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Highlander The Series



FRIENDS

 

Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert)

Duncan's kinsman and first mentor; they met in 1625. Connor, as well as Duncan, was born in Glenfinnan, in the Highlands  of Scotland, in 1518. He died for the first time when he was 18 years old, in 1536, in battle, and was banished from his clan soon after having returned from the dead. Afterwards, he got married to Heather, who died of old age in 1590. His first mentor was Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez (Sean Connery), who he met in 1541; Ramirez taught him all about Immortality, the rules of the Game and the Gathering. After Ramirez, he had as mentors the Englishman Thomas Cavanaugh and the Japanese sorcerer Nakano (1590). He had many aliases to disguise his Immortal condition: Adrian Montague, Jacques Lefeburt, Alfred Nicholson, Capitão David Carruthers, Rupert Wellingford and Russell Nash. His worst enemies were the Kurgan, Kane and Jacob Kell. In 1992, he returned to Duncan's life, forcing him to return to the Game. Episode: The Gathering. Movies: Highlander; Highlander II: The Quickening; Highlander III: The Sorcerer (aka The Final Dimension) and Highlander: Endgame. Book: The Element of Fire.


Hugh Fitzcairn (Roger Daltrey)
Duncan MacLeod's best friend, he was born in England and beheaded by Kalas in Paris in 1996, in front of Duncan, who watched the sword fight, but couldn't interfere. MacLeod and Fitz's first meeting was in Verona, Italy, in 1637, when the Highlander was protecting the Doge's daughter from Fitz's amorous advances. Episodes with Hugh Fitzcairn: The Hunter, Star-Crossed, Till Death, The Stone of Scone, Unusual Suspects, To Be and Not to Be. Book: White Silence. Roger Daltrey is the lead singer of rock band The Who. Hugh Fitzcairn of the... neither here nor there!


Darius (Werner Stocker)
One of Duncan MacLeod's best friends, a monk over 2000 years old. In the past, he was a man of war until the day he killed
the oldest Immortal at the time and, after getting his Quickening, became a man of peace. Before being a Catholic priest, Darius was Hindu and Buddhist. He was killed by renegade Watcher James Horton on May 30, 1993, inside his church (St. Julien le Pauvre) in Paris. Episodes: Band of Brothers, For Tomorrow We Die, The Beast Below, Saving Grace and The Hunters. Book: Shadow of Obsession.
Werner Stocker (who was born in Germany) passed away on May 27, 1993; he was 38 years old.


Ian MacLeod (Matthew Walker)
Duncan MacLeod's foster father. He died in 1624, killed by Kanwulf The Destroyer. Duncan was banished by him from their village after  coming back from the dead, in 1622. Episodes: Family Tree, Revenge of the Sword, Homeland and Prophecy. It is the work of the demon master from the world below!


Randi MacFarland (Amanda Wyss)
Annoying TV reporter, who was always bothering Duncan MacLeod, Tessa Noël and Richie Ryan in the first season — but she was
harmless. Episodes: Innocent Man, Bad Day in Bulding A, Deadly Medicine, See No Evil, Eyewitness and Band of Brothers.


Comissioner Comanski (Jay Brazeau)
Comissioner in Seacouver. Episodes: Free Fall and Bad Day in Building A.


Sergeant Bennett (Tim Reid)
Police officer, whose investigations always had Duncan MacLeod as a suspect or witness. Episodes: Revenge is Sweet, See no Evil and
Eyewitness.


LeBrun (Hugues LeForestier)
French inspector, a good man, whose cases always had Duncan MacLeod as a suspect or witness. LeBrun had already seen Mac once
(before their meeting in 1993) — the same day Duncan met Tessa Noël — when he was a rookie in the police force. Episodes: For Evil's
Sake, For Tomorrow We Die
and Saving Grace.


Renee Delaney (Stacey Travis)
CID Agent who, being after Xavier Saint Cloud, ended up becoming involved with Duncan MacLeod. Episodes: Unholy Alliance I e II and Double Jeopardy. When we kissed, did... did you feel anything? Like your spine melting or something?



Rebecca (Nadia Cameron)
Amanda's first teacher. She owned an ancient crystal called The Methuselah's Stone, a mystic talisman said to give eternal life and
invulnerability to the wearer, whose pieces she divided among her students. Rebecca was beheaded by her former student Luther, in
Paris, in 1994 — he was trying to gather the pieces for evil purposes. Episodes: Legacy and The Methuselah's Gift.


Maurice (Michel Modo)
Humorous MacLeod's French neighbor in Paris — his small boat was moored next to MacLeod's. Fond of drinking, he always had trouble keeping his jobs as chef de cuisine. He had a niece (Simone) who was killed by Immortal Kagan. Unbeknownst to him, she was a prostitute and Kagan's accomplice in the robbery of a valuable DaVinci sketch. Later on the show, he owned a small restaurant and a jazz club. Episodes: Unholy Alliance part II, Warmonger, Pharaoh's Daughter, Legacy, Prodigal Son, Star-Crossed, Take Back the Night, Reasonable Doubt, Finale and The Modern Prometheus.  They claimed I stole a chicken... Of course not! It was a duck.



