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Lance Henriksen

Biography

Performed the role of Charles Bishop Weyland within the Alien series with Michael Biehn. He utilized to work as a collection developer for theatrical models. He performed the function of Frank Dark on it series, Millennium. He provides two kids and was wedded twice along with his second relationship getting to Jane Pollack in 1995. He’s in Gingerclown with Tim Curry.

Quick Facts


Full Name Lance Henriksen
Date Of Birth May 5, 1940
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Height 1.78 m
Profession TV Actor
Education Actors Studio
Nationality American, American
Spouse Jane Pollack, Mary Jane Evans
Children Alcamy Henriksen, Sage Ariel Henriksen
Parents James Henriksen, Margueritte Henriksen
Awards Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Movies Aliens, The Terminator, Alien vs. Predator, Alien 3, Pumpkinhead, Hard Target, Near Dark, Dead Man, The Quick and the Dead, Dog Day Afternoon, Piranha II: The Spawning, The Right Stuff, Harbinger Down, Stone Cold, Tarzan, Appaloosa, Scream 3, Jennifer 8, Abominable, Damien: Omen II, Johnny Handsome, Scream of the Banshee, Hellraiser: Hellworld, The Horror Show, Man's Best Friend, Powder, When a Stranger Calls, Sasquatch Mountain, Gunfighter's Moon, Prince of the City, The Pit and the Pendulum, Mimic 3: Sentinel, Pumpkinhead 4: Blood Feud, The Mangler 2, Jagged Edge, Paranoia 1.0, The Visitor, Color of Night, Stung, The Last Cowboy, Survival Quest, Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes, Savage Dawn, Superman: Brainiac Attacks, The Day Lincoln Was Shot, Delta Heat, The Seamstress, The Slammin' Salmon, No Contest II, Garm Wars: The Last Druid, Lake Eerie
TV Shows The Legend of Korra, Tron: Uprising, Transformers: Animated, Into the West, Grim & Evil, Millennium, The Witches of Oz, DEA, IGPX
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#Fact
1 His father was a Norwegian immigrant, born in Tønsberg.
2 Was cast as the voice of Kerchak in Tarzan (1999) because the filmmakers felt that his powerfully deep voice was perfect to fill the size of the character.
3 As of 2015, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Right Stuff (1983).
4 Along with Charles Nelson Reilly, David Fredericks and Brittany Tiplady, he is one of only four actors to play the same character (Frank Black) in both The X-Files (1993) and Millennium (1996).
5 Did not start acting until he was 30 years old.
6 By the time he was 8 years old, he had spent time in two orphanages, a boarding school and a foster home.
7 The western The Big Sky (1952) was one of his biggest influences to get into film as a young man.
8 Spent four and a half months in Miami's Dade County Jail at age 17 for being an accomplice to a vehicle theft and eluding police in a car chase (the man driving, and guilty of the crime, was a person that had picked him up hitchhiking). Also spent a short stint in a Tucson, Arizona, jail for vagrancy in 1960.
9 Broke his hand while filming Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981) in Jamaica after jumping 40 feet out of a helicopter doing his own stunts. A crew member took him to the local hospital, but the sight of chickens rooting in a dumpster full of bloody bandages prompted him to reconsider medical treatment. He finished the shoot (in extreme pain) with a broken hand.
10 Claims to have improvised his entire role in Stone Cold. He still believes it to be among his best roles.
11 The part of Frank Black in Millennium (1996) was written with him in mind.
12 Lives in Santa Clarita, California.
13 Bears a striking resemblance to actor 'Stephen McHattie', with whom he is often confused. They even once played twin brothers, on an episode of the television series Beauty and the Beast (1987) called "Snow".
14 The Irish electronica group Machines of Love have a song entitled "Lance Henriksen". The group's frontman P.A.L.A.S has said that he's a huge fan of his films and says that he's "criminally underrated".
15 He is the only actor besides Sigourney Weaver to appear in more than one "Alien" movie.
16 He and Bill Paxton are the only two actors to face off against a Terminator, an Alien and a Predator.
17 Loves to vacation in Hawaii.
18 Is a big fan of Eminem's music.
19 He was walking through a hotel lobby in Romania (where he was wrapping up another film) when he was offered One Point O (2004).
20 He has filmed over seven movies in Romania.
21 Enjoys pottery and has been doing it for over 40 years.
22 Lived in Borneo for three years when he was a kid.
23 He was James Cameron's original choice for the title role in The Terminator (1984) when the concept was for a machine that could blend into a crowd. Cameron had even made concept drawings of Henriksen as the Terminator. When the concept was changed, and Arnold Schwarzenegger was cast, Henriksen was re-cast as Det. Vukovich. When Cameron made Aliens (1986), he cast Henriksen as Bishop, an android.
24 As a young man, he hitchhiked across the United States.
25 In addition to having faced off against lethal aliens in the "Alien" and "Predator" films, he has also appeared in a film about more benevolent aliens: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).
26 Has had at least two franchise characters written for him over the years. James Cameron originally wrote The Terminator (1984) character with him in mind, as did Victor Salva with the Creeper from the Jeepers Creepers (2001) movies.
27 Was considered for the title role in The Terminator (1984), but was ruled out when it was decided that Arnold Schwarzenegger (who was reading for the role of Kyle Reese) would be the perfect choice as the Terminator.
28 There was talk of having him reprise his role as Detective Vukovich in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003). The idea was to have his character bound in a wheelchair (after having survived the events of the original film). However, that idea was eventually rejected.
