Die Hard: John McClane’s 10 Best Allies

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 15th, 2013 at 6:45 am, This is a list post.

John McClane's 10 Valentines

Die Hard Collection February 14, 2013 is not only Valentine's Day, but the release date of the fifth John McClane adventure, A Good Day to Die Hard, which sees Bruce Willis' rugged NYPD detective team up with his son Jack (Jai Courtney) to save the day. For long-time fans of the franchise, and newcomers looking for a solid Bruce Willis action movie, A Good Day to Die Hard is a letdown (read our review), so let's look back on the four films that came before throughout the 25 years of Die Hard history, and pay respect to McClane's unlikely allies over the years.

The Partner

Die Hard Sgt Al Powell Name: Sgt. Al Powell Actor: Reginald VelJohnson Appearances: Die Hard (1988), Die Hard 2 (1990) Powell, a lover of twinkies, was in the wrong place at the wrong time and happened to be the officer on duty called in to check on a call from Nakatomi Plaza. Thinking it was a false alarm, Powell was on his way out until McClane caught his attention by dropping a body on his car. From the on, Powell became McClane's "partner" and the only law enforcement officer surrounding the building that he could trust. VelJohnson made a cameo appearance in the sequel when McClane faxes him fingerprints to look up in the system, launching forward the plot of Die Hard 2 when they confirm McClane's suspicions by discovering the prints are from a military office reportedly killed in action years prior.

The Driver

Die Hard Argyle (De'voreaux White) Name: Argyle Actor: De'voreaux White Appearances: Die Hard (1988) On his first day on the job as a limo driver, Argyle picks up McClane at LAX and brings him to Nakatomi Plaza, offering to wait in the garage for to see if he needs a ride (if he can't get one from his wife). While partying it up with a big teddy bear in the limo, Argyle eventually learns through the news that the building is under attack and notices the terrorists loading up the ambulance. In a heroic gesture, he crashes his limo into the escape vehicle, and punches out the driver.

The Spouse

Die Hard Bonnie Bedelia (Holly Gennaro McClane) Name: Holly Gennaro McClane Actor: Bonnie Bedelia Appearances: Die Hard (1988), Die Hard 2 (1990) Holly moved to LA for a better career and took the kids with her, while John stayed in New York, not able to pry himself away from his NYPD duties. With their relationship in trouble, McClane travels to LA for Christmas and ends up at Nakatomi Plaza where Holly works, and where Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) just so happens to be engaging in a heist, with Holly as one of the hostages. Holly remains calm and collected during the hostage situation, knowing her husband is the mysterious man in the building thwarting Gruber's plans. In the sequel, Holly is on one of the planes attempting to land at the hijacked Dulles International Airport, and still manages to do some good.

The Janitor

Die Hard 2 Marvin (Tom Bower) Name: Marvin Actor: Tom Bower Appearances: Die Hard 2 (1990) As the janitor of Dulles International Airport, Marvin became McClane's most important ally and source of intel in Die Hard 2, providing a radio used by Colonel Stuart's villainous team of ex-military officers, maps, blueprints of the airport - and even transportation. In a story where McClane found out harshly there were few people he could count on, Marvin was one of the few he could trust.

The Engineer

Die Hard 2 Barnes (Art Evans) Name: Leslie Barnes Actor: Art Evans Appearances: Die Hard 2 (1990) Like Marvin, Barnes is an employee of IAD, serving as its chief engineer and chief of communications. Quick on his feet and good at his job, Barnes acted upon a few of his own ideas to counter Colonel Stuart's plans and communicate with the planes above looking to land. Barnes is one of the few people who listens to McClane, and after saving each other, Barnes lends a helping hand (and his winter coat) to McClane, to try and stop a plane from crashing. Barnes also discovers the general location of where Stuart and his men are operating, and after investigating with McClane, locates the church where they've set up their own makeshift control tower.

The Samaritan

Die Hard 3 Samuel L Jackson Name: Zeus Carver Actor: Samuel L. Jackson Appearances: Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995) Zeus is a genius shopkeeper who just so happens to see John McClane across the street caught in a dangerous situation. After taking it upon himself to defuse the situation, Zeus unwittingly gets pulled into a plot against New York orchestrated by Simon Gruber (Jeremy Irons), who holds a personal grudge against McClane for killing his brother Hans in the original Die Hard. Constantly bickering and arguing over race, the two become the unlikeliest of partners, learning to trust each other after Gruber demands "The Samaritan" play his games along with McClane in an adventure across the city.

The Psychologist

Die Hard 3 Fred Schiller (Stephen Pearlman) Name: Dr. Fred Schiller Actor: Stephen Pearlman Appearances: Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995) Department psychologist Schiller has a smaller role to play in Die Hard 3, but like Sgt. Al Powell in Die Hard 2, is instrumental in informing McClane about "Simon" and his intentions. He reveals that Simon (who we later learn is Simon Gruber) isn't interested in negotiating and has a personal score to settle with McClane.

The Defuser

Die Hard 3 Charlie Weiss (Kevin Chamberlin)Name: Charles Weiss Actor: Kevin Chamberlin Appearances: Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995) After the first of Simon Gruber's attacks forces the NYPD to put McClane back into action, it's the quarky, yet brilliant and brave Charlie Weiss, department bomb defuser, who informs them (and demonstrates) just how the liquid-based explosives function (which later comes in handy for McClane while saving Zeus). Later, after Simon threatens the city with a bomb in one of the schools and the NYPD locate it, Weiss tells the team he shouldn't even be attempting to touch the device, but after discovering that there are children still inside that school, he refuses to leave and attempts to disarm the weapon. Weiss is a hero in his own right - though the bomb is just a dud.

