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Capt. Benjamin L. Willard
Played By: Martin SheenA veteran U.S. Army special operations officer who has been serving in Vietnam for three years.
Col. Walter E. Kurtz
Played By: Marlon BrandoA highly decorated U.S. Army Special Forces with the 5th Special Forces Group who goes rogue. He runs his own operations out of Cambodia and is feared by the US military as much as the North Vietnamese and Vietcong.
Lt. Col. William "Bill" Kilgore
Played By: Robert Duvall1st Squadron, 9th Air Cavalry Regiment commander and surfing fanatic. Kilgore is a strong leader who loves his men but has methods that appear out-of-tune with the setting of the war.
Engineman 3rd Class Jay "Chef" Hicks
Played By: Frederic ForrestA tightly wound former chef from New Orleans who is horrified by his surroundings.
Chief Quartermaster George Phillips
Played By: Albert HallThe chief runs a tight ship and frequently clashes with Willard over authority. Has a father-son relationship with Clean.
Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Lance B. Johnson
Played By: Sam BottomsA former professional surfer from California. He is known to drop acid.
Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Tyrone "Mr. Clean" Miller
Played By: Laurence FishburneA seventeen-year-old cocky South Bronx-born crewmember.
Played By: Dennis HopperA manic disciple of Kurtz who greets Willard.
Lieutenant General Corman
Played By: G. D. SpradlinAn authoritarian officer who fears Kurtz and wants him removed.
The Mysterious Man
Played By: Jerry ZiesmerA mysterious man in civilian attire who sits in on Willard's initial briefing.
Colonel G. Lucas
Played By: Harrison FordAn aide to Corman and a general information specialist who gives Willard his orders.
Capt. Richard M. Colby
Played By: Scott GlennPreviously assigned Willard's current mission before he defected to Kurtz's private army and sent a message to his wife telling her to sell everything they owned (but he goes on to tell her to sell their children, as well).