Lance Henriksen

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Lance Henriksen
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Lance Henriksen at BIFFF in 2010
BornLance James Henriksen
(1940-05-05) May 5, 1940 (age 74)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, voice actor, artist
Years active1961–present
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Spouse(s)Mary Jane Evans (1985–1989)
Jane Pollack (1995–2006)
ChildrenAlcamy Henriksen (b. 1987)
Sage Ariel Henriksen (b. 1999)
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Lance Henriksen
Lance Henriksen cropped.jpg
Lance Henriksen at BIFFF in 2010
BornLance James Henriksen
(1940-05-05) May 5, 1940 (age 74)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, voice actor, artist
Years active1961–present
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Spouse(s)Mary Jane Evans (1985–1989)
Jane Pollack (1995–2006)
ChildrenAlcamy Henriksen (b. 1987)
Sage Ariel Henriksen (b. 1999)

Lance James Henriksen (born May 5, 1940) is an American actor and artist best known to film and television audiences for his roles in science fiction, action, and horror films such as Bishop and the Weyland family members in the Alien film franchise, and on television shows such as Millennium.[2] He is also a voice actor owing to his deep commanding voice. In his filmography, he worked multiple times with James Cameron.

Early life[edit]

Henriksen was born in New York City. His father, James Marin Henriksen (born in Tønsberg in 1910),[3] was a Norwegian merchant sailor and boxer nicknamed "Icewater" who spent most of his life at sea. His mother, Margueritte Werner, struggled to find work as a dance instructor, waitress, and model.[4][5][6] His parents divorced when he was two years old, and he was raised by his mother. As he grew up, Henriksen found himself in trouble at various schools and even saw the inside of a children's home. Henriksen left home[not in citation given] and dropped out of school at the age of twelve;[not in citation given] he would not learn to read until he was 30, when he taught himself by studying film scripts. Henriksen served in the United States Navy from 1955-1958 and attained the rank of Petty Officer Third Class.[7]


Henriksen's first job in the theater world was as a designer of theatrical sets; in fact, he received his first role because he built the set for the production. In his early 30s, Henriksen graduated from the prestigious Actors Studio and began acting in New York City.[7] In film, he first appeared in It Ain't Easy in 1972. Henriksen went on to portray a variety of supporting roles in noteworthy genre films such as Dog Day Afternoon, Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Damien: Omen II (1978).[8] He also "Police Chief Steve Kimbrough" in Piranha Part Two: The Spawning,[8] the astronaut Walter Schirra in The Right Stuff (1983) and actor Charles Bronson in the 1991 TV-movie Reason for Living: The Jill Ireland Story (1991).

When James Cameron was writing the movie The Terminator (1984), he had originally envisioned Henriksen, whom he had worked with on Piranha II: The Spawning, playing the title role.[9] Cameron was to paint a picture of the Terminator using Henriksen's face.[10] Henriksen portrayed also renegade vampire Jesse Hooker in Kathryn Bigelow's Vampire cult film Near Dark.[8] Regardless, the role ultimately went to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Henriksen did appear in the film, albeit in the minor role of Detective Hal Vukovich. Henriksen is perhaps best known for portraying the android Bishop, an artificial life-form, in Aliens (1986, another Cameron film) and Alien 3 (1992).[11] He would go on to play Charles Bishop Weyland, the man Bishop's appearance was based on, in Alien vs. Predator (2004).

Hard Target (1993) is one of Henriksen's favorite films. He especially enjoyed working with director John Woo, saying "He let me do some real work as an actor. 'No' never came out of his mouth: it was always 'What could this be?' He's one of the greatest directors ever: gentle, communicative and supportive. He caught everything that was important to me as an actor on film and oddly enough used the lot. The times I've seen my work and gone 'Jesus, they cut the behaviour, the motivation, the only reason I made the movie in the first place.' Not John. All my major scenes are intact." That film was also notable for a scene in which Henriksen was accidentally engulfed in flames, as a stunt double was not used. Although surprised, the film crew let the cameras keep rolling so that the incident became part of the final cut. Henriksen later commented, "My training makes me fight until the very last cell in my body collapses with exhaustion. I competed with Van Damme using tremendous will against his iron strength. I held my ground pretty well although I didn't really like him until we came to reshoot the ending to give it a higher octane finish." Reviewer Neil H. Jones stated that this film showed "Henriksen at his best. Henriksen's deep voice waxes eloquently to an unknowing [sic] victim of the hunt, Elijah Roper (Willie Carpenter): "Think of what this $10,000 can do for you (if you reach the river alive). You can have respect, you can restore yourself to dignity rather than the shadow of a man who used to be." Lance exudes confidence, intellect, and talent whether playing Beethoven on the piano or firing his Thompson-Contender handgun at Chance. His acting is so convincing, you would not want his steel-cold eyes to glance your way. If you like Lance, you'll love Hard Target."[12] Henriksen portrayed gunfighters in westerns Dead Man and The Quick And The Dead and appeared alongside British actor Bruce Payne in Aurora: Operation Intercept in 1995. He would appear alongside Payne again in Face the Evil in 1997 and the dystopian classic Paranoia 1.0 in 2004. That same year, he played the role of Sheriff Doug Barnum in the controversial film Powder.

