Who is Brian Thompson?
Brian Thompson is an American actor best known for his portrayal of an “Alien Bounty Hunter” on the TV series ‘The X-Files’. Raised in Washington as the son of two teachers, he learned the value of academics and athletics at an early age. His interest in acting developed during his high school senior year when he acted in the play ‘You Can't Take it With You’. He went to Central Washington University where he played football, studied business management, and auditioned for every available role. He then got a scholarship from University of California, Irvine for their Masters in Fine Arts program. By the time of his graduation, he had secured an agent and had already bagged a role in his film debut, ‘The Terminator’. His square jaw, large stature, and menacing appearance often led him to villainous roles but he played comedic parts as well. His movie credits include ‘Cobra’, ‘Star Trek Generations’ and ‘The Extendables’. He also played significant roles in the TV shows ‘Werewolf’, the ‘Star Trek’ series and ‘Key West’.
Childhood & Early Life
Brian Thompson was born on August 28, 1959, in Ellensburg, Washington, to Bert Thompson and Lois Thompson. He grew up in Longview, Washington.
Both of his parents were teachers by profession and therefore, he grew up learning the value of academics and athletics. He was the second of six siblings and graduated from Mark Morris High School in Longview, Washington, where he participated in swimming and played on the football teams.
He played the role of Boris Kolenkhov in the comedy ‘You Can't Take it With You’ during his high school senior year and became hooked to acting. He went to Central Washington University for a degree in business management. He also played football and auditioned for every acting role available while there.
He worked in many school productions, including musicals and operas. He also appeared in lighthearted works by Neil Simon. He earned a scholarship from University of California, Irvine, for their Master of Fine Arts program and began auditioning for theatrical productions.
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Brian Thompson started his acting career in musical theatre during his university years. He performed in several musicals, including Long Beach Civic Light Opera's ‘Bittersweet’ and Civil Light Opera's ‘The King and I,’ and became the resident actor at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in 1982.
In 1984, he made his film debut with a small role of a punk thug in the movie ‘The Terminator’ and his TV debut in an episode of ‘Hardcastle and McCormick’.
After making appearances in several TV series, he portrayed the role of “Night Slasher” in the 1986 film ‘Cobra’.
In 1988, he played the role of Nicholas Remy in the horror series ‘Werewolf,’ followed by his appearance in the series ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ in 1989. In 1993, he played a comedic role in the large ensemble series ‘Key West’.
In 1994, he played the role of Alien Bounty Hunter on the TV show ‘The X-Files’ and appeared in the movie ‘Star Trek Generations’. He then made appearances in ‘Hercules: The Legendary Journeys’ (1995), ‘Kindred: The Embraced’ (1996) and ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ (1997-98).
In 1997, he portrayed the role of Shao Kahn in the movie ‘Mortal Kombat: Annihilation’, which proved to be an epic failure.
He appeared in movies like ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ (2000) and ‘The Order’ (2001), and TV series like ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ (2005),’ Chuck’ (2009) and ‘Californication’ (2012) in the ensuing years.
In 2014, he penned, produced and starred in the movie ‘The Extendables,’ which he followed by making appearances in the films ‘Beyond the Game’ (2016), ‘Trafficked’ (2017), and ‘Made Vicious’ (2018).
Brian Thompson portrayed the role of the villainous “Night Slasher” in the 1986 film ‘Cobra,’ which was a commercial success. He received much praise for his work, most notably from ‘The New York Times’.
After playing his first Star Trek role on the TV series ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ he went on to appear in many of its spin-off TV series and films. He portrayed Klingon Helmsman in the 1994 film ‘Star Trek Generations,’ a movie that received mixed reviews from the critics, but performed very well at the box office.
Family & Personal Life
Brian Thompson first married film producer Isabelle Mastorakis and had two children together: a son named Jordan Reese Thompson, born in 1988, and a daughter named Daphne Avalon, born in 1990. The couple got divorced after seventeen years of marriage.
He married actress Shari Braun on 18 October 1998. He is currently living in Kelso, Washington, with his family.
He has a black belt in hapkido and practices stand up paddle surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing to stay in shape.
He has played shape-shifting characters at least five times in different TV series!
This actor changed his “bad guy” image by playing the role of Uncle Jimmy in a family film ‘The Legend of Tillamook's Gold’.