29 Served in the United States Navy.
30 Dropped out of school and left home at age 12.
31 Parents divorced when he was two.
32 His father was a Merchant Marine seaman nicknamed "Icewater".
33 Was illiterate until the age of thirty, when he learned to read by studying movie scripts.
34 Has two daughters: Sage Ariel (12 October 1999) and Alcamy (b. 1987).


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Super Mario Bros. 1993 The King
Excessive Force 1993 Devlin
Delta Heat 1992 Jackson Rivers
Jennifer 8 1992 Freddy Ross
Alien³ 1992 Bishop II
Tales from the Crypt 1990-1991 TV Series Sergeant Ripper Reno Crevice
Reason for Living: The Jill Ireland Story 1991 TV Movie Charles Bronson
Stone Cold 1991 Chains Cooper
Comrades in Arms 1991 Rob Reed
The Pit and the Pendulum 1991 Torquemada
Beauty and the Beast 1989 TV Series Snow
Johnny Handsome 1989 Rafe Garrett
The Horror Show 1989 Detective Lucas McCarthy
Hit List 1989 Chris Caleek
The Last Samurai 1988 Johnny Congo
Deadly Intent 1988 Video Raymond
Survival Quest 1988 Hank
Pumpkinhead 1988 Ed Harley
Martini Ranch: Reach 1988 Video short Gang Member
Near Dark 1987 Jesse Hooker
Paul Reiser Out on a Whim 1987 TV Movie
Aliens 1986 Bishop
Choke Canyon 1986 Brook Alastair
Savage Dawn 1985 Stryker
Streets of Justice 1985 TV Movie Dist. Atty. Jerry Logan
Jagged Edge 1985 Frank Martin
Hardcastle and McCormick 1983-1984 TV Series Josh Fulton / Deseau
The Terminator 1984 Detective Hal Vukovich
Cagney & Lacey 1983-1984 TV Series Sgt. King / Johnny 'Nose'
Scene of the Crime 1984 TV Series
Legmen 1984 TV Series Finch
Riptide 1984 TV Series John McMasters
The A-Team 1984 TV Series Mack Dalton
The Right Stuff 1983 Wally Schirra
Nightmares 1983 MacLeod (segment "The Benediction")
Blood Feud 1983 TV Movie Mel Pierce (polygraph operator)
A Question of Honor 1982 TV Movie Wiley (as Lance Hendrickson)
Piranha Part Two: The Spawning 1981 Police Chief Steve Kimbrough (as Lance Henricksen)
Prince of the City 1981 D.A. Burano
The Dark End of the Street 1981 Jimmy
Ryan's Hope 1980 TV Series Preston Post
B.A.D. Cats 1980 TV Series Timothy
The Visitor 1979 Raymond Armstead
Damien: Omen II 1978 Sergeant Neff
Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 Robert
Network 1976 Network Lawyer at Khan's Place (uncredited)
The Next Man 1976 Federal Security (as Lance Hendrickson)
Mansion of the Doomed 1976 Dr. Dan Bryan
Return to Earth 1976 TV Movie
Dog Day Afternoon 1975 Murphy
To Kill the King 1974 Hank Adams
Emperor of the North 1973 Railroad worker (uncredited)
It Ain't Easy 1972 Randy
The Outsider 1961 U.S. Marine (uncredited)
One for the Road 2018/I Short pre-production Old Booth
Gone Are the Days 2017 post-production Taylon
One 2017/I post-production Pastor Jesse Davidson
West of Hell 2017 post-production The Devil
Acre Beyond the Rye announced Dr. Bradford Weeks
Being pre-production Reverend Campbell
Bring Me the Head of Lance Henriksen post-production Lance
Wraith 2017/I Fr. Ehrlich
Into the Badlands 2015-2017 TV Series Penrith
Needlestick 2017 Alexander Crick
The Machine 2017 TV Movie Stanley (voice)
Lake Eerie 2016 Pop
The Unwilling 2016 Father Harris
Legends of Tomorrow 2016 TV Series Todd Rice Obsidian
Gehenna: Where Death Lives 2016 Morgan
After the Sun Fell 2016 Dicky
The Night Shift 2016 TV Series Clive
The Sector 2016 The Finisher
Deserted 2016/I Hopper
Daylight's End 2016 Frank
Cut to the Chase 2016 The Man
The Blacklist 2015-2016 TV Series Bill McCready
The Hamster 2016 Short Narrator
Criminal Minds 2016 TV Series Chazz Montolo
Grey's Anatomy 2016 TV Series Griffin McColl
Monday at 11:01 A.M. 2016 Bartender
Kids vs Monsters 2015 Heinrich
All Hail King Julien 2015 TV Series Doc Sugarfoot
Fragile Storm 2015 Short Norman
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2015 TV Series Zog
Human Play 2015 Short Pascal
Harbinger Down 2015 Graff
Me Him Her 2015 The Stranger (uncredited)
Spirit Riders 2015 Rex
Stung 2015/I Caruthers
Justice Served 2015 Henry Callas
The Rolling Road 2014 Short Les Davis
Paranormal Island 2014 Carl
Garm Wars: The Last Druid 2014 Wydd
Hollows Grove 2014 Bill
Last Writes 2014 Short Robert Service
Dark Awakening 2014 Father Donovan O'Malley
The Strain 2014 TV Series Narrator
Road to Paloma 2014 FBI Agent Kelly
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft 2014 Video Game Thrallmar Farseer / The Black Knight (voice)
House at the End of the Drive 2014 Skip Johansen
My Dog the Champion 2013 Billy
The Book of Daniel 2013 Cyrus
Blood Shot 2013 Sam
Aliens: Colonial Marines - Stasis Interrupted 2013 Video Game Michael Weyland
Alien Rising 2013 Colonel Stephen Cencula
Hannibal 2013 TV Series Lawrence Wells
Gingerclown 2013 Braineater
Phantom 2013/I Markov
Aliens: Colonial Marines 2013 Video Game Bishop / Michael Bishop Weyland (voice)
TRON: Uprising 2012-2013 TV Series Tesler
Sin Reaper 3D 2012 Dr. Douglas Hoffman
Infex 2012 Video Game Hazelton (voice)
The Legend of Korra 2012 TV Series Lieutenant
Mass Effect 3 2012 Video Game Admiral Steven Hackett (voice)
Dorothy and the Witches of Oz 2012 Henry Gale
The Last Push 2012 Walter Moffitt
It's in the Blood 2012 Russell
Red Princess Blues: Genesis 2011 Short Nino (voice)
The Dog Who Saved Halloween 2011 TV Movie Eli Cole
Memphis Beat 2011 TV Series Tom Harrison
Ambush 2011 Short Old Homeless Man / John Adams Lofgren
Monster Brawl 2011 God (voice)
The Witches of Oz 2011 TV Mini-Series Henry Gale
The Arcadian 2011 Father Reed
Good Day for It 2011 Lyle Tyrus
Scream of the Banshee 2011 TV Movie Broderick Duncan
Beautiful Wave 2011 Jimmy Davenport / Baja Man
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes 2010 TV Series Eric Williams Grim Reaper
Castle 2010 TV Series Benny Stryker
The Genesis Code 2010 Dr. Hoffer
Cyrus 2010/II Emmett
Godkiller: Walk Among Us 2010 Mulciber (voice)
The Penitent Man 2010 Mr. Darnell
Aliens vs. Predator 2010 Video Game Karl Bishop Weyland (voice)
Mass Effect 2 2010 Video Game Admiral Steven Hackett - Arrival DLC (voice)
The Lost Tribe 2009 Gallo
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 2009 Video Game General Shepherd (voice)
Jennifer's Body 2009 Passing Motorist (uncredited)
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena 2009 Video Game Dacher (voice)
Transformers: Animated 2008-2009 TV Series Lockdown
NCIS 2009 TV Series Sheriff Clay Boyd
The Seamstress 2009 Sheriff Virgil Logan
The Slammin' Salmon 2009 Dick Lobo
Screamers: The Hunting 2009 Video Orsow
Necessary Evil 2008 Dr. Fibrian
House 2008 Tin Man (voice)
Transformers Animated: The Game 2008 Video Game Lockdown (voice)
Ladies of the House 2008 TV Movie Frank Olmstead
Alone in the Dark II 2008 Video Abner Lundberg
Appaloosa 2008 Ring Shelton
Dark Reel 2008 Connor Pritchett
Dying God 2008 Chance
Black Ops 2008 Video Col. John Willets
Prairie Fever 2008 Video Monte James
Pistol Whipped 2008 Video The Old Man
CR: Alien vs. Predator 2007 Video Game Charles Bishop Weyland
Mass Effect 2007 Video Game Admiral Steven Hackett (voice)
The Chosen One 2007 Cardinal Fred (voice)
Caminhos do Coração 2007 TV Series Dr. Walker
In the Spider's Web 2007 TV Movie Dr. Lecorpus
Bone Dry 2007 Jimmy
My Cousin's Keeper 2007 Short Finster
Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud 2007 TV Movie Ed Harley
Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes 2006 TV Movie Ed Harley
Sasquatch Mountain 2006 Harlan Knowles
Pirates of Treasure Island 2006 Long John Silver
Superman: Brainiac Attacks 2006 Video Brainiac (voice)
The Da Vinci Treasure 2006 Dr. John Coven
