- Lived with relatives in Borneo for three years when he was a child, then went island-hopping around Fiji and Malaysia for a year with his sailor father.
- Only attended grammar school for about three years; he learned to read when he was 30.
- Served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to '58, rising to the rank of Petty Officer Third Class; also spent two years in the Merchant Marines.
- Studied at the Actors Studio in New York City.
- Director James Cameron originally wanted him for the title role in The Terminator; the part eventually went to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- Nominated for a 1987 Saturn Award for Best Actor for his role in the enduring creature-feature Pumpkinhead.
- Won a Best Supporting Actor Saturn Award in 1993 for his role as Emil Fouchon in the John Woo action-thriller Hard Target.
- Is an accomplished potter and painter.
- 1997, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
- 1999, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
- 1998, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
- Margueritte Werner — Mother
- Sage Ariel Henriksen — Son
- Mary Jane Evans — Ex-wife
- Jane Pollack — Ex-wife
- Margueritte Henriksen — Mother
- Mary Jane Henriksen — Ex-wife
- James Henriksen — Father
- Jane Pollack — Wife
- Alcamy Henriksen — Daughter
- Sage Ariel Henriksen — Daughter
- James Marin Henriksen — Father
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