Characters: The Shining

John Daniel "Jack" Torrance (Jack Nicholson)

  • Abusive Parents: Jack's father was a violent Domestic Abuser, who also beat up his kids regularly. Jack himself also accidentally broke Danny's arm — while trying to spank him for misbehaving.
  • Meaningful Name: His first and middle name is Jack Daniel and he's an alcoholic. The first drink he has in both the movie and miniseries is Jack Daniels.
  • Nice Guy: Before his Alcoholism took over.
    • Though the movie subverts this. He didn't seem to care too much about his family even before staying at the Overlook.
  • Parental Favoritism: Jack was his father's favorite, though he still beat him regularly. Jack still loved him as best he could, even when the rest of the family began to hate him.


Winnifred "Wendy" Torrance (Shelley Duvall)


Daniel Anthony "Danny" Torrance (Danny Lloyd)


Richard "Dick" Hallorann (Scatman Crothers)

  • Death by Adaptation: Is killed by Jack in the film. In the book, he survives and lives to a ripe old age.
  • Psychic Powers: Same as Danny. They can communicate even without talking simply by thoughts.


Delbert Grady (Philip Stone)

  • Affably Evil: Incredibly polite, charming and personable. But then he did off his family before offing himself.