Abominable 2006 Ziegler Dane
The Garden 2006 Ben Zachary
When a Stranger Calls 2006 Stranger (voice)
Gun 2005 Video Game Thomas MacGruder (voice)
IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix 2005 TV Series Andrei Rubley
Hellraiser: Hellworld 2005 Video The Host
Supernova 2005 TV Movie Colonel Harlan Williams
A Message from Fallujah 2005 Short Daniel Crane
Into the West 2005 TV Mini-Series Daniel Wheeler
Tarzan II 2005 Video Kerchak (voice)
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! 2005 TV Series Mobius Quint
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse 2004 Video Game Abaddon (voice)
Starkweather 2004 The Mentor
Modigliani 2004 Foster Kane
Keep Right 2004 Short
AVP: Alien vs. Predator 2004 Charles Bishop Weyland
Evel Knievel 2004 TV Movie 'Awful' Knoffel
Madhouse 2004 Dr. Franks
Out for Blood 2004 Video Captain John Billings
Static Shock 2004 TV Series Kobra Leader
One Point O 2004 Howard
Dream Warrior 2003 Parish
Rapid Exchange 2003 Video Newcastle
Mimic: Sentinel 2003 Video Garbageman
The Invitation 2003 Roland Levy
The Last Cowboy 2003 TV Movie John William Cooper
Antibody 2002 Video Gaynes
Red Faction II 2002 Video Game Molov (voice)
Run Like Hell 2002 Video Game Nick Conner (voice)
The Untold 2002 Video Harlan Knowles
Unspeakable 2002 Jack Pitchford
The Mangler 2 2002 Video Headmaster Bradeen (as Lance Henricksen)
The Legend of Tarzan 2001 TV Series Kerchack
Lost Voyage 2001 TV Movie David Shaw (as Lance Henricksen)
Demons on Canvas 2001 Short John Soltys
Scream 3 2000 John Milton
Freedom 2000 TV Series
The X-Files 1999 TV Series Frank Black
Harsh Realm 1999 TV Series General
Tarzan 1999 Kerchak (voice)
Millennium 1996-1999 TV Series Frank Black
The Day Lincoln Was Shot 1998 TV Movie President Abraham Lincoln
Dusting Cliff 7 1997 Colonel Roger McBride
No Contest II 1996 Eric Dane / Erich Dengler
Profile for Murder 1996 Adrian Cross
Powder 1995 Sheriff Doug Barnum
Baja 1995 Video Burns
Mind Ripper 1995 Stockton
Dead Man 1995 Cole Wilson
Aurora: Operation Intercept 1995 William Stenghel
The Nature of the Beast 1995 Jack Powell
The Quick and the Dead 1995 Ace Hanlon
Spitfire 1995 Richard Charles
Gunfighter's Moon 1995 Frank Morgan
Felony 1994 Taft
Color of Night 1994 Buck
Boulevard 1994 McClaren
No Escape 1994 The Father
Man's Best Friend 1993 Dr. Jarret
The Criminal Mind 1993 Agent Winslow
Hard Target 1993 Emil Fouchon
The Outfit 1993 Dutch Schultz
Knights 1993 Job

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Nature of the Beast 1995 creative consultant

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Super Mario Bros: This Ain't No Video Game 2014 Video documentary special thanks
Wonderland 2011 acknowledgment to the works of
Prince of the City: The Real Story 2007 Video documentary short special thanks
End Game: Making 'Millennium' Season Three 2004 Video documentary short special thanks
Turn of the Tide: Making 'Millennium' Season Two 2004 Video documentary short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Strength in Union Documentary filming Henry Clay Frick
A Place Among the Undead 2016 TV Series documentary Himself (2016)
Millennium After the Millennium 2016 Documentary Himself
Criminal Minds - Season 11: The Dirty Eleven 2016 Video short Himself
Criminal Minds - Season 11: To Derek, with Love 2016 Video short Himself
Today 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Face Off 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest Judge
Nightmares 2015 TV Series Himself - Host
The Playboy Morning Show 2015 TV Series Himself
Super Mario Bros: This Ain't No Video Game 2014 Video documentary Himself - 'The King'
Alien Encounters: Superior Fan Power Since 1979 2014 Documentary Himself
Svengoolie 2014 TV Series Himself
Tweet Out 2014 TV Series Himself
Remembering the Monster Kid : A Tribute to Stan Winston 2014 Documentary Himself
Moviecops 2014 TV Series Himself
Bikeman Begins 2014 Documentary Himself
Beyond the Marquee 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Facts and Fiction in the Life of Mr. Henriksen 2012 Documentary short Himself
FedCon XX: The SciFi Experience 2011 Documentary Himself
The Ballad of El Topo Chico 2011 Short Himself (as Lance Hendrickson)
Attack of the Show! 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
This Week in Horror 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Surfing with the Enemy 2011 Documentary Narrator
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film 2009 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Mythic Journeys 2009 Documentary The Sorcerer (voice)
Pumpkinhead Unearthed 2008 Video documentary Himself
Adventures in Voice Acting 2008 Video documentary Himself
D.E.A. 2008 TV Series Himself - Narrator
Prince of the City: The Real Story 2007 Video documentary short Himself / D.A. Burano
The Da Vinci Treasure: Behind the Scenes 2006 Video short Himself / Coven
'Dog Day Afternoon': Casting the Controversy 2006 Video short Himself
'Dog Day Afternoon': Recreating the Facts 2006 Video short Himself
'Network': The Experience 2006 Video short Himself
'Network': The World and Words of Paddy Chayefsky 2006 Video short Himself
End Game: Making 'Millennium' Season Three 2004 Video documentary short Himself / Frank Black
Turn of the Tide: Making 'Millennium' Season Two 2004 Video documentary short Himself / Frank Black
HBO First Look 2004 TV Series documentary short Himself
Order in Chaos: Making Millennium - Season One 2004 Video documentary Himself
AVP: Production 2004 Video documentary Himself
The 100 Scariest Movie Moments 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Superior Firepower: The Making of 'Aliens' 2003 Video documentary Himself
The Making of 'Alien³' 2003 Video documentary Himself
Expedition: Bismarck 2002 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
The 'Alien' Saga 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Living in Darkness 2002 Video documentary Himself
The Omen Legacy 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Alien Evolution 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself / Bishop
Atlantis in the Andes 2001 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Explosive Situations 2000 TV Movie documentary Narrator
High Speed Impacts 2000 TV Movie documentary Narrator
The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 TV Special documentary Himself - Nominee
The World's Greatest Hoaxes: Secrets Finally Revealed 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator (voice)
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1998 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Drama Series
Millennium: Fact & Fiction 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1997 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1997 TV Special Himself - Nominee
The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards 1997 TV Special Himself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Dramatic Series
Cinema of Vengeance 1994 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Making of 'Hard Target' 1993 TV Movie documentary Emil Fouchon
The Making of 'Alien 3' 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Making of 'Terminator' 1984 TV Short documentary Himself
Lumet: Film Maker 1975 Documentary short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2015 TV Series Zog
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2012-2013 TV Series documentary Charles Bishop Weyland Bishop II Bishop ...
