Carlos Bernard as Tony Almeida
|Portrayed by||Carlos Bernard|
|Appearances||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7|
|Other Appearances||24: The Game|
Anthony "Tony" Almeida is a fictional character played by Carlos Bernard on the television series 24. Almeida appeared in a total of 115 episode, the third highest number of episodes of any character in the series behind Chloe O'Brian (125) and Jack Bauer (192), portrayed by Mary Lynn Rajskub and Kiefer Sutherland respectively.
Tony Almeida was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1973 to an Italian mother and a Portuguese father. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering from San Diego State University and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Stanford University. He served in the United States Marine Corps and attended Scout Sniper and Surveillance and Target Acquisition training. He was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant and worked as a systems analyst before being hired by CTU. He was previously on more episodes than any other character, second to Jack Bauer, but was surpassed by Chloe O'Brian.
Tony Almeida is third-in-command at the Counter Terrorist Unit's Los Angeles headquarters, and is romantically involved with fellow agent Nina Myers. Tony subsequently has animosity towards the series' protagonist, Jack Bauer, who was formerly in a relationship with Nina.
Just after midnight, word arrives of an imminent assassination attempt on Democratic presidential candidate David Palmer. When Jack is forced to cease contact with CTU, Tony and Division become suspicious and place CTU under lockdown while George Mason interrogates key staff members. Tony's suspicions are furthered when Jack returns and sneaks Nina out of headquarters at gunpoint. Shortly thereafter, Tony and Nina interrogate Jamey Farrell, leading her to confess to her involvement with Ira Gaines, the terrorist behind the kidnapping of Jack's wife and daughter. Jamey dies in an apparent suicide soon after this.
After Jack succeeds in rescuing Kim and Teri Bauer, both Alberta Green and Ryan Chappelle encourage Tony to report him for unnecessarily endangering Senator Palmer. However, Tony refuses. Kim and Teri flee from a CTU safe house when it is attacked by hitmen working for Gaines' employers, Andre and Alexis Drazen. After a confrontation by Nina, Tony visits Jack's home and saves both Teri and Phil Parslow from being killed by Jovan Myovic.
Before the day's end, Palmer is saved and the Drazens are killed. However, Nina is revealed to be a second mole working for the Drazens, having killed Jamey and staged her suicide when she exposed herself. Jack realizes this by viewing security tapes which show Jamey's murder. Nina is captured, though not before she kills several people while attempting to escape, including Teri. When Jack points the gun at Nina for her betrayal, Tony and George dissuade Jack from pulling the trigger. Tony can only watch in disgust and disbelief as the woman he thought he loved is led away.
Tony becomes Mason's second-in-command at CTU, and is present when Jack returns to the agency to assist in hunting down Second Wave, a Middle Eastern terrorist organization that plots to detonate a nuclear weapon in Los Angeles. When Kate Warner reports Reza Nayieer to CTU, Tony questions Reza and the Warner family. Though financial records link Reza to the leader of Second Wave, Syed Ali, Reza denies any involvement with terrorists. It is later revealed that Reza is indeed innocent and that his fiancée, Marie Warner, was the one collaborating with Ali.
Towards the beginning of the second season, Mason was exposed to lethal dose of plutonium, leaving him with radiation sickness. Mason eventually passes along the leadership of CTU, and leaves the agency. One hour later, in a noble effort to remove the nuclear bomb from a populated area, Mason crashes a plane carrying the bomb into the Nevada desert, sacrificing his own life as it detonates. Under Tony's command, CTU receives recordings of a meeting between Ali and representatives from three Middle Eastern countries at Cyprus.
After Jack learns from Jonathan Wallace that the Cyprus recordings were false. After learning the truth himself, Tony, along with Michelle Dessler, begin covertly assisting Jack, and are eventually forced to physically incapacitate Chappelle. After Chappelle was found by Carrie, he orders their arrest. However, when Mike Novick ordered Chappelle to assist Jack, Tony and Michelle are given immunity and are reinstated. With Tony and Michelle's assistance, Jack and Sherry Palmer, the president's ex-wife, are able to get a recording implicating Peter Kingsley, the true manipulator of the day's events, and prevent a war with the Middle East.
Throughout the day, Tony and Michelle shared a mutual attraction. At first, Tony keeps his distance out of hestiancy after what happened with Nina. After receiving parting advice from Mason, however, Michelle expresses an interest. The two would become romantically involved and later marry.
