Michael Biehn

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Michael Biehn
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Biehn promoting his film, The Victim, during an August 23, 2012 appearance at
Midtown Comics in Manhattan.
BornMichael Connell Biehn
(1956-07-31) July 31, 1956 (age 57)
Anniston, Alabama, U.S.
Other namesMike, Mick(ey)
OccupationActor, director
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Carlene Olson (1980–1987)
Gina Nash (1988–2008)
Jennifer Blanc (2009–present)
Children4
 
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Michael Biehn
8.23.12MichaelBiehnByLuigiNovi1.jpg
Biehn promoting his film, The Victim, during an August 23, 2012 appearance at
Midtown Comics in Manhattan.
BornMichael Connell Biehn
(1956-07-31) July 31, 1956 (age 57)
Anniston, Alabama, U.S.
Other namesMike, Mick(ey)
OccupationActor, director
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Carlene Olson (1980–1987)
Gina Nash (1988–2008)
Jennifer Blanc (2009–present)
Children4

Michael Connell Biehn (born July 31, 1956) is an American actor and director. He is best known for his roles in James Cameron's science fiction action films The Terminator (as Kyle Reese), Aliens (as Cpl. Dwayne Hicks), and The Abyss (as Lt. Coffey). He has also acted in such films as Tombstone, The Rock, and Planet Terror. On television, Biehn appeared in the cast of the Emmy Award-winning 1980s television series Hill Street Blues and the short lived syndicated show Adventure Inc.

Early life[edit]

Michael Connell Biehn was born in Anniston, Alabama, the second of three children to Marcia (née Connell) and Don Biehn, a lawyer,[1][2] When he was young, he moved with his family to Lincoln, Nebraska, and then to Lake Havasu, Arizona, where he was a member of the high school drama club before graduating.[2] He attended the drama program at the University of Arizona,[1] where he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity before moving to Hollywood.[3]

Career[edit]

Michael Biehn got his start in movies with a bit part in the film version of Grease in 1978. He appears in two scenes, the most memorable of which is one in which John Travolta's character, Danny, hits Biehn's uncredited character in the stomach while playing basketball. In 1981, he played a stalker in The Fan; at the time the film was shot, he was in his mid-20s, love interest Lauren Bacall was more than 30 years his senior. After a few more films, Biehn played Kyle Reese, a sergeant sent back in time by John Connor to save his mother, Sarah Connor, in the 1984 film The Terminator. He starred in two other films directed by James Cameron: Aliens (as Corporal Hicks) and The Abyss (as Lieutenant Hiram Coffey), and had a small role in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (his briefly reprised role as Reese which was removed from the theatrical release but restored in the special editions and the director's cut).

In an early draft of Alien 3 written by William Gibson, Biehn's character Hicks (who had survived the events of Aliens) was to become the main protagonist, replacing Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver).[4] However, Walter Hill and David Giler penned the final script, which had Hicks killed off in the opening scene. Biehn, upon learning of his character's demise, demanded and received almost as much money for the use of his likeness in one scene as he had been paid for his role in Aliens.[5] Biehn recently reprised the role of Hicks by voicing the character in Aliens: Colonial Marines.

In the 2000s, Biehn has taken acting roles ranging from big budget films such as The Art of War and Clockstoppers, to video games like Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun, and independent movies, such as Havoc. He also starred in three TV series including the CBS drama The Magnificent Seven (1998–2000), the Tribune Entertainment syndicated TV series Adventure Inc.. (2002–2003), and the NBC TV series Hawaii (2004). All three shows were subsequently cancelled due to low ratings. Biehn was considered for a role in James Cameron's new science fiction epic film Avatar (2009), but Cameron felt his appearance in the film coupled with that of Sigourney Weaver's would remind people too much of Aliens.[6]

Michael Biehn has developed a repertoire for performing combative military roles that have particularly involved the portrayal of a special forces soldier. This string of characters was first established with his role as Cadet John Alexander in The Lords of Discipline, followed shortly after by his performance as Sergeant Kyle Reese, a resistance movement soldier in the Terminator film series, and also Corporal Dwayne Hicks in Aliens. This theme continues with multiple roles as a U.S. Navy SEAL, which can be seen in his following film credits: Lieutenant Hiram Coffey in The Abyss, Lieutenant James Curran in Navy Seals, and the ill fated Commander Charles Anderson in The Rock.

