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75th Rangers


Staff Sgt. Matthew Eversmann

Played By: Josh Hartnett

A Ranger sergeant who receives his first command.

  • Big "NO!": Twice, when Blackburn falls out of the helicopter and when Jamie breaks cover to help Twombly, leading to Jamie receiving fatal injuries.
  • Composite Character: The real Eversmann was part of the Lost Convoy, while this version leads the effort to reach Super Six One.
  • Weapon of Choice: A M16A2 assault rifle.
  • You Are in Command Now: Winds up in command of Ranger Chalk Four when one of his superior officers has an epileptic seizure.


Specialist John “Grimsey” Grimes

Played By: Ewan McGregor

A desk clerk who winds up going on his first mission.

  • Adaptation Name Change: The character that Grimes is based off of is named John Stebbins, but was changed when Stebbins was convicted of rape.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Grimes desperately wanted to be put into the field instead of working as a Desk Jockey. It’s safe to say he regrets this when he actually does get his wish.
Grimes: (as he is blown into the air by an RPG explosion) FUUUUUUUCK THIIIIIIIIIS!
  • Desk Jockey: Worked behind a desk before being put on the front lines. The reason why is that he can type, which meant a big deal in the 1990s.
  • Running Gag: Gets shot at with RPGs (rocket-propelled grenade) no less than three times.
  • Weapon of Choice: A M16A2 assault rifle with an underbarrel M203 grenade launcher.


Captain Mike Steele

Played By: Jason Isaacs

The Captain of a Ranger rifle company.


Lieutenant Colonel Danny McKnight

Played By: Tom Sizemore

  • Adaptation Personality Change: The real McKnight noted that he doesn’t swear, smoke, or shout as much as the film version does.
  • Colonel Badass: Walks around a war zone like bullets aren’t flying around him and heads back into battle even after being shot twice.
  • Deadpan Snarker: 99 percent of his dialogue is pure snark.
Pilla: They’re shooting at us!
McKnight: Well, shoot back!


Specialist Shawn Nelson

Played By: Ewen Bremner

    Doc Schmid 

Sergeant First Class Kurt “Doc” Schmid

Played By: Hugh Dancy


Specialist Lance Twombly

Played By: Tom Hardy



Specialist Mike Kurth

Played By: Gabriel Casseus

  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Does his best not to shoot a woman trying to pick up a rifle. Struecker does it for him instead.


Corporal Jamie Smith

Played By: Charlie Hofheimer

  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Breaks cover when Twombly is caught out in the open with a burning ammo pouch, and receives fatal gunshot wounds.


Staff Sergeant Ed Yurek

Played By: Tom Guiry


Private First Class Todd Blackburn

Played By: Orlando Bloom


Sergeant Lorenzo Ruiz

Played By: Enrique Murciano

  • Fatal Family Photo: Ruiz has a wife and a daughter back home, and even calls his wife before going on the mission. Ruiz is critically wounded during the battle, and dies even after being given medical attention.
  • Hidden Depths: Ruiz is an incredibly good artist, as shown by his illustrations for a children’s book he is writing.



Sergeant Casey Joyce

Played By: Chris Beetem

  • Karmic Death: Joyce gleefully boasts to Grimes he doesn’t need a kevlar plate on his back as he doesn’t intend to “be shot in the back running away”. Joyce is later killed when a Somalian sniper shoots him in the back while defending the convoy.


Private John Maddox

Played By: Michael Roof

  • The Driver: Of the Humvee containing McKnight.
  • Eye Scream: Maddox is blinded when broken glass is shot onto his face when the convoy is assaulted.


Sergeant Scott Galentine

Played By: Gregory Sporleder


Staff Sergeant Jeff Struecker

Played By: Brian Van Holt

  • Would Hit a Girl: During the Mogadishu Mile at the end of the film, Struecker shoots a woman who tries to pick up a dropped rifle.


