Tex Murphy, P.I.
Played by Chris Jones
Tex Murphy is a mid-21st century P.I. who tries—with mixed results—to emulate the style and philosophy of the classic film noir detective. Tex is divorced, perpetually broke, cursed with inconsistant social skills, and is rapidly approaching the big 4-O with some premature wrinkles and a bad back—the result of smoking, drinking, a poor diet, and lack of exercise. Tex doesn't fall into the typical "super hero" category, but usually manages to succeed despite his particular knack for getting into trouble and offending the wrong people.
In post-WWIII San Francisco, Tex is one of the people counted as a Norm—a person that has a natural immunity to post-war radiation. Most Norms live in New San Francisco, the area of the city that was rebuilt after the war, but Tex prefers to stay in Old San Francisco with the Mutants—the people who were altered by the radiation. Somehow, he feels more comfortable around those who have been shunned and rejected, but he tells his clients (the few that he manages to get) that he lives there because the rent is cheap.
Dressed in a well-tailored trenchcoat and a soft, felt fedora, Tex seems out of step with the 2040's in which he lives. A man out of time. His only modern concession is the pair of comfy sneakers he wears in place of the traditional wing tips. Tex can handle the futuristic machinery and looks of his surroundings, but give him a glass of bourbon (neat) and a Lucky Strike, and he feels right at home.
Many details of Tex's life have been revealed throughout the various games, novels, and other media chronicling his adventures. Click here
to view a timeline of some of the significant events in Tex's life.
Played by Suzanne Barnes
Chelsee Bando runs the Newsstand across the street from Tex's office at the Ritz Hotel. Like everyone else in this part of town, Chelsee is a Mutant, but it doesn't show. In fact, nobody knows what her mutation actually is. Chelsee has a way of turning Tex's knees to jelly, and he's been trying to get a date with her since their first inauspicious meeting. Working at the Newsstand keeps her up-to-date with all the current events of the city, both by reading the papers she sells, and by talking with the customers. Therefore, she knows more than most people about what goes on in the shadows of the city.
Played by Randall Edwards
Louie LaMintz is the owner/proprietor of the Brew & Stew cafe. He's a bloated Mutant with a heart as big as his waistline. Louie is probably Tex's best friend, if he has one, and is always willing to let Tex run up a tab of epic proportions. Everyone in the neighborhood comes to Louie's cafe, where the smell of fresh-grilled brains, lamb stew, or spicy chili mixes with the pungent aroma of his infamous "Armageddon blend" coffee.
Played by Doug Vandegrift
Rook Garner, owner of Rook's Pawn Shop, is a crusty old WWIII vet with a mean streak longer than his lifeline—with a particularly antagonistic attitude towards Tex. Contrary to popular opinion, however, Rook isn't a completely bitter, nasty, horrible little man. In fact, he'd be the first one to take you in on a cold night, feed you, clothe you, give you a place to sleep—and then demand that you pay him 200 bucks for the trouble.
Played by Kevin L. Jones
Lieutenant Mac Malden is Tex's link to the San Francisco Police Department. Mac is always reluctant to help, but then remembers how many times Tex has saved his butt by solving a big case for him—usually resulting in a promotion for Mac, and no credit whatsoever for Tex.
Played by Steve Barnes
Formerly a chocoholic bum living in a dumpster behind Rook's Pawn Shop, Clint is now a chocoholic bum with his own chocolate stand: The Cocoa Cabana. After the Cabana opens every day at 9:00, everything on the menu has been mysteriously eaten by around 10:30.