The Legend of Korra: The Re-telling of Korra's Journey 2013 TV Short Lieutenant (uncredited)
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater 1995 TV Series Job
Two-Fisted Tales 1992 TV Movie Ripper (segment "Yellow")

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 IIFC Award Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema Best Actor - Short Fragile Storm (2015)
2016 Short Film Competition Award (July) One-Reeler Short Film Competition Best Actor Last Writes (2014)
2016 Best Supporting Actor Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, US Best Supporting Actor Cut to the Chase (2016)
2016 UIFF Trophy United International Film Festival Best Actor Last Writes (2014)
2015 Best Actor Short Studio City Film Festival, US Best Actor Fragile Storm (2015)
2013 BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series The Legend of Korra (2012) · Janet Varney
· J.K. Simmons
· David Faustino
· P.J. Byrne
· Dee Bradley Baker
· Mindy Sterling
· Steve Blum
· Seychelle Gabriel
· Kiernan Shipka
· Darcy Rose Byrnes
· Logan Wells
· Maria Bamford
· Daniel Dae Kim
· Jeff Bennett
2013 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series The Legend of Korra (2012) · Janet Varney
· J.K. Simmons
· David Faustino
· P.J. Byrne
· Dee Bradley Baker
· Mindy Sterling
· Steve Blum
· Seychelle Gabriel
· Kiernan Shipka
· Darcy Rose Byrnes
· Logan Wells
· Maria Bamford
· Daniel Dae Kim
· Jeff Bennett
2012 Festival Prize Louisville Fright Night Film Fest Best Actor It's in the Blood (2012)
2012 Best Actor New York City Horror Film Festival It's in the Blood (2012)
2009 Life Career Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
2006 Jury Prize Austin Fantastic Fest Best Supporting Actor Abominable (2006)
1994 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor Hard Target (1993)
1991 Best Actor Fantafestival The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Festival Award Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival, NJ Best Actor in a Short Film (Medium) Fragile Storm (2015)
2016 Festival Award Northeast Film Festival, US Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film Cut to the Chase (2016)
2010 Best Supporting Actor Method Fest Feature Film The Penitent Man (2010)
2003 DVDX Award DVD Exclusive Awards Best Actor in a DVD Premiere Movie Mimic: Sentinel (2003)
2003 DVDX Award DVD Exclusive Awards Best Audio Commentary (New for DVD) Aliens (1986) · James Cameron
· Michael Biehn
· Jenette Goldstein
· Carrie Henn
· Christopher Henn
· Gale Anne Hurd
· Pat McClung
· Bill Paxton
· Dennis Skotak
· Robert Skotak
· Stan Winston
1999 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama Millennium (1996)
1999 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Genre TV Actor Millennium (1996)
1999 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1998)
1998 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama Millennium (1996)
1997 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama Millennium (1996)
1997 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Genre TV Actor Millennium (1996)
1993 Chainsaw Award Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actor Man's Best Friend (1993)
1991 Chainsaw Award Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actor The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)
1990 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Johnny Handsome (1989)
1988 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actor Pumpkinhead (1988)


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#Quote
1 [on James Cameron] There's nobody else quite like Jim Cameron. There may be guys who are more charming, by I know the core truth of who he is: By the time the movie is ready to shoot, he has written and rewritten the script over and over until it's perfect. He also knows that once you arrive on that soundstage, this is the only shot you're going to get at what you're doing, so he works until he drops. He's the first guy on the set and the last to leave. That's Jim Cameron: a magnificent obsession.
2 [on Sidney Lumet] I did three movies with Lumet and he was the only guy in the industry I've ever seen who worked this way: He'd get the entire cast together, big parts and small, rent out this big ballroom, tape off all the locations, and we'd do the whole script with everyone there, block it out. Then by the time we got to the set, not only was everyone comfortable, but we were an ensemble.
3 I don't really have an identity, I really don't. I spend half my life living other people's lives. I kind of rationalize everything that happens in my life, and make it personal. It's a crazy phenomenon.
4 There's no difference for me between big budget and low budget filmmaking. I'm there to conspire with the cast and crew to make the best movie we can.
5 I am a survivor. There's an old saying: "If you can't use it, lose it. If you can't lose it, use it."
6 [on a simple but continually useful exercise learned from Sandra Seacat in the 1970s, from a 1993 Film Comment interview] I had a wonderful acting teacher, Sandra Seacat, and one of the things she taught was she'd put a book on a chair and all you did was ask questions about that book: is it a good book or a lousy book? Who made the binding? Why don't I want to read it? Why would I want to read it? How long has it been sitting there? It's a very simple exercise but I do that all the time, constantly question myself and my surroundings, not in a negative way but in a positive way that leads toward my character.
7 Jim (James Cameron) is one of those directors that every dollar goes up on the screen and what he was doing with Terminator was in a lot of ways way ahead of its time. It was a five million dollar movie but looked like twenty. (On The Terminator (1984))
8 (2011) My influence on these lower-budget movies has always been to say that you can't compete with the blockbusters. We don't have the money, so let's use our imaginations. I've done enough of these movies to know that we are not going to be able to compete with a hundred million dollar movie. So let's use our imaginations and turn this film into something original. Even a tiny, simple scene - let's turn it into something different. That's always my goal.
