Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson


8/28/1962, Ellensburg, Washington, USA

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Brian Thompson


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Born in 1962 in Ellensburg, Washington to two school teachers, Brian Thompson grew up in Longview, Washington on the Columbia River, the second of six children. As a young child, he was sickly, suffering a kidney-related ailment, and it wasn't until surgery corrected his condition that he began…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Brian Thompson: I can hear how each character sounds within the entire tapestry of a scene.

    • He won critical praise for his character of Sheriff Cody on the Fox series Key West.

    • 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, a prisoner on the premiere episode of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and a brawling redneck on Walker: Texas Ranger.

    • Thompson has a long history with Star Trek, having appeared in three series and one film, as two Klingons, a Dosi, a Jem'Hadar and a Romulan.

    • He is probably best known in his role as the alien bounty hunter from The X-Files.

    • He gathered some bad reputation for his portrayal of Shao Khan in the unpopular video-game movie-sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.

    • Cast against his "bad-guy" type, Thompson stars in a family film, Tillamook Treasure (to be released in 2006) as Uncle Jimmy, a rough around the edges Oregon logger.

    • His distinctive square-jaw profile, booming voice, and imposing stature (six-foot-three) has led him to star in many action films, invariably as a bad guy.

    • Taking a curiously "musical" approach to his craft, the actor continually seeks fresh rhythms for each new role.

    • Earning a scholarship to the University of California-Irvine, he sailed through a three-year Master of Fine Arts program.

    • Under the pretense of attending Central Washington University to play football and study business management, he quietly auditioned for every available play, trodding the boards for a dozen school productions.

    • His interest in acting was first sparked during his senior year of high school with the role of the Russian ballet instructor Boris in the comedy You Can't Take it With You.

    • 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.

    • Height: 6' 3" (1.91m)

    • He has played shape-shifting characters at least five times, The X-Files, Birds of Prey, Werewolf (1987), Buffy, and the movie Fright Night II.

    • Lives with his family in Los Angeles.

    • He is married to Isabelle Mastoraki.

    • Has 2 kids. His son is Jordan and his Daughter: Daphne.

    • Brian has appeared as two different roles on both "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Charmed". In all of the episodes he was a demon or some other sort of evil being.

    • He played the first character killed by the title character in "The Terminator" (1984).

    • He kite surfs to stay in shape.

    • He is the Director of the Actor's School of Mount Hood Community College in Portland, Oregon.

  • Quotes

  • Brian Thompson is one of the more underrated working actors of his generation!

    There are a handful of men who, when they come on the screen, you know nothing good is gonna happen. Brian Thompson is one of those men, yet he can give layers to the spookiest of villains, if given a proper chance.

    Many people overlook Mr. Thompson's actual acting chops because he is usually called to play cartoonish or over-the-top villains. While I haven't seen all his roles, I have seen the layers in a few of his characters.

    His Eddie Fiori of Kindred: The Embraced was a loud, idiotic oaf, but when he realized what was what and that his mentor-father figure was really behind, the hurt, betrayal, sadness, and acceptance broke my heart.

    The Alien Assassin he played on The X-Files was menacing and blood-chilling, totally. Yet, Mr. Thompson, as his part progressed, showed the neutrality that the character felt. This was just a job; he wasn't there to debate the ethics, if any, of the situation. The calm, deliberate tone he took when the character started conversations could be left for harsher tones of frustration with an unwilling subject, true. But The Assassin was just trying to do his job and get it over with.

    His build tends to get him certain roles, but he can be more than just the Designated Bad Guy. Since he plays the villains so well, and with a bit of depth were he can, I wish he could have a role like Danziger in Earth 2 or Robert Davi's role on Profiler. He would rock it!moreless