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Millennium Cast Profile of Lance Henriksen

A detailed Millennium Cast Member profile, listing all episodes and seasons in which Lance Henriksen appeared. The main Cast and Guest Stars of Chris Carter's Millennium have summaries, trivia and biographies where available. Please note that our episode, cast, character and crew profiles may contain potential spoilers if you have yet to see the entire series of Millennium.


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  • May 5 1940.

Current Age:

  • Lance Henriksen is currently 76 years old.

Personal Trivia:

  • Lance Henriksen's parents are James Henriksen and Margueritte Henriksen.
  • Lance was married to Jane Pollack (m. 1995-2006) and Mary Jane Evans (m. 1985-1989)
  • Lance has 2 children, Sage Ariel Henriksen and Alcamy Henriksen.
  • Lance Henriksen appeared in 67 episode/s of the Millennium television series.

Awards Won for Millennium:

  • Unfortunately Lance Henriksen didn't win any awards for Millennium.

Award Nominations for Millennium:

  • 1996 People's Choice Award for Favorite New Male TV Star (Lance Henriksen)
  • (1997-1999) Three consecutive Golden Globe award nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series (Lance Henriksen)
  • 1997 Saturn Award for Best Genre TV Actor (Lance Henriksen)
  • 1999 Saturn Award for Best Genre TV Actor (Lance Henriksen)

Lance Henriksen's Millennium Cast Profile

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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, notably having voiced Kerchak the gorilla in Walt Disney Animation Studios' Tarzan.

Early Life

Henriksen was born in New York City. His father 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 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 served in the United States Navy from 1955-58 and attained the rank of Petty Officer Third Class.


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 the production. 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 film 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 is perhaps best known for portraying 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). Henriksen (along with Bill Paxton) is the only actor to be killed by a terminator (The Terminator), a xenomorph (Alien 2) and a predator (AVP). Henriksen also portrayed renegade vampire leader Jesse Hooker in Kathryn Bigelow's Vampire cult film Near Dark.

Hard Target (1993) is one of Henriksen's favorite films. He especially enjoyed working with director John Woo, saying "He 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." That film was also notable for a scene in which Henriksen was accidentally engulfed in flames, as a stunt double was not used. Although surprised, the film crew let the cameras keep rolling so that the incident became part of the final cut. Henriksen later commented, "My training makes me fight until the very last cell in my body collapses with exhaustion. I competed with Van Damme using tremendous will against his iron strength. I held my ground pretty well although I didn't really like him until we came to reshoot the ending to give it a higher octane finish." Reviewer Neil H. Jones stated that this film showed "Henriksen at his best. Henriksen's deep voice waxes eloquently to an unknowing [sic] victim of the hunt, Elijah Roper (Willie Carpenter): "Think of what this $10,000 can do for you (if you reach the river alive). You can have respect, you can restore yourself to dignity rather than the shadow of a man who used to be." Lance exudes confidence, intellect, and talent whether playing Beethoven on the piano or firing his Thompson-Contender handgun at Chance. His acting is so convincing, you would not want his steel-cold eyes to glance your way. If you like Lance, you'll love Hard Target." 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. Henriksen's 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. Currently, the actor is lending 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. It has been announced that Henriksen will star in Frost Road, the directorial debut of video game director Keith Arem. In January 2015 was signed for the lead of indie thriller Monday at 11:01 A.M. on the side of Briana Evigan.

In 2016 he starred in the horror Lake Eerie.


Henriksen is also an accomplished ceramic artist and has work in the permanent collection of the American Museum of Ceramic Art.



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.

Comic Books

To Hell You Ride (5-issue comic book from Dark Horse Comics) (2012) - Lance Henriksen and Joseph Maddrey (co-authors) with Tom Mandrake (artist)


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My agent sent me a script. And he said, "Read it. But I'm not going to tell you anything about it. About how it's being done or what it is." So I read it and it was powerful - this is the pilot for Millennium. A very powerful piece and the character was, I thought, really exciting, cos it's a new idea, a new kind of person. And then after I read it, I got excited as hell, cos I thought it was a movie. And they said, "No, it's a television series." I said, "No, that's not possible. Nobody can make a series on that script." It was a very vivid and edgy script. And he says, "No, it's definitely the pilot." And it was the pilot that we shot. But the thing is, then I said, "You know, I got some questions about this."

