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Lance Henriksen

Lowest Rated:   0% The Horror Show (1989)
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Birthplace:   New York City, New York, USA
Upon graduation from the Actor's Studio, Manhattan-born Lance Henriksen spent nearly two decades playing villains. An agreeable-looking fellow offscreen, Henriksen portrayed the foulest of murderers, rapists, perverts, extraterrestrials, and other antisocial types on the stage (Richard III) and screen. He made his first film, It Ain't Easy, in 1972 (although his studio bios list his screen debut as Dog Day Afternoon in 1975), then concentrated his skills on the melodramatic requirements of The Jagged Edge (1985), Johnny Handsome (1989), Jennifer Eight (1992), Dead Man (1995), and many others. In interviews, Henriksen claimed to "live" his parts while portraying them, which, he admitted, was a self-defeating practice. A close friend of director James Cameron, Henriksen posed for Cameron's preliminary character sketches for the robotic antagonist of the 1984 thriller The Terminator. The producers liked the sketches but not Henriksen, and the role instead went to Arnold Schwarzenegger. In compensation, Cameron saw to it that Henriksen was cast as a heroic android in his 1986 film Aliens.In the years that followed Henriksen gained reputation as an actor who could bring compelling nuance to even the most mundane of roles. Moving into the 1990s Henriksen did indeed appear in a number of forgettable films, but the ones that did leave an impression on audience did so with remarkable zeal. From his menacing role as the head of a tribe of nomadic vampires in Near Dark to a tortured portrayal of a vengeful father in Pumpkinhead, Henriksen's colorful characters consistantly elevated what may have been dismissive, two-dimensional players in the hands of a lesser actor. After reprising his role as Bishop in the troubled Alien 3, Henriksen packed heat as an over the top hunter of human's in Hong Kong action film director John Woo's American debut Hard Target. By this point the dedicated actor had earned a reputation for doing whatever it takes to make his characters truly memorable, and a scene in the climactic showdown of Hard Target found him continuing to chew scenery evern after he accidentally caught on fire (a scene that actually made it into the final cut of the film)! Henriksen's role as a cocky gunfighter in director Sam Raimi's The Quick and the Dead proved without question a highlight of his roles from the '90s. In 1996 Henriksen made quite an impression on television audiences as the lead character in producer Chris Carter's shortlived X-Files spin-off Millennium. As a former FBI profiler with a unique gift for peering into the minds of some of the nation's most feared criminals, Henriksen gained his most notable exposure to date and longtime fans ate it up. Unfortunately the series only ran for three seasons and Henriksen was back to his old bag of tricks in a seemingly undending series if B-movies. It certainly appeared as if Henriksen was becoming less choosy with his roles, and though the integrity he would bring to those roles generally helped him to stay afloat in a sea of forgettable efforts, it appeared as if the waters were finally threatening to overtake him. While it was indeed a relief to see Henriksen back on the big screen in Scream 3, there was little even he could do to make The Mangler 2 more watchable. Fortunately during this period, actors were becoming more prominant in video games, and Henriksen's distinct voice lent notable atmosphere to such efforts as Red Faction II and Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse. Henriksen's role in the suprisingly agreeable horror sequel Mimic: Sentinel helped to lend the movie some weight even if his actual screentime amounted to a little more than ten minutes, and if a wince of pain could be heard following the announcement of his involvement in Hellraiser: Hellworld fans could at least hold out hope for a return to the franchise that helped to launch his career in the long-anticipated Alien vs. Predator. Unfortunately, it didn't, though Henrickson continued to enjoy success in vo

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MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Cut to the Chase
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet This Old Machine
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Needlestick
  • Alexander Crick
2017
No Score Yet Wraith
  • Father Ehrlich
2017
No Score Yet Wraith
  • Father Ehrlich
2017
No Score Yet Gehenna: Where Death Lives
  • Morgan
2016
No Score Yet Deserted
  • Hopper
2016
No Score Yet El fin del Sol
  • Frank Hill
2016
No Score Yet Daylight's End
  • Frank Hill
2016
No Score Yet The Sector
  • The Finisher
2016
45% Me Him Her
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet O Fim do Dia
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Gone Are the Days
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Monday at 11:01 A.M.
