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The characters of The Fugitive and its Spin-Off U.S. Marshals.


    Richard Kimble 

Dr. Richard Kimble
Played By: Harrison Ford

A respected vascular surgeon who was blamed for the murder of his wife and sentenced to death. When the prison bus he was on crashed, he escaped and went back to Chicago to catch the real murderer and prove his innocence.

  • Amateur Sleuth: Justified. The only thing that can prevent him from spending the rest of his life on the run is discovering who killed his wife.
  • Badass Beard: Played with. He sports a beard for the first act of the movie, but shaves it off to disguise himself, and he only starts doing really badass things after it is shaved off.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Kimble clearly takes his oath as a doctor very seriously, to the point of saving a young boy’s life by changing his medical diagnosis, which he knows full-well could get him arrested (and almost does).
  • Determinator: To the point that both Gerards and Nichols lampshade it.
  • Guile Hero: Kimble is highly intelligent, crafty, and resourceful, repeatedly evading the police and staying on the run all while investigating his wife's murder.
  • Nice Guy: He is almost always friendly and he saves people’s lives whenever he can, even if it could hinder him in the long run.

    Mark Sheridan 

Mark Sheridan

Played By: Wesley Snipes

A former DSS agent who was ambushed by two men and killed them in self-defense; the two men were fellow DSS agents, and Sheridan was branded a mole, and forced to go into hiding and taking a false identity. After his true identity was exposed following a car crash, Sheridan escaped custody and went on the run.

    Eddie Copeland 


Played By: Eddie Bo Smith

A hostile inmate who escapes alongside Kimble.

  • Affably Evil: He's pretty friendly with Kimble.
  • Bald of Evil: He’s bald, and is a merciless criminal.
  • Dirty Coward: He refuses to help Kimble pull an injured guard out of the crashed prison bus and abandons them to save himself.
  • Pet the Dog: He hands Kimble the keys to unlock himself from his handcuffs, with no benefit to himself.
  • Scary Black Man: He's a big, imposing black crimimal.

Law Enforcement

US Marshals

    Samuel Gerard 

Chief Deputy US Marshal Samuel Gerard
"I don't care!"
"Listen up, ladies and gentlemen. Our fugitive has been on the run for 90 minutes. Average foot speed over uneven ground, barring injuries, is 4 miles-an-hour. That gives us a radius of six miles. What I want out of each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area. Checkpoints go up at fifteen miles. Your fugitive's name is Dr. Richard Kimble. Go get him."
Played By: Tommy Lee Jones

A sardonic, cynical, and intelligent US Marshal who pursues fugitives from justice.

  • The Ace: Sam is very good at what he does.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Is able to calculate Kimble's location (accurately) buy factoring every possibility during the crash.
  • Breakout Character: He proved so popular he got his own Spin-Off.
  • Character Development:
  • Deadpan Snarker: Gerard is perpetually making sarcastic quips and eviscerating people with his snarky comebacks.
    Officer: There is simply no way he could've survived that jump!
    Gerard: That aught to make him easier to catch!
  • A Father to His Men: Kills Copeland for threatening one of his men. When facing possible prosecution for Copeland's death he takes full responsibility and refuses to get any of them in trouble.
  • Hero Antagonist: In The Fugitive, he is an honest officer of the law doing his job in opposing Kimble, a fugitive from justice and (as far as anyone knows) a wife-murderer.
  • Inspector Javert: He refuses to hear Kimble's protestations of innocence, and doggedly attempts to re-arrest him.
    Kimble: I didn't kill my wife!
    Gerard: I don't care!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's snarky, grumpy and ruthless but not a bad guy at all.
    Kimble: I thought you didn't care.
    Gerard: I know. (Beat) Don't tell anybody, okay?
  • Weapon of Choice: He carries a Glock 17 as his primary sidearm and another one for back up.

    Cosmo Renfro 

Deputy US Marshal Cosmo Renfro

Played By: Joe Pantoliano

A loudmouthed member of Gerard's team of US Marshals.

  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Cosmo Renfro.
  • Butt-Monkey: He has elements of this in both films, but particularly US Marshals.
  • Flanderization: In The Fugitive, Renfro is something of a loudmouth, but he's more snarky than anything and is pretty respected, being second-in-command to Gerard. In US Marshals, Renfro is turned into a loud mouthed boor who says whatever is on his mind, no matter how crass, and is the group's resident Butt-Monkey.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Mainly in US Marshals.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Subverted in US Marshals. While he's flanderized into a more comical character, his competence is completely unaffected.

    Noah Newman 

Deputy US Marshal Noah Newman
Played By: Tom Wood

A rookie member of Gerard's team of US Marshals.

