The failed career of Michael Biehn, the actor who starred in Terminator I but regretted filming with Schwarzenegger

Michael Biehn with Linda Hamilton in Terminator

When talking about sagas that marked an era of cinema, the mention of terminator it is unavoidable. The first film, directed by james cameronwas made with a low budget: it was a bet that ended in such an overwhelming success as the imposing T-800 from arnold schwarzenegger. The original idea was to exhaust the story in a single film, but the event caused the arrival of the sequels.

The first was released in 1984. There, at the same level as Schwarzenegger, he was Linda Hamilton with his sarah connor. The third figure, fundamental in history, fell on the actor Michael Biehnwho put himself in the shoes of Kyle Reese. Who was? The one that gave origin to the plot: a soldier of the Endurance who was sent to the past to protect the life of saraha fundamental link in the fight against the dreaded machines, such as the T-800.

Your participation is more than important: Kyle Y sarah They fall in love and have a child John Connor (the teenager who appears in the second installment played by Edward Furlong)who in the future would lead the Endurance. But Reese -almost four decades have passed to talk about spoilers… He dies at the end of the first installment. He would appear as a cameo, by way of closure, in the second, which was released in 1991.

Michael Biehn (second from left) in his film debut opposite John Travolta in Grease
Michael Biehn (second from left) in his film debut opposite John Travolta in Grease

Even when the spotlight fell on Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, terminator it was also a turning point for Biehn. The popularity that she achieved there she did not have before her, nor would she experience it again after her. As the fire generated by that success died down, so did her foray into the world of Hollywood, where the stars gather. She will surely have the taste of having belonged to the select universe of celebrities, at least for a while: for various reasons, she would not be able to keep that privilege.

Michael Biehn was born on July 31, 1956 in Alabama, United States, but he practically did not live there, since when he was very young he moved with his parents to the state of Nebraska. For work reasons, the family was always in continuous movement, and that child was adapting to what the circumstances demanded. Upon finishing high school, where he excelled in several school plays, he began an acting career at the University of Arizona, another of the Biehns’ destinations.

His first job was in greasewhich premiered in 1978. Although he had a minor role that did not even appear in the credits, his work was recognized: he shared some scenes with John Travolta, the great protagonist. It was an auspicious debut, and the industry opened its doors to him.

Michael Biehn, in his beginnings
Michael Biehn, in his beginnings

Motivated, Michael decided to move to Hollywood. Other proposals came to him, such as Coach Y fan, although along the same lines: without much participation. Despite that, there was a talent that Cameron noticed, and he did not hesitate to give him his first leading role by adding him as the hero of terminator.

The two became very close friends. And the best roles of the actor are linked to films by the film director: Biehn holds the mark of being the one who collaborated the most in the projects of the acclaimed Cameron. However, he would never be a star, but the great leader of the series B projects.

In 1986, two years after terminatorthe filmmaker summoned him again to be one of the protagonists of Aliens, the return. It was a decade in which he shone: then came abyss Y navy seals. But in the 1990s that upward trend began to fade. In 1992 she had the aforementioned cameo in Terminators 2. She later acted in gravestone (1993), Jade (nineteen ninety five), The rock (1996) and the desert moon (1997), along with Angelina Jolie. Also a share in asteroid, to complete the picture of his most renowned projects.

His last big screen appearance was in The victimin 2011. Over time it became known that he had been summoned to Terminator: Hidden Fate, which premiered in 2019, but did not accept. Michael surprised by clarifying that it had never been his ambition to appear in a Schwarzenegger film: his great desire was to work alongside artists of the stature of Al Pacino Y Robert DeNiro.

Michael Biehn with Sigourney Weaver in a scene from Aliens, the return
Michael Biehn with Sigourney Weaver in a scene from Aliens, the return

Without the takeoff that he may have been looking for, he decided to find another path and became a film director. The first film he directed was The Blood Bond, in 2010. It did not go well. A year later she got her revenge on The Victim. His last complete work, if you will, although always on a smaller scale, was in Killer Weekenda film that was released in 2018. Since then, not much has been heard from him.

He only reappeared in 2021 with a special participation in season 11 of the series the walking dead. He is seen in chapter 13: he appears a few minutes before he died, when even he thought that he had come to stay. This, of course, did not make him very happy. “From a character standpoint, I’m dead, so it didn’t really make any difference. But from an acting standpoint, he really felt like some kind of rape. As an actor, he made me feel uncomfortable”, he commented after the shoot.

Michael Biehn, today
Michael Biehn, today

As for his private life, after two failed relationships, first with the actress Carlene Olson -together they were parents of Devon Y taylor-, from whom he separated in 1987, and then with the film producer Gina Marsh -with whom he also had two children, fall Y Alexander-, in 2009 he met the actress Jennifer White. They are still together. In 2015 2015 celebrated the birth of Dashiell.

The family became his great refuge. Without going any further, the films he directed were in the company of his partner. His happiness seems to go that way, since on some occasion he remarked that she did not deny the place that had touched her, and that he understood the rules of the game in the mecca of cinema. And in short, filming with Schwarzenegger is not bad at all…

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The failed career of Michael Biehn, the actor who starred in Terminator I but regretted filming with Schwarzenegger