Lance Henriksen

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Lance Henriksen
Lance Henriksen cropped.jpg
Born Lance James Henriksen
(1940-05-05) May 5, 1940 (age 77)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actor, voice actor, artist
Years active 1961–present
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Spouse(s) Mary Jane Evans (m. 1985–1989)
Jane Pollack (m. 1995–2006)
Louise Lunde
Children 4
Military career
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1955–58
Rank PO3 NOGC.png Petty officer third class

Lance James Henriksen (born May 5, 1940) is an American actor and artist, best known for his roles in science fiction, action, and horror films such as Bishop in the Alien film franchise, and Frank Black in Fox television series Millennium.[2] Henriksen is also notable for his voice acting, having voiced Kerchak the gorilla in the 1999 Walt Disney Feature Animation film Tarzan and Fleet Admiral Steven Hackett in BioWare's Mass Effect video game trilogy.

Early life[edit]

Henriksen was born in New York City, his father, James Henriksen, 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.[3][4][5] His parents divorced when he was two years old, and only his mother raised him and his brother. [6]

As he grew up, Henriksen developed a reputation for getting into trouble at various schools, and even spent time in a children's home, he served in the United States Navy from 1955–58 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 a production. It was around this time that Henriksen taught himself to read, as he was illiterate up to age 30.[8]

For his first role, he put the entire script to tape with the help of a friend, learning everyone's part in addition to his own;[9] 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).[10] He also played "Police Chief Steve Kimbrough" in Piranha Part Two: The Spawning,[10] 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).[citation needed]

When James Cameron was writing The Terminator (1984), he had originally envisioned Henriksen, whom he had worked with on Piranha II: The Spawning, playing the title role.[11] However, the role ultimately went to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Henriksen did appear in the film, in the supporting role of Sergeant Hal Vukovich. Henriksen played the android Bishop, an artificial life-form, in Aliens (1986, another Cameron film) and Alien 3 (1992).[12] Henriksen also played Charles Bishop Weyland, the man Bishop's appearance was based on, in Alien 3 and Alien vs. Predator (2004). He played the vampire leader Jesse Hooker in Kathryn Bigelow's cult film Near Dark.[10]

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 film Powder.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

His 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

On television, Henriksen appeared in the ensemble of Into the West (2005), a miniseries executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, he has also appeared in a Brazilian soap opera, Caminhos do Coração (Ways of the Heart) from Rede Record, aired in 2007-2008. Henriksen guest-starred on a Season 6 episode of NCIS (2009) playing an Arizona sheriff, and appeared in a recurring role as The Major on NBC's The Blacklist.[citation needed]

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, he 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) and for the character Mulciber in Godkiller (2009). Henriksen is the voice of the character Molov in the video game Red Faction II (2002) and has also contributed to GUN (2005), Run Like Hell (2002), the canceled title Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (2004),[13] and the 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.[citation needed]

In 2005, Henriksen was the voice of Andrei Rublev in Cartoon Network's IGPX, the actor lent 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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) and Big Cats (about the Beast of Bodmin Moor). 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.[citation needed]

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.[15] He played Henry Gale in Leigh Scott's The Witches of Oz.[16]

In January 2015, he was signed for the lead in the indie thriller Monday at 11:01 A.M.[17]

In 2016, Henrikson starred in the feature film Deserted opposite Mischa Barton, Trent Ford, Winter Ave Zoli, Jackson Davis, Dana Rosendorff, Jake Busey and Gerry Bednob. The film is a psychological thriller about a group of friends on a road trip to a music festival in "Death Valley - which results in getting them hopelessly lost in the most stunning, but unforgiving topographical terrain on the planet".[18] Henrikson played the role of Hopper.[19]


Working in Clay since 1960, before he was an actor, Henriksen continues, to this day, to push the boundaries of his creativity, the ceramic materials and his equipment; in September 2017, Henriksen set up a website to showcase and find homes for some of his most recent clay works. He "still believes that there is nothing as simple and beautiful as raw clay... And that Potters have the remaining soul of the nomads...always searching...." [20]



Comic books[edit]

  • To Hell You Ride (5-issue comic book from Dark Horse Comics) (2012) - Lance Henriksen and Joseph Maddrey (co-authors) with Tom Mandrake (artist)

Promotional videos[edit]

  • To Hell You Ride (Motion-Comic Video from Dark Horse Comics) (2012) - Lance Henriksen and Joseph Maddrey (co-authors), Tom Mandrake (artist), Lance Henriksen (narrator), TKU: Tecamachalco Underground (Cesar Gallegos/Mateo Latosa) (musical score)


Henriksen at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International.