In 1996, Henriksen starred in the television series Millennium, created and produced by Chris Carter, the creator of The X-Files. Henriksen played Frank Black, a former FBI agent who possessed a unique ability to see into the minds of killers. Carter created the role specifically for the actor. Henriksen's performances on Millennium earned him critical acclaim, a People's Choice Award nomination for Favorite New Male TV Star, and three consecutive Golden Globe nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series (1997–1999). The series was cancelled in 1999. Henriksen's daughter, Alcamy, appears uncredited in an episode of Millennium. He later moved to the state of Hawaii with his wife Jane Pollack and their daughter Sage Ariel.

No less than three prominent franchise roles have been written specifically for Henriksen, though he would only star in one of them. James Cameron wrote The Terminator (1984) hoping Henriksen would play the title character. Chris Carter created Millennium (1996) specifically for Henriksen, then convinced him to become hero Frank Black. Lastly, Victor Salva wrote Jeepers Creepers (2001) with Henriksen in mind for the role of the Creeper.

On television, Henriksen appeared in the ensemble of Into the West (2005), a miniseries executive-produced by Steven Spielberg. He has also recently[when?] appeared in a Brazilian soap opera, Caminhos do Coração (Ways of the Heart) from Rede Record. Henriksen guest-starred on a Season 6 episode of NCIS (2009) playing an Arizona sheriff.

Henriksen receiving the Aliens Legacy Gold Award at Dragon Con 2008, Atlanta, Georgia

In the years after Millennium, Henriksen has become an active voice actor, lending his distinctive voice to a number of animated features and video game titles. In Disney's Tarzan (1999) and its direct-to-video followup Henriksen is Kerchak, the ape who serves as Tarzan's surrogate father. He provided the voice for the alien supervillain Brainiac in Superman: Brainiac Attacks (2006). He voiced the character Mulciber in Godkiller for HALO 8 Entertainment in 2009. Henriksen is the voice of the character Molov in the video game Red Faction II (2002), which was developed by Volition, Inc. and published by THQ, and has also contributed to GUN (2005), Run Like Hell (2002), the canceled title Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (2004),[13] and BioWare's role-playing game Mass Effect (2007) as Admiral Hackett of the Human Systems Alliance. Henriksen was also the voice behind PlayStation 3's internet promotional videos. In 2005, Henriksen was the voice of Andrei Rublev in Cartoon Network's IGPX. Currently, the actor is lending his voice to the animated television series Transformers: Animated as the character Lockdown. In 2009, Henriksen voiced Lieutenant General Shepherd in the award-winning game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. He would later voice Karl Bishop Weyland in Aliens vs. Predator; also, this character's appearance resembles Henriksen's. Henriksen voiced Master Gnost-Dural in Star Wars: The Old Republic, and he also reprised his role as Admiral Hackett in Mass Effect 3. He is also the narrator of the recent Verizon Droid commercials. Recently, Henriksen reprised his role as Bishop in Aliens: Colonial Marines.

Henriksen maintains a prominent role in live action television. He has starred in a 2003 series of Australian television commercials for Visa, titled Unexplained (about the raining of fish from the sky[14] over Norfolk)[15] and Big Cats (about the Beast of Bodmin Moor).[16] In these commercials, Henriksen speaks as a Frank Black-type character about these phenomena as Mark Snow-inspired mysterious music plays in the background, as a link to Henriksen's former series, Millennium. Unexplained went on to a gold world medal at the 2004 New York Festivals.[17]

In addition to his television and voice acting work, Henriksen continues to be active in film. He made a cameo appearance in the 2009 horror comedy Jennifer's Body, and starred in the After Dark Horrorfest film, Scream of the Banshee, released in 2011.[18] He played Henry Gale in Leigh Scott's The Witches of Oz.[19] It has been announced that Henriksen will star in Frost Road, the directorial debut of video game director Keith Arem.[20] In January 2015 was signed for the lead of Indie thriller Monday at 11:01 A.M. on the side of Briana Evigan.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Henriksen married Mary Jane Evans in 1985, and they had one child, Alcamy Henriksen (born 1987). They divorced in 1989. Henriksen married Jane Pollack in 1995, with whom he had a child, Sage Ariel Henriksen (born 1999). They divorced in 2006.



