Date of Birth : Aug 28th 1959

American actor. His distinctive square-jaw profile, powerful voice, and imposing stature (190.5 cm, six-foot-three) has led him to star in many action films, often as a villain. Thompson was born in Ellensburg, Washington to teacher parents. His first role was playing one of the punks who are killed by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character in The Terminator at the beginning of the film. His most prominent role was as the Night Slasher, the enigmatic leader of a cult of serial killers in Cobra alongside action star Sylvester Stallone. The same year, Thompson played a nasty German in John Landis’ comedy Three Amigos. Thompson also appeared as Russel in the 1990 action film Lionheart, and as Buffalo Bob in the 2001 comedy film Joe Dirt, starring David Spade.

In the 1990 film, Hired To Kill, he got to kiss Oliver Reed. Thompson has also appeared in a wide variety of television shows, primarily science-fiction and fantasy series, including the season 4 episode of Knight Rider Sky Knight, The X-Files (as an alien bounty hunter); the pilot episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Welcome to the Hellmouth” as Luke, disciple of The Master, and also as the Judge in two episodes from Season Two, “Surprise” and “Innocence”; Kindred: The Embraced (as Eddie Fiori, the leader of the Brujah clan); and Charmed (as both War from the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and the Titan Cronos). Thompson has also appeared in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (as the warlord Goth) as well as Hercules himself in Jason and the Argonauts. Thompson appears in the Star Trek franchises Star Trek: Enterprise (as Romulan admiral Valdore), Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and the film Star Trek Generations. He played the role of Tenctonese Trent Porter in the film Alien Nation. Thompson also appeared in the video game inspired movie Mortal Kombat: Annihilation as the Emperor Shao Kahn. He appeared alongside Ho-Sung Pak and Peter Greene in the martial arts/crime film Fist of the Warrior. Cast against his “bad-guy” type, Thompson starred in a family film, Tillamook Treasure as Uncle Jimmy, a rough Oregon logger, for which he was nominated for Best Actor at the Mid-Valley Film Festival in Salem, Oregon.


Life Stinks ( 1991 )

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Cobra ( 1986 )

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The Terminator ( 1985 )

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