Iconic actor Lance Henriksen has starred in a wide variety of films and television projects, which exemplify the diversity of his talent. He has worked with some of the most prominent directors in the motion picture industry, including Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Sidney Lumet, Jim Jarmush, Kathryn Bigelow, John Woo, Paul W. S. Anderson and Sam Raimi.
Henriksen has a number of films soon to be released including the leading role in the first live action film by Japanese National Treasure Mamuro Oshii: Garm Wars: The Last Druid. He also will appear in Kids vs Monsters starring opposite Malcolm McDowell, Armand Assante and Francesca Eastwood. Other titles to look forward to: the Max Landis film “Me Him Her” with Geena Davis, Haley Joel Osment and Scott Bakula and “Daylights End” with Johnny Strong.
Born in New York, Henriksen studied at the Actors Studio and began his career Off Broadway in Eugene O’Neill’s “Three Plays of the Sea.” One of his first film appearances was for director Sidney Lumet in “Dog Day Afternoon,” followed by Lumet’s “Network” and “Prince of the City.” Henriksen then appeared in Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” with Richard Dreyfuss and Francois Truffaut, “Damien: Omen II” and director Philip Kaufman’s “The Right Stuff,” in which Henriksen portrayed Mercury astronaut ‘Lieutenant Commander Walter Schirra, Jr.’
James Cameron cast Henriksen in his first directorial effort, “Piranha Part Two: The Spawning,” followed by “The Terminator,” and he next featured him as android ‘Bishop’ in the sci-fi classic, “Aliens.” Director Sam Raimi, who cast the actor in “The Quick and the Dead” opposite Russell Crowe, Sharon Stone and Gene Hackman, says, “Lance is a brilliant performer who goes way beyond acting. He becomes his character completely, leaving no trace of his former self and making something of every moment on screen.”
Henriksen’s additional feature credits include Kathryn Bigelow’s cult vampire film “Near Dark,” “Jagged Edge,” “Pumpkinhead,” “The Horror Show,” “Survival Quest,” director Walter Hill’s “Johnny Handsome,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” writer/director Bruce Robinson’s “Jennifer Eight,” “Alien 3,” director Richard Rush’s “Color of Night,” “Powder,” writer/director Jim Jarmusch’s “Dead Man,” Disney’s animated feature “Tarzan” and director John Woo’s first American film, “Hard Target,” for which Henriksen received a Saturn Award as Best Supporting Actor. He was also seen in Twentieth Century Fox’s release, “AVP: Alien Versus Predator.” “AVP” was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and produced by John Davis. Henriksen starred in Dreamworks and TNT’s 12-hour miniseries “Into the West,” executive produced by Steven Spielberg. He also starred for three seasons on “Millennium,” Fox-TV’s critically acclaimed series created by Chris Carter (“The X-Files”). Henriksen’s performance as ‘Frank Black,’ a retired FBI agent who has the ability to get inside the minds of killers, garnered three consecutive Golden Globe nominations for “Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series” and a People’s Choice Award nomination for “Favorite New TV Male Star.” He was also nominated for a Golden Satellite Award for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in the TNT original film “The Day Lincoln Was Shot.” In addition to his abilities as an actor, Henriksen is an accomplished painter and potter. His talent as a ceramist has enabled him to create some of the most unusual ceramic artwork available on the art market today.
Henriksen resides in Southern California.