Lance Henriksen

Lance Henriksen

May. 5th, 1940
Born in
New York City, New York, USA
178.5 cm

Lance Henriksen's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Millennium TV Show
Tron: Uprising TV Show
Tron: Uprising
Into the West TV Show
Into the West

Main Movie Roles

2015 - Harbinger Down
2015 - Dark Awakening
2013 - Phantom
2013 - Blood Shot
2011 - Good Day for It
2010 - Godkiller: Walk Among Us
2010 - The Genesis Code
2010 - Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer
2009 - The Lost Tribe
2009 - The Seamstress
2009 - Jennifer's Body
2009 - The Slammin' Salmon
2008 - Dying God
2008 - Deadwater
2008 - Dark Reel
2008 - House
2008 - Appaloosa
2008 - Necessary Evil
2007 - Bone Dry
2007 - The Chosen One
2006 - Pirates of Treasure Island
2006 - When a Stranger Calls
2006 - Abominable
2006 - The Garden
2004 - Modigliani
2004 - AVP Alien vs. Predator
2004 - Madhouse
2003 - Dream Warrior
2000 - Scream 3
1999 - Tarzan
1998 - No Contest II
1998 - No Contest II
1997 - Dusting Cliff 7
1995 - Dead Man
1995 - The Quick and the Dead
1995 - Powder
1994 - Color of Night
1994 - No Escape
1993 - Super Mario Bros.
1993 - Man's Best Friend
1993 - Hard Target
1993 - Knights
1993 - Excessive Force
1992 - Alien 3
1991 - Stone Cold
1989 - Johnny Handsome
1989 - The Horror Show
1987 - Near Dark
1986 - Aliens
1985 - Jagged Edge
1984 - The Terminator
1983 - Nightmares
1983 - The Right Stuff
1981 - Prince of the City
1981 - Piranha Part Two: The Spawning
1978 - Damien: Omen II
1977 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind
1976 - Network
1976 - Mansion of the Doomed
1975 - Dog Day Afternoon
1973 - Emperor of the North Pole
0 - The Book of Daniel

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Lieutenant (Voiced)
Eric Williams (Voiced)
Sergeant Ripper
Frank Black
Kobra Leader (Voiced)
John McMasters
Benny Stryker
Mack Dalton
[Complete List]


An intense, versatile actor as adept at playing clean-cut FBI agents as he is psychotic motorcycle-gang leaders, who can go from portraying soulless, murderous vampires to burned-out, world-weary homicide detectives, Lance Henriksen has starred in a variety of films that have allowed him to stretch his talents just about as far as an actor could possibly hope. He played "Awful Knoffel" in the TNT original movie Evel Knievel (2004) (TV), directed by John Badham and executive produced by Mel Gibson (I). Henriksen portrayed "Awful Knoffel" in this project based on the life of the famed daredevil, played by George Eads. Henriksen starred for three seasons (1996-1999) on "Millennium" (1996/I), Fox-TV's critically acclaimed series created by Chris Carter (I) ("The X Files" (1993)). His performance as Frank Black, a retired FBI agent who has the ability to get inside the minds of killers, landed him three consecutive Golden Globe nominations for "Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series" and a People's Choice Award nomination for "Favorite New TV Male Star".

Born in New York, Henriksen studied at the Actors Studio and began his career off-Broadway in 'Eugene ONeill (I)'s "Three Plays of the Sea." One of his first film appearances was as an FBI agent in Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon (1975), followed by parts in Lumet's Network (1976) and Prince of the City (1981). He then appeared in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) with Richard Dreyfuss and Franšois Truffaut, Damien: Omen II (1978) and in Philip Kaufman (I)'s The Right Stuff (1983), in which he played Mercury astronaut Capt. Wally Schirra.

James Cameron (I) cast Henriksen in his first directorial effort, Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981), then used him again in The Terminator (1984) and as the android Bishop in the sci-fi classic Aliens (1986). Sam Raimi cast Henriksen as an outrageously garbed gunfighter in his quirky western The Quick and the Dead (1995). Henriksen has also appeared in what has developed into a cult classic: Kathryn Bigelow's Near Dark (1987), in which he plays the head of a clan of murderous redneck vampires. He was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln (I) in the TNT original film The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1998) (TV).

In addition to his abilities as an actor, Henriksen is an accomplished painter and potter. His talent as a ceramist has enabled him to create some of the most unusual ceramic artworks available on the art market today. He resides in Southern California with his wife Jane and their five-year-old daughter Sage.

  • Was illiterate until the age of thirty. Learned to read by studying movie scripts.
  • In addition to having faced off against lethal aliens in the "Alien" and "Predator" films, he has also appeared in a film about more benevolent aliens: _Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)_ (qv).
  • Was considered for the title role in _The Terminator (1984)_ (qv), but was ruled out when it was decided that 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv) (who was reading for the role of Kyle Reese) would be the perfect choice as the Terminator.
  • Has had at least two franchise characters written for him over the years. 'James Cameron (I)' (qv) originally wrote _The Terminator (1984)_ (qv) character with him in mind, as did 'Victor Salva' (qv) with the Creeper from the _Jeepers Creepers (2001)_ (qv) movies.
  • There was talk of having him reprise his role as Detective Vukovich in _Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)_ (qv). The idea was to have his character bound in a wheelchair (after having survived the events of the original film). That idea, however, was eventually rejected.
  • Lived in Borneo for three years when he was a kid.
  • He was walking through a hotel lobby in Romania (where he was wrapping up another film) when he was offered _One Point O (2004)_ (qv).
  • Parents divorced when he was two.

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