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

Filmography

Actor (118)

Dark Awakening 2015 (Movie)

Father Donovan O'Malley (Actor)

Harbinger Down 2015 (Movie)

Graff (Actor)

Stung 2015 (Movie)

Caruthers (Actor)

Beautiful Wave 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Good Day for It 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

It's In The Blood 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Pistol Whipped 2014 (Movie)

The Old Man (Actor)

Spirit Riders 2014 (Movie)

Rex (Actor)

The Chosen One 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Genesis Code 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Invitation 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Last Samurai 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Lost Voyage 2014 (Movie)

David Shaw (Actor)

Blood Shot 2013 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

My Dog the Champion 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Phantom 2013 (Movie)

Markov (Actor)

Astronaut: The Last Push 2012 (Movie)

Walter Moffitt (Actor)

Tron: Uprising 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Voice

Nightmares in Red, White and Blue 2009 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

The Slammin' Salmon 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Appaloosa 2008 (Movie)

Ring Shelton (Actor)

Black Ops 2008 (Movie)

Col. John Willets (Actor)

DEA 1996 - 1999, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Narrator

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

Voice

Abominable 2006 (Movie)

Ziegler Dane (Actor)

When a Stranger Calls 2006 (Movie)

Voice of the Stranger (Actor)

Dark Reel 2005 (Movie)

Connor Pritchett (Actor)

The 100 Scariest Movie Moments 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

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)

Actor

Tarzan 2 2004 (Movie)

Kerchak (Voice)

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

Host

Unspeakable 2004 (Movie)

Pitchford (Actor)

Antibody 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Narrator

One Point 0 2003 (Movie)

Howard (Actor)

The Untold 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mimic Sentinel 2002 (Movie)

Garbageman (Actor)

Atlantis in the Andes 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Explosive Situations 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

High Speed Impacts 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Scream 3 2000 (Movie)

John Milton (Actor)

Millennium 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tarzan 1999 (Movie)

Kerchak (Voice)

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

Narrator

Dusting Cliff Seven 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Face the Evil 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Profile For Murder 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

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)

Actor

Felony 1995 (Movie)

Taft (Actor)

Powder 1995 (Movie)

Sheriff Barnum (Actor)

The Quick and the Dead 1995 (Movie)

Ace Hanlon (Actor)

Boulevard 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Color of Night 1994 (Movie)

Buck (Actor)

No Escape 1994 (Movie)

The Father (Actor)

The Criminal Mind 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Nature of the Beast 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Excessive Force 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hard Target 1993 (Movie)

Emil Fouchon (Actor)

Knights 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

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)

(Actor)

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)

Actor

Cutting Cards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

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)

Actor

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)

Actor

Aurora: Operation Intercept (TV Show)

Actor

Blood Feud (TV Show)

Actor

Evel Knievel (TV Show)

Actor

Ladies of the House (TV Show)

Actor

Paul Reiser: Out on a Whim (TV Show)

Actor

Prairie Fever (TV Show)

Actor

Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Earth (TV Show)

Actor

Sasquatch Mountain (TV Show)

Actor

Scream of the Banshee (TV Show)

Actor

Streets of Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Supernova (TV Show)

Actor

The Day Lincoln Was Shot (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Cowboy (TV Show)

Actor

The Omen Legacy (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Alcamy Henriksen

Daughter
born in 1987 child of first marriage

Sage Henriksen

Daughter
born on October 12, 1999 mother, Jane Pollack

Jane Pollack

Wife
married on April 22, 1995

EDUCATION

Actors Studio

New York , New York
studied briefly

dropped out of eighth grade

Milestones

2004

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

2002

Starred opposite Dennis Hopper in "Unspeakable"

2000

Cast in Wes Craven's "Scream 3"

1998

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

1996

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

1996

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

1992

Reprised the role of Bishop for "Alien3"

1992

Narrated the Books on Tape adaptation of "Alien3"

1990

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

1989

Starred in "The Horror Show"

1989

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

1988

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

1986

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

1984

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

1984

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

1983

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

1981

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

1977

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

1976

TV-movie debut in "Return to Earth"

1972

Feature acting debut in "It Ain't Easy"

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

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

Parents separated when he was two

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

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

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

Returned to New York; attended military school

Arrested for vagrancy on numerous occasions beginning at age 16

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

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

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

Spent two years in the Merchant Marine

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

Returned to NYC; created ceramic murals

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"

Began running away from home at age five

Bonus Trivia

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

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He sells his own pottery on the Internet at www.bylancehenriksen.com

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