Michael Connell Biehn (born July 31, 1956) is an American actor, primarily known for his military roles in science fiction films directed by James Cameron; as Sgt. Kyle Reese in The Terminator (1984), Cpl. Dwayne Hicks in Aliens (1986) and Lt. Coffey in The Abyss (1989). His other films include The Fan (1981), Navy SEALs (1990), Tombstone (1993), The Rock (1996), Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 (2001) and Planet Terror (2007). On television, he has appeared in Hill Street Blues (1984) and Adventure Inc. (2002-03). Biehn received a Best Actor Saturn Award nomination for Aliens, and received The Life Career Award at the 2011 ceremony.

Michael Biehn
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Born
Michael Connell Biehn

(1956-07-31) July 31, 1956 (age 63)
Other namesMike, Mick(ey)
OccupationActor
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)
  • Carlene Olson
    (m. 1980; div. 1987)
  • Gina Marsh
    (m. 1988; div. 2014)
  • Jennifer Blanc (m. 2015)
Children5

Early lifeEdit

Biehn was born in Anniston, Alabama, the second of three boys born for Marcia (née Connell) and Don Biehn, a lawyer.[1][2] He is partially of German descent.[3] When he was young, he moved with his family to Lincoln, Nebraska, and then to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where he was a member of the high school drama club before graduating.[2] He attended the drama program at the University of Arizona,[1] where he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity before moving to Hollywood.[4]

CareerEdit

Biehn got his start in movies with a bit part in the film version of Grease in 1978. He appears in two scenes, in one which John Travolta's character, Danny, hits Biehn's uncredited character in the stomach while playing basketball. In 1981, he appeared in the role of Douglas Breen, a stalker, in the 1981 film version of Bob Randall's novel The Fan, starring Lauren Bacall. In 1984, Biehn played Sgt. Kyle Reese, a soldier sent back in time by John Connor to save his mother, Sarah Connor, in the film The Terminator opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton. He starred in two other films directed by James Cameron: Aliens (as Corporal Hicks) and The Abyss (as Lieutenant Hiram Coffey), and had a small role in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, briefly reprising role as Reese in a scene cut from the final film but restored for the Director's Cut version. He was considered to portray the film's antagonist, the T-1000, but the role ultimately went to Robert Patrick. In 2019, Biehn confirmed in an interview that he will not be reprising the role for Terminator: Dark Fate or any other future installments. In the same interview, Biehn claimed that he was initially not enthusiastic about appearing in a Schwarzenegger film, as he had hoped to act alongside the likes of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.[5]

In an early draft of Alien 3 written by William Gibson, Biehn's character Hicks (who had survived the events of Aliens) was to become the protagonist, replacing Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver).[6] However, Walter Hill and David Giler penned the final script, which had Hicks killed off in the opening scene. Biehn, upon learning of his character's demise, demanded and received almost as much salary for the use of his likeness in one scene as he had been paid for his role in Aliens.[7] Biehn reprised the role of Hicks by voicing the character in the video game Aliens: Colonial Marines and again in 2019 for an audio drama adaptation of Gibson's un-filmed script for Alien 3 released by Audible. Biehn played the role of Johnny Ringo in Tombstone with the showdown scene with Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday.

In the 2000s, Biehn took acting roles ranging from big budget films such as The Art of War and Clockstoppers, to video games like Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun, and independent movies, such as Havoc. He also starred in three TV series including the CBS drama The Magnificent Seven (1998–2000), the Tribune Entertainment syndicated TV series Adventure Inc. (2002–2003), and the NBC TV series Hawaii (2004). All three shows were subsequently cancelled because of low ratings. Biehn was considered to portray Colonel Miles Quaritch, the main antagonist of James Cameron's science fiction epic film Avatar (2009), but Cameron felt his appearance in the film coupled with that of Sigourney Weaver's would remind people too much of Aliens.[8]

Biehn directed the 2010 film The Blood Bond. In 2011 he wrote, directed and starred in The Victim.

Personal lifeEdit

 
Biehn and his then-girlfriend, actress Jennifer Blanc, in 2012, promoting The Victim, which they co-produced, and which Biehn starred in and directed

