Lance Henriksen's Millennium Cast Profile
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.
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.
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
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:
7.04 "Millennium" - Frank Black
1.01 Pilot episode - General (uncredited)