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ALIENS Cast: Where Are They Now? [Gallery]

Caroline Marie Henn holding a picture of "Newt" from Aliens (1986) Source

Ever wondered what happened to the cast of Aliens?

The movie Aliens (1986) is a landmark of science fiction film and the actors are famous for their roles. But what happened in the 27 years since the film? From the terrified little Newt to the outspoken Private Hudson, read on to find out whatever happened to the cast of James Cameron's Aliens.

Lance Henriksen
Lance Henriksen 2011

Lance Henriksen, now 73, played the Android Bishop in Aliens. He went on to do two other Alien movies. Henriksen reprized his role of Bishop in Alien 3 and played Charles Bishop Weyland, the man Bishop's appearance was based on, in Alien vs. Predator (2004). Since his cancelled show Millennium, he's focused on voice acting for movies like Tarzan and video games like Admiral Hackett in Mass Effect 3. Currently he does the voice of "Lockdown" on the animated television series Transformers: Animated.

Caroline Marie Henn
Caroline Marie Henn

Caroline Marie Henn played 10-year-old Newt in Aliens, and was nominated for the "Best Performance by a Younger Actor/Actress" at the Young Artist Awards. Henn never acted again.  She graduated from California State University, Stanislaus (CSUS), in Turlock, California in 2000 with a BA in liberal studies. Now 37-years-old, Henn's an elementary school teacher in Atwood, California.

Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver 2013

Sigourney Weaver, now 63, played Ellen Ripley in four Alien films: Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien Resurrection.Since then she's starred in numerous roles in movies and television. Weaver has been nominated for, and won a ton of awards: from nominations for three Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards (one win), two Emmy Awards, six Saturn Awards (two wins), seven Golden Globe Awards, Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award. In 2012 she played Elaine Barrish, the lead role on USA Network's Political Animals miniseries, and was nominated for another Golden Globe award. Weaver is going to reprise her role of Grace Augustine in Avatar 2 (2015) saying, "No one ever really dies in science fiction."

Michael Biehn
Michael Biehn 2013

Michael Biehn, now 56, played Space Marine Cpl. Dwayne Hicks in Aliens. He went on to star in many big budget action films like Abyss and The Rock. Biehn starred in three TV series including The Magnificent Seven (1998), Adventure Inc. (2002) and Hawaii (2004). While working on the 2007 film Planet Terror he decided to produce, write, direct and star in his own "grindhouse" style film called The Victim (2011). He's starring in the thriler The Dark Forest which is scheduled for release in 2014.

William Hope

William Hope played Lieutenant William Gorman, the marines' unprepared commanding officer. The 58-year-old actor has been playing leading roles in a wide variety of regional, touring and West End theatres in England. He's also done voice work for the shows like Thomas & Friends. These days, he's best known best on BBC radio, but continues to act in big budget films like xXx (2002), Dark Shadows (2012) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). His most recent role is in the World War action film Walking with the Enemy (2013) along with Ben Kingsley.

Paul Reiser
Paul Reiser 2013

Stand-up comedian Paul Reiser, now 56, played the duplicitous Burke in the film. He acted in several other films including Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), One Night at McCool’s (2001) and The Thing About My Folks (2005). Mainly he focused on television with two hit sitcoms My Two Dads (1987–90) and Mad About You (1992–99). Although these were successful, his semi-autobiographical sitcom The Paul Reiser Show (2011) was cancelled after two episodes. Reiser is a published author with Couplehood, Babyhood and Familyhood. He recently appeared in the HBO drama Behind the Candelabra (2013) directed by Steven Soderbergh, and starring Michael Douglas, about the last years of the famous pianist Liberace. Currently he tours as a stand-up comedian.

Jenette Goldstein
Jenette Goldstein 2013

Jenette Goldstein, now 53-years-old, played the tough-as-nails Space Marine PFC Jenette Vasquez. Although she played a Hispanic character, she's Jewish by birth. Since Aliens, she's acted in a number of high-profile films like Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and Star Trek Generations (1994). Her last major role was in the horror film Autopsy (2008). Today she's the owner of "Jenette Bras," a large-size bra specialist in California known for its slogan "The alphabet starts at 'D'".

Al Matthews

Al Matthews

Al Matthews played the barking Sgt. Apone, known for quotes like "A day in the Marine Corps is like a day on the farm. Every meal's a banquet! Every paycheck a fortune! Every formation a parade! I LOVE the Corps!" He continued to work in film appearing in Hollywood blockbusters like The Fifth Element (1997) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). Now 70, Matthews was the first black voice on England’s national station, BBC Radio 1, and continues to work in British radio as an actor and presenter. Most recently he reprised the role of Apone for the video game Aliens: Colonial Marines (2013).

Bill Paxton
Bill Paxton 2012

58-year-old Bill Paxton played Pvt. Hudson  in the film. He went on to star in many other popular films like Apollo 13, Predator 2, Twister, True Lies, and Titanic. Paxton's popularity followed him to television. He starred in the hit HBO series Big Love (2006–2011) and the History Channel miniseries Hatfields & McCoys (2012) which earned him an Emmy Award nomination.

What do you think of the cast of Aliens today? Are there any surprises to you? What's your favorite scene from the film?

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  1. That's really cool. I love how some moved on from movies and others became really famous in film and TV.

  2. Alex J. CavanaughJuly 16, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Sigourney looks good for her age. Can't believe Paxton is almost sixty though! Biehn never achieved lead status though, which was a shame.

  3. Isn't Paxton in that 2 Guns movie with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg? Him and Sigourney Weaver are the only ones to have much success. For Paxton it probably helped he did Aliens because then Cameron cast him in True Lies and Titanic. Always pays to cozy up to a big shot director.

  4. I love, LOVE this movie and own it. I can't get enough of the characters and the story. Jennette was in Titanic. She played the Irish mother telling her kids a bedtime story as the water rose. Michael was in Tombstone with Bill Paxton. Cannot believe they are doing Avatar 2 when the first one was so bad. I thought the whole plot was ripoff of 1992's Fern Gully and that all the performances were horrible, all the characters stock to the core. The ship designs were all from Aliens, too.

  5. I always liked Lance Henriksen in Millennium. He and Terry O'Quinn were a great cast. Whatever happened to Jones the cat?

  6. You know David, I could never find out the name of the cast that played Jones. So I have no idea. Anyone?

  7. It is a shame Alex, he had such leading man qualities. Maybe he had a bad agent.

  8. Paxton had had an unusual career, but Cameron was definitely an important director to him.

  9. It's a classic Melissa! That scene where the Marine tank is crashing through the hallway is my favorite. Avatar made to much money not to make a sequel. To me, even though the story was weak the acting and visuals made up for it. I'll watch the sequel.

  10. You know, I have never seen any of those movies. I saw a deal on Amazon late last week, the whole bunch of them for like, $10, or something absurd. It's a shame I was broke, cause I'd have jumped on it.

  11. What a blast from the past! I missed this in theaters and only saw it on home video (pan and scan VHS *sigh*) My friends had built it up so much when I watched it I was disappointed. I need to watch it again on Blu-Ray. (By the way, don't feel bad for me missing it in theaters - I was visiting a long distance girlfriend hundreds of miles from home and we were snogging our way through movies at her local drive-in!)

  12. love bill paxton... he made the movie great. we watched this last night after watching Prometheus.

  13. Paxton was good in Nightcrawler recently too.


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