While Jack Bauer is often pre-occupied with other tasks such as leads to save his daughter or find more information about the terrorist threats, Tony has been out in the field as extensively as both Jack and Chase Edmunds. Throughout the day, Tony apprehended Joseph Sin-Chung, who was currently posing as a crew member of the apprehended cargo boat named Lee Jin-Yu. He prevented a terrorist threat at a metro station prior to the capture of CTU. During the hour that CTU was held hostage, Tony guides Kim Bauer to encrypt the hard-drive containing the data of the undercover CTU agents, significantly slowing down the terrorists' progress in getting the information.
Shortly after Kim's return to CTU, Tony leads one of the tactical teams disarming one of the bombs at a construction site situated along a fault line. Hours after the threat, Tony had to rush to the scene of a crime, which involved a hostage situation with Governor James Radford. After restraining as many confused gunmen as he could, he had to negotiate with the leader, who was merely a desperate man trying to save his sick son. Tony succeeds in calming down the gunman, but the gunman is found dead by the time Tony busts open the locked door. He started becoming suspicious of Radford as he checks the gunman's body. Tony's suspicions came true when an assistant of Governor Radford calls telling him to meet her at Fisher Pier, which was happening approximately at the same time as Chase Edmunds's return to C.T.U.
Tony met up with the assistant and was given a keycard to Radford's office, with the assistant suspecting that Radford was involved in terrorist activity. The suspicion came true as a helicopter ambushed the pair, killing the assistant. Tony barely escapes with his life and drives off to the Governor's office building. After dealing with various gunmen under Radford's payroll and rescuing any trapped civilians, Tony found evidence that showed Radford's involvement with the terrorists. It turned out that Radford was seen conversing with Peter Madsen, Joseph Sin-Chung, and an unknown third man. Tony attempts to track Radford and manages to eavesdrop on Radford's conversation with the unknown man. Radford attempted to walk out, but the assassin Mandy already kills Radford before Tony could do anything. Tony's evidence proved invaluable since CTU was later able to identify the third man as Max.
While Jack and Chase were busy at Fort Lesker, Tony, Michelle, and Chappelle have information that Kate Warner is still alive, but Chappelle restricted Tony from notifying Jack under the guise of completing the established mission. A few hours later, the trace was complete being located at Max's yacht. After berating Chappelle out of disgust, Tony heads back out to the field one more time to assist Jack and Chase at the L.A. Docks in a CTU helicopter. Tony picks up Chase first, and pilots the chopper to have Chase provide support fire for Jack before picking him up.
Tony maneuvers the helicopter around the yacht allowing Chase to mow down gunmen firing at them, while Jack abseils onto the deck of the yacht. As the day ends, Tony stays on the yacht with Kate to clean up the mess while Chase pilots the helicopter with a wounded Jack to a nearby hospital.
Tony fields promotion offers from several CTU regional divisions. Despite this, he, Jack Bauer and Gael Ortega organize a covert sting operation designed to keep the deadly Cordilla virus out of the hands of the Salazars, a Mexican crime family. During the operation, Tony is shot in the neck in a shopping mall and incapacitated, leaving him comatose. After awakening, Tony returns to his CTU post to resume the operation. Tension mounts between Tony and Michelle over his health and his secrecy towards her. After Michelle is trapped inside a hotel as it becomes infected with the virus, Tony is forced to authorize the use of suicide capsules to the infected patrons.
Against Jack's explicit wishes, Tony uses Kim in a field operation as a replacement for Jane Saunders, the daughter of rogue MI6 agent Stephen Saunders, in an attempt to secure collateral against him. Just as the FBI prepares to corner Saunders, he reveals that he has captured Michelle and will kill her unless Tony aids his escape. Tony acquiesces, allowing Saunders to evade the FBI and free Jane from CTU custody. Jack realizes Tony's motives, and convinces him to work with CTU on a sting. At the arranged meeting, CTU intervenes and captures Saunders. However, Tony is arrested for treason.
It is revealed that Almeida was sent to prison for treason, but was released early when Jack secured a pardon from President Palmer. Michelle left Tony due to his alcoholism and depression, leading him to move in with a woman named Jen Slater. There, Tony harbors Jack and Audrey Raines.
During the phone call in the security building, Jack told Audrey that he was calling "the only person he could trust". But Tony considered the rescue a repayment of the debt he owed Jack for getting him out of prison and initially did not wish to be involved in the case any further. Jack respected Tony's wishes not to be dragged further into the day's events, but when setting out to apprehend a suspect on his own, Tony reasoned that it would be stupid to let his friend go back out alone after just saving his life and offered his help.
As Tony and Jack went through the investigation, Jack saw his friend "come back to life," showing some of his old nobility, courage and resourcefulness as he became increasingly involved in the case by helping Jack rescue Behrooz from Navi Araz, and helped him apprehend Henry Powell before Marwan's sniper killed Powell. Eventually, Jack was able to convince Tony to return to CTU on a provisