Michael Biehn

Michael Biehn
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Biehn at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con
Michael Connell Biehn

(1956-07-31) July 31, 1956 (age 64)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977–present
    Carlene Olson
    m. 1980; div. 1987)
      Gina Marsh
      m. 1988; div. 2014)
        m. 2015)
        Children 5

        Michael Connell Biehn (born July 31, 1956) is an American actor, primarily known for his military roles in science fiction films directed by James Cameron; as Sgt. Kyle Reese in The Terminator (1984), Cpl. Dwayne Hicks in Aliens (1986), and Lt. Coffey in The Abyss (1989). His other films include The Fan (1981), Navy SEALs (1990), Tombstone (1993), The Rock (1996), Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 (2001), and Planet Terror (2007). On television, he has appeared in Hill Street Blues (1984), The Magnificent Seven (1998–2000), and Adventure Inc. (2002–2003). Biehn received a Best Actor Saturn Award nomination for Aliens, and received The Life Career Award at the 2011 ceremony.

        Early life

        Biehn was born in Anniston, Alabama, the second of three boys born for Marcia (née Connell) and Don Biehn, a lawyer.[1][2] He is of German descent on his father's side and Irish on his mother's side.[3] When he was young, he moved with his family to Lincoln, Nebraska,[4] and then to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where he was a member of the high school drama club before graduating.[2] He attended the drama program at the University of Arizona,[1] where he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity before moving to Hollywood.[5]


        Biehn got his start in movies with a bit part in the film version of Grease in 1978.[6] He appears in two scenes, in one which John Travolta's character, Danny, hits Biehn's uncredited character in the stomach while playing basketball.[7] In 1981, he appeared in the role of Douglas Breen, a stalker, in the 1981 film version of Bob Randall's novel The Fan, starring Lauren Bacall.[8] In 1984, Biehn played Sgt. Kyle Reese, a soldier sent back in time by John Connor to save his mother, Sarah Connor, in the film The Terminator opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.[9] He starred in two other films directed by James Cameron: Aliens (as Corporal Hicks) and The Abyss (as Lieutenant Hiram Coffey),[10] and had a small role in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, briefly reprising his role as Reese in a scene cut from the final film but restored for the Director's Cut version.[11] He was considered to portray the film's antagonist, the T-1000, but the role ultimately went to Robert Patrick. In 2019, Biehn confirmed in an interview that he will not be reprising the role for Terminator: Dark Fate or any other future installments. In the same interview, Biehn claimed that he was initially not enthusiastic about appearing in a Schwarzenegger film, as he had hoped to act alongside the likes of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.[12]

        In an early draft of Alien 3 written by William Gibson, Biehn's character Hicks (who had survived the events of Aliens) was to become the protagonist, replacing Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver).[13] However, Walter Hill and David Giler penned the final script, which had Hicks killed off in the opening scene. Biehn, upon learning of his character's demise, demanded and received almost as much salary for the use of his likeness in one scene as he had been paid for his role in Aliens.[14] Biehn reprised the role of Hicks by voicing the character in the video game Aliens: Colonial Marines[15] and again in 2019 for an audio drama adaptation of Gibson's un-filmed script for Alien 3 released by Audible.[16] Biehn played the role of Johnny Ringo in Tombstone with the showdown scene with Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday.[17]

        In the 2000s, Biehn took acting roles ranging from big budget films such as The Art of War and Clockstoppers,[7] to video games like Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun,[18] and independent movies, such as Havoc. He also starred in three TV series including the CBS drama The Magnificent Seven (1998–2000),[19] the Tribune Entertainment syndicated TV series Adventure Inc. (2002–2003), and the NBC TV series Hawaii (2004). All three shows were subsequently cancelled because of low ratings.[7] Biehn was considered to portray Colonel Miles Quaritch, the main antagonist of James Cameron's science fiction epic film Avatar (2009), but Cameron felt his appearance in the film coupled with that of Sigourney Weaver's would remind people too much of Aliens.[20]

        Biehn directed the 2010 film The Blood Bond.[21] In 2011 he wrote, directed and starred in The Victim.[22][23]

        Personal life

        Biehn and his then-girlfriend, actress Jennifer Blanc, in 2012, promoting The Victim, which they co-produced, and which Biehn starred in and directed

        Biehn has been married three times. His first wife was actress Carlene Olson, whom he married on July 11, 1980. They had twin sons, Devon and Taylor (b. 1984) before divorcing in 1987. He then married his second wife, Gina Marsh. They had two sons, Caelan Michael (b. April 11, 1992) and Alexander (b. March 19, 2003) before separating in 2008. Biehn is now married to actress Jennifer Blanc, who co-produced and starred alongside him in The Victim.[24][25] The couple have one son, Dashiell King Biehn, born March 21, 2015.[26]