Year Title Role Notes
1961 The Outsider U.S. Marine Uncredited
1972 It Ain't Easy Randy
1973 Emperor of the North Railroad Worker Uncredited
1974 The Godfather Part II FBI Agent
1975 Dog Day Afternoon Murphy
1976 Mansion of the Doomed Dr. Dan Bryan
1976 Network Network lawyer at Khan's place
1976 The Next Man Federal Security
1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind Robert
1978 Damien: Omen II Sergeant Neff
1979 The Visitor Raymond Armstead
1981 The Dark End of the Street Jimmy
1981 Piranha II: The Spawning Police Chief Steve Kimbrough
1981 Prince of the City D.A. Burano
1983 Nightmares MacLeod
1983 The Right Stuff Wally Schirra
1984 The Terminator Detective Hal Vukovich
1985 Jagged Edge Frank Martin
1985 Savage Dawn Stryker
1986 Aliens Bishop
1986 On Dangerous Ground Brook Alastair
1987 Near Dark Jesse Hooker
1988 Pumpkinhead Ed Harley
1989 House III: The Horror Show Detective Lucas McCarthy
1989 Survival Quest Hank
1989 Johnny Handsome Rafe Garrett
1989 Hit List Chris Caleek
1991 The Pit and the Pendulum Torquemada
1991 Stone Cold Chains Cooper
1992 Jennifer 8 Sgt. Freddy Ross
1992 Alien 3 Bishop
Michael Bishop Weyland / Bishop II
1992 Delta Heat Jackson Rivers
1993 Excessive Force Devlin
1993 Super Mario Bros. The King Cameo appearance
1993 Man's Best Friend Dr. Jarret
1993 Hard Target Emil Fouchon
1993 Knights Job
1994 No Escape The Father
1994 Color of Night Buck
1994 Boulevard McClaren
1994 Felony Taft
1995 Aurora: Operation Intercept William Stenghel
1995 The Quick and the Dead Ace Hanlon
1995 Dead Man Cole Wilson
1995 Powder Sheriff Doug Barnum
1995 Mind Ripper Stockton a.k.a. The Outpost
1995 The Nature of the Beast Jack Powell
1997 Dusting Cliff 7 Colonel Roger McBride a.k.a. Last Assassins
1997 Gunfighter's Moon Frank Morgan
1997 No Contest II Eric Dane / Erich Dengler
1999 Tarzan Kerchak Voice
2000 Scream 3 John Milton
2002 The Mangler 2 Headmaster Bradeen Direct to video
2002 The Untold Harlan Knowles a.k.a. Sasquatch
2002 Unspeakable Pitchford
2003 Antibody Dr. Richard Gaynes
2003 Mimic 3: Sentinel Garbageman Direct-to-video
2004 Modigliani Foster Kane
2004 Madhouse Dr. Franks
2004 Alien vs. Predator Charles Bishop Weyland
2004 Starkweather The Mentor
2004 Paranoia 1.0 Howard a.k.a. One Point O
2005 Tarzan II Kerchak Voice
2005 Hellraiser: Hellworld The Host
2006 When a Stranger Calls The Stranger (voice)
2006 The Garden Ben Zachary
2006 Abominable Ziegler Dane
2006 Sasquatch Mountain Chase Jackson
2006 The Da Vinci Treasure Dr. John Coven
2006 Superman: Brainiac Attacks Brainiac Voice
2006 Pirates of Treasure Island Long John Silver
2007 Bone Dry Jimmy
2007 The Chosen One Cardinal Fred (voice)
2008 Deadwater Col. John Willets a.k.a. Black Ops
2008 Dying God Chance
2008 Dark Reel Connor Pritchett
2008 Appaloosa Ring Shelton
2008 Necessary Evil Dr. Fibrian
2008 Pistol Whipped The Old Man Direct-to-video
2008 Prairie Fever Monte James Direct-to-video
2008 Alone in the Dark II Abner Lundbert Direct-to-video
2009 Screamers: The Hunting Orsow Direct-to-video
2009 The Slammin' Salmon Dick Lobo
2009 The Seamstress Sheriff Virgil Logan
2009 Jennifer's Body Passing Motorist Cameo
2010 Cyrus Emmett
2010 The Lost Tribe Gallo
2010 The Genesis Code Dr. Hoffer
2010 Godkiller: Walk Among Us Mulciber Voice
2010 Scream of the Banshee Broderick Duncan
2010 The Penitent Man Mr. Darnell
2011 Good Day for It Lyle Tyrus
2011 Beautiful Wave Jimmy Davenport / Baja Man
2011 Monster Brawl God Voice
2012 The Arcadian Father Reed
2012 Astronaut: The Last Push Walter Moffitt
2012 My Dog the Champion Billy
2012 It's In the Blood Russell
2013 Gingerclown Braineater Voice
2013 The Book of Daniel Cyrus
2013 Phantom Markov
2014 The Sector Shadow Man
2014 Hollows Grove Bill
2014 Garm Wars: The Last Druid Wydd[21]
2015 Harbinger Down Graff
2015 Fragile Storm Norman Short film
2015 Kids vs Monsters Heinrich
2015 Stung Caruthers
2015 Spirit Riders Rex
2016 Monday at 11:01 A.M. Bartender
2016 The Hamster Narrator Short film
2016 Cut to the Chase The Man
2016 Daylight's End Frank
2016 Deserted Hopper
2016 The Sector The Finisher
2016 After the Sun Fell Dicky
2016 Gehenna: Where Death Lives Morgan
2016 The Unwilling Father Harris
2016 Lake Eerie Pop
2017 Needlestick Alexander Crick
2017 Mom and Dad Mel


