Lance Henriksen

Actor, Screenwriter, Mime
Outstanding character actor Lance Henriksen boasted a wonderfully cragged face and graveled voice that he earned through rugged real world experience gained prior to beginning his prolific screen career at the age of ... Read more »
Born: 05/05/1940 in New York City, New York, USA


Actor (134)

Criminal Minds 2016 (Tv Show)


Daylight's End 2016 (Movie)

Frank Hill (Actor)

Garm Wars: The Last Druid 2016 (Movie)

Wydd (Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2016 (Tv Show)


Legends Of Tomorrow 2016 (Tv Show)


Monday at 11:01 A.M. 2016 (Movie)

Bartender (Actor)

The Blacklist 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)


The Night Shift 2016 (Tv Show)


Dark Awakening 2015 (Movie)

Father Donovan O'Malley (Actor)

Harbinger Down 2015 (Movie)

Graff (Actor)

Into The Badlands 2015 (Tv Show)


Stung 2015 (Movie)

Caruthers (Actor)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1996 - 1999, 2007 - 2008, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)


Beautiful Wave 2014 (Movie)


It's In The Blood 2014 (Movie)


Spirit Riders 2014 (Movie)

Rex (Actor)

The Chosen One 2014 (Movie)


The Genesis Code 2014 (Movie)


The Invitation 2014 (Movie)


The Last Samurai 2014 (Movie)


Blood Shot 2013 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Hannibal 2013 (Tv Show)


My Dog the Champion 2013 (Movie)


Phantom 2013 (Movie)

Markov (Actor)

Astronaut: The Last Push 2012 (Movie)

Walter Moffitt (Actor)

Tron: Uprising 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


Castle 2010 (Tv Show)


Good Day for It 2010 (Movie)


DEA 1996 - 1999, 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)


NCIS 2009 (Tv Show)


Nightmares in Red, White and Blue 2009 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

The Slammin' Salmon 2009 (Movie)


Appaloosa 2008 (Movie)

Ring Shelton (Actor)

Black Ops 2008 (Movie)

Col. John Willets (Actor)

Transformers Animated 1996 - 1999, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)


Pistol Whipped 2007 (Movie)

The Old Man (Actor)

Abominable 2006 (Movie)

Ziegler Dane (Actor)

When a Stranger Calls 2006 (Movie)

Voice of the Stranger (Actor)

Dark Reel 2005 (Movie)

Connor Pritchett (Actor)

Into the West 2005 (Tv Show)


Alien vs. Predator 2004 (Movie)

Charles Bishop Weyland (Actor)

Hellraiser: Hellworld 2004 (Movie)

The Host (Actor)

Madhouse 2004 (Movie)

Dr. Franks (Actor)

Out for Blood 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)


Tarzan 2 2004 (Movie)

Kerchak (Voice)

The Making of Alien Vs. Predator 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)


Unspeakable 2004 (Movie)

Pitchford (Actor)

Antibody 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


James Cameron's Expedition: Bismarck 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


One Point 0 2003 (Movie)

Howard (Actor)

The Untold 2003 (Movie)


Mimic Sentinel 2002 (Movie)

Garbageman (Actor)

Atlantis in the Andes 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Explosive Situations 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


High Speed Impacts 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


The Lost Voyage 2001 (Movie)

David Shaw (Actor)

Scream 3 2000 (Movie)

John Milton (Actor)

Millennium 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)


Tarzan 1999 (Movie)

Kerchak (Voice)

The X-Files 1999 (Tv Show)


World's Greatest Hoaxes: Secrets Finally Revealed 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Dusting Cliff Seven 1997 (Movie)


Face the Evil 1997 (Movie)


Profile For Murder 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Baja 1996 (Movie)

Burns (Actor)

Dead Man 1996 (Movie)

Cole Wilson (Actor)

Gunfighter's Moon 1996 (Movie)

Frank Morgan (Actor)

Wes Craven Presents Mind Ripper 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Felony 1995 (Movie)

Taft (Actor)