9 (2011, on Mangler 2) I had to pay some bills.
10 (2011) The real result of doing a movie is a feeling of satisfaction. As soon as that happens, then you step into the waiting room. Now what am I going to do? Am I going to celebrate? Am I going to reward myself and go on holiday? Okay, that lasts five minutes. Now what? Now I wait. I start feeling like I don't know who I am. I start that cycle all over again.... One of my favorite thinkers, Gonzalo Lira, wrote a blog the other day where he said, "I'm down. I'm really down. I'm waiting for something. I don't know what I'm waiting for, but I'll know it when I see it." That's a beautiful thing. I felt really moved by the fact that this brilliant guy could stop in the middle of everything and admit that. No bullshit; just sharing the truth. People responded and started telling him what he should do with his life. They were all trying to be rescuers... But he didn't need rescuing. He didn't need to be fixed. He was just being honest. To me, that's the real power of all of this... We're sharing ideas. We're sharing the truth...My worst enemy is waiting and isolation. In a way, all actors live a life of quiet desperation, because you don't have a solid routine that you can depend on... until you're working, and then you're as solid as anybody.
11 (2011, on his career) I've always wrestled with the feeling that I'm not worthy of everything that's been given to me. I'm a shoe-shine boy from Manhattan! How the fuck did all of this happen? I didn't plan any of it. Everything that's come along has been like a kiss in the dark. Even now, I don't really know where my next job is going to come from or where it's going to take me...The miracle of my life that I was able to hang in there long enough to outlive my bad behavior. When I was young, I was really angry and fucked up. The arts drew me right out of that, and gave me choices... Though the arts, I've worked with some of the most talented people alive today. And they are the making of me - because they've helped me to embrace all these wonderful ideas and concepts that have furthered my growth as a human being. That's why I'm still in it. For me, art has been the difference between life and death... If a child is in an unhappy place, they go somewhere to seek out what they need. Otherwise, they're not going to survive. They're not going to flourish. My whole life has been this pursuit. I guess all people's lives are like that. That's what we have in common. You use all of your experiences, and you get some lucky breaks, and people help you. I haven't done this alone, that's for sure. If I'd had to do all of this by myself - trying to learn all of the life lessons that we have to learn if we're going to go out with any grace - it would have taken me ten or twenty lifetimes.
12 (2011, on filming movies in Romania) You step into another world and you feel the vibe of that country. With Romania, I hadn't seen all the pain and tumult that made it like it was, but I was still sensitive to it. It's surprising how much you take in, and how that affects your work.... I spent a lot of time talking to the people of Romania about what it was like when (Dictator) Ceausescu was around. I actually stayed in Ceausescu's old library building, and I went on tours of the city.... The first time I went, there were packs of wild dogs running around that would attack people in the streets. Because when Ceausescu moved people out of their houses [to put them in working-class apartment complexes], people had to let their pets go because they had nowhere to put them. I heard a story that, when the Army executed Ceausescu and his wife, they were shot so many times that their heads were blown open, and a stray dog came into that courtyard and ate their brains off of the ground. When I went back to Romania the second time, most of the dogs had been killed.... That sort of thing makes a strong impression.
13 (2011, on Antibody) That movie was so cheap that the whole ship was made out of wood. Even the chairs were wood. Everything was wood. Every fucking thing. Instead of using a little leather here and there, or a little plastic.... Robin Givens and I went into a laughing jag in one of those scenes, and we almost couldn't get out of it. It was the scene where the ship was bouncing and we're [reacting with minimal movement]. I look back and I see this Argentinean actor [bouncing around exaggeratedly] and I'm thinking: What the fuck is he doing? It made me laugh so hard, I had trouble for the rest of the day. Every time I thought of it, it made me start laughing again.
14 (2011) I went through a phase where I was being invited to Eastern Europe to do these movies. And I thought: It's a payday. It's an adventure. I never thought they'd be shown in America. I really didn't... I call them jet-lag movies, because I always got there feeling jet-lagged and then we'd start shooting the next day. I wouldn't even get an eight hour turn-around before I had to start reciting all this shit. They don't give you any time. It's just, "Get in there and do it." And you know what the feeling of jet-lag is like. You're physically there, but your soul is somewhere else.... That's how I felt making those movies.
15 (2011, on his love of pottery) I have a strong attraction towards discovery. That's what pottery is about for me. I ceramics as a recording device. It records everything you do, from the moment you pick up a ball of the clay to the moment you take the finished-fired piece out of the kiln. Everything is recorded in it - every touch, everything it's been exposed to. When I look at a pot, that's what I see. I don't look at a finished pot and go, "That's a great pot." I look at a pot and see the experience. I've thrown away more kiln-loads of pottery than any potter I know - thrown them away, taken them to the dump - but I didn't throw them away before I saw what was recorded there. The finished pot records the whole adventure, and that's what I love about it. From the lump of clay to a bisque-fired piece to a glazed piece to a finish-fired piece, I like to prolong my involvement with a piece. And I'm experimenting constantly, at each stage, because I want to surprise myself...It is meditation in a very broad sense. You create your environment - you create your studio. You know where to find your tools. You know where you mix your clay. The environment is structured and so well-lived in that you come to depend on it. You go there for comfort. You go there for escape. You go there for all the things you can't get anywhere else.... Acting doesn't offer the same security, because you're part of someone else's cosmos. In pottery, I create my own cosmos. I'm in it as soon as I walk through the door of my studio. It's compulsive. I have a compulsive desire to pursue the things in life that make me feel like I own myself.
16 (2011, on The Last Cowboy) The easiest movie I ever made...I'm working with an actress, I get a sense of how she sees the world and where she is in life. I'm getting to know the person, not the character. Once I do that, I start to realize that we all have much more in common than we think we do. A lot of people think of themselves as utterly different and utterly isolated, but the truth is that we're all going through the same things in life. We're all trying to figure out how we fit into the world. In a situation like this, that father/daughter relationship becomes automatic. It happens off-screen, and then hopefully it happens onscreen.
17 (2011, on Beautiful Wave) I understood the role immediately. When you get out on a board, all you have to deal with is the movement of the ocean. For the first twenty-five years of my life, I never stopped moving. As a kid, I was always either running from something or to something imaginary. When I was on the road, I always felt that I was arriving somewhere right after something happened, or right before something was going to happen... but never when it happened. And I connected this to surfing, because that's all about movement - and movement can be a reassuring thing when you're doing it in solitude. In pottery, it's the same thing. I have solitude when I'm working. There are no limits, no boundaries. It's all created by me. When I'm making pottery, my boundaries belong to me. And that's the great escape.
