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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 28 August 1959Ellensburg, Washington, USA
Birth NameBrian Thompson
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Brian Earl Thompson was born on August 28, 1959 in Ellensburg, Washington. Raised on the Columbia River in Longview, he learned the value of academics and athletics, as the son of two teachers and the second of six siblings. His interest in acting was first sparked during his senior year of high school with the role of the Russian ballet instructor, Boris Kolenkhov, in the comedy "You Can't Take it With You". Under the pretense of attending Central Washington University to play football and study business management, he quietly auditioned for every available play, treading the boards for a dozen school productions, from musicals and operas to the more lighthearted fare of Neil Simon.

Earning a scholarship to the University of California-Irvine, he sailed through a three-year Master of Fine Arts program, learning from such theatrical luminaries as playwright Edward Albee, Robert Cohen and Jerzy Grotoswski, and supplementing his education through work with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. He began to audition theatrically before graduation, and by that time, he had his SAG card, an agent and five professional credits, including James Cameron's The Terminator (1984), where he and Bill Paxton's clothes were forcibly removed by a naked Arnold Schwarzenegger. About a year after Arnold took Brian's clothes, Sylvester Stallone wanted a hack at Brian as well. After seven auditions and a screen test, Brian earned the right to get impaled on a meat hook, then burned alive, Stallone's Cobra (1986). This began a string of credits that has left Thompson in and around some of Hollywood's biggest and most projects.

Brian has tackled two superhero roles as well: first, Conan the Librarian (1999), starring red in the title role, a PBS special to encourage kids to read. He also earned critical acclaim playing the larger-than-life role of Hercules in Jason and the Argonauts (2000). Probably the first role that demanded use of his classical background as well as his 6' 3" muscled frame. Brian says that no gym can claim him as a member, and that his physique is kept honed by years of windsurfing and kitesurfing. Taking a curiously "musical" approach to his craft, the actor continually seeks fresh rhythms for each new role. Brian verifies his well-rounded nature with a resume that lists such special skills as martial arts (black belt Hapkido), piano and sushi rolling. He currently resides at home with his son Jordan and daughter Daphne.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Warren Cowan and Associates

Spouse (2)

Sharon Braun (18 October 1998 - present)
Isabelle Mastorakis (? - 1998) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Rich baritone voice
Square jaw and bold blue eyes
Towering height and brawny physique

Trivia (24)

Windsurfs and kitesurfs to stay in shape. Hit two holes-in-one in the same year on the same golf course, same hole. Has a black belt in Hapkido.
Has two children with Isabelle Mastorakis: Jordan Reese Thompson (born 1988) and Daphne Avalon (born 1990).
Has played shapeshifting characters at least five times: The X-Files (1993), Birds of Prey (2002), Werewolf (1987), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) and Fright Night Part 2 (1988).
Has appeared with Jeffrey Combs in three different productions: Doctor Mordrid (1992), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001).
Has played the first character killed by the title character in The Terminator (1984) (Unless you count Bill Paxton).
Once portrayed a villain on the television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995). He portrayed Hercules in the miniseries Jason and the Argonauts (2000).
Has played recurring characters on several television series. But on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) and Charmed (1998), he played different characters in different episodes. He also played two different aliens in the film Alien Nation (1988) and the television series Alien Nation (1989).
He was hired for his role on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) (episode "A Matter of Honor"), and then dismissed without notice before it was filmed. When he sought out a reason why, he was told that he was too large to fit into the costume Christopher Lloyd wore in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984). He quickly volunteered to make any necessary alterations himself.
Has won critical praise for his character Sheriff Cody Jeremiah Jefferson on the Fox comedy-drama series Key West (1993).
When not playing aliens, Brian has taken on a quirky series of human characters. He has been a Scandinavian wrestler on an episode of Weird Science (1994), a prisoner on the premiere episode of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995), and a brawling redneck on Walker, Texas Ranger (1993).
Has a long history with Star Trek, having appeared on three television series and one film, as two Klingons, a Dosi, a Jem'Hadar and a Romulan.
Has gathered some bad reputation for his portrayal of Shao Khan in the unpopular video-game movie-sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997).
Cast against his "bad-guy" type, Thompson stars in a family film, The Legend of Tillamook's Gold (2006) as Uncle Jimmy, a rough around the edges Oregon logger.
Raised on the Columbia River in Longview, he learned the value of academics and athletics, as the son of two teachers and the second of six siblings.
Rather like playing comedy.
Is one of several actors to play two different villains on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997). Tom Lenk, Jeff Kober and Camden Toy were others.
Is the Director of the Actor's School of Mount Hood Community College in Portland, Oregon.
Attended and graduated from Mark Morris High School in Longview, Washington, where he was on the swimming and football teams.
Received his Bachelor's degree in business management and engineering from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington.
Received his Master's degree in Fine Arts for theatre (acting) from the University of California, Irvine.
Is the only actor to appear in both the film Alien Nation (1988) and the subsequent television series Alien Nation (1989).
Has appeared in two sci-fi thriller films that concern nuclear war: The Terminator (1984) and Miracle Mile (1988).
Alan Dean Foster dedicated the novelization of Terminator Salvation (2009) to a Brian Thomsen, no relation to Thompson who played a punk in The Terminator (1984).
Currently resides with his family in Kelso, Washington.

Personal Quotes (3)

If you're very physical in stature, you're gonna get hired for action movies. The star's always going to be chasing someone so they need an equal adversary. I'm never going to play a nebbish geek. Whereas Linda Hamilton, as Sarah Connor, she was an equal adversary too, she had balls.
I think we're all in touch with our feminine side. I took a test in college to see what occupations I'd be most suited to and the counselor was very nervous when he told me I was not suited for any male occupations. I'm absolutely in touch with my feminine side -- I'm way more sensitive than my girlfriend, I have to pull her emotions out of her!
[on making films in England] I filmed Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) at Leavesdon Studios and then we shot the miniseries Jason and the Argonauts (2000) at Shepperton Studios. I've had the pleasure of working here twice. I love England. For an actor to not like England? You guys have the best vowels in the world!

What I love about being here is the abundance of privacy, and it's the only place in the world where I have respect for taxi drivers, and their unique opinions. Walking around, there's the history -- walking on streets that are so historical, Roman roads. There's no separation between London and England, and the stories of my childhood -- Charles Dickens... it's storybook to be here. And I love the flat vowels!

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