Lance Henriksen

D.O.B: May 05, 1940 |  New York City, New York, USA

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An intense, versatile actor as adept at playing clean-cut FBI agents as he is psychotic motorcycle-gang leaders, who can go from portraying soulless, murderous vampires to burned-out, world-weary homicide detectives, Lance Henriksen has starred in a variety of films that have allowed him to stretch his talents just about as far as an actor could possibly hope. He played Awful Knoffel in the TNT original movie Evel Knievel (2004), directed by John Badham and executive produced by Mel Gibson.

Biography

An intense, versatile actor as adept at playing clean-cut FBI agents as he is psychotic motorcycle-gang leaders, who can go from portraying soulless, murderous vampires to burned-out, world-weary homicide detectives, Lance Henriksen has starred in a variety of films that have allowed him to stretch his talents just about as far as an actor could possibly hope. He played Awful Knoffel in the TNT original movie Evel Knievel (2004), directed by John Badham and executive produced by Mel Gibson. Henriksen portrayed Awful Knoffel in this project based on the life of the famed daredevil, played by George Eads. Henriksen starred for three seasons (1996-1999) on Millennium (1996), Fox-TVs critically acclaimed series created by Chris Carter (The X-Files (1993)). 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 Peoples Choice Award nomination for Favorite New TV Male Star. Henriksen was born in New York City. His mother, Margueritte, was a waitress, dance instructor, and model. His father, James Marin Henriksen, who was from Tønsberg, Norway, was a boxer and merchant sailor. Henriksen studied at the Actors Studio and began his career off-Broadway in Eugene ONeills Three Plays of the Sea. One of his first film appearances was as an FBI agent in Sidney Lumets Dog Day Afternoon (1975), followed by parts in Lumets Network (1976) and Prince of the City (1981). He then appeared in Steven Spielbergs Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) with Richard Dreyfuss and François Truffaut, Damien: Omen II (1978) and in Philip Kaufmans The Right Stuff (1983), in which he played Mercury astronaut Capt. Wally Schirra.