1961The OutsiderU.S. MarineUncredited
1975Dog Day AfternoonMurphy
1976NetworkNetwork lawyer at Khan's place
1976The Next ManFederal Security
1977Close Encounters of the Third KindRobert
1978Damien: Omen IISergeant Neff
1979The VisitorRaymond Armstead
1981Piranha II: The SpawningPolice Chief Steve Kimbrough
1981Prince of the CityD.A. Burano
1983Blood FeudMel PierceTV film
1983The Right StuffWally Schirra
1984The TerminatorDetective Hal Vukovich
1985Jagged EdgeFrank Martin
1985Savage DawnStryker
1986Choke CanyonBrook Alastair
1987Near DarkJesse Hooker
1988PumpkinheadEd Harley
1989House III: The Horror ShowDetective Lucas McCarthy
1989Survival QuestHank
1989Johnny HandsomeRafe Garrett
1989Hit ListChris Caleek
1990The Pit and the PendulumTorquemada
1991Stone ColdChains Cooper
1992Jennifer 8Sgt. Freddy Ross
1992Alien 3Bishop/Bishop II
1992Delta HeatJackson Rivers
1993Excessive ForceDevlin
1993Super Mario Bros.The KingCameo appearance
1993Man's Best FriendDr. Jarret
1993Hard TargetEmil Fouchon
1994No EscapeThe Father
1994Color of NightBuck
1995Aurora: Operation InterceptWilliam Stenghel
1995The Quick and the DeadAce Hanlon
1995Dead ManCole Wilson
1995PowderSheriff Doug Barnum
1995Mind RipperStocktona.k.a. The Outpost
1995The Nature of the BeastJack Powell
1996Dusting Cliff 7Colonel Roger McBridea.k.a. Last Assassins
1997Gunfighter's MoonFrank Morgan
1997No Contest IIEric Dane / Erich Dengler
1998The Day Lincoln Was ShotAbraham LincolnTV film
2000Scream 3John Milton
2001Lost VoyageDavid ShawTV film
2001The Mangler 2Headmaster Bradeen
2002The UntoldHarlan Knowlesa.k.a. Sasquatch
2003AntibodyDr. Richard Gaynes
2003Mimic: SentinelGarbageman
2004ModiglianiFoster Kane
2004MadhouseDr. Franks
2004Alien vs. PredatorCharles Bishop Weyland
2004StarkweatherThe Mentor
2004Paranoia 1.0Howarda.k.a. One Point O
2005Into the WestDaniel WheelerTV miniseries
2005Tarzan IIKerchakVoice
2005SupernovaColonel Harlan WilliamsTV film
2005Hellraiser: HellworldThe Host
2006When a Stranger Callsvoice of the Stranger
2006The GardenBen Zachary
2006AbominableZiegler Dane
2006Sasquatch MountainChase Jackson
2006The Da Vinci TreasureDr. John Coven
2006Superman: Brainiac AttacksBrainiacVoice
2006Pirates of Treasure IslandLong John Silver
2006Pumpkinhead: Ashes to AshesEd HarleyTV film
2007Pumpkinhead: Blood FeudEd HarleyTV film
2007Bone DryJimmy
2007In the Spider's WebDr. LecorpusTV film
2007The Chosen OneCardinal Fred (voice)
2008DeadwaterCol. John Willetsa.k.a. Black Ops
2008Dying GodChance
2008Dark ReelConnor Pritchett
2008AppaloosaRing Shelton
2008Necessary EvilDr. Fibrian
2008Pistol WhippedThe Old ManDirect-to-video
2008Prairie FeverMonte JamesDirect-to-video
2008Alone in the Dark IIAbner LundbertDirect-to-video
2008Ladies of the HouseFrankTV film
2009Screamers: The HuntingOrsowDirect-to-video
2009The Slammin' SalmonDick Lobo
2009The SeamstressSheriff Virgil Logan
2009The Lost TribeGallo
2009Jennifer's BodyPassing MotoristCameo
2010The Genesis CodeDr. Hoffer
2010Scream of the BansheeBroderick Duncan
2010Good Day for ItLyle Tyrus
2010The Witches of OzHenry Gale
2010The Penitent ManMr. Darnell
2011Beautiful WaveJimmy
2011Monster Brawl(credited as 'God')Voice
2012The ArcadianFather Reed
2012Astronaut: The Last PushWalter Moffitt
2013Gingerclown 3DBraineaterVoice
2013The Book of DanielCyrus
2014The SectorShadow Man
2014Hollows GroveBill
2015Harbinger DownGraff
2015Lake Eerie[22]Pop


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  20. ^ "Video Game Director Keith Arem Heading to Frost Road". DreadCentral. 
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