Biehn at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International
Michael Connell Biehn
July 31, 1956
|Other names||Mike, Mick(ey)|
|Spouse(s)||Carlene Olson (1980–1987)|
Gina Marsh (1988–2014)
Jennifer Blanc (2015–present)
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) and Adventure Inc. (2002-03). Biehn received a Best Actor Saturn Award nomination for Aliens, and received The Life Career Award at the 2011 ceremony.
Biehn was born in Anniston, Alabama, the second of three children of Marcia (née Connell) and Don Biehn, a lawyer. He is partially of German descent. When he was young, he moved with his family to Lincoln, Nebraska, and then to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where he was a member of the high school drama club before graduating. He attended the drama program at the University of Arizona, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity before moving to Hollywood.
Biehn got his start in movies with a bit part in the film version of Grease in 1978. He appears in two scenes, in one which John Travolta's character, Danny, hits Biehn's uncredited character in the stomach while playing basketball. 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. 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. He starred in two other films directed by James Cameron: Aliens (as Corporal Hicks) and The Abyss (as Lieutenant Hiram Coffey), and had a small role in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, briefly reprising role as Reese in a scene cut from the final film but restored for the Director's Cut version. 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.
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). 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. Biehn reprised the role of Hicks by voicing the character in the video game Aliens: Colonial Marines and again in 2019 for an audio drama adaptation of Gibson's un-filmed script for Alien 3 released by Audible. Biehn played the role of Johnny Ringo in Tombstone with the showdown scene with Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday.
In the 2000s, Biehn took acting roles ranging from big budget films such as The Art of War and Clockstoppers, to video games like Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun, and independent movies, such as Havoc. He also starred in three TV series including the CBS drama The Magnificent Seven (1998–2000), 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. 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.
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) and divorced in 1987. He then married his second wife, Gina Marsh. They have two sons, Caelan Michael (b. April 11, 1992) and Alexander (b. March 19, 2003) and separated in 2008. Biehn is now married to actress Jennifer Blanc, who co-produced and starred alongside him in The Victim. The couple have one son, Dashiell King Biehn, born March 21, 2015.
|1977||Logan's Run||Sandman||TV Series, 1 episode|
|1978||Grease||Mike, basketball player||Uncredited|
|1978||A Fire in the Sky||Tom Reardon||Made-for-TV Movie|
|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|
|The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian||Sebastian||Made-for-TV Movie|
|Hill Street Blues||Officer Randall Buttman||TV Series, 3 episodes|
|1985||Deadly Intentions||Dr. Charles Rayner||Made-for-TV Movie|
|1986||Aliens||Corporal Dwayne Hicks||Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor|
|1988||The Seventh Sign||Russell Quinn|
|In a Shallow Grave||Garnet Montrose|
|1989||The Abyss||Lieutenant Hiram Coffey|
|1990||Navy SEALs||Lieutenant James Curran|
|Terminator 2: Judgment Day||Kyle Reese||Cameo, Special Edition and Director's Cut only|
|1992||A Taste for Killing||Bo Landry||Made-for-TV Movie|
|1993||Strapped||Detective Matthew McRae|
|1994||Deep Red||Joe Keyes||Made-for-TV Movie|
|1995||In the Kingdom of the Blind||Jackie Ryan||Cameo|
|Jade||Detective Bob Hargrove|
|Blood of the Hunter||Blake||Made-for-TV Movie|
|Breach of Trust||Casey Woods|
|1996||Frame by Frame||Detective Stash Horvak||Made-for-TV Movie|
|The Rock||Commander Charles Anderson|
|1997||Asteroid||FEMA Director Jack Wallach||Made-for-TV Movie|
|Dead Men Can't Dance||Robert Hart|
|The Ride||Smokey Banks|
|American Dragons||Det. Tony Luca|
|1998–2000||The Magnificent Seven||Chris Larabee||TV Series|
|1999||Silver Wolf||Roy McLean||Made-for-TV Movie|
|1999||Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun||Commander Michael McNeil||Video Game|
|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|
|Borderline||Det. Macy Kobacek|
|2002–2003||Adventure Inc.||Judson Cross||TV Series|
|2004||The Legend of Butch & Sundance||Mike Cassidy||Made-for-TV Movie|
|Hawaii||Det. Sean Harrison||TV Series|
|Dragon Squad||Petros Angelo|
|2006||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Deputy Commissioner Leland Dockerty||TV Series, 1 episode|
|2007||You Are Here||Tony Russo|
|Grindhouse||Sheriff Hague||Segments Planet Terror and Thanksgiving|
|They Wait||Blake O'Connell||Cameo|
|2009||Criminal Minds||Det. Ron Fullwood||TV Series, 1 episode|
|Saving Grace||Landy Bretthorse|
|Streets of Blood||Agent Michael Brown|
|Dark Blue||Lt. Jay Frye||TV Series, 1 episode|
|2010||Psych 9||Det. Marling|
|The Blood Bond||John Tremayne||Also director|
|Take Me Home Tonight||Bill Franklin|
|The Victim||Kyle||Also director|
|Yellow Rock||Tom Hanner|
|2014||Métal Hurlant Chronicles||Sheriff Jones||TV Series, 1 episode|
|24 Hour Rental||Buzz||TV Series|
|2015||The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power||King Yannick||Made-for-TV Movie|
|2016||Hidden in the Woods||Oscar Crocker|
|2017||The Shadow Effect||Sheriff Hodge|
|2019||Curfew||Roadkill Jim||TV Series, 1 episode|
|1999||Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun||GDI Commander Michael McNeil|
|2013||Aliens: Colonial Marines||Corporal Dwayne Hicks||Also younger likeness|
|2013||Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon||Sergeant Rex "Power" Colt|
|2016||Trials of the Blood Dragon||Sergeant Rex "Power" Colt|
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