18 (2011, on all the Pumpkinhead sequels) I know that character's pain. I know his disappointment. And I was revisiting an experience that I understood really well.... That's why I crawled out of the theater when I saw those. They were gonna have a Q&A at the end of the third Pumpkinhead, but I got down on the floor and I crawled out. When the lights came up, they said, "Well, we have Lance... Lance?... Where's Lance?" And my agent was laughing because he'd seen me crawl out. That was fucking embarrassing... but I just wanted to get the fuck out, because I knew that the director was gonna get up and talk moon talk about this movie that I didn't care about, and I didn't want to humiliate the memory of the original Pumpkinhead by getting up there and waxing eloquent about bullshit. I mean, look at the situation: I'm a ghost of what was originally there. Why would I want to get up and say, "I'll tell you what it feels like to be a ghost of the original. This is a piece of shit." I didn't want to say that. I'd rather get out and let them have their little party... When people bring up those Pumpkinhead sequels, it's like saying, "You know what you did when you were drunk last night?" That's what it feels like.
19 (2011, on making three Sasquatch movies) the end of the Sasquatch movies. If you've done three, there are no more expressions you could possibly have left towards a Sasquatch that would be new, unless he steps on me. Don't even mention Sasquatch to me. If I get another script that says "The Sasquatch looks around the tree," I'm going to go, "No way, leave me alone, man."
20 (2011, on A Message from Fallujah) I was shooting a commercial in Australia and, the day before I left, the director said to me, "I have this idea for an anti-war film." He described it in vague terms and said, "Would you be interested in doing it?" We were at the height of the [Iraq] war at that point, so I said, "I'll do it but I don't want any money for it." We communicated over the next couple of months and got the script to where we wanted it, and then I jumped on a plane and we shot it in a week... I played an American engineer who's done six months of contract work [in the Middle East] and he's getting ready to leave. Everybody is going to the airport, but he stayed to have one more cup of tea. If he had gone with them, nothing would have happened, but he was enjoying his tea. That was important to me because it showed this guy appreciating little things about the culture. I wanted that contrast between the beauty of the culture and the insanity of war... I also used Saddam money to pay for the tea. I had been in Romania making a film, and I met these two soldiers who were on leave from battle. They were staying in the same hotel I was staying at. And one of the soldiers gave me some Saddam money. I was very touched by it. He was trying to give me the only thing he had to offer. And I felt really grateful that they were sitting there - alive, not dead. So we used that in the movie.
21 (2011) I was in Tangiers, all of the hip writers - guys like Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs - were living there in this apartment building. Everybody was always on the roof, smoking hashish and philosophizing... I didn't have enough education for it to be entertaining to me, so I watched it as a voyeur. I thought I was wild, but these guys were bizarre. But they were good people, you know. They accepted each other. It was an era of connection.... I remember I had a buddy in New York whose name was Johnson, and he was a painter, too. He used to ride this little scooter around the city. One day I went to McSorley's Ale House to find him, because we all used to meet there, to talk art and drink beer. I went in and said, "Where's Johnson?" And everybody said, "You didn't hear? He got killed - he was riding his scooter and he got hit by a truck." I was devastated. I walked out of McSorley's and I was weeping uncontrollably. I was really upset, because Johnson was one of the few friends I had that I felt really close to. I ran into Allan Ginsberg, and he took the time and tried really hard to talk me down from the absolute devastation I was feeling... That's the kind of guy he was. The artists of that era - the poets and the painters - they were good people.
22 (2011, on Hard Target and his character) I was getting really dark when I was shooting that movie. I was hanging out with the scum of New Orleans - I'm talking about gangsters and killers. I was so into that role, and I was looking at the world like I had night-vision or something. It was crazy.... And for what? When I saw the movie, I thought: Why did you do that? Why did you put yourself through that dark place? I didn't have to do that. It didn't even show in the movie. That guy [Fouchon] was all style. I could have had much more fun with the role. I really could have. I didn't need to lick the lint off of the floor to prove that I was willing.
23 (2011) Every love affair you ever have, that chick leaves a mark on you. And whenever you have a good laugh, your DNA is altered. Those things make you who you are. For me, it's the same thing with acting. Every role alters my cell structure. Those films are in me. I am who I am in relation to the characters I've played. There are times where I'm playing a role and I think: I like this guy's life more than my own. And then I hear the director yell "Cut!" and I think: Fuck! I was just getting somewhere. It's crazy, isn't it?
24 (2011, on Jennifer 8) I thought that the character I was playing had gone through a phase where he wanted to be the super-cop. He was an L.A. cop, but he got fed up after a while and transferred to this small town, Eureka. Now he's getting close to retirement. He's got a wife that he loves. He goes fishing on the weekend. He was very at peace... I don't normally get those kinds of roles. I usually get roles where the guy is carrying the angst of the world in his fucking soul. Playing Freddy Ross was the happiest I've ever been on a movie set...On the second day of shooting, I was doing this scene on my boat. I look up on the pier and I see Jon Voight standing with the producer. I immediately thought I was gonna get replaced. I know Jon, so I should have said hello - but I couldn't because I thought he was there to replace me. It went through me like a cold breeze, and I thought: Oh no, I really like this role... In the end, it turned out that I was just being paranoid.
25 (2011, on working with Uma Thurman on Jennifer 8) At one point, we were shooting in an old abandoned mental institution. Uma brought a Ouija board and we went up into the scariest part of the building. We asked it: "Who killed Kennedy?" And the thing almost leaped out of our hands. It spelled: "LBJ, LBJ." Then we asked, "Who are you?" And the thing said, "I'm the guy that did it." He said he had been put in this Canadian syphilitic ward to keep him quiet, and he never got out. He died there. We got so scared that we threw the Ouija board away. That was fun. Uma was great!
26 (2011, on filming Delta Heat and working with Anthony Edwards) The director would just say, "Hey man, don't worry about it. It's a happening thing." That's how he would direct us! And then Tony and I would look at each other like, "What the fuck?" Then we would work our asses off figuring out the scene, and he would go, "See? I told you! It's a happening thing, man!" He did the whole movie that way... We just surrendered to it...The producer was so cheap he wasn't even feeding the crew breakfast. Tony called up a catering service and for a week he paid for the catering, to embarrass the producer into giving them breakfast. And it worked. Tony Edwards impressed the shit out of me.
27 (2011, on The Outfit) He sent me the script in California, and I thought I was playing an FBI agent in it. When I got to the East Coast, he said, "No Lance, you're playing Dutch Schultz - one of the most famous mobsters in American history." I had twelve hours to prepare, so I stayed up all night reading about this guy in my hotel room. It was a crash course. I got one hour of sleep that night.... In the morning, I decided just to for it. I thought: This is the only opportunity I'll ever have to play this person. You don't get to play a famous person twice. Just go for it...I got to shoot a Thompson sub machine gun from back in the 30s. It kinda ruined one of my ears. We were moving so fast that I forgot to put earplugs in, and that baby is loud... Yeah, I had fun with it. I got to push everybody around... but I got sick of the sound of my own voice.
