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Lance Henriksen

Rarely do you find a character actor, particularly one who has made a name for himself in sci-fi and horror franchises, with as long and varied a career as the gravelly-voiced and dour-faced Lance Henriksen. Through the films of James Cameron, Henriksen has become a major player in the sci-fi/horror scene, but even without the wildly successful director at the helm he has created quite the impressive résumé. He currently holds the title (and probably always will) as the only actor to be killed by a Terminator, Alien, Predator, Ghostface and Pumpkinhead. If that isn't impressive, then I don't know what is. Born on May 5, 1940 in New York City, Henriksen had a troubled childhood to say the very least. After his parents divorced when he was two, he had difficulty in school to the point where he dropped out and left home at age 12 (a fact that accounts for his illiteracy that he only managed to overcome by age 30 from reading movie scripts.) After an extended period of time traveling around hitchhiking, Henriksen took a stint in the US Navy. With military service out of the way, the 30 year old man decided to try and pursue a lifelong passion: acting. Having been rejected for the Actors Studio when he was 16 and making good on a personal promise, Henriksen enrolled and had finally achieved his dream. Like most up and coming actors (though with considerably more years behind him than many), work was slow at first consisting of mostly off-Broadway plays that helped pay the bills. His first major part came in a movie centering on snowmobile racing called It Ain't Easy (1972), followed shortly thereafter by a supporting role in the wildly successful Dog Day Afternoon (1975) where he played his first of many FBI agents. His first horror role came in the following year with the mad-doctor-excising-eyeballs film Mansion of Doom (1976). With small roles in high-profile films Network (1976) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Henriksen took roles in genre films Damien: Omen II (1978) and The Visitor (1979). A chance role in a bad sequel to a bad horror movie to begin with led to his career really taking off when he took the role as a small town police officer in Pirahna 2: The Spawning, helmed by up and coming director James Cameron. Keeping Henriksen in mind as a solid actor, Cameron wrote the screenplay for his biggest hit with Henriksen in mind to star. In the end, Arnold Schwarzenegger won the part of The Terminator (1984), but still wanting to use him Cameron cast him in the part of ill-fated police officer Det. Vukovich. Two years later Cameron made good on his promise to cast Henriksen as the film's main android when he cast him as the robotic hero Bishop in his sci-fi/action extravaganza Aliens (1986). One year later he would return with fellow Aliens alumni Jenette Goldstein and Bill Paxton to star in the road-racing vampire film Near Dark (1987). 1989 would hold one of his strongest starring roles to date as he took the lead in the Stan Winston helmed, monster revenge flick Pumpkinhead (1989), where he played the grieving father of a boy killed in a motorcycle accident who uses voodoo magic to summon a demon to murder those who took his child's life, a role that got him his first of many Saturn Award nominations. The 90's held a boon of sci-fi and horror roles for Henriksen, and although the quality varied his employment remained steady. In 1990 he starred in the Stuart Gordon directed take on The Pit and the Pendulum followed up shortly thereafter by reprising his role of Bishop in Alien 3 (1992). In 1993 he won a Saturn Award for his part as the cruel game master in the Jean Claude Van Damme vehicle Hard Target, as well as played a mad scientist in the evil dog film Man's Best Friend. In 1996 Henriksen took perhaps his best known role to date as former FBI profiler Frank Black in "Millenium", one of the rare shows that FOX held onto for more than a season and often competed on par with its counterpart The X-Files. Film work slowed in the meantime, but he was able to pick it up again after the series' cancellation in 1999. After taking a key part in the final entry in the Scream trilogy in 2000, Henriksen found a lucrative career within the direct-to-video and TV movie market after appearing in such films as The Mangler 2 (2001), Mimic: Sentinel (2003), Out for Blood (2004) and Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005). 2004 allowed him to bring his part in the Alien franchise full-circle as he played Charles Bishop Weyland, the creator of the invisible 'Company' in the later entries in the long-awaited Alien vs. Predator. An actor who relishes taking on roles that will challenge him and will take any role that removes him from his comfort zone, Lance Henriksen maintains an active career that most genre actors can only aspire to have, not bad for a man whose career truly started halfway through his life. A Fact about Henriksen Besides having the part of The Terminator designed for him, Victor Salva originally wrote Jeepers Creepers (2001) with the hopes that Henriksen would take the part as The Creeper, giving him the unique distinction of having two genre characters written in his honor.



Horror movies:
53
First Appeared:
In the movie Mansion of the Doomed 1976-10-01
Latest Project:
Movie The Unwilling 2018-05-01
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Splat Lance Henriksen Horror Filmography
Movie The Unwilling Father Harris 2018-05-01
Movie Needlestick Alexander Crick 2017-02-21
Movie Mom and Dad Mel Ryan 2017-09-09
Movie Lake Eerie Pop 2016-01-15
Movie Daylight's End Frank Hill 2016-08-26
Movie Stung Caruthers 2015-05-01
Movie Harbinger Down Graff 2015-08-07
Movie Hollows Grove Bill 2014-10-21
Movie House at the End of the Drive Skip Johansen 2014-01-11
Movie Paranormal Island Carl 2014-12-10
Movie Sin Reaper Dr. Douglas Hoffman 2013-01-02
Movie Gingerclown Braineater 2013-05-09
Movie It's in the Blood Russell 2012-05-31
Movie Monster Brawl God (voice) 2011-01-01
Movie Scream of the Banshee Broderick Duncan 2011-03-26
Series This Week in Horror Himself 2010-12-22
Movie Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer Emmett 2010-10-01
Movie Nightmares in Red, White and Blue Narrator (voice) 2009-08-06
Movie Screamers: The Hunting unknown 2009-02-17
Movie The Seamstress Sheriff Virgil Logan 2009-09-24
Movie The Lost Tribe Gallo 2009-11-07
Movie Dark Reel Connor Pritchett 2008-01-01
Movie Dying God Chance 2008-01-01
Movie Alone in the Dark 2 Abner Lundbert 2008-09-01
Movie House Tin Man (voice) 2008-11-06
Movie Pumpkinhead IV: Blood Feud Ed Harley 2007-02-10
Movie Abominable Ziegler Dane 2006-01-01
Movie Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes Ed Harley 2006-10-28
Movie Sasquatch Mountain Harlan Knowles 2006-09-09
Movie Hellraiser: Hellworld The Host 2005-09-06
Movie Madhouse Dr. Franks 2004-07-30
Movie Vampires Out For Blood Captain John Billings 2004-07-31
Movie AVP: Alien vs. Predator Charles Bishop Weyland 2004-08-13
Movie The 100 Scariest Movie Moments Himself 2004-10-26
Movie Unspeakable Jack Pitchford 2003-12-01
Movie The Invitation Roland Levy 2003-12-23
Movie The Untold Harlan Knowles 2002-07-29
Movie The Mangler 2 Headmaster Bradeen 2001-01-01
Movie Scream 3 John Milton 2000-02-03
Movie The Outpost Stockton 1995-10-08
Movie Hard Target Emil Fouchon 1993-08-20
Movie Man's Best Friend Dr. Jarret 1993-11-19
Movie Alien³ Bishop II 1992-05-22
Movie The Pit and the Pendulum Torquemada 1991-06-27
Movie House III: The Horror Show Detective Lucas McCarthy 1989-04-28
Movie Pumpkinhead Ed Harley 1988-06-09
Movie Near Dark Jesse Hooker 1987-10-02
Movie Aliens L. Bishop 1986-07-18
Movie Nightmares MacLeod (segment "The Benediction") 1983-09-09
Movie Piranha Part Two: The Spawning Police Chief Steve Kimbrough 1981-01-01
Movie The Visitor Raymond Armstead 1979-03-22
Movie Damien: Omen II Sergeant Neff 1978-06-05
Movie Mansion of the Doomed Dr. Dan Bryan 1976-10-01