Year Title Role Notes
1980 B.A.D. Cats Timothy Pilot episode
1980 Ryan's Hope Preston Post 8 episodes
1983 Cagney & Lacey Johnny Nose Episode: "Hopes and Dreams"
1983 Hardcastle and McCormick Deseau Episode: "Man in a Glass House"
1983 Blood Feud Mel Pierce TV film
1984 The A-Team Mack Dalton Episode: "In Plane Sight"
1984 Riptide John McMasters Episode: "Raiders of the Lost Sub"
1984 Legmen Finch Episode: "A Woman's Work"
1984 Cagney & Lacey Sgt. King Episode: "Heat"
1984 Hardcastle and McCormick Josh Fulton Episode: "Never My Love"
1989 Beauty and the Beast Snow Episode: "Snow"
1990–1991 Tales from the Crypt Reno Crevice, Sergeant Ripper 2 episodes
1996–1999 Millennium Frank Black 67 episodes
1998 The Day Lincoln Was Shot Abraham Lincoln TV film
1999 The X-Files Frank Black Episode: "Millennium"
1999 Harsh Realm General Pilot episode
2001 The Legend of Tarzan Kerchak Voice
Episode: "Tarzan and Tublat's Revenge"
2001 Lost Voyage David Shaw TV film
2004 Static Shock Kobra Leader Voice
Episode: "Future Shock"
2004 Evel Knievel 'Awful' Knoffel TV film
2005 Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Mobius Quint Voice
Episode: "Hunt for the Citadel of Bone"
2005 Into the West Daniel Wheeler Episode: "Hell on Wheels"
2005 IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix Andrei Rublev Voice
Episode: "Time to Shine"
2005 Supernova Colonel Harlan Williams TV film
2006 Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes Ed Harley TV film
2007 Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud Ed Harley TV film
2007 In the Spider's Web Dr. Lecorpus TV film
2007 Caminhos do Coração Dr. Walker 6 episodes
2008 DEA Narrator Voice
2008 Ladies of the House Frank TV film
2008–2009 Transformers: Animated Lockdown Voice; 3 episodes
2009 NCIS Sheriff Clay Boyd Episode: "South by Southwest"
2010 The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Grim Reaper Voice; 4 episodes
2010 Castle Benny Stryker Episode: "Close Encounters of the Murderous Kind"
2011 The Witches of Oz Henry Gale 2 episodes
2011 Memphis Beat Tom Harrison Episode: "The Feud"
2011 The Dog Who Saved Halloween Prof. Eli Cole TV film
2012–2013 Tron: Uprising Tesler Voice; 16 episodes
2012 The Legend of Korra The Lieutenant Voice; 7 episodes
2013 Hannibal Lawrence Wells Episode: "Trou Normand"
2014 The Strain Narrator Voice
Episode: "Night Zero"
2015–2016 The Blacklist Bill McCready 4 episodes
2015 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Zog Voice
Episode: "Dinosaur Seen in Sewers!"
2015–2017 Into the Badlands Penrith 3 episodes
2016 Grey's Anatomy Griffin McColl Episode: "Odd Man Out"
2016 Criminal Minds Chazz Montolo Episode: "A Beautiful Disaster"
2016 The Night Shift Clive 2 episodes
2016 Legends of Tomorrow Todd Rice/Obsidian Episode: "Compromised"
2017 The Machine Stanley (voice) TV film

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Run Like Hell Nick Conner Voice
2002 Red Faction II Molov Voice
2002–2004 Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Abaddon Voice
2005 Gun Thomas MacGruder Voice
2007 Mass Effect Admiral Steven Hackett Voice
2008 Transformers Animated: The Game Lockdown Voice
2009 The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena Max Dacher Voice
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 General Shepherd Voice
2010 Aliens vs. Predator Karl Bishop Weyland Voice and likeness
2011 Mass Effect 2: Arrival Admiral Steven Hackett Voice
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Jedi Master Gnost-Dural Voice[22]
2012 Mass Effect 3 Admiral Steven Hackett Voice
2012 Infex Hazelton Voice
2013 Aliens: Colonial Marines Various "Bishop" Androids
Michael Bishop Weyland
Voice and younger likeness
2014 Hearthstone Thrallmar Farseer
The Black Knight
2018 Detroit: Become Human Voice and likeness


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