Rachel MacLeod (Kristin Minter)
Duncan MacLeod's relative, she owns a little inn in Glenfinnan, Scotland (Mac's homeland) where the Claymore that he was supposed to
inherit from his father, Ian MacLeod, is on display. Episodes: Homeland, Deliverance and Promises.
He came back from the dead, to claim his father's sword. He killed the Viking, and stopped the slaughter.


Alexa Bond (Ocean Hellman)
Waitress at Joe's, the mortal woman Methos loved. After traveling with "Adam Pierson" around the world (including a visit to Santorini, Greece, where he told her he was Immortal), she died from a serious illness in Geneva, Switzerland. And Methos didn't watch that without doing anything: he tried desperately to save her life by getting the Methuselah's Stone, the mystic talisman said to give eternal life and invulnerability to the wearer — but he didn't succeed. Methos buried her in Paris (her grave read "Alexa Bond/Beloved"). At first, he thought of burying her in Santorini, because she liked it very much, but he didn't want her to be so far away. Episode: Timeless; she is cited on Deliverance, Methuselah's Gift and Through a Glass Darkly. Book: An Evening at Joe's/Postcards From Alexa. Do you ever just wish time could stand still?


Sean Burns (Michael J. Jackson)
Old friend of Duncan MacLeod's, he was a psychoanalyst dedicated to healing the mind; he ran a hospital in France, during World War I.
Burns was beheaded by Duncan in 1995, when he was under the influence of the Dark Quickening. Episodes: Deliverance, Till Death and
Forgive Us Our Trespasses.


Cassandra (Tracy Scoggins)
Duncan MacLeod's friend. Known as the Witch of Donan Woods, she got to know Mac when he was just a 12-year-old kid (1604), in the Highlands of Scotland. Four hundred years later, Cassandra met MacLeod again in order to fulfill an ancient prophecy — that only Duncan MacLeod could challenge and defeat the voice of darkness. She died for the first time in the Bronze Age, killed by Kronos; afterwards, Methos took her as his slave. In 1997, she met Methos again and all she wanted was kill him, which she didn't due to Duncan's intervention in favor of Methos's life. Episodes: Prophecy, Comes a Horseman and Revelation 6:8.   I'm not your sorry little slave anymore. I know what I am now.


 

FOES

James Horton (Peter Hudson)
Renegade Watcher, Joe Dawson's brother-in-law, James Horton was the leader of the Hunters, a band of mortals whose goal was hunting Immortals. He was born in 1945 and finally killed in 1994, stabbed by Duncan MacLeod, after having been shot by Joe Dawson (falling into the Seine afterwards) and seriously wounded by Duncan's sword the previously years. Episodes: The Hunters, The Watchers, Unholy Alliance I e II, Counterfeit I e II, One Minute to Midnight, Archangel, Avatar, Armageddon and Not to Be.   You'll sleep when you're dead.




Xavier Saint Cloud (Roland Gift)
Xavier Saint Cloud (born circa 1160 in Morocco), aka Gerard Fleurie or Nelson Mfune, lived in hedonistic splendor down through the ages by remorseless robbing and killing innocent men and women. Duncan MacLeod first met him in Algiers, in 1653, when Xavier took the head of his teacher and friend Hamza ibn Mohammed al Katib (John Suda) — sometimes honored by the name el Kahir. Their second meeting happened during World War One, when Xavier used poison gas to loot a payroll truck. They met again in the 90's for three times; on February 22, 1996 Duncan finally managed to kill him. In one of their confrontations, MacLeod cut his left hand off; from then on, Xavier used a protheses with a hook replacing it. Darius also got to know Xavier St. Cloud, when he was just a thief, centuries ago. Episodes: For Tomorrow We Die, Unholy Alliance I e II, Finale part I and Double Jeopardy. Book: Scimitar. Hamza el Kahir is on Finale part I as well as in the book Scimitar. Roland Gift is the lead singer of the pop group Fine Young Cannibals.  Never bloody your hands unless you must.



Kronos/Melvin Koren (Valentine Pelka)
Kronos was part of the Four Horsemen — along with Methos, Silas (Richard Ridings) and Caspian (Marcus Testory) — the most terrible Immortals that ever existed. They spread terror in the Bronze Age, killing, raping and destroying everything in their way, just for pleasure. He was beheaded by Duncan MacLeod (who had known him as Melvin Koren in Old West) in 1997, after having tried to join forces with Methos again. On the same occasion, Methos beheaded Silas and Duncan killed Caspian. Episodes: Comes a Horseman, Revelation 6:8, Archangel, Armageddon and Not to Be.   The freedom! The power!