Biehn, who said he was encouraged by Robert Rodriguez while on the set of Planet Terror to make his own film, has produced, written, directed and starred in The Victim, which was released in 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Biehn and his wife, actress Jennifer Blanc, promoting his directorial debut, The Victim, in which both starred and co-produced.

Biehn has been married three times. His first wife was actress Carlene Olson whom he married on July 11,1980. They had twin sons, Devon and Taylor (b.1984) and divorced in 1987. He married his second wife, film producer Gina Marsh, in 1988. They had two sons, Caelan Michael (b. April 11, 1992) and Alexander (b. March 19, 2003). The pair divorced in 2008. Biehn subsequently married actress Jennifer Blanc, who co-produced and starred alongside him in his directorial debut, The Victim.[7][8]

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1977Logan's RunSandmanTV Series- episode 1 [9]
1978GreaseMike, basketball playerUncredited
1978CoachJack Ripley
1978A Fire in the SkyTom ReardonMade-for-TV Movie
1980Hog WildTim Warner
1981The FanDouglas Breen
1983The Lords of DisciplineCadet Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander
1984The TerminatorSgt. Kyle Reese
The Martyrdom of Saint SebastianSebastianMade-for-TV Movie
1985Deadly IntentionsDr. Charles Rayner
1986AliensCorporal Dwayne HicksNominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor
1987RampageAnthony Fraser
1988The Seventh SignRussell Quinn
In a Shallow GraveGarnet Montrose
1989The AbyssLieutenant Hiram Coffey
1990Navy SEALsLieutenant James Curran
1991TimebombEddie Kay
Terminator 2: Judgment DayKyle ReeseCameo, Special Edition and Director's Cut only
K2Taylor Brooks
1992A Taste for KillingBo LandryMade-for-TV Movie
1993StrappedDetective Matthew McRae
DeadfallJoe Dolan
TombstoneJohnny Ringo
1994Deep RedJoe KeyesMade-for-TV Movie
1995In the Kingdom of the BlindJackie RyanCameo
JadeDetective Bob Hargrove
Blood of the HunterBlakeMade-for-TV Movie
Breach of TrustCasey Woods
1996Frame by FrameDetective Stash HorvakMade-for-TV Movie
Mojave MoonBoyd
The RockCommander Charles Anderson
1997AsteroidFEMA Director Jack WallachMade-for-TV Movie
Dead Men Can't DanceRobert Hart
The RideSmokey Banks
1998Susan's PlanBill
American DragonsDet. Tony Luca
1998–2000The Magnificent SevenChris LarabeeTV Series
1999Silver WolfRoy McLeanMade-for-TV Movie
1999Command & Conquer: Tiberian SunCommander Michael McNeilVideo Game
2000Chain of CommandSecret Service Agent Craig Thornton
Cherry FallsSheriff Brent Marken
The Art of WarRobert Bly
2001Megiddo: The Omega Code 2President David Alexander
2002ClockstoppersHenry Gates
BorderlineDet. Macy Kobacek
2002–2003Adventure Inc.Judson CrossTV Series
2004The Legend of Butch & SundanceMike CassidyMade-for-TV Movie
HawaiiDet. Sean HarrisonTV Series
2005HavocStuart Lang
Dragon SquadPetros Angelo
2007The InsatiableStrickland
You Are HereTony Russo
GrindhouseSheriff HagueSegments Planet Terror and Thanksgiving
They WaitBlake O'ConnellCameo
2008StilettoLee
2009Saving GraceLandy Bretthorse
Streets of BloodAgent Michael Brown
2010Psych 9Det. Marling[10]
Take Me Home TonightBill Franklin
BereavementJonathan Miller
The Blood BondJohn TremayneAlso director
2011The DivideMickey
PunctureRed
The VictimKyleAlso director
2012Sushi GirlMike
2013TappedReggie
TreacheryHenry
Aliens: Colonial MarinesCorporal Dwayne HicksVideo game
Far Cry 3: Blood DragonSergeant Rex Power ColtVideo game [11]
2014The Dark ForestPeter
2014Hidden in the Woods RemakeOscar Crocker

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