Devoted to his work (almost to the point of obsession), Frank Black has a reputation for being one of the most renowned profilers and criminal investigators. Part of his reputation is due to an ability to go inside the mind of the killer and witness events from his/her perspective. The nature of Frank's gift is ambiguous at best; at times it seems to be part of his senses, at other times it's almost psychic in nature. Having witnessed numerous atrocities committed by other humans day after day, Frank was finally forced into retirement after receiving photos of his family in the mail. At that point any desire to solve murders was lost, turning into an obsession to keep his wife and child safe. It wasn't until the Millennium Group contacted Frank and asked him to become a consultant did Frank decide to go back to work and start a new life for his family in Seattle.
A change of location didn't stop the photos from coming. Wanting to keep up the façade that no harm would come to his family, the only people who knew of these photos were members of the Group. Any pretense that the Blacks were safe was shattered when Frank's wife Catherine was drugged and kidnapped in an airport. Frank tracked down Catherine's kidnapper, and in an uncharacteristic fit of rage, killed him. Catherine was, of course, deeply grateful for having survived such an ordeal, but she was so shocked by Frank's actions that she thought it best they separate.
As if the separation between him and Catherine wasn't disappointing enough, Frank began to realize the Millennium Group weren't quite who they seemed to be. Although finding out that the Group knew about the man who'd eventually kidnap Catherine and learning that their origins date back to the early days of Christianity, Frank still consulted for them. His limits were tested again when Catherine dies of the Marburg virus (the virus having killed several other people in Seattle). Convinced that the Millennium Group had evil intentions and that they needed to be taken down, Frank Black moved back to Virginia and went to work for the FBI. He took young agent Emma Hollis under his wing and acted as a sort of mentor. Frank's career in law enforcement ended after being accused of killing Agent Baldwin and finding out that he was cut off from the Bureau. The story of Frank Black ended with Frank staying in an asylum until Agents Mulder and Scully ask for his help on a case. Reluctant to help the agents at first, Frank eventually reconsiders and checks himself out of the asylum. At the dawn of the new millennium he reunited with his daughter Jordan, hoping to start a new future for themselves.
WHO IS LANCE HENRIKSEN?
Profile: Lance Henriksen (born May 5, 1940) is an American actor, painter, and potter. A versatile and prolific performer, his trademarks as an actor are his deep, gravelly voice, piercing stare and chiseled, weathered features.
Career: Henriksen finally found good use for his talent as a painter with his first job, designing theater sets. The first play he acted in he did because he had built the set. In his early 30s, Henriksen graduated from the prestigious Actors Studio and began acting in New York City's Off-Broadway theater circuit. In film, he first appeared in It Ain't Easy in 1972. Henriksen went on to portray a variety of supporting roles in noteworthy genre films such as Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Damien: Omen II (1978). He also portrayed actor Charles Bronson in the 1991 TV-movie Reason for Living: The Jill Ireland Story and astronaut Walter Schirra in The Right Stuff (1983).
When James Cameron was writing the movie The Terminator (1984), he had originally envisioned Henriksen playing the title role. Cameron went so far as to paint a picture of the Terminator using Henriksen's face, and he had the actor dress-up as the character and attend an Orion Pictures production meeting in character. Regardless, the famous role ultimately went to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Henriksen did appear in the film, albeit in the minor role of Detective Hal Vukovich. Henriksen is perhaps best known for portraying the android Bishop, an artificial life-form, in Aliens (1986) and Alien³ (1992). He would go on to play Charles Bishop Weyland, the man Bishop's appearance was based on, in Alien vs. Predator (2004). During the filming of Aliens, Henriksen and Bill Paxton famously arm wrestled each other but the match resulted in a draw. Henriksen was reportedly heard to say, "Bill is the toughest son of a bitch I've ever met aside from 'ol Mike Ironside." Like Bill Paxton, Henriksen has claimed the honor of being killed on screen by a Predator and a Terminator. In Aliens, his character, the android Bishop, is severely damaged by an Alien Queen and "dies" in the following film (though whether this is as a result from the dismemberment or the crash is not clear). He was shot to death by a Terminator in the first Terminator film, and then stabbed by a Predator in Alien Vs. Predator.
