Happy Birthday to Lance Henriksen!
While yesterday was Star Wars Day, today brings a more important cause for celebration as it’s Lance Henriksen’s birthday! The versatile actor turns 77 on May 5th, and we want to send our best wishes to him on this joyous day!
When we look at the broad range that horror encompasses, we find thrillers, period pieces, sci-fi, psychological mindfucks, and so, so much more. Lance Henriksen has been a part of nearly every sub-genre within horror, and it truly boggles the mind just how important he is to the scene. This is the man who was Bishop in Aliens followed by Jesse Hooker in Near Dark and then Ed Harley in Pumpkinhead, all within a couple of years. He as Torquemada in The Pit and the Pendulum, Dr. Jarret in Man’s Best Friend, Chief Steve Kimbrough in Piranha Part Two: The Spawning, and Sergeant Neff in Damien: Omen II. And if you think these roles are all that connect him to horror, you’re sorely mistaken.
The breadth of Henriksen’s work is staggering, with IMDb listing him as having 230 credits to his name. He stayed a part of the Alien universe by appearing not only in Aliens but Alien 3, Alien vs. Predator, and the video games Aliens: Colonial Marines and Aliens vs. Predator 3. He even entered the world of Clive Barker in Hellraiser: Hellworld and delighted us in shows like “The X-Files,” “Millennium,” and, most recently, “Hannibal.”
Lance Henriksen is one of those actors who immediately brings a smile to the face of every horror fan the moment he steps onto the screen. He has embraced the genre and always brings his all to every role. For that, we thank him.
Once again… Happy Birthday, Lance! We look forward to whatever’s next!