Hendriksen was trained as a ceramic artist, but had a talent for singing. After studying with Karl Aagard Østvig he made his debut in Christiania (1938). Engaged at the National Theatre (1940), he worked at Den Nationale Scene in Bergen (1942–1946), before settling in Sweden, where he sang some forty roles at the Stockholm Opera (1947–1964). These included his debut Nemorino and Mozart roles, leading onto Italian bel canto and Herod in Salome. He appeared at times at the Norwegian Opera Company, and enjoyed success as the main character in The Tales of Hoffman (1954), as well as in other productions. He also appeared at the Volksoper in Vienna and he toured the United States. He recorded Don José and Iopas and appeared in the Bergman The Magic Flute film.
This stub incorporates material from Norwegian Wikipedia, with additional material from Kutsch KJ, Riemens L. Arne Hendriksen. In: Unvergängliche Stimmen: Sängerlexikon. Francke Verlag, Bern and Munish, 1982.