Happy Birthday: Michael Biehn

Michael BiehnBorn: July 31, 1956 in Anniston, Alabama, USA

Married to: Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (1 January 2015 – present) (1 child)
Gina Marsh (1 January 1988 – 2014) (divorced) (2 children)
Carlene Olson (11 July 1980 – 14 July 1987) (divorced) (2 children)

Well, I’m certainly not a tough guy. I like to think of myself as a good father. And somebody who enjoys his works,somebody who’s like…passionate…. passionate about his work. A little troubled, you know, I’ve had some problems in the past. I had a serious problem with alcohol for a number of years which I’ve overcome. But that was very difficult, ruined a couple of marriages and probably stunted my ‘carrier’ to a certain degree. But a human,you know. I’m just a human like everybody else. Flawed… but at the same time passionate about what I do.

(On his role in Hill Street Blues (1981)) That was a great character for me. I loved that character because he was just such a total asshole. He was a racist, he was a misogynist, he didn’t like women, he didn’t like anybody, he was a loudmouth, he was crude… What was cool about him was that I got to work with Betty Thomas and Ed Marinaro, and when I was standing between the two of them, I looked like a shrimp. I mean, I’m 6 feet tall, but Ed’s gotta be 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-3, and Betty’s gotta be 6-foot-1 or 6-foot-2, so I looked like Robert Conrad, like any minute I was gonna say, “Knock this battery off my shoulder!” I looked like the little guy, who was always feisty and yelling and stuff, and I had a great time doing that character. It’s one of my favourite characters, in fact. I loved him.

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