Powder 1995 (Movie)

Sheriff Barnum (Actor)

The Quick and the Dead 1995 (Movie)

Ace Hanlon (Actor)

Boulevard 1994 (Movie)


Color of Night 1994 (Movie)

Buck (Actor)

No Escape 1994 (Movie)

The Father (Actor)

The Criminal Mind 1994 (Movie)


The Nature of the Beast 1994 (Movie)


Excessive Force 1993 (Movie)


Hard Target 1993 (Movie)

Emil Fouchon (Actor)

Knights 1993 (Movie)


Man's Best Friend 1993 (Movie)

Dr Jarret (Actor)

Super Mario Brothers 1993 (Movie)

The King (Actor)

Alien3 1992 (Movie)

Bishop II (Actor)

Delta Heat 1992 (Movie)

Jackson Rivers (Actor)

Jennifer Eight 1992 (Movie)

Freddy Ross (Actor)

The Outfit 1992 (Movie)


Comrades In Arms 1991 (Movie)

Rob Reen (Actor)

Stone Cold 1991 (Movie)

Chains (Actor)

The Pit and the Pendulum 1991 (Movie)

Torquemada--the Grand Inquisitor (Actor)

Yellow 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Cutting Cards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Hit List 1989 (Movie)

Chris Caleek (Actor)

Johnny Handsome 1989 (Movie)

Rafe Garrett (Actor)

Survival Quest 1989 (Movie)

Hank (Actor)

The Horror Show 1989 (Movie)

Lucas McCarthy (Actor)

Deadly Intent 1988 (Movie)

Raymond Keaton (Actor)

Pumpkinhead 1988 (Movie)

Ed Harley (Actor)

Near Dark 1987 (Movie)

Jesse (Actor)

Aliens 1986 (Movie)

Bishop (Actor)

Choke Canyon 1986 (Movie)

Brook Alistair (Actor)

Jagged Edge 1985 (Movie)

Frank Martin (Actor)

Scene of the Crime 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)


Savage Dawn 1984 (Movie)

Ben Stryker (Actor)

The Terminator 1984 (Movie)

Vukovich (Actor)

Nightmares 1983 (Movie)

Fred MacLeod (Actor)

The Right Stuff 1983 (Movie)

Wally Schirra (Actor)

Prince of the City 1981 (Movie)

District Attorney Burano (Actor)

The Dark End of the Street 1981 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

Piranha II: The Spawning 1980 (Movie)

Steve Kimbrough (Actor)

The Visitor 1980 (Movie)

Raymond (Actor)

Damien - Omen II 1978 (Movie)

Sergeant Neff (Actor)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

Dog Day Afternoon 1975 (Movie)

Murphy (Actor)

The Next Man 1975 (Movie)

Federal Security Agent (Actor)

The Terror of Dr. Chancey 1974 (Movie)

Dr Dan Bryan (Actor)

It Ain't Easy 1971 (Movie)

Randy (Actor)

A Question of Honor (TV Show)


Arrow (Tv Show)


Aurora: Operation Intercept (TV Show)


Blood Feud (TV Show)


Evel Knievel (TV Show)


Ladies of the House (TV Show)


Paul Reiser: Out on a Whim (TV Show)


Prairie Fever (TV Show)


Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes (TV Show)


Return to Earth (TV Show)


Sasquatch Mountain (TV Show)


Scream of the Banshee (TV Show)


Streets of Justice (TV Show)


Supernova (TV Show)


The Day Lincoln Was Shot (TV Show)


The Last Cowboy (TV Show)


The Omen Legacy (TV Show)