Sergeant Dominick Pilla

Played By: Danny Hoch

  • Impromptu Tracheotomy: Shot in the throat by a Somalian militiaman.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: He’s one of the funnier members of the Rangers and his death marks him as the first American soldier to die.


Lieutenant John Beales

Played By: Ioan Gruffudd

  • Ill Boy: Suffers from epilepsy, and has a seizure the night before the battle.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: His seizure winds up bumping Eversmann to command of Chalk Four.


Private Richard “Alphabet” Kowalewski

Played By: Brendan Sexton III


Private John Waddell

Played By: Ian Virgo


Specialist Dale Sizemore

Played By: Matthew Marsden


Sergeant Mike Goodale

Played By: Carmine Giovinazzo

Delta Operators


Sergeant First Class Norm “Hoot” Gibson

Played by: Eric Bana


Sergeant First Class Randall “Randy” Shughart

Played By: Johnny Strong

A Delta sniper paired with Gary Gordon who volunteers to rescue Michael Durant, the pilot of Super Six Four.

  • Bash Brothers: With Gordon.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: His death, which consists of getting shot in the back and arms, then has almost a dozen shots emptied into his chest at point-blank range.
  • Famous Last Words: ”Gordy’s gone, man. I’ll be outside. Good luck.”
  • Last Stand: With Gordon defending the Super Six Four crash site.
  • Weapon of Choice: A M14 battle rifle with a camouflage paint scheme and an Aimpoint CompM2/M68 reflex sight. He also carries a Colt M1911A1 pistol.


Master Sergeant Gary “Gordy” Gordon

Played By: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

A Delta sniper paired with Randy Shughart who volunteers to rescue Michael Durant, the pilot of Super Six Four.

  • Bash Brothers: With Shughart.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Gets shot in the head by a Somalian militiaman while covering the crash site.
  • Famous Last Words: ”Randy, last mag!”
  • Last Stand: With Shughart defending the Super Six Four crash site.
  • Reality Ensues: Unlike the Rangers, who wear Kevlar helmets, the Delta operators wear hockey helmets since they’re more comfortable and lighter. Unfortunately, they’re not bulletproof, as Gordon finds out the hard way.
  • Weapon of Choice: A Colt M733 assault rifle with a camouflage paint scheme, M68 Aimpoint red dot scope, weaponlight, and a sound suppressor. He also carries a Colt M1911A1 pistol.


Major General William F. Garrison

Played By: Sam Shepard


Sergeant First Class Jeff Sanderson

Played By: William Fichtner


Master Sergeant Tim “Griz” Martin

Played By: Kim Coates


Lieutenant Colonel Gary L. Harrell

Played By: Željko Ivanek


Lieutenant Colonel Joe Cribbs

Played By: Steven Ford


Staff Sergeant Daniel Busch

Played By: Richard Tyson

  • All for Nothing: While the helicopters are able to find and pick him up, Busch sustained a fatal gunshot wound defending Super Six One’s crash site and dies sometime later of his wounds. His name is mentioned in the credits as one of the casualties.

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Warrant Officer Michael Durant

Played By: Ron Eldard

  • Fatal Family Photo: A subversion when he looks at a photo of his family and is subsequently captured instead of killed.
  • Sole Survivor: The only one of his crew to survive the initial crash (Shughart is seen examining one of the bodies as he arrives with Gordon) and the ensuing shootout where Shughart and Gordon are killed.
  • Weapon of Choice: A Heckler & Koch MP5A3 submachine gun fitted with a slimline foregrip. He also uses Gordon's M733 assault rifle when he gets killed.


Lieutenant Colonel Tom Matthews

Played By: Glenn Morshower


Chief Warrant Officer Cliff “Elvis” Wolcott

Played By: Jeremy Piven


Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mike Goffena

Played By: Boyd Kestner


Chief Warrant Officer Bull Briley

Played By: Pavel Vokoun



United Stated Air Force Pararescue Timothy A. Wilkinson

Played By: Ty Burrell


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