Lance Henriksen
Lance Henriksen
Biographical information
Birth name

Lance James Henriksen


May 5, 1940
New York City

First credit It Ain't Easy (1972)
Further information
Link(s) IMDb

Lance Henriksen is an American actor and artist best known to film and television audiences for his roles in science fiction, action, and horror films such as his role as Bishop in the Alien film franchise, and on television shows such as Millennium. Henriksen is also a voice actor; he is noted for his deep, commanding voice.

Alien franchise creditsEdit

Bishop (341-B)Edit

Michael BishopEdit

Live action rolesEdit

  • It Ain't Easy (1972) - Randy
  • To Kill the King (1974) - Hank Adams
  • Dog Day Afternoon (1975) - Murphy
  • Network (1976) - Network lawyer at Khan's place
  • Mansion of the Doomed (1976) - Dr. Dan Bryan
  • The Next Man (1976) - Federal Security
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) - Robert
  • Damien: Omen II (1978) - Sergeant Neff
  • The Visitor (1979) - Raymond Armstead
  • The Dark End of the Street (1981) - Jimmy
  • Piranha II: The Spawning (1981) - Police Chief Steve Kimbrough
  • Prince of the City (1981) - D.A. Burano
  • A Question of Honor (1982) - Wiley
  • Blood Feud (1983) - Mel Pierce
  • Nightmares (1983) - MacLeod
  • The Right Stuff (1983) - Wally Schirra
  • The Terminator (1984) - Detective Hal Vukovich
  • Jagged Edge (1985) - Frank Martin
  • Streets of Justice (1985) - Dist. Atty. Jerry Logan
  • Savage Dawn (1985) - Stryker
  • Choke Canyon (1986) - Brook Alastair
  • Near Dark (1987) - Jesse Hooker
  • Deadly Intent (1988) - Raymond
  • Pumpkinhead (1988) - Ed Harley
  • House III: The Horror Show (1989) - Detective Lucas McCarthy
  • AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004) - Charles Bishop Weyland

Television rolesEdit

  • B.A.D. Cats (1980) - Timothy
  • Ryan's Hope (1980) - Preston Post
  • Castle (2010) - Benny Stryker
  • Memphis Beat (2011)

Voice acting rolesEdit

  • Tarzan (1999) - Kerchak
  • The Legend of Tarzan (2001) - Kerchak
  • Static Shock (2004) - Kobra Leader
  • Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! (2005) - Mobius Quint
  • Tarzan II (2005) - Kerchak
  • IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix (2005) - Andrei Rublev
  • Transformers: Animated (2008-2009) - Lockdown
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010) - Grim Reaper
  • Tron: Uprising (2012) - General Tessler
  • The Legend of Korra (2012) - Lieutenant

Video game rolesEdit

  • Run Like Hell (2002) - Nick Conner
  • Red Faction II (2002) - Molov
  • Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (2002-2004) - Abaddon
  • Mass Effect (2007) - Admiral Steven Hackett
  • Mass Effect 2 (2010) - Admiral Steven Hackett
  • Aliens vs. Predator (2010) - Karl Bishop Weyland
  • Mass Effect 3 (2012) - Admiral Steven Hackett

Biographical informationEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Henriksen was born in New York City. His father, James Henriksen (born as Jim Marino Henriksen in Tønsberg 1910), was a Norwegian merchant sailor and boxer nicknamed "Icewater" who spent most of his life at sea. His mother, Margueritte, struggled to find work as a dance instructor, waitress, and model. His parents divorced when he was two years old and he was raised by his mother. As he grew up, Henriksen found himself in trouble at various schools and even saw the inside of a children's home. Henriksen left home and dropped out of school at the age of twelve; he would not learn to read until he was 30, when he taught himself by studying film scripts.


Lance Henriksen began his acting career in the off-Broadway production of Three Plays of the Sea. Soon after, he landed roles in such films as Unspeakable, Powder, The Quick and the Dead, The Terminator, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and the Aliens franchise as Bishop, for which he is best known. Henriksen earned three Golden Globe nominations for his portrayal of former FBI agent Frank Black on the television series Millennium. His on-camera television guest appearances include Memphis Beat, Castle, NCIS, The X-Files, Cagney & Lacey, and The A-Team.

Adding to his resume, Henriksen has also voiced characters in many video games including Aliens: Colonial Marines, Mass Effect 3, Alien vs. Predator, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, Transformers Animated: The Game, and Mass Effect.

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