The Hacker

Die Hard 4 Hacker (Justin Long) Name: Matthew 'Matt' Farrell Actor: Justin Long Appearances: Live Free or Die Hard (2007) Participating in what he thought was a security test, hacker Matt Farrell unknowingly helped out cyber-terrorists who in turn attempt to kill him - until John McClane saved him in the nick of time. Matt informs McClane and the FBI that what's happening to the city is a "Fire Sale" (a widespread cyber-attack). In the events that follow, Matt serves as the brains behind McClane, recognizing one of the terrorist's voices impersonating the police dispatcher, helping McClane steal a car and retake a power station, knocking a bad guy down an elevator shaft, helping ID the terrorist leader Thomas Gabriel, and introducing McClane to the Warlock - who can help locate Gabriel. He later takes a bullet himself and shoots somebody to save McClane and his daughter, Lucy.

The Warlock

Die Hard 4 Warlock (Kevin Smith) Name: Frederick 'Warlock' Kaludis Actor: Kevin Smith Appearances: Live Free or Die Hard (2007) Even geekier and smarter than Matt, The Warlock's basement (in his mom's house) doubles as a tech center as much as it does a display room of geeky collectibles. When the power goes out along the East coast, the Warlock's house stays up thanks to Warlock's own power generators, and he's able to (reluctantly) help Matt and McClane out in locating Thomas Gabriel. During the big climactic action sequence, McClane calls upon Warlock's help again to call in FBI reinforcements - and even though he doesn't get involved (especially with the FBI), Warlock still helps McClane save his daughter, showing that he has a good heart.

Die Hard 25th Anniversary

Die Hard 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Collection Looking to enjoy the best parts of the Die Hard franchise on Valentine's Day? Perhaps you need a last minute gift? It's an easy recommendation to check out the four films that established John McClane as the everyday man-turned-hero before (instead of?) rushing out to see A Good Day to Die Hard. Check out the 5-disc Die Hard 25th Anniversary Blu-ray collection, and McClane and friends in action. Bruce Willis will be in theaters again in March for other franchise sequels G.I. Joe: Retaliation, in August for RED 2, and in October for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. - Follow Rob on Twitter @rob_keyes A Good Day To Die Hard is in theaters now.
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  1. Nice read, I wonder if they will bring back the wife for the 6th movie or if they would go big(like say Fast Five) and bring back the other bigger supporting characters…

    • If they had Samuel L Jackson in a new Die Hard, I would probably see that. Definitely not wasting my money on the one that just came out though.

  2. as a 10 Best Allies list i think it’s a good list but the wrong order…

    just as an unlikely allies list then it’s great…

    • It’s unordered, outside of counting up chronologically by film.

      • At first I would like to comment about how the order should’ve been, but then I noticed that the list is made by the film’s order… so no complaint ^^

    • Plus, that’s ALL of his allies throughout the series. So to say ten beat is a misnomer. P

  3. Enjoyed the list & the franchise. I’ve enjoyed some parts more than others but still one of my favorite franchises.

  4. Totally a feel-good series to have in the archives. Certainly has a healthy, respectable franchise and I’ll watch John Mclean anyday.

  5. 5-disc Die Hard 25th Anniversary Blu-ray collection? I’m guessing a disc of extras? But that would be cool if they released the new one on Blu-ray but only in the collection set.

  6. If Holly makes the list for being a hostage in the first two then Lucy should make the list for Live Free or Die Hard. She informed McClane over the radio how many of Gabriel’s henchmen were left.

  7. In my mind, the best ally in the series hands down, was Samuel Jackson’s Zeus character……..I also agree, if they do a 6th movie, it’s time they bring Holly back.

  8. I was expecting Zeus and Matthew to be mentioned at least in the new movie because both Lucy and Zeus’ nephew make cameos.

    Anyway, good list, great series. But since this list came out today, I was expecting Jack to make the list. The movie is out, its officially apart of the mythos, no matter how much I didnt like it

    • Yeah, but Aldis Hodge isn’t playing the character of Zeus’s nephew in the fifth movie, it’s a new character.

  9. my fav is def the hacker and the warlock

  10. You forgot a few, how about Carmine Lorenzo?? Or Sam Coleman??

  11. Ilike the Hacker, Warlock and Zeus lol. :)

  12. My favorite would be Jerry Parks from Die Hard with a Vengeance.

  13. (Contains spoilers)
    The lastest Die Hard is so dissappointing with a very badly told story full of huge plot holes that just cannot be believed and all the while Willis giving the tiring line of “..I am on vacation”. The court room scene is particularly painful to watch and impossible not to cringe at. Why is he in court with another guy when he has nothing to do with that case or trail?
    Where do all the people go to after the explosion? If they are blown to bits how come only the two protagonists survived? And that is only the first ten minutes. It gets a lot worse with the car chase and radioactive ending. One minute it is radioactive the next minute it is not. Too many huge obvious mistakes. The cinema audience was silent through the whole thing. No laughs or emotion or drama. The writing and directing were way off, not to mention the editing.

  14. For some reason I was expecting to see a cameo from Samuel L Jackson in Live Free Or Die Hard. That wouldve been epic.

  15. I thought Live Free was awesome. It gets too much hate, it was a fantastic action film.

    Just had to put that out there, its been getting a lot of hate in the internet sphere.

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