art of War" (2000), "Clockstoppers" (2002), and the indie film "Havoc" (2005), Biehn showed up on television, playing the part of a police commissioner on a 2006 episode of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001- ), entitled "The War at Home" as well as the leading role of Judson Cross in the Canadian actioner, "Adventure, Inc.," (syndicated, 2002-03). He also appeared in episodes of the short-lived glossy soap series, "Hawaii" (NBC, 2004) - one of the first time fans had seen him on screen for awhile. Though the show suffered a quick death, the fact that Biehn was back on screen again after seemingly disappearing off the face of the planet, was good news to fans who had never forgotten his unique appeal.
Two people who could see the potential comeback and wanted to give it to him were film-boy geek directors, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, who taped the actor to appear in their bloody B-movie opus, "Grindhouse" (2007). As the grimacing Sheriff Hague, Biehn had parts in both the Robert Rodriguez installment, "Planet Terror" - a nod to schlocky, John Carpenter-style sci-fi action/horror flicks of the late '70s and early '80s - as well as a small part in a spoof trailer for the '70s-style horror film, "Thanksgiving," directed by Eli Roth. In between gun battles, Biehn's tough-talking constable forever hounded his estranged brother, J.T., played by Jeff Fahey, for the recipe for his barbecue sauce at the diner outside of town. Biehn played the role mostly straight, but his presence amid blood-splattered zombies, randomly exploding squad cars and an inept deputy played by venerable effects guru Tom Savini, gave the film some of its biggest laughs. In a film widely heralded for its cameos, Biehn's first appearance onscreen was often heralded by cheers of recognition - signs that fans were fully ready to welcome his slightly older and rugged, but still badass persona back to the big screen.
|Gina Biehn||Wife||mother of Biehn's younger son|
|Caelan Biehn||Son||born on April 11, 1992; mother, Gina Biehn|
|Devon Biehn||Son||twin of Taylor; born c. 1983; mother, Carlene Olsson|
|Taylor Biehn||Son||twin of Devon; born c. 1983; mother, Carlene Olsson|
|Carlene Olsson||Wife||married July 12, 1980 in Pebble Beach, California; divorced; mother of Biehn's twin sons|
|University of Arizona|
|"I would always rather play a smaller role in a very good movie, working with good people, rather than have the lead in something I just don't care for." - from the press release for "The Seventh Sign"|
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