  • Bartender
2016
No Score Yet Lake Eerie
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Lake Eerie
  • Pop
2016
No Score Yet Acre Beyond the Rye
  • Dr. Bradford Weeks
2016
No Score Yet Garm Wars: The Last Druid
  • Wydd
2015
43% Harbinger Down
  • Graff
2015
No Score Yet Dark Awakening
  • Father Donovan O'Malley
2015
57% Stung
  • Caruthers
2015
No Score Yet Justice Served
  • Henry Callas
2015
No Score Yet Alien Rising (Gemini Rising)
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Kids vs Monsters
  • Heinrich
2015
No Score Yet Spirit Riders
  • Rex
2015
No Score Yet Hollows Grove
  • Actor
2014
54% Road to Paloma
  • FBI Agent Kelly
2014
No Score Yet Sin Reaper 3D
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Gingerclown
  • Braineater
2013
25% Phantom
  • Markok
$1.1M 2013
No Score Yet Champion (My Dog the Champion)
  • Billy
2013
No Score Yet Fatherhood 101
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet It's In The Blood
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Dorothy and the Witches of Oz
  • Henry Gale
2012
No Score Yet Astronaut: The Last Push (The Last Push)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Scream of the Banshee
  • Broderick Duncan
2011
No Score Yet Beautiful Wave
  • Jimmy
2011
No Score Yet Surfing with the Enemy
  • Narrator
2011
No Score Yet The Dog Who Saved Halloween
  • Eli
2011
No Score Yet Monster Brawl
  • NarratorGod
2011
No Score Yet The Genesis Code
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Cyrus: Mind Of A Serial Killer
  • Emmett
2010
No Score Yet Godkiller
  • Mulciber
2010
No Score Yet The Penitent Man
  • Mr. Darnell
2010
No Score Yet Alone in the Dark II
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Good Day for It
  • Lyle Tyrus
2010
35% The Slammin' Salmon
  • Dick Lobo
$26.7k 2009
No Score Yet The Seamstress
  • Sheriff Virgil Logan
2009
100% Nightmares in Red, White and Blue
  • Narrator
2009
No Score Yet Screamers: The Hunting
  • Orsow
2009
No Score Yet The Lost Tribe
  • Gallo
2009
No Score Yet Ladies of the House
  • Frank
2008
77% Appaloosa
  • Ring Shelton
$20.2M 2008
No Score Yet Alone in the Dark II
  • Abner Lundberg
2008
No Score Yet The Chosen One
  • Cardinal Fred
2008
No Score Yet Deadwater
  • Capt. John Willets
2008
No Score Yet Pistol Whipped
  • The Old Man
2008
No Score Yet Prairie Fever
  • Monte James
2008
No Score Yet Necessary Evil
  • Dr. Neal Fibrian
2008
No Score Yet Mythic Journeys
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Dying God
  • Chance
2008
No Score Yet Dark Reel
  • Connor Pritchett
2008
No Score Yet In the Spider's Web
  • Dr. Lecorpus
2007
No Score Yet Bone Dry
  • Jimmy
2007
No Score Yet Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud (Pumpkinhead 4)
  • Ed Harley
2007
No Score Yet Alien3 (Special Edition)
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Black Ops
  • Capt. John Willets
2007
No Score Yet Sasquatch Mountain
  • Chase Jackson
2006
No Score Yet Pirates of Treasure Island
  • Long John Silver
2006
No Score Yet The Da Vinci Treasure
  • Dr. John Coven
2006
62% Abominable
  • Ziegler Dane
2006
No Score Yet The Garden
  • Ben Zachary
2006
9% When a Stranger Calls
  • Stranger
$47.9M 2006
No Score Yet The Book of Daniel
  • Cyrus
2006
No Score Yet Superman: Brainiac Attacks
  • Brainiac
2006
No Score Yet House at the End of the Drive
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes
  • Ghost of Ed Harley
2006
No Score Yet Tarzan 2
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Supernova
  • Col. Harlan Williams
2005
20% Hellraiser: Hellworld
  • The Host
2005
33% Tarzan II
  • Kerchak
2005
No Score Yet Dream Warrior
  • Parish
2004
No Score Yet Starkweather
  • The Mentor
2004
4% Modigliani
  • Foster Kane
2004
20% AVP - Alien Vs. Predator
  • Charles Bishop Weyland
$80.3M 2004
No Score Yet Evel Knievel
  • 'Awful' Knoffel
2004
67% Paranoia 1.0
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Paranoia 1.0
  • Howard
2004