Biehn has been married three times. His first wife was actress Carlene Olson, whom he married on July 11, 1980. They had twin sons, Devon and Taylor (b. 1984) before divorcing in 1987. He then married his second wife, Gina Marsh. They had two sons, Caelan Michael (b. April 11, 1992) and Alexander (b. March 19, 2003) before separating in 2008. Biehn is now married to actress Jennifer Blanc, who co-produced and starred alongside him in The Victim.[9][10] The couple have one son, Dashiell King Biehn, born March 21, 2015.[11]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1978 Grease Mike, basketball player Uncredited
1978 Coach Jack Ripley
1980 Hog Wild Tim Warner
1981 The Fan Douglas Breen
1983 The Lords of Discipline Cadet Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander
1984 The Terminator Sgt. Kyle Reese
1986 Aliens Corporal Dwayne Hicks Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor
1987 Rampage Anthony Fraser
1988 The Seventh Sign Russell Quinn
1988 In a Shallow Grave Garnet Montrose
1989 The Abyss Lieutenant Hiram Coffey
1990 Navy SEALs Lieutenant James Curran
1991 Timebomb Eddie Kay
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day Kyle Reese Cameo, Special Edition and Director's Cut only
1991 K2 Taylor Brooks
1993 Deadfall Joe Dolan
1993 Tombstone Johnny Ringo
1995 In the Kingdom of the Blind Jackie Ryan Cameo
1995 Jade Detective Bob Hargrove
1995 Breach of Trust Casey Woods
1996 Mojave Moon Boyd
1996 The Rock Commander Charles Anderson
1997 Dead Men Can't Dance Robert Hart
1997 The Ride Smokey Banks
1998 Susan's Plan Bill
1998 American Dragons Det. Tony Luca
2000 Chain of Command Secret Service Agent Craig Thornton
2000 Cherry Falls Sheriff Brent Marken
2000 The Art of War Robert Bly
2001 Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 Vice President/President David Alexander
2002 Clockstoppers Henry Gates
2002 Borderline Det. Macy Kobacek
2005 Havoc Stuart Lang
2005 Dragon Squad Petros Angelo
2006 The Insatiable Strickland
2007 You Are Here Tony Russo
2007 Grindhouse Sheriff Hague Segments: Planet Terror and Thanksgiving
2007 They Wait Blake O'Connell Cameo
2008 Stiletto Lee
2009 Saving Grace Landy Bretthorse
2009 Streets of Blood Agent Michael Brown
2010 Psych 9 Det. Marling[12]
2010 Bereavement Jonathan Miller
2010 The Blood Bond John Tremayne Also director
2011 The Divide Mickey
2011 Take Me Home Tonight Bill Franklin
2011 Puncture Red
2011 The Victim Kyle Also director
2011 Yellow Rock Tom Hanner
2012 Jacob Lawrence Kell
2012 Sushi Girl Mike Cameo
2013 Treachery Henry
2014 Tapped Out Reggie
2014 The Dark Forest Peter
2014 Hidden in the Woods Oscar Crocker
2016 Psychopath Father
2016 She Rises Daddy Long Legs
2016 The Night Visitor 2: Heather's Story Agent Walker
2017 The Shadow Effect Sheriff Hodge
2019 Red Handed Reynolds
2020 Killer Weekend Dr. Carol Completed
TBA The Hype Warden Smith Pre-production
TBA The Farm Johnny Dickens Announced

TelevisionEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1977 James at 16 Tony Episode: "Pilot"
1977 Logan's Run Sandman Episode: "Logan's Run"
1978 A Fire in the Sky Tom Reardon Television movie
1978–79 The Runaways Mark Johnson
1984 The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian Sebastian Television movie
1984 Hill Street Blues Officer Randall Buttman 3 episodes
1985 Deadly Intentions Dr. Charles Rayner Television movie
1985 Die Nacht aus Blei Eselein Television movie
1992 A Taste for Killing Bo Landry Television movie
1993 Strapped Detective Matthew McRae Television movie
1994 Deep Red Joe Keyes Television movie
1995 Blood of the Hunter Blake Television movie
1996 Frame by Frame Detective Stash Horvak Television movie
1997 Asteroid FEMA Director Jack Wallach Television movie
1998–2000 The Magnificent Seven Chris Larabee
1999 Silver Wolf Roy McLean Television movie
2002–03 Adventure Inc. Judson Cross
2004 The Legend of Butch & Sundance Mike Cassidy Television movie
2004 Hawaii Det. Sean Harrison
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Deputy Commissioner Leland Dockerty Episode: "The War at Home"
2009 Criminal Minds Det. Ron Fullwood Episode: "Cold Comfort"
2009 Dark Blue Lt. Jay Frye Episode: "O.I.S."
2014 Métal Hurlant Chronicles Sheriff Jones Episode: "Whiskey in the Jar"
2014 24 Hour Rental Buzz
2015 The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power King Yannick Television movie
2019 Curfew Roadkill Jim Episode #1.2

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun GDI Commander Michael McNeil Full motion video cutscenes
2013 Aliens: Colonial Marines Corporal Dwayne Hicks Also younger likeness
2013 Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Sergeant Rex "Power" Colt
2016 Trials of the Blood Dragon

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Michael Biehn: Biography, Latest News & Videos". TV Guide. Retrieved September 25, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Michael Biehn" Archived September 27, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Wizard World. Retrieved September 25, 2013.
  3. ^ Wygant, Bobbie (July 1986). "Interview with Michael Biehn". KOLN/KGIN-TV (Lincoln, Nebraska), YouTube. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  4. ^ " About Michael Bean". MTV. Retrieved September 25, 2013.
  5. ^ Davis, Brandon (August 2, 2019). "This Terminator Actor Isn't Interested in Ever Returning for a Cameo". Comicbook. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  6. ^ "Phoenix – Michael Biehn Archive – Aliens Cinescape Movie Aliens – Bald Ambition Page 3". Michaelbiehn.co.uk. Retrieved September 1, 2010.
  7. ^ "Wreckage and Rape: The Making of Alien³ – Development Hell: Concluding The Story" (Alien 3 Collector's Edition DVD).
  8. ^ "Michael Biehn Hopin', Wishin' and Waitin'". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
  9. ^ Whtiney, Serena (July 24, 2012). "Fantasia 2012: Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn Talk The Victim and More!". Dread Central.
  10. ^ "Fantasia 2012: Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc say waddup in this photoshoot!" Arrow in the Head. July 31, 2012.
  11. ^ "Welcome Dashiell King Biehn" Topanga Messenger. May 7, 2015.
  12. ^ "Haunted Hospital 'Psych: 9' Gets March UK Release". BloodyDisgusting.

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