Who Is the Real John Q. Archibald and How Long Was He Imprisoned?

By Staff WriterLast Updated May 27, 2020 7:21:35 PM ET

John Q. Archibald is a fictional character in a 2002 movie starring Denzel Washington. The movie's title character takes an emergency room hostage to get a heart transplant for his dying son. There is no real John Q. He did not commit a real crime and did not spend any time in prison.