        Year Title Role Notes
        1978 Grease Mike, basketball player Uncredited
        1978 Coach Jack Ripley
        1980 Hog Wild Tim Warner
        1981 The Fan Douglas Breen
        1983 The Lords of Discipline Cadet Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander
        1984 The Terminator Sgt. Kyle Reese
        1986 Aliens Corporal Dwayne Hicks Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor
        1987 Rampage Anthony Fraser
        1988 The Seventh Sign Russell Quinn
        In a Shallow Grave Garnet Montrose
        1989 The Abyss Lieutenant Hiram Coffey
        1990 Navy SEALs Lieutenant James Curran
        1991 Timebomb Eddie Kay
        Terminator 2: Judgment Day Kyle Reese Cameo, Special Edition and Director's Cut only
        K2 Taylor Brooks
        1993 Deadfall Joe Dolan
        Tombstone Johnny Ringo
        1995 In the Kingdom of the Blind Jackie Ryan Cameo
        Jade Detective Bob Hargrove
        Breach of Trust Casey Woods
        1996 The Rock Commander Charles Anderson
        Mojave Moon Boyd
        1997 Dead Men Can't Dance Robert Hart
        The Ride Smokey Banks
        1998 American Dragons Det. Tony Luca
        Susan's Plan Bill
        2000 Chain of Command Secret Service Agent Craig Thornton
        Cherry Falls Sheriff Brent Marken
        The Art of War Robert Bly
        2001 Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 Vice President/President David Alexander
        2002 Clockstoppers Henry Gates
        2005 Havoc Stuart Lang
        Dragon Squad Petros Angelo
        2006 The Insatiable Strickland
        2007 You Are Here Tony Russo
        Grindhouse Sheriff Hague Segments Planet Terror and Thanksgiving
        They Wait Blake O'Connell Cameo
        2008 Stiletto Lee
        2009 Saving Grace B. Jones Landy Bretthorse
        Streets of Blood Agent Michael Brown Direct-to-video
        2010 Psych 9 Det. Marling[27]
        Bereavement Jonathan Miller
        The Blood Bond John Tremayne Also director and writer
        2011 Take Me Home Tonight Bill Franklin
        The Divide Mickey
        Puncture Red
        The Victim Kyle Also director and writer
        Yellow Rock Tom Hanner
        2012 Jacob Lawrence Kell
        Sushi Girl Mike Cameo
        2013 Treachery Henry
        The Night Visitor Agent Walker Also executive producer
        2014 The Legend of DarkHorse County Future Jon Ford
        Tapped Out Reggie Monroe
        The Dark Forest Peter
        Hidden in the Woods Oscar Crocker
        2015 The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power King Yannick Direct-to-video
        2016 Psychopath Father Also executive producer
        She Rises Daddy Long Legs Also executive producer
        The Night Visitor 2: Heather's Story Agent Walker
        2017 The Shadow Effect Sheriff Hodge
        2019 Red Handed Reynolds
        2020 Killer Weekend Dr. Carol Also executive producer
        TBA The Hype Warden Smith
        TBA The Farm Johnny Dickens Also producer and executive producer


        Year Title Role Notes
        1977 James at 15 Tony Episode: "Pilot"
        Logan's Run Sandman Episode: "Logan's Run"
        1978 Zuma Beach J.D. Television film
        A Fire in the Sky Tom Rearden Television film
        1978–1979 The Runaways Mark Johnson 17 episodes
        1979 Family Jake Episode: "The Athlete"
        ABC Afterschool Special Seth Episode: "The Terrible Secret"
        Steeletown Gibby Anderson, Bill's brother Television film
        The Paradise Connection Larry Television film
        1983 China Rose Daniel Allen Television film
        1984 The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian Sebastian Television film
        Hill Street Blues Off. Randall Buttman 3 episodes
        1985 Deadly Intentions Dr. Charles Raynor Television film
        Die Nacht aus Blei Eselein Television film
        1992 A Taste for Killing Bo Landry Television film
        1993 Strapped Matthew McRae Television film
        1994 Deep Red Joe Keyes Television film
        1995 Tales of the Wild Blake / Philip Thornton Episode: "Le sang du chasseur"
        1996 Conundrum Det. Stash Horvak Television film
        1997 Asteroid FEMA Director Jack Wallach Television film
        1998–2000 The Magnificent Seven Chris Larabee 22 episodes
        1999 Silver Wolf Roy McLean Television film
        2002 Borderline Det. Macy Kobacek Television film
        2002–2003 Adventure Inc. Judson Cross 22 episodes
        2004 Hawaii Sean Harrison 8 episodes
        The Legend of Butch & Sundance Mike Cassidy Television film
        2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Deputy Commissioner Leland Dockerty Episode: "The War at Home"
        2009 Criminal Minds Detective Ron Fullwood Episode: "Cold Comfort"
        Dark Blue Lt. Jay Frye Episode: "O.I.S."
        2014 24 Hour Rental Buzz 12 episodes
        Métal Hurlant Chronicles Sheriff Jones Episode: "Whiskey in the Jar"
        2019 Curfew Roadkill Jim Episode: #1.2
        2020 The Mandalorian[28]

        Video games

        Year Title Role Notes
        1987 Metal Gear Solid Snake Likeness on cover art (uncredited)[29]
        1999 Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun GDI Commander Michael McNeil Full Motion Video cutscenes
        2013 Aliens: Colonial Marines Corporal Dwayne Hicks Also younger likeness
        Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Sergeant Rex "Power" Colt
        2016 Trials of the Blood Dragon Sergeant Rex "Power" Colt


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