  • Butt-Monkey: He's subject to a lot of teasing by his colleagues for being the new guy.
  • Character Development: He gradually goes from a naive rookie to a competent lawman.
  • New Meat: He's the rookie of Gerard's team, and is clearly inexperienced. Even after becoming more competent and mature, his teammates still rib him about being the new guy.
  • Sacrificial Lion: His death in US Marshals is what makes it personal for Gerard.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: He's gunned down by Royce in US Marshals.

    Erin Poole 

Deputy US Marshal Erin Poole

Played By: L. Scott Caldwell

A member of Gerard's team.

    Robert Biggs 

Deputy US Marshal Robert Biggs
Played By: Daniel Roebuck

A member of Gerard's team of US Marshals.


Deputy US Marshal Henry
"Is that an elevated train?"
Played By: Johnny Lee Davenport

A member of Gerard's team of US Marshals.

  • The Generic Guy: He gets very little characterization compared to the rest of Gerard’s team.
  • The Smart Guy: He instinctively identifies the sound of an elevated train over a recording.

    Savannah Cooper 

Deputy US Marshal Savannah Cooper

Played By: LaTanya Richardson

A member of Gerard's team of US Marshals.





Detective Kelly
Played By: Ron Dean

One of the detectives who handled Kimble's case and got him imprisoned, who aids in Gerard's efforts to recapture him.

  • Hate Sink: He's incompetent and egotistical, with his shoddy investigating being the reason Kimble was wrongfully arrested in the first place.
  • Jerkass: He's always shown to be both arrogant and supremely inept, never admitting to his own fault or listening to Gerard and his team.
  • Never My Fault: He constantly refuses to even consider that Kimble is innocent. The last time he's seen is when he's pitifully denying that he was at fault for Kimble's wrongful imprisonment while being hounded by reporters.
  • Police Are Useless: His "investigation" of Kimble could most charitably be called incompetently handled.
  • Those Two Guys: With Rossetti.


Detective Rossetti

Played By: Joseph Kosala

One of the detectives who handled Kimble's case and got him imprisoned, who aids in Gerard's efforts to recapture him.

  • Beware the Quiet Ones: He's quieter than Kelly, but he's the one who gives the order to kill Kimble on sight after he's blamed for Sykes's murder of a transit cop.
  • Jerkass: While he's less of an ass than Kelly, he's still just as much of an incompetent hothead.
  • The Quiet One: Talks far less than Kelly.
  • Those Two Guys: With Kelly.

Other Jurisdictions

    Sheriff Rawlins 

Sheriff Rawlins

Played By: Nick Searcy

An arrogant and incompetent sheriff who butts heads with Gerard.


    John Royce 

DSS Special Agent John Royce

Played By: Robert Downey Jr.

A DSS agent assigned to aid Gerard and his team in capturing Sheridan.

    Bertram Lamb 

DSS Director Bertram Lamb

Played By: Patrick Malahide

The head of the DSS.

    Frank Barrows 

DSS Special Agent Frank Barrows

Played By: Rick Snyder

Lamb's quiet right-hand man.


    Helen Kimble 

Helen Kimble

Played By: Sela Ward

Richard Kimble's beloved wife, who was murdered by the One-Armed Man.

    Charles Nichols 

Dr. Charles Nichols

Played By: Jeroen Krabbé

Kimble's best friend and a fellow doctor.

    The One-Armed Man 

Frederick Sykes/The One-Armed Man
Played By: Andreas Katsulas

A former police officer turned security officer and hitman for Devlin-MacGregor.

  • Artificial Limbs: He has a prosthetic arm.
  • Dirty Cop: He was one, before he left the force and became a gun-for-hire.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He has Andreas Katsulas's deep voice.
  • Fallen Hero: Subverted. He claims to be this while being interrogated by Gerard, but it's pretty blatant he was always a dirty cop.
  • Jerkass: He's a perpetually sullen grouch who's gruff and hostile towards everyone he meets.
  • Noodle Incident: It's never said how he lost his arm, though Sykes claims that he lost in the line of duty.
  • Obviously Evil: It takes Gerard and his team about a minute to figure out he's evil.

    Kathy Wahlund 

Kathy Wahlund
Played By: Jane Lynch

One of Kimble's colleagues and friends.

    Ann Eastman 

Dr. Ann Eastman
Played By: Julianne Moore

A surgeon working at County Cook Hospital who becomes suspicious of Kimble.

    Alec Lentz 

Dr. Alec Lentz

Played By: David Darlow

A doctor and the head of the pharmaceutical company Devlin-MacGregor.

    Marie Bineaux 

Marie Bineaux

Played By: Irène Jacob

Mark Sheridan's girlfriend.


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