No Score Yet Out for Blood
  • Captain Billings
2004
60% Mimic: Sentinel
  • Garbageman
2003
No Score Yet Rapid Exchange
  • Newcastle
2003
No Score Yet Sasquatch
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet The Last Cowboy
  • Will Cooper
2003
No Score Yet Madhouse
  • Dr. Franks
2003
No Score Yet Unspeakable
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet The Invitation
  • Roland Levy
2003
No Score Yet James Cameron's Expedition - Bismarck
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Antibody
  • Gaynes
2002
No Score Yet Lost Voyage
  • David Shaw
2002
No Score Yet The Omen Legacy
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet The Mangler 2
  • Actor
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet Atlantis in the Andes
  • Actor
2001
36% Scream 3
  • John Milton
2000
88% Tarzan
  • Kerchak
1999
No Score Yet The Day Lincoln Was Shot
  • Abraham Lincoln
1998
No Score Yet Face the Evil
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet No Contest II
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Profile for Murder
  • Adrian Cross
1997
No Score Yet Dusting Cliff Seven
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Felony
  • Taft
1996
No Score Yet The Nature of the Beast
  • Jack Powell
1995
47% Powder
  • Barnum
1995
No Score Yet The Criminal Mind
  • Agent Winslow
1995
No Score Yet Gunfighter's Moon
  • Frank Morgan
1995
71% Dead Man
  • Cole Wilson
1995
56% The Quick and the Dead
  • Ace Hanlon
1995
No Score Yet Wes Craven Presents Mind Ripper
  • Stockton
1995
No Score Yet Aurora: Operation Intercept (Operation Intercept)
  • William Stenghel
1995
No Score Yet Baja
  • Burns
1995
22% Color of Night
  • Buck
1994
No Score Yet Spitfire
  • Richard Charles
1994
53% No Escape
  • Father
1994
No Score Yet Boulevard
  • McClaren
1994
No Score Yet Knights
  • Job
1993
No Score Yet The Outfit
  • Dutch Schultz
1993
15% Super Mario Bros.
  • The King
1993
20% Excessive Force
  • Devlin
1993
50% Hard Target
  • Emil Fouchon
1993
39% Jennifer 8
  • Freddy Ross
1992
No Score Yet Delta Heat
  • Jackson Rivers
1992
46% Alien3
  • Bishop II
1992
20% Man's Best Friend
  • Dr. Jarret
1991
56% The Pit and the Pendulum
  • Torquemada
1991
No Score Yet Camaradas de Armas
  • Rob Reed
1991
25% Stone Cold
  • Chains Cooper
1991
No Score Yet The Last Samurai
  • Johnny Congo
1990
No Score Yet Survival Quest
  • Hank
1989
62% Johnny Handsome
  • Rafe Garrett
1989
No Score Yet Deadly Intent
  • Raymond
1989
0% The Horror Show
  • Detective Lucas McCarthy
1989
65% Pumpkinhead
  • Ed Harley
1988
No Score Yet Hit List
  • Chris Caleek
1988
88% Near Dark
  • Jesse
1987
98% Aliens
  • Bishop
1986
No Score Yet Choke Canyon
  • Brook Alistair
1986
No Score Yet Aliens (Special Edition)
  • Director
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Savage Dawn
  • Ben Stryker
1985
82% Jagged Edge
  • Frank Martin
1985
100% The Terminator
  • Det. Vukovich
1984
98% The Right Stuff
  • Wally Schirra
1983
17% Nightmares
  • MacLeod
1983
7% Piranha Part Two: The Spawning
  • Steve Kimbrough
1981
95% Prince of the City
  • DA Burano
1981
87% The Visitor
  • Raymond Armstead
1979
41% Damien---Omen II
  • Sgt. Neff
1978
96% Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Robert
1977
91% Network
  • Lawyer (uncredited)
1976
No Score Yet The Next Man
  • Federal Security
1976
No Score Yet Mansion of the Doomed
  • Dr. Dan Bryan
1976
95% Dog Day Afternoon
  • Murphy
1975

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Chazz Montolo
  • 2016
72% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Griffin McColl
  • 2016
85% The Blacklist
2013
  • Actor
  • 2015
89% Hannibal
2013-2015
  • Actor
  • 2013
74% Castle
2009-2016
  • Benny Stryker
  • 2010
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
  • Sheriff Clay Boyd
  • 2009
0% The X-Files
1993-2016
  • Frank Black
  • 1999
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
  • Snow
  • 1989

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