Kalas/Antonio Neri  (David Robb)
Kalas, an Immortal monk with a heavenly singing voice, used to live in a monastery founded by Paul, also an Immortal. In 1658, MacLeod sought refuge for a time in the same place and, when he discovered that Kalas was routinely taking the heads of Immortals as they left the sanctuary, Paul expelled Kalas from the monastery, separating him from the music that was his life. That was the beginning of a troublesome relationship between the two men through the centuries. In 1996, after killing Duncan's best friend Fitz, Kalas went after the Quickening of the oldest Immortal alive — Methos, who, realizing that he wouldn't be able to defeat Kalas, offered his own head to MacLeod. MacLeod refused and challenged Kalas on his own, nearly defeating him when the police, sent by Methos, arrived to send Kalas to prison for the deaths of Watcher Donald Salzer (Adam Pierson's mentor). After being accidentally set free from prison by Amanda (all she wanted was kill Kalas to do MacLeod a favor), the evil Immortal went after Duncan and his friends again — but in the end, MacLeod fought Kalas and beheaded him on top of the Eiffel Tower. Episodes: Song of the Executioner, Star-Crossed, Methos and Finale I e II.   It's not about enjoyment. It's about power.


Kanwulf The Destroyer (Carsten Norgaard)
The legendary Viking marauder (Immortal) who killed Duncan MacLeod's father in 1624. The Highlander went after Kanwulf and killed him — or at least, he thought he had killed him; at the time, although already Immortal, Duncan didn't know he had to behead Kanwulf. Eventually, he killed the viking when they met each other again, in 1995. Episode Homeland.   An offering to the gods of thunder and war!



Kenny (Myles Ferguson)
Kenneth died in England, when he was 10 years old in 1182; he and his foster parents were murdered by the Normans. Right after the massacre, Amanda found Kenny and took him as her pupil for a year. Since then, he has survived by using his childish look to con other Immortals, who, inadvertently, try to protect him (like Duncan MacLeod) and then cut their heads off. For Amanda, it was too difficult to accept his evil nature — Kenny was the son she never had. Episodes: The Lamb and Reunion. Myles Ferguson passed away on September 29, 2000, in a car accident. He was 19 years old.   The bigger they are, the harder they fall
 

CHARACTERS BASED ON REAL PERSONALITIES

Bonnie Prince Charlie (Benjamin Pullen/Struan Rodger)
Charles Edward Stuart (1720-1788), called also "The Young Pretender", defeated at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, when fighting for Scotland's freedom. After several months on the run, he sought refuge in France. Eventually, he settled in Rome as the "Duke of Albany", where he died.  His defeats had made him become an alcoholic drifter.

On Highlander, Duncan MacLeod met Bonnie Prince Charlie twice: Take Back the Night and Through a Glass Darkly.

Flora MacDonald (Kim Johnston Ulrich)
Flora MacDonald met Bonnie Prince Charlie on the Scottish island of Benbecula, while he was on the run, and agreed to help Charles escape. After hiding him for a week, she disguised the prince as her maid Betty Burke, and smuggled him to the island of Skye. Being arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London for her role in the Young Pretender's escape, she became a celebrity. Flora got married to Allan MacDonald in 1750; over 20 years later, the couple moved to the USA, where he fought in the American Revolution, serving the British army. Flora died in 1790 and was buried on the island of Skye.

On Highlander, the Prince's escape was reproduced; however, "Flora MacDonald" was an Immortal, and had the help of Duncan MacLeod.  Besides, in 60 AD, "Flora" had been celtic warrior Ceirdwyn. Episode Take Back the Night.



Lord Byron (Jonathan Firth)
George Gordon Byron (1788-1824), 19th century Romantic English poet.

On Highlander, Immortal Byron had been a friend of Methos' (at the time known as Benjamin Adams or "the good Dr. Adams") since the 19th century. In the 90's, Byron had become a rock star, bored with life and addicted to drugs. Duncan MacLeod beheaded him. Episode The Modern Prometheus.   My task is done, my song has ceased, my theme has died into an echo. It is fit.



Mary Shelley (Tracy Keating)
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851), English novelist, author of Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus. She got married to Percy Shelley. In 1816, she, her husband Percy, Dr. John Polidore (Byron's physician) and Byron were gathered at Byron's Villa Diodati in Geneva when the host proposed a task: to write a ghost story. It was when Mary began, and eventually finished, her Frankenstein.

On Highlander, mortal Mary was a friend of Byron and Methos'. After witnessing (in that famous night they were all gathered to tell ghost stories) Byron die, return to life and get the Quickening of his opponent, she had the idea of writing her novel Frankenstein. Episode: The Modern Prometheus.    Resurrected by lightning to eternal life. To eternal loneliness.



Percy Shelley (Christopher Staines)
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), 19th century English poet, married to Mary Shelley and a friend of Lord Byron's.

On Highlander, a friend of Byron and Methos'. Episode The Modern Prometheus.   I say run. And fleet be thy feet. Fly from love.



Dr. John Polidore

Byron's physician, he was in the poet's house the famous night Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley and Byron were gathered and Byron  proposed they should write ghost stories. Percy didn't write anything, Mary began to write Frankenstein, Byron began a tale called Augustus Darvell (which was printed later as an appendix to the poet's Mazeppa) and Polidore wrote the first vampire story of the English literature (Bram Stoker's Dracula was published in 1897): The Vampyre, published in the New Monthly Magazine in April 1819.

On Highlander, Polidore was replaced by Methos, at the time known as "the good Dr. Adams".