28 (2011, on his character in Hard Target) I was in a bar once with this guy who was provoking everyone around him, including me. He pushed people right to the point where they were ready to fight. Then he would get happy - because when everybody around him was operating at a certain adrenaline level, he felt normal. That was my motivation for the character in Hard Target.
29 (On filming The Pit and the Pendulum with Oliver Reed) I remember the day when Oliver Reed came in. He was playing a cardinal, sent by the Pope.... He was such a loose canon. When I met him, we said our hellos and then he said, "You want to see something?" I said, "What?" And he out his dick. The head was tattooed with what looked like an ace of spades - it was a quick glance. I said, "Put that ugly fucking thing away." He just laughed. That night, we all sat down for a big welcoming dinner - the director, the producers and the cast. There must have been thirty of us. And there were these bowls of apples on the table. And lots of wine! Oliver took an apple and he put it on the table in front of him. Then he slammed his fist down and turned it into applesauce. It just went everywhere. That was exactly the kind of release I was looking for. I just wanted to let (my character) go, because I felt so restrained. I felt like I had wound the watch too far, and the spring was so tight. So I grabbed an apple and I did it too. I slammed it and it went everywhere. Everyone at the table was appalled. And I thought, Perfect. After that, I took Oliver's lead for the rest of the night. We proceeded to drink all of the white wine on the table - about ten bottles of local wine - and then went into this evening of oblivion. I remember literally climbing the wall outside the castle - this 150-foot high, almost completely vertical wall. We climbed all the way to the top and stood on the edge, screaming down at the town below. That's the last thing I remember. The next thing I remember was waking up in bed the next morning, and my clothes were hanging on the doorknob outside my room...and they were completely shredded. I don't know what the hell the story was there.
30 (2011) The predominant feeling I have at the end of a job is that I don't know who I am. It's a distinct feeling of not having any identity at all. None. This has been the biggest problem of my life, especially in relationships with women. Because when I go into that phase, where I don't know who the fuck I am, what have they got? They're standing there on the sidelines going, "What about us?"... It's the price you have to pay for this kind of work. At least, it's the price I have to pay. You have to shed the role, you have to absolutely shed it, and then you need time to heal.
31 (On filming Tales from the Crypt episode "Yellow" with Kirk Douglas) I had to tell Kirk Douglas that his son was a yellow bastard...He called me over and he goes, 'Lance...Such power...such power.' To get that kind of compliment from him, of all people, was overwhelming. I couldn't even answer.
32 (On almost being killed filming Piranha Part Two: The Spawning in Jamaica) There was a cement pier going out into the harbor, and we put the camera right out on the end of that pier, so the harbor would look like open ocean. And we were hovering in the helicopter while they set the shot up. It took so long to set the shot that nobody noticed this big sailboat with a high mast coming into the harbor behind us. And when we turned to go out, the mast was right there. I looked down and saw my feet only two feet away from it. If we'd hooked it, we would have been dead. Luckily the pilot was a Jamaican Air Force pilot who had chased drug smugglers, and he reacted instinctively and put that thing straight up in the air. He just yanked back on the stick and we went up until we lost air speed. Then the engine stalled. He flipped it around and dove straight into the ocean to re-gain air speed. We just barely managed to fly out of there. It was a miracle we didn't hit the water.... We went over to a nearby field and landed. When we got out of the helicopter - it was just the pilot and me - we were shaking. It was a hell of a fucking ride. I remember Jim [Cameron] said afterwards, "I thought you were fucking dead." Everybody was so shocked that they dropped the camera in the water. We had to send for a new camera.
33 (2011, on always being pegged as the villain) A friend of mine wrote a script and he wanted me to play a character who was the most offensive human being - I mean, he was raping women and butchering them. I said, "I can't do it." Another guy called me out of the blue once, and he actually said, "Hey Lance, I've got a role for you. You were born to do this role. It is you." So I said, "What is it?" And he said, "Well, it's this child molester..." And I said, "Do you realize what you just said to me?"... How am I supposed to respond to that? I said, "I'm not interested in your fucking movie. Don't ever call me again." I couldn't react any other way.
34 (2011, on working with Ellen Barkin in Johnny Handsome) As soon as I got there (to New Orleans), we went out drinking together. She took me to a place to get my ear pierced. She said, "You need an earring, you need a big fucking earring." She bought me a battleaxe [earring] and she said, "That's what you're going to use to play your character." We created our whole dynamic during that one evening of carousing the French Quarter. We were the couple from hell. We were constantly berating each other - making scenes. We created the whole thing out of that. It was great. She was probably the strongest actress I've ever worked with.... And not only was she a great actress, but she was so sexy that she made me shy.
35 (2011, on his role in Tales from the Crypt in the episode "Cutting Cards") It was one of my favorites. I asked them to dress me all in black and put the piping in such a way that the guy looks totally non-physical - because gamblers spend all their time at a table. Then I got that little stupid-ass mustache. Walter Hill let me do whatever I wanted, because he understood that sometimes the smallest thing can help me find the character. What happened on the Crypt set was that everyone would say, 'Let's try this!' or 'Let's try that!' We never wanted to stop trying new things... even though we were working twelve, fourteen hours a day!
36 (2011, on Stone Cold and improvising his entire role) Craig Baxley came in, I met with him in the lobby of the hotel, and I said: "Craig, if you notice in the script, every line that Chains says comes directly from the Bible." I said, "The minute I open my mouth and say the first one, the audience is going to back off. They won't listen to a fucking thing I say after that, because it's ridiculous." He said, "What should we do?" I said, "Let me improvise the entire role. I'll stay within the structure of the script, but I want to improvise every line."... That was a moment where I decided to stop being afraid of whatever was coming that I didn't know about yet. I just said [to myself], 'I have confidence now. You've either got it or you don't. I have it. I have to rely on the unspoken things - the instincts that are in my body that only I know about.' That's how I was able to walk up to the director and say, "This role is really about something else...." That was the first time I ever said that to a director. I was really taking a chance - because I wasn't on film yet and I could have been fired - but he said okay. After that, I got so deep into the role that I'd just say whatever came into my mind.
37 My feeling is, I do a lot of low-budget films. I don't do low-budget acting. I have no interest in just goofballing my way through, thinking ah, no one's ever going to see this anyway ... And you know, most people don't set out to do a bad movie. There are a few exceptions -- what I call "alimony films," where the whole point is to pay some bills -- but mostly people are trying to do their best. What's frustrating to me is when, on a low-budget movie, people don't take chances. A big-budget movie, that script's your bible, nobody's going to risk going off the page. But when you're doing a very low-budget film, why not take some chances, intellectually, artistically?
