Michael Biehn

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.

Michael Biehn
Michael Connell Biehn

(1956-07-31) July 31, 1956
Other namesMike, Mick(ey)
Years active1977–present
  • Carlene Olson
    (m. 1980; div. 1987)
  • Gina Marsh
    (m. 1988; div. 2014)
  • Jennifer Blanc (m. 2015)

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 partially of German descent.[3] 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.[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.[4]


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.[5]

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).[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

Biehn directed the 2010 film The Blood Bond. In 2011 he wrote, directed and starred in The Victim.

Personal life

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.[9][10] The couple have one son, Dashiell King Biehn, born March 21, 2015.[11]



Year Film Role Notes
1978GreaseMike, basketball playerUncredited
1978CoachJack Ripley
1980Hog WildTim Warner
1981The FanDouglas Breen
1983The Lords of DisciplineCadet Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander
1984The TerminatorSgt. Kyle Reese
1986AliensCorporal Dwayne HicksNominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor
1987RampageAnthony Fraser
1988The Seventh SignRussell Quinn
1988In a Shallow GraveGarnet Montrose
1989The AbyssLieutenant Hiram Coffey
1990Navy SEALsLieutenant James Curran
1991TimebombEddie Kay
1991Terminator 2: Judgment DayKyle ReeseCameo, Special Edition and Director's Cut only
1991K2Taylor Brooks
1993DeadfallJoe Dolan
1993TombstoneJohnny Ringo
1995In the Kingdom of the BlindJackie RyanCameo
1995JadeDetective Bob Hargrove
1995Breach of TrustCasey Woods
1996Mojave MoonBoyd
1996The RockCommander Charles Anderson
1997Dead Men Can't DanceRobert Hart
1997The RideSmokey Banks
1998Susan's PlanBill
1998American DragonsDet. Tony Luca
2000Chain of CommandSecret Service Agent Craig Thornton
2000Cherry FallsSheriff Brent Marken
2000The Art of WarRobert Bly
2001Megiddo: The Omega Code 2Vice President/President David Alexander
2002ClockstoppersHenry Gates
2002BorderlineDet. Macy Kobacek
2005HavocStuart Lang
2005Dragon SquadPetros Angelo
2006The InsatiableStrickland
2007You Are HereTony Russo
2007GrindhouseSheriff HagueSegments: Planet Terror and Thanksgiving
2007They WaitBlake O'ConnellCameo
2009Saving GraceLandy Bretthorse
2009Streets of BloodAgent Michael Brown
2010Psych 9Det. Marling[12]
2010BereavementJonathan Miller
2010The Blood BondJohn TremayneAlso director
2011The DivideMickey
2011Take Me Home TonightBill Franklin
2011The VictimKyleAlso director
2011Yellow RockTom Hanner
2012JacobLawrence Kell
2012Sushi GirlMikeCameo
2014Tapped Out Reggie
2014The Dark ForestPeter
2014Hidden in the WoodsOscar Crocker
2016Psychopath Father
2016She RisesDaddy Long Legs
2016The Night Visitor 2: Heather's Story Agent Walker
2017The Shadow EffectSheriff Hodge
2019Red HandedReynolds
2020Killer WeekendDr. CarolCompleted
TBAThe HypeWarden SmithPre-production
TBAThe FarmJohnny DickensAnnounced


Year Film Role Notes
1977James at 16TonyEpisode: "Pilot"
1977Logan's RunSandmanEpisode: "Logan's Run"
1978A Fire in the SkyTom ReardonTelevision movie
1978–79The RunawaysMark Johnson
1984The Martyrdom of Saint SebastianSebastianTelevision movie
1984Hill Street BluesOfficer Randall Buttman3 episodes
1985Deadly IntentionsDr. Charles RaynerTelevision movie
1985Die Nacht aus BleiEseleinTelevision movie
1992A Taste for KillingBo LandryTelevision movie
1993StrappedDetective Matthew McRaeTelevision movie
1994Deep RedJoe KeyesTelevision movie
1995Blood of the HunterBlakeTelevision movie
1996Frame by FrameDetective Stash HorvakTelevision movie
1997AsteroidFEMA Director Jack WallachTelevision movie
1998–2000The Magnificent SevenChris Larabee
1999Silver WolfRoy McLeanTelevision movie
2002–03Adventure Inc.Judson Cross
2004The Legend of Butch & SundanceMike CassidyTelevision movie
2004HawaiiDet. Sean Harrison
2006Law & Order: Criminal IntentDeputy Commissioner Leland DockertyEpisode: "The War at Home"
2009Criminal MindsDet. Ron FullwoodEpisode: "Cold Comfort"
2009Dark BlueLt. Jay FryeEpisode: "O.I.S."
2014Métal Hurlant ChroniclesSheriff JonesEpisode: "Whiskey in the Jar"
201424 Hour RentalBuzz
2015The Scorpion King 4: Quest for PowerKing YannickTelevision movie
2019CurfewRoadkill JimEpisode #1.2

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1999Command & Conquer: Tiberian SunGDI Commander Michael McNeilFull motion video cutscenes
2013Aliens: Colonial MarinesCorporal Dwayne HicksAlso younger likeness
2013Far Cry 3: Blood DragonSergeant Rex "Power" Colt
2016Trials of the Blood Dragon


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  10. "Fantasia 2012: Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc say waddup in this photoshoot!" Arrow in the Head. July 31, 2012.
  11. "Welcome Dashiell King Biehn" Topanga Messenger. May 7, 2015.
  12. "Haunted Hospital 'Psych: 9' Gets March UK Release". BloodyDisgusting.
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