Best known for his roles in science fiction, action, and horror films such as Bishop in the Alien film franchise, and Frank Black in Fox television series Millennium. Henriksen is also notable for his voice acting, having voiced Kerchak the gorilla in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Tarzan.
When James Cameron was writing the film The Terminator (1984), he had originally envisioned Henriksen, whom he had worked with on Piranha II: The Spawning. Regardless, the role ultimately went to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Henriksen did appear in the film, in the supporting role of Sergeant Hal Vukovich. Henriksen is perhaps best known for portraying the android Bishop, an artificial life-form, in Aliens (1986, another Cameron film) and Alien 3 (1992).
He also played Charles Bishop Weyland, the man Bishop’s appearance was based on, in Alien 3 and Alien vs. Predator. Henriksen (along with Bill Paxton) is the only actor to be killed by a terminator (The Terminator), a xenomorph (Alien 2) and a predator (AVP). Henriksen also portrayed renegade vampire leader Jesse Hooker in Kathryn Bigelow’s Vampire cult film Near Dark.