Michael Biehn is an American actor best known for his roles in the science fiction-action films The Terminator, Aliens and The Abyss.
The son of Marcia Conner and lawyer Don Biehn, Michael Biehn was born on July 31, 1956 in Anniston, Alabama. He studied high school Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where he was an active member of his school’s drama club. After graduating, he enrolled in the drama program of University of Arizona. He studied there for two years before heading to Hollywood to pursue his acting career. He made his big screen debut in 1978 comedy film Coach. He also did a small appearance in Grease. In 1981, he co-starred with Lauren Bacall and James Garner in the thriller film The Fan, in which he played the obsessed follower of Sally Ross (Lauren Bacall).
In 1984, Michael Biehn co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton in James Cameron’s science fiction-action film The Terminator. In the movie, Biehn played Kyle Reese, who is sent back from the future to protect Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). He later reprised the role in Terminator 2: Judgment Day but his appearance was cut in the film upon its theatrical release.
Biehn once again reunited with James Cameron in the 1986 sci-fi thriller Aliens, in which he played Corporal Dwayne Hicks, the second squad leader of the Corporal Marines. Three years after, he co-starred in another James Cameron sci-fi film The Abyss along with Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. In the movie, he played Lt. Hiram Coffey, a role which Twentieth Century Fox lobbied to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, but to no success.
Biehn also tried to break away from the science fiction genre as seen in his roles in the films Tombstone, The Rock, and Planet Terror. He also appeared in the NBC Emmy Award-winning police drama Hill Street Blues.