38 If you're not acting, you're not an actor.
39 It does seem like some of my films have become cult movies and have done very well in the long run. In several cases, they have proven themselves without any help at all.
40 I had no idea I would make my career in film, but I always knew from my theater work that I would be an actor. To be honest there are hard parts to being an actor. I'm still coming to terms with being away from home, being in a hotel for months on end, losing girl friends and wives because I'm not there to maintain such relationships.
41 I just feel lucky to get as many shots as I get at good roles. Really lucky, indeed. I always loved movies as an escape. I just wanted to be an artist, because I don't just want to come and go and have no one know I ever lived. I wanted to make a record of my existence. For some people it doesn't happen, even if they're wonderful talents. Knock on wood, it has happened to me, but I know many talented people who aren't working.
42 [on creating characters] There's a way that the Actors Studio works, they want you to create character based on some experience from your own life so you personalize it. If you put that in your role your gonna do it: once you commit and make it personal, it's like a thread. That thread, once its pulled - channeled - you don't know where it's coming from. You start this 'channeling '. And it starts coming at such a speed.
43 [on inspirational actors] Certain actors' performance even in bad films can be incredible, and inspiring. Some of my favorite actors weren't very well noticed in their careers: John Lone was a great actor, he came from the Peking Theatre. And Yun-Fat Chow. John Woo is a great guy and an inspiring person. Along the way there are moments from all kinds of movies, if I find five minutes in any film worth watching it is worth watching the film. I love finding that gem of a performance. There are so many actors who are so talented. The one best thing on Millennium (1996) was meeting new actors every week. I always tried to make them feel welcome.
44 [on how he got started in the business] I started in theatre, my first job was designing sets. I didn't know what I was doing, but I had a talent for making dramatic sets; I had been a painter for years. The first play I did, I got the job because I had built the set! And I didn't even know I got the lead part. The key thing to remember in this business is that they don't invite you in, but once you're in they won't kick you out. So start small and it will grow.
45 [on playing real characters] The hardest part about playing a real person in a movie is that it makes you very self-conscious. But once you start working then you're OK, you get into it and don't think about it. It's different if you meet them beforehand, it would make it easier. But I've only ever played guys I've never met. It would be better to meet them beforehand.
46 [on leaving his role as Frank Black in Millennium (1996) behind him] Man, it took me a year to get out of that. With effort. The first thing I did was go to Hawaii and get two tattoos. One is a shark, the other dolphins. I felt attacked, and I felt like a beast. It was dark stuff. I think if we had gone on another year, it really would have taken hold.
47 I never understand with movie companies, why they don't think of where to spend money. A lot of the time they throw money at things that don't work. They just keep throwing money at it: "Well, this movie, if it didn't work with that much money, this will make it work!" But they don't know that if they paid actors for a couple of weeks to rehearse, they would save hundreds of thousands of dollars on the set.
48 When you do a low-budget film, you gotta let your intuition fly.
49 When I start working I go back to zero again literally. It's the only way, because if I approach a film without being at zero I'm not having the experience. I'm just bringing my tricks - and I'm not gonna do that. It's risky because you end up on an adventure that you weren't expecting, and I like it. That's why I do acting. I am still enthusiastic about acting. I'm not bored. I'm not doing a George Sanders: poor guy killed himself. His note was, "I'm bored". Poor guy. But, no, I love it.
50 I've broken bones doing stunts, I've always been one to have a go. But after a while I realized that there are some things not worth doing. Stunt men pay a price, some of them can hardly walk when they're older. John Woo set me on fire twice for Hard Target (1993). It burnt my ears! But I would've done anything for John Woo.
51 Acting is still tough for me on a certain level. Every role for me is like going back to zero. I have to decide what I'm going to do or if I can even act anymore. It's rough when you're constantly challenging yourself to do better and better work, rather than merely going through the motions.
52 [on working so much] You know something, if you're not acting, you're not an actor - you've gotta work. No way around it. I remember Andy Garcia - we had done Jennifer 8 (1992) together. And Andy, I think, was probably making a couple of million for that movie, and he looked at me one day and he goes, "Hey Lan, you work too much, you shouldn't work so much". And I said, "Alright Andy, if I was making a couple million a movie, I wouldn't work too much. I wouldn't need to work 'too much'!" Everybody has their own life to live, and I love doing the work, so what I am I gonna do? He hasn't done the same kind of roles I have. But it's lucky for me, because I'm really having a good time.
53 [on his instincts as an actor] When I first read the script for Hard Target (1993), I thought, "I'm gonna glue my ears back for this role", and I had no idea why at the time. In my mind's eye I saw the character as being linear, sleek; he looked like a Doberman. So I got my hair cut in a certain way. The thing I hate most in acting is asking permission to do things. What you really want to do is say, "This is my need; this is what's going to get me further; this is what's going to be alive". I don't ever say, "Do you mind if . . . ?" I just come in and do it.
54 [on his success] I appreciate the idea that anybody would think of me as a star. But I'm really not career-oriented in the sense that I want to be a star. It's not in me. It's not what I do. In fact, I'm amazed that I've even gotten this far.
55 [on what he won't do as an actor] I won't do slasher movies, and I won't play child molesters or men who beat women. I can't rationalize "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Friday 13th" films because they're too one-note. And besides, I've been killed in so many movies in so many ways over the years that to be dealing out that kind of death would be terrible. I'll play a bad guy, but he has to be a character with a purpose.
56 I've always known from the beginning of my acting career that you only get an acting job if you've got something to learn about it. If you don't do it well, you'll be condemned to doing the same role over and over and over again. If you do it mediocre you'll have to do it again. Once you've done the role really well, you don't have to repeat it , you don't have to go back there.
57 I'm pretty slapstick in my life but nobody sees that. You get typecast. I'm from New York and I have a shit-detector that's outspoken. I'm very streetwise and the producers detect that. So they get me on a movie and kill me. I go into their offices and I'm sure when I leave they say, "You know, he'd be great to kill". I've been killed every way you can imagine.
58 If I'm going to have a rough time doing it, then that's what I'll do. If I'm in the comfort zone, I can't. I have to get off-balance enough to be alive.
59 The challenge for me in a part is if it's something I haven't done.
60 You can't do every movie - although I do a lot of them - and the thing I'm longing to do is . . . it's not that I think I'm funny . . . but I long to do a situation comedy.
61 I always wanted to be an actor, even when I was a little kid. When I used to run away from home, I'd go to movies and sit all night watching Kirk Douglas. When I was 16, I tried getting into the Actors Studio and they told me to get lost. I said "I'll come back when I'm a man", and I came back when I was 30. I went to sea, I traveled the world . . . I was waiting.

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1 Intense understated performances
2 Gravelly deep yet commanding voice

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