|Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? character|
|First appearance||Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?|
|Created by||Philip K. Dick|
|Portrayed by||Harrison Ford (film)
James Purefoy (radio)
Rick Deckard is a fictional character and the protagonist of Philip K. Dick's 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. He was portrayed by Harrison Ford in the 1982 film adaptation Blade Runner directed by Ridley Scott and by James Purefoy in the 2014 BBC Radio 4 adaptation directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.
Deckard is a bounty hunter with the San Francisco Police Department, who goes after "andys" as they are called. He begins the story as a selfish, self-involved cop who sees no value in android life. His experiences within the novel cause him to develop empathy towards androids and all living things. Deckard is married to Iran who is one of the more empathetic characters in the novel. She is able to allow herself to go into a depression and sadness with others over the state of humanity and is able to find the empathy necessary to care for an electric toad at the end of the novel.
In the film, the bounty hunters are termed "Blade Runners", the androids are called "replicants", terms not used in the original novel. Deckard is a divorcee and is retired from the Los Angeles Police Department. Philip K. Dick approved of Harrison Ford's performance, saying that Ford had brought to life a "a genuine, real, authentic Deckard."
- "Novel Character Summaries". GradeSaver LLC. Retrieved 2012-10-11.
- The Official Bladerunner magazine©2000
- P.K. Dick Interview
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