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Michael Biehn in Logans Run
Michael Biehn as Tony in James at 15
Michael Biehn as JD in Zuma Beach
Michael Biehn & Terri Nunn in The Runaways
Michael Biehn & Lauren Bacall in The Fan
The Magnificent Seven
Linda Kim & Michael Biehn in Clockstoppers
Michael Biehn as Stuart Lang in Havoc
Michael signing my Aliens masterprint
I met Michael Biehn at Collectormania held at London's Earls Court in November 2010. He signed several items for me, and I had a photograph with him at the photoshoot.
Michael Connell Biehn (pronounced 'Bean') was born in Anniston, Alabama in 1956, the son of a lawyer Don Biehn. He has a sister Brooks Ann and two brothers Jonathon and Steven. After high school at Lake Havasu City in Arizona, hewon
he won a drama scholarship to the University of Arizona, and took part in the drama programme there. After two years, he dropped out of the course, and moved to Los Angeles to rethink his career options.
Michael Biehn aged 20
He did some modelling and some commercials and, thanks to his boyish good looks, he landed a number of television
television parts. He made his TV debut as Sandman in the pilot episode of the sci-fi series Logan's Run (1977-78) and then he played Tony in the series James at 15 (1977).
Small roles in TV movies soon followed including JD in Zuma Beach (1978); Tom Rearden in A Fire in the Sky (1978); Gibby in Steeltown (1979) and Larry in The Paradise Connection (1979). He also appeared as Mark Johnson in all 17 episodes of the TV family series The Runaways (1978-79).
Michael Biehn in A Fire in the Sky
He had, however, set his sights on Hollywood where, in 1981, he got his first big break when he starred in The Fan alongside Lauren Bacall and James Garner. Biehn played Douglas Breen, a crazed admirer who commits murder whilst stalking his screen idol Sally Ross (Bacall).
Michael Biehn in The Fan
Michael Biehn in Lords of Discipline
The following year, Biehn took on probably his most famous role, that of Kyle Reese in James Cameron's
In his next film The Lords of Discipline (1983)
(1983) Biehn played as John Alexander, a member of a secret brotherhood at Carolina's Miltary Institute that tries to force a black recruit to leave.
Cameron's The Terminator (1984). Reese is sent back in time to protect Sarah Connor (played by Linda Hamilton) from 'The Terminator', a cyborg played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film was not a great box-office success in America, and only gained its later popularity when released on VHS video. Biehn had a cameo role in the follow-up Terminator 2, but his scenes were eventually cut, although they are included in the Special Edition dvd.
With Linda Hamilton in The Terminator
Michael Biehn as Kyle Reese in The Terminator
Another memorable film role was to follow - that of Cpl. Dwayne Hicks in James Cameron's multi-award winning Aliens (1986). The role originally went to James Remar, but he walked out after a week and Biehn was invited to replace him. Biehn has often expressed his disappointment at not being asked to reprise the role for Alien 3 (1992).
Sigourney Weaver & Michael Biehn in Aliens
Michael Biehn has signed my Aliens masterprint
As Lt Hiram Coffey in The Abyss
He would work for Cameron again in 1989 when he played the part of Lt. Hiram Coffey, the unstable leader of a group of navy SEAL officers sent to locate a crashed American
American nuclear submarine in The Abyss (1989). Having played a SEAL in this film, he played
played another, Lt. James Curran, soon afterwards, in Navy SEALs (1990) which co-starred Charlie Sheen.
Yet another role as a navy SEAL asthe
Michael Biehn & Ed Harris in The Abyss
came in The Rock (1996) as the ill-fated geCommander
Biehn featured as the outlaw Johnny Ringo in the western Tombstone (1993) centered
Michael Biehn & William Forsyth
Commander Anderson in charge of a mission to break into Alcatra
Alcatraz. He delivers a powerful speech to a group of U.S. Military defectors, but dies a bloody death soon afterwards!
centered around the lives of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and the events surrounding the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. This wasone
in The Rock
was one of Biehn's favourite roles. He would delve into the Western
Western genre again as Chris Larabee in the short-lived TV series The Magnificent Seven (1998-2000) where
Michael Biehn as Curran in Navy SEALs
Michael Biehn as Johnny Ringo in Tombstone
where he is out to seek revenge on the killers of his wife and son.
Eric Close & Michael Biehn in
Michael Biehn as Bob Hargrove in Jade
Other notable film roles in the 1990s were Bob Hargrove in the crime drama Jade (1995); small-time criminal Casey Woods in the thriller Breach of Trust (1995) and Boyd in the romantic comedy Mojave Moon (1996).
After 2000, Biehn had a seriesof
As Brent Marken in Cherry Falls
With Brittany Murphy in The Art of War
series of supporting roles. These included Sherrif Brent Marken in Cherry Falls (2000); Robert Bly in The Art of War(2000)
War (2000); Henry Gates in Clockstoppers (2002); Stuart Lang in Havoc (2005); and Petros Angelo in Dragon Squad (2005).
As Petros Angelo in Dragon Squad
Michael Biehn was one of the all-star cast assembled by Robert Rodriguez, the writer and director of the horror film Planet Terror (2007). Others included Bruce Willis along with with cameos from Tom Savini and Quentin Tarantino.
Tom Savini & Michael Biehn in Planet Terror
Robert Rodriguez encouraged Biehn to try his hand at directing
directing his own films, and four years later The Victim (2011) was released. Biehn wrote the screenplay and directed it, and also played the partof
part of Kyle Latimo. The film was produced by his wife JenniferB
Jennifer Blanc who played the part of Annie in the film. This low-budget film was shot in just twelve days. He has plans to shoot a sequel, when time allows.
Michael Biehn as Kyle Latimo in The Victim
Michael Biehn has been keptb
Michael Biehn has never achieved A-list status and his acting work has been almost exclusively film and TV. He has ignored live stage work in theatres, which has distanced him from the public in the sense that, apart from his occasional autograph conventions, there are very limited opportunities to see him live, or to meet him.
kept busy in recent years with over a dozen films since 2008, with more still in production. He has starring roles in some of these like the thriller Saving Grace B. Jones (2009) and the western Yellow Rock (2011), and supporting roles in others, including the romantic comedy Take Me Home Tonight (2011) and the lavishly produced thriller Sushi Girl (2012).
He also co-wrote, co-directed and starred in the action thriller The Blood Bond (2010), but laterd
Michael Biehn in Take Me Home Tonight
Michael Biehn as Tremayne in The Blood Bond
Michael has signed this photo for me - it shows
him as Kyle Reese in The Terminator
Michael Biehn has been married three times. His first wife was actress Carlene Olson whom he married in 1980. They divorced in 1987 and had twin sons, Devon and Taylor (b.1984). He married his secondwi
Navy SEALs dvd
In 2009, he married actress Jennifer Blanc who has appeared with him in several of his films, including The Victim (2011), and has since changed he name to Jennifer Blanc-Biehn.
second wife, the film producer Gina Marsh in 1988 but divorced in 2008. They had two sons, Caelan (b.1992) and Alexander (b.2003).
Michael Biehn with his wife Jennifer Blanc-Biehn in The Victim
Michael Biehn has signed this photo from Aliens to me.
He has added the quote "I like to have this handy
for close encounters"
later distanced himself from the film as he wasn't involved in the post-production stages. The voice of his character, John Tremayne, was also dubbed.
In the 1980s, Biehn began to play the types of character that
that brought him a devoted following among sci-fi and action film fans. These roles included macho military men, cops and other 'action' characters like Navy SEALS or sheriffs. He would frequently embrace the horror genre too.