Roger Murtaugh (born December 15, 1937) is a fictional character in the Lethal Weapon films, played in all four by Danny Glover. Danny Glover is actually younger than Murtaugh by 9 years.
A Vietnam War veteran
who joined the Los Angeles Police Department
(In the first film he mentions he has 20 years on the force), Murtaugh is a straitlaced veteran homicide detective sergeant and family man who is considering retirement
in the first film (hence his catchphrase, "I'm gettin' too old for this shit") when he is partnered with loose cannon Martin Riggs
). The two initially can't stand each other and resent each other's presence, but grow to respect each other by the end of the movie, when they foil a criminal who had threatened Murtaugh's daughter, Rianne.
Throughout the rest of the series, Murtaugh and Riggs become close friends and save each other's lives many times. They also help each other through a few personal crises; for example, Murtaugh helps Riggs track down the men who killed his wife, while Riggs helps Murtaugh forgive himself for killing a teenage drug dealer in self-defense who was a friend of his son, and protects his family from the dealer's bosses. Through it all, Riggs teaches Murtaugh to relax and take more chances, while Murtaugh helps Riggs get over his wife's death and treat life as something worth living, even helping Riggs beat smoking by giving him dog biscuits over cigarettes. Although their friendship can be playfully antagonistic, as Riggs finds amusement in pranking the high strung Murtaugh.
Lethal Weapon 4
In the fourth film he and Riggs are both promoted to Captain
, particularly because of all the past damage they've done in solving their cases, by the police department losing their insurance carrier, but are later returned to the rank of Sergeant after the events of the film.
Weapon of choice
His weapon of choice is a Smith and Wesson Revolver
with a 4" barrel, the exact model of which is not mentioned(All he said was he carried a "4 inch Smith"), though most likely a Model 19-6
(one of his trademarks is rolling his neck before dispatching one of the main villains with a single shot from the revolver). In some of the later films he also carries a S&W 5906 semi-automatic pistol
and in the third film brandishes a MAC-10
machine pistol taken from the young drug dealer he killed while searching for the ones who gave him the weapon. He also briefly uses an Heckler & Koch MP5
sub-machine gun commandeered from a member of a South African
crime syndicate while working with Riggs to shut down their operations.