The 1993 John Woo film Hard Target contains a scene that depicts Henriksen wearing a burning trench coat following a scripted explosion. The fire was real and accidental. With the situation at hand, Henriksen continued acting and blended the circumstances into the story. The incident also explains why the other actors, who played the henchmen, were so surprised at what had happened to Henriksen. The look on their faces is genuine surprise.
In 1996, Henriksen starred in the TV series Millennium, created and produced by Chris Carter, the creator of The X-Files. Henriksen played Frank Black, a former FBI agent who possessed a unique ability to see into the minds of killers. Carter created the role specifically for the actor. Henriksen's performances on Millennium earned him critical acclaim, a People's Choice Award nomination for Favorite New Male TV Star, and three consecutive Golden Globe nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series (1997-1999). The series was cancelled in 1999. Henriksen's daughter, Alcamy, appears uncredited in an episode of Millennium. He later moved to the state of Hawaii.
On television, Henriksen most recently appeared in the ensemble of Into the West (2005), a miniseries executive-produced by Steven Spielberg.
In recent years Henriksen has also been active as a voice actor, lending his distinctive voice to a number of animated features and video game titles. In Disney's Tarzan (1999) and its direct-to-video prequel, Henriksen is Kerchak, the ape who serves as Tarzan's surrogate father. He provided the voice for the alien supervillain Brainiac in Superman: Brainiac Attacks (2006). Henriksen is the voice of the character Molov in the video game Red Faction II (2002), which was developed by Volition, Inc. and published by THQ, and has also contributed to GUN (2005), Run Like Hell (2002), and the canceled title Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (2004).
No less than three prominent franchise roles have been written specifically for Henriksen, though he would only star in one of them. James Cameron wrote The Terminator (1984) hoping Henriksen would play the titular character. Chris Carter created Millennium (1996) specifically for Henriksen, then convinced him to become hero Frank Black. Lastly, Victor Salva wrote Jeepers Creepers (2001) with Henriksen in mind for the role of the Creeper.
Henriksen is the voice behind the PlayStation 3 internet promotional videos.
MILLENNIUM RELATED AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
* 1996 People's Choice Award for Favorite New Television Drama Series
* 1997 Canadian Society of Cinematographers Award for Best Cinematography in a Television Series (Robert McLachlan)
* 1997 Genesis Award for Outstanding Communication of Animal-Rights in Dramatic Television Series ("Broken World")
* 1998 Canadian Society of Cinematographers Award for Best Cinematography in a Television Series (Robert McLachlan)
* 1998 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Television Drama Series by a Young Actress (Brittany Tiplady)
* 2000 Canadian Society of Cinematographers Award for Best Cinematography in a Television Series (Robert McLachlan, "Matryoshka")
* 1996 People's Choice Award for Favorite New Male TV Star (Lance Henriksen)
* 1997-1999 Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series (Lance Henriksen)
* 1997 American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a Pilot (Pete Wunstorf, "Pilot")
* 1997 Saturn Award for Best Genre TV Actor (Lance Henriksen)
* 1997 Saturn Award for Best Genre Network TV Series
* 1997-2000 Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a Television Drama Series by a Young Actress (Brittany Tiplady)
* 1998 American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a Regular Series (Robert McLachlan, "The Thin White Line")
* 1998 Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing-Television Episodic-Dialogue & ADR
* 1998 Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing-Television Episodic-Effects & Foley
* 1998 Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Clarence Williams III, "Sense and Antisense")
* 1998 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (Charles Nelson Reilly, "Jose Chung's Doomsday Defense")
* 1998 Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series ("Owls")
* 1998 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Television Drama Series by a Guest Starring Young Actress (Lauren Diewold, "Monster")
* 1999 Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing-Television Episodic-Sound Effects & Foley
* 1999 Bram Stoker Award for Best Horror Screenplay (Darin Morgan, "Somehow Satan Got Behind Me")
* 1999 American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a Regular Series (Robert McLachlan, "Skull and Bones")
* 1999 Saturn Award for Best Genre TV Actor (Lance Henriksen)
* 1999 International Horror Guild Award for Best Television
* 2000 American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a Regular Series (Robert McLachlan, "Matryoshka")