Source: Lance Henriksen Order In Chaos: The Making Of Millennium Season One

I think, you know, like a good - like Shane, like any cowboy, any good movie, Western movie, the hero is always very self-reliant. Quiet, capable, dangerous. That's what I saw Frank Black as. There was a moment when Bill Hurt's (William Hurt) name was mentioned, and I think it was one of those ideas that everyone gets excited about without thinking about the reality of it. So, while his name may have been mentioned, I doubt Bill Hurt ever knew that he was even up for this role. So Lance Henriksen really was the first and last choice.

Source: Chris Carter Order In Chaos: The Making Of Millennium Season One

Millennium Appearances:

Lance Henriksen appeared in the following 67 episode/s of Millennium:

MLM#-100  Pilot as Frank Black

MLM#-101  Gehenna as Frank Black

MLM#-102  Dead Letters as Frank Black

MLM#-103  Kingdom Come as Frank Black

MLM#-104  The Judge as Frank Black

MLM#-105  522666 as Frank Black

MLM#-106  Blood Relatives as Frank Black

MLM#-107  The Well-Worn Lock as Frank Black

MLM#-108  Wide Open as Frank Black

MLM#-109  Weeds as Frank Black

MLM#-110  The Wild and the Innocent as Frank Black

MLM#-111  Loin Like a Hunting Flame as Frank Black

MLM#-112  Force Majeure as Frank Black

MLM#-113  The Thin White Line as Frank Black

MLM#-114  Sacrament as Frank Black

MLM#-115  Walkabout as Frank Black

MLM#-116  Covenant as Frank Black

MLM#-117  Lamentation as Frank Black

MLM#-118  Powers, Principalities, Thrones and Dominions as Frank Black

MLM#-119  Broken World as Frank Black

MLM#-120  Maranatha as Frank Black

MLM#-121  Paper Dove as Frank Black

MLM#-201  The Beginning and the End as Frank Black

MLM#-202  Beware of the Dog as Frank Black

MLM#-203  Sense and Antisense as Frank Black

MLM#-204  Monster as Frank Black

MLM#-205  A Single Blade of Grass as Frank Black

MLM#-206  19:19 as Frank Black

MLM#-207  The Curse of Frank Black as Frank Black

MLM#-208  The Hand of Saint Sebastian as Frank Black

MLM#-209  Jose Chung's 'Doomsday Defense' as Frank Black

MLM#-210  Goodbye Charlie as Frank Black

MLM#-211  Midnight of the Century as Frank Black

MLM#-212  Luminary as Frank Black

MLM#-213  The Mikado as Frank Black

MLM#-214  Owls as Frank Black

MLM#-215  The Pest House as Frank Black

MLM#-216  Roosters as Frank Black

MLM#-217  Siren as Frank Black

MLM#-218  In Arcadia Ego as Frank Black

MLM#-220  A Room With No View as Frank Black

MLM#-221  Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me as Frank Black

MLM#-222  The Fourth Horseman as Frank Black

MLM#-223  The Time Is Now as Frank Black

MLM#-301  The Innocents as Frank Black

MLM#-302  Exegesis as Frank Black

MLM#-303  TEOTWAWKI as Frank Black

MLM#-304  Closure as Frank Black

MLM#-305  ...Thirteen Years Later as Frank Black

MLM#-306  Skull and Bones as Frank Black

MLM#-307  Through A Glass, Darkly as Frank Black

MLM#-308  Omerta as Frank Black

MLM#-309  Human Essence as Frank Black

MLM#-310  Borrowed Time as Frank Black

MLM#-311  Collateral Damage as Frank Black

MLM#-312  The Sound of Snow as Frank Black

MLM#-313  Antipas as Frank Black

MLM#-314  Matryoshka as Frank Black

MLM#-315  Forcing the End as Frank Black

MLM#-316  Saturn Dreaming of Mercury as Frank Black

MLM#-318  Darwin's Eye as Frank Black

MLM#-317  Bardo Thodol as Frank Black

MLM#-319  Seven and One as Frank Black

MLM#-320  Nostalgia as Frank Black

MLM#-321  Via Dolorosa as Frank Black

MLM#-322  Goodbye To All That as Frank Black

MLM#-209  Jose Chung's 'Doomsday Defense' as Rocket McGrain

Other Ten-Thirteen shows:

The X-Files:
7.04 "Millennium" - Frank Black

Harsh Realm
1.01 Pilot episode - General (uncredited)