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)
Tron: Uprising TV Show
Tron: Uprising
Millennium TV Show
Into the West TV Show
Into the West

Main Movie Roles

2010 - The Genesis Code
2009 - Jennifer's Body
2009 - The Slammin' Salmon
2009 - The Seamstress
2008 - Necessary Evil
2008 - Deadwater
2008 - Dying God
2008 - House
2008 - Appaloosa
2008 - Dark Reel
2007 - The Chosen One
2007 - Bone Dry
2006 - When a Stranger Calls
2006 - Pirates of Treasure Island
2006 - Abominable
2004 - Modigliani
2004 - Madhouse
2004 - AVP Alien vs. Predator
2004 - One point O
2000 - Scream 3
1999 - Tarzan
1995 - Powder
1995 - The Quick and the Dead
1995 - The Outpost
1995 - Dead Man
1994 - Color of Night
1994 - No Escape
1993 - Super Mario Bros.
1993 - Man's Best Friend
1993 - Excessive Force
1993 - Hard Target
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 - The Right Stuff
1983 - Nightmares
1981 - Piranha Part Two: The Spawning
1981 - Prince of the City
1978 - Damien: Omen II
1977 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind
1976 - Mansion of the Doomed
1976 - Network
1975 - Dog Day Afternoon
1973 - Emperor of the North Pole

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Eric Williams (Voiced)
Sergeant Ripper
Josh Fulton
Frank Black
Kobra Leader (Voiced)
Mack Dalton
Benny Stryker
Lawrence Wells
Tom Harrison
Andrei Rubley
[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.

  • He and 'Bill Paxton' (qv) are the only two actors to face off against a Terminator, an Alien and a Predator.
  • Served in the US Navy.
  • Was illiterate until the age of thirty. Learned to read by studying movie scripts.
  • Lived in Borneo for three years when he was a kid.
  • 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.
  • Dropped out of school at 12.
  • As a young man, he hitchhiked across the United States.
  • Is a big fan of 'Eminem' (qv)'s music.

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