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"You're either a cop or little people."[src]

Harry Bryant was the captain of the Los Angeles Police Department Blade Runner Unit who assigned ex-Blade Runner Rick Deckard to return to his job and retire six escaped Nexus-6 replicants.


In November 2019, after Bryant's top Blade Runner, Dave Holden, was shot and critically wounded by the replicant Leon, Bryant sent Gaff out to "arrest" ex-Blade Runner Rick Deckard and bring him to Bryant.[1]

While Bryant at first made attempts to be friendly, their meeting soon boiled down to pure business as he briefed Deckard on the replicants that he needed to take down: Leon, Zhora, Pris and Roy Batty.[1]

Bryant and Gaff later met Deckard near a streetside bar after he retired Zhora. Bryant was more friendly to Deckard, boasting to Gaff that he could learn from him. However, his lack of humanity in regard to Zhora's death and the effect it had Deckard was noticeable. He also informed Deckard that he now needed to retire the experimental replicant Rachael, who had gone rogue after learning her true replicant identity. He then wished Deckard good luck and left the bar.[1]

Sometime during that month, Bryant was out on sick leave, with Edison Guzza taking over his duties.[2]

Behind the scenes[]

Ridley Scott cast M. Emmet Walsh as Bryant based on his performance in Straight Time. Walsh was inspired by his father and grandfather when playing the role.[3]

Walsh stated that Bryant's stomach was "shot all to hell" and that he liked to see other people drink because he could not. These are the reasons why Bryant offers Deckard two glasses of whiskey and does not drink any himself.[3] Similarly, the comic book adaptation states that Bryant has a liver problem and enjoys having Deckard "have a drink for another man."

Walsh also contends that Bryant's usage of the word "skinjob" was not intended to be bigoted until Deckard's narrations were written after Walsh filmed his scenes, during which the term was simply considered common slang for a replicant.[3]

In a draft of the film, dated February 23, 1981, it is Bryant rather than Gaff who appears on the rooftop after Roy Batty dies.[3]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Blade Runnerall versions
  2. Blade Runner (1997 game)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner – Revised & Updated Edition