Lance James Henriksen (born May 5, 1940) is an American actor and artist who played Bishop in the 1986 film Aliens, "Bishop II" in the 1992 film Alien3 and Charles Bishop Weyland in the 2004 film Alien vs. Predator. He also voiced the original Bishop in Alien3, although the actual on-screen performance was provided by an animatronic dummy modelled after the actor.

One of the most prolific figures in the Alien, Predator and Alien vs. Predator franchises, Henriksen also lent his voice and likeness to the characters of Karl Bishop Weyland in the 2010 video game Aliens vs. Predator, another Bishop android in the 2013 video game Aliens: Colonial Marines, and Bishop II in Aliens: Colonial Marines and its DLC expansion Stasis Interrupted, and reprised his role as Bishop in the 2019 audio drama Alien III. He also narrated an abridged audiobook version of the novel Alien3, released in 1992. Other notable films Henriksen has appeared in include Damien: Omen II (1978), The Terminator (1984), Near Dark (1987), Hard Target (1993) and The Quick and the Dead (1995). He is also known for his starring role as Frank Black in the television series Millennium (1996-1999).

Henriksen has been nominated for three Golden Globes. He is often said to be one of only two actors (the other being Bill Paxton) who has been killed on-screen by an Alien, a Predator and a Terminator (although some argue that Henriksen's character Bishop in Aliens was not killed by an Alien, as he was technically still active after being ripped in two by the Queen).


Year Title Notes
1961 The Outsider Uncredited
1972 It Ain't Easy
1973 Emperor of the North Uncredited
1974 To Kill the King
1975 Dog Day Afternoon
1976 Network Uncredited
Mansion of the Doomed
The Next Man
1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind With Carl Weathers
1978 Damien: Omen II
1979 The Visitor
1981 The Dark End of the Street
Pirhana II: The Spawning Directed by James Cameron
Prince of the City
1983 Nightmares
The Right Stuff With Veronica Cartwright
1984 The Terminator With Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton and Arnold Schwarzenegger, directed by James Cameron
1985 Jagged Edge
Savage Dawn
1986 Aliens
Choke Canyon
1987 Near Dark With Jenette Goldstein and Bill Paxton
1988 Pumpkinhead Directed by Stan Winston
1989 House III: The Horror Show
Survival Quest With Mark Rolston
Johnny Handsome With Henry Kingi and Gerard G. Williams
Hit List
1990 The Pit and the Pendulum
1991 The Last Samurai
Stone Cold With Henry Kingi and Paulo Tocha
1992 Jennifer 8
Delta Heat
1993 Man's Best Friend With John Cann and Thomas Rosales, Jr.
Excessive Force
Super Mario Bros.
The Outfit
Hard Target With William H. Burton, Jr., Sven-Ole Thorsen andJean-Claude Van Damme
1994 No Escape
Color of Night With Rubén Blades and Brad Dourif
1995 Spitfire
Aurora: Operation Intercept
The Quick and the Dead With Sven-Ole Thorsen
Dead Man With John Hurt and Michael Wincott
Mind Ripper
The Nature of the Beast
Baja With Julian Reyes
1996 Profile for Murder
Dusting Cliff 7
1997 Gunfighter's Moon Directed by Larry Ferguson
No Contest II
1999 Tarzan
2000 Scream 3
2001 The Mangler 2
2002 The Untold
2003 Antibody
Rapid Exchange
Mimic 3: Sentinel
Dream Warrior
The Invitation
2004 Paranoia 1.0
Out for Blood
Keep Right With Ewen Bremner
Alien vs. Predator
2005 Tarzan II With Ron Perlman
Hellraiser: Hellworld
2006 When a Stranger Calls With Tommy Flanagan
The Garden
Sasquatch Mountain
The Da Vinci Treasure
Superman: Braniac Attacks
Pirates of Treasure Island
2007 Bone Dry
The Chosen One
2008 Deadwater
Dying God With Agathe de La Boulaye
Dark Reel
Necessary Evil
Pistol Whipped
Prairie Fever
Alone in the Dark II With Danny Trejo
2009 Screamers: The Hunting
The Slammin' Salmon
The Seamstress
The Lost Tribe
Jennifer's Body Uncredited
2010 Cyrus
The Genesis Code
Scream of the Banshee
Good Day for It
The Penitent Man
2011 Beautiful Wave With Tom Woodruff, Jr.
Monster Brawl
Red Princess Blues: Genesis
2012 It's in the Blood
Dorothy and the Witches of Oz
The Arcadian
Astronaut: The Last Push With Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr.
2013 House at the End of the Drive
Gingerclown With Brad Dourif
Alien Rising
My Dog the Champion
The Book of Daniel
Blood Shot With Brad Dourif
2014 Road to Paloma
Dark Awakening
Garm Wars: The Last Druid
Hollows Grove
Paranormal Island
2015 Harbinger Down Directed by Alec Gillis
Fragile Storm
Kids vs. Monsters
Sky Riders

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  • Henriksen was James Cameron's first choice to play the titular Terminator in The Terminator, when the cyborg conformed to its original concept of being a 'gray man' that could blend into a crowd before striking unexpectedly. Cameron even drew some concept art of Henriksen as the Terminator, but the character was eventually altered, becoming an unstoppable human tank instead of a stealthy infiltrator, and Arnold Schwarzenegger was cast in the role.


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