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Lance Henriksen: Not Bad for a Human

When you become famous for a single role in a legendary science-fiction franchise, you could either whimper in frustration at being typecast, or you could embrace that unique brand of celebrity and the fans who come along with it.

Lance Henriksen clearly appears to have opted for the latter route. Best known for his portrayal of the “artificial person” Bishop in James Cameron’s Aliens, Henriksen also starred in the 1990s television series Millennium, among more than 100 other roles over a 50-year acting career. More tellingly, Henriksen felt comfortable enough being connected to Bishop that he continued to give life to the character, whether in subsequent sequels like Alien vs. Predator or as a voice in a variety of Alien video games.

Henriksen comes to town this week promoting his new autobiography, co-written with Joseph Maddrey, Not Bad for a Human. The actor spins stories not just from his career in Hollywood, but from his early life with a single mother that found him dropping out of school as a pre-teenager and functionally illiterate into adulthood. Now a visual artist in addition to an actor, Henriksen presents a personal chronicle of perseverance.

Join Henriksen for a book signing July 2, followed by a Q&A session in the Main Library auditorium for those who purchase the book. As a special prelude, catch Henriksen introducing a free Brewvies screening of the 1987 vampire thriller Near Dark. (Scott Renshaw)

Lance Henriksen: Not Bad for a Human @ Night Flight Comics, Library Square, 210 E. 400 South, 801-532-1188, July 2, 11 a.m., Q&A to follow. Free screening of Near Dark @ Brewvies, 677 S. 200 West, July 1, 10:30 p.m.

Date: Jul 2, 2011
Time: 11 a.m.
Phone: 801-532-1188
Address: 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, 84111
Where: Night Flight Comics