Michael Connell Biehn is an American actor, primarily known for his military roles in science fiction films directed by James Cameron; as Sgt. Kyle Reese in The Terminator, Cpl. Dwayne Hicks in Aliens, and Lt. Coffey in The Abyss. He was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Actor for Aliens.
He grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and at age 14 moved with his family to Lake Havasu, Arizona, where he won a drama scholarship to the University of Arizona. He left prematurely two years later to pursue an acting career in Hollywood. His first big role was as a psychotic fan stalking Lauren Bacall in The Fan and later appeared in The Lords of Discipline. He hit the big-time when he was cast as Kyle Reese, the man sent back through time to stop Arnold Schwarzenegger in James Cameron’s The Terminator. This established a good working relationship with Cameron, a relationship that should have catapulted Biehn to international stardom. He starred in Cameron’s subsequent films, Aliens and The Abyss, the latter a standout performance as unstable Navy SEAL officer Lt. Hiram Coffey. He also starred in films like Navy Seals, K2, and was particularly memorable as Johnny Ringo in Tombstone.
Most recently he starred in The Shadow Effect with John Rhys Meyers, Puncture with Alumni Chris Evans, and the Aliens: Colonial Marines Video Games.