Outstanding character actor Lance Henriksen boasted a wonderfully cragged face and graveled voice that he earned through rugged real world experience gained prior to beginning his prolific screen career at the age of 32. From the very start, he enjoyed collaborations with some of the leading filmmakers of the time, including Sidney Lumet, Steven Spielberg and James Cameron. In fact, it was Cameron who initially envisioned Henriksen in the role of the catchphrase-spouting killer robot in "The Terminator" (1984). And although he was only seen in that film in a much smaller part, Cameron came through with another memorable character for him to embody in the smash hit "Aliens" (1986). From there it was on to a near constant output of work in films such as "Near Dark" (1987), "Johnny Handsome" (1989), "Alien3" (1992), "Hard Target" (1993), and "The Quick and the Dead" (1995). On television he headlined a series of his own as ex-FBI profiler Frank Black in the critically lauded, but ratings-challenged "Millennium" (Fox, 1996-99). Later career roles included voice work in video games and on animated television series, as well as turns in films like "AVP: Alien vs. Predator" (2004) and "Appaloosa" (2008). While the vast majority of character actors blended into the background of the public consciousness, garnering little name recognition with audiences, Henriksen managed to become a sort of working man's movie star, delivering performances just as iconic as those of the megawatt stars he appeared alongside.


Alcamy Henriksen

born in 1987 child of first marriage

Sage Henriksen

born on October 12, 1999 mother, Jane Pollack

Jane Pollack

married on April 22, 1995


Actors Studio

New York , New York
studied briefly

dropped out of eighth grade



Reprised the role of Bishop in "Alien vs. Predator" written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson


Starred opposite Dennis Hopper in "Unspeakable"


Cast in Wes Craven's "Scream 3"


Portrayed Abraham Lincoln in the TNT movie "The Day Lincoln Was Shot"


TV series debut as regular on Fox's "Millennium", a sci-fi crime drama series produced by Chris Carter


Had his first feature as a writer-director in development, a sci-fi Western tentatively entitled "Tracer Pierce"


Reprised the role of Bishop for "Alien3"


Narrated the Books on Tape adaptation of "Alien3"


Appeared in "Cutting Cards", a Walter Hill-directed episode of "Tales From the Crypt"


Rare TV guest shot, "Beauty and the Beast", played a hired assassin named "Snow" in an episode with that title


Starred in "The Horror Show"


First starring role in a feature, "Pumpkinhead" (the feature directorial debut of FX artist Stan Winston)


Breakthrough feature supporting role, played Bishop, the gruff sympathetic android in Cameron's "Aliens"


Early TV guest shot, the pilot for "Scene of the Crime", an NBC detective anthology


Screenwriting debut, credited as one of the writers on Cameron's "The Terminator"; also acted


Posed for good friend Cameron's preliminary character sketches for the robot antagonist of "The Terminator"; the producers backed the concept but balked at Henriksen in the role; part went to Arnold Schwarzenegger


First film with writer-director James Cameron, "Piranha II: Flying Killers" (the director's debut)


Appeared on Broadway with Al Pacino in a production of David Rabe's "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel"


TV-movie debut in "Return to Earth"


Feature acting debut in "It Ain't Easy"

Raised by his grandmother for the first couple of years of his life

Joined Boston Opera Company as a mime; appeared in Schoenberg's first US production of "Moses and Aaron"

Spent three years in the Navy, rising to Petty Officer Third Class

Spent two years in the Merchant Marine

Went to sea with his father and was dropped off with relatives in Borneo for three years

Parents separated when he was two

Appeared as an extra in a Lee Marvin movie while in the Yuma, Arizona county jail; earned five dollars

Shipped out as a crew member on a Swedish freighter; joined the crew of a windjammer in the Bahamas

Returned to New York; attended military school

Returned to New York as a young man; studied at the Actors Studio

Learned to read at age 30, while starring in an off-off-Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's sea plays

Returned to NYC; created ceramic murals

Arrested for vagrancy on numerous occasions beginning at age 16

By age 12 was living on his own, hitchhiking back and forth across the country and riding freight cars

Met movie stunt double Rex Rossi who taught him how to ride a horse and pilot a plane and advised him to become an actor

Began running away from home at age five

Went "island hopping" with father around Fiji and Malaysia for a year

Bonus Trivia


Henriksen had already written nine unproduced film scripts as of 1988.


He sells his own pottery on the Internet at