Today is Lance Henriksen’s Birthday and it would be great to look back on his epic horror career. Happy Birthday Lance Henriksen.

Early Career

Henriksen was born May 5, 1940, in New York City. Lance got his start as a set designer and his first role was in a theatrical production he built the set for. He would go on to have a career with a lot of noteworthy credits in the horror genre. Some of the early ones being Damien: Omen II (1978) and Piranha Part Two: The Spawning.

Terminator, Aliens and Near Dark

It was on that film Lance first worked with a young James Cameron. Cameron would go on to write the role of The Terminator with Lance in mind. Lance being a method actor would go around in character scaring people. The role of the killer cyborg would go to Arnold Schwarzenegger, but Lance still made it into the film in a supporting role. Lance would get his chance to play a robot in the form of Bishop in Aliens(1986). Lance would be in two more films in the Alien franchise.

Besides the late great Bill Paxton, Lance is the only other person to be taken out by a Terminator, Predator, and Alien. In 1987 Lance and Paxton co-starred in Kathryn Bigelow’s vampire cult film Near Dark. GO WATCH NEAR DARK NOW IF YOU HAVE NOT! It is one of his best roles. It’s a great little movie that not a lot of people know of.

After Near Dark, Lance would play Ed Harley in Pumpkinhead. After that you could go on and on, his genre filmography is massive. Lance Henriksen is one of those actors you love to see work. Even if the movie is bad, Lance is always awesome.

Happy Birthday Lance Henriksen.

What’s your favorite¬†Lance Henriksen role?

Happy Birthday Lance Henriksen!