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Richard Kimble

Richard Kimble is the fictional character featured in the television series The Fugitive, portrayed by actor David Janssen. Kimble is a pediatrician falsely convicted for the murder of his wife but freed in a train wreck en route to execution; he spends the series searching for the one-armed man he believes to be the real killer while pursued by the relentless police detective from whom he escaped.

The character was also featured in the 1993 film The Fugitive, based loosely on the original series, starring Harrison Ford as the doctor and Tommy Lee Jones as a U.S. marshall in pursuit of him. In the film version, Kimble was a prominent Chicago heart surgeon rather than a small-town pediatrician. This change was necessary to support the plot change in which the killing of Kimble's wife was not a senseless random murder by a transient (as in the original series) but rather the result of a fiendish plot by an evil drug company executive.



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