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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. Henriksen is also notable for his voice acting, having voiced Kerchak the gorilla in Walt Disney Animation Studios' Tarzan and Fleet Admiral Steven Hackett in BioWare's Mass Effect video game trilogy.
Henriksen at the 2010 Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival
|Born||Lance James Henriksen
May 5, 1940
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, artist|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Jane Evans (m. 1985–89)
Jane Pollack (m. 1995–2006)
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. His parents divorced when he was two years old, and only his mother raised him. As he grew up, Henriksen developed a reputation for getting into trouble at various schools, and even spent time in a children's home. Henriksen served in the United States Navy from 1955–58 and attained the rank of Petty Officer Third Class.
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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. 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. In his early 30s, Henriksen graduated from the prestigious Actors Studio and began acting in New York City.
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). He also played "Police Chief Steve Kimbrough" in Piranha Part Two: The Spawning, 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).
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. Regardless, 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). He 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.
Of Hard Target (1993), he has said "He [director John Woo] let me do some real work as an actor. 'No' never came out of his mouth: it was always 'What could this be?' He's one of the greatest directors ever: gentle, communicative and supportive. He caught everything that was important to me as an actor on film and oddly enough used the lot. The times I've seen my work and gone 'Jesus, they cut the behaviour, the motivation, the only reason I made the movie in the first place.' Not John. All my major scenes are intact."
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 controversial film Powder.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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), 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.
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. 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.
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 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.
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. He played Henry Gale in Leigh Scott's The Witches of Oz. Henriksen will star in Frost Road, the directorial debut of video game director Keith Arem.
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". Henrikson played the role of Hopper.
Working in Clay since 1960, before he was an actor, Lance Henriksen continues, to this day, to push the boundaries of his creativity, the ceramic materials and his equipment. In September 2017, Lance set up a website: www.BadMuttClay.com to showcase and find homes for some of his most recent clay works.
Henriksen "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...." 
- Not Bad for a Human - The Life and Films of Lance Henriksen - Lance Henriksen with co-author Joseph Maddrey, published in 2011 by Bloody Pulp Books, featuring art by Bill Sienkiewicz, Mike Mignola, Tom Mandrake, Tim Bradstreet, Eric Powell and Ashley Wood.
- To Hell You Ride (5-issue comic book from Dark Horse Comics) (2012) - Lance Henriksen and Joseph Maddrey (co-authors) with Tom Mandrake (artist)
- 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)
|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||The Right Stuff||Wally Schirra|
|1984||The Terminator||Detective Hal Vukovich|
|1985||Jagged Edge||Frank Martin|
|1986||On Dangerous Ground||Brook Alastair|
|1987||Near Dark||Jesse Hooker|
|1989||House III: The Horror Show||Detective Lucas McCarthy|
|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|
Michael Bishop Weyland / Bishop II
|1992||Delta Heat||Jackson Rivers|
|1993||Super Mario Bros.||The King||Cameo appearance|
|1993||Man's Best Friend||Dr. Jarret|
|1993||Hard Target||Emil Fouchon|
|1994||No Escape||The Father|
|1994||Color of Night||Buck|
|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|
|2000||Scream 3||John Milton|
|2002||The Mangler 2||Headmaster Bradeen||Direct to video|
|2002||The Untold||Harlan Knowles||a.k.a. Sasquatch|
|2003||Antibody||Dr. Richard Gaynes|
|2003||Mimic 3: Sentinel||Garbageman||Direct-to-video|
|2004||Alien vs. Predator||Charles Bishop Weyland|
|2004||Paranoia 1.0||Howard||a.k.a. One Point O|
|2005||Hellraiser: Hellworld||The Host|
|2006||When a Stranger Calls||The Stranger (voice)|
|2006||The Garden||Ben Zachary|
|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||The Chosen One||Cardinal Fred (voice)|
|2008||Deadwater||Col. John Willets||a.k.a. Black Ops|
|2008||Dark Reel||Connor Pritchett|
|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||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|
|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||The Book of Daniel||Cyrus|
|2014||The Sector||Shadow Man|
|2014||Garm Wars: The Last Druid||Wydd|
|2015||Fragile Storm||Norman||Short film|
|2015||Kids vs Monsters||Heinrich|
|2016||Monday at 11:01 A.M.||Bartender|
|2016||The Hamster||Narrator||Short film|
|2016||Cut to the Chase||The Man|
|2016||The Sector||The Finisher|
|2016||After the Sun Fell||Dicky|
|2016||Gehenna: Where Death Lives||Morgan|
|2016||The Unwilling||Father Harris|
|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"
|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||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"|
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|
|2002||Run Like Hell||Nick Conner||Voice|
|2002||Red Faction II||Molov||Voice|
|2002–2004||Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse||Abaddon||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|
|2012||Mass Effect 3||Admiral Steven Hackett||Voice|
|2013||Aliens: Colonial Marines||Various "Bishop" Androids
Michael Bishop Weyland
|Voice and younger likeness|
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