Lance Henriksen is best known to fans for his role of the android Bishop in the 1986 film Aliens. He has also appeared in multiple roles in the series including in Alien 3 and Alien vs. Predator.
Henriksen starred for three seasons (1996-1999) on Millennium (1996), Fox-TV’s critically acclaimed series created by X-Files creator Chris Carter. His performance as Frank Black, a retired FBI agent who has the ability to get inside the minds of killers, landed him 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”.
Some of his earliest film appearances were as an FBI agent in Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon (1975), the Godfather Part II, Network (1976), Prince of the City (1981), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Damien: Omen II (1978) and The Right Stuff (1983).
James Cameron cast Henriksen in his first directorial effort, Piranha II: The Spawning (1981), then used him again in The Terminator (1984) and as the android Bishop in the sci-fi classic Aliens (1986).
Sam Raimi cast Henriksen as an outrageously garbed gunfighter in his quirky western The Quick and the Dead (1995). Henriksen has also appeared in what has developed into a cult classic: Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark (1987), in which he plays the head of a clan of murderous redneck vampires. Other horror films he has appeared in include the Pumkinhead series and Hellraiser: Hellworld.