Feb. 13th, 1961
Washington, District of Columbia, USA
5' 9 1/2"
Henry Rollins' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2013 - A Band Called Death
2013 - A Band Called Death
2013 - Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp
2013 - Downloaded
2012 - West of Memphis
2009 - Suck
2006 - American Hardcore
2006 - The Alibi
2005 - Feast
2005 - We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen
2003 - Bad Boys II
2002 - Jackass: The Movie
2002 - The New Guy
2001 - Scenes of the Crime
2001 - Dogtown and Z-Boys
1998 - Jack Frost
1997 - Lost Highway
1995 - Johnny Mnemonic
1995 - Heat
1994 - The Chase
Guest TV Roles[none found]
In 1980, Henry Rollins was a teenager living in Arlington, Virginia, USA, just over the river from Washington, DC. He worked as the shift manager for a Haagen-Dazs ice cream shop near Georgetown University, and was a huge fan of a Southern California punk rock band called Black Flag. One day, Henry and his friend Ian MacKaye (who later formed Fugazi) drove to New York City to see Black Flag play at the Peppermint Lounge. They played later at a small club down the street, and Henry jumped on stage and took the mike for a song. A few days later, Henry was called back to New York to audition for the band. Henry spent the next six years riding in vans, sleeping in the back of trucks, getting beaten and mauled on stage, and fronting the baddest, most primal rock and roll band in the history of the world. Since 1986, Henry has enjoyed a more pleasant lifestyle and career as a singer. He is a published (and often lucid) poet. His band, Rollins Band, was a highlight of the Woodstock '94 concert. His autobiography, Get In The Van, is available in print and as a self-narrated compact disc. He has written several articles for Details, an American magazine.
- Won a Grammy in 1994 for Best Spoken Word Album for "Get in the Van: On the Road with Black Flag", the same year he was nominated for Best Heavy Metal Performance for "Liar"
- Narrated the TLC special "The Human Journey" in 2000, which focused on modern man's descent from an East African population of less than 1,000 people and eventual global expansion within the last 50,000 years.
- Collaborated with 'William Shatner' (qv) on a song on Shatner's album "Has Been". The song was entitled "I Can't Get Behind That".
- Founder of 2.13.61, a record label and publishing company. The digits of the company's name are Henry's date of birth (February 13, 1961).
- Started working out as an underclassman at the Bullis School at the suggestion of a history teacher and Vietnam veteran. He got his first workout equipment from Sears and was told to not look in the mirror. When he finally did several months later, "it was a huge revelation" as he'd been a scrawny youth that was frequently picked on and didn't stand up for himself. In tenth grade, he defended himself and ultimately hospitalized a senior. Though he still feels other students regarded him as a freak, he wasn't teased as much.
- He took the stage name of Rollins shortly after joining Black Flag. The name came from notes exchanged between friend Ian MacKaye and himself when they were teenagers. The notes typically contained fake threats that were signed by a mystery character named "Rollins".
- Founded the record labels InfiniteZero, 213CD, and more recently, the "District Line" label, which will focus on rare and unreleased music from Washington DC area artists.
- Sang in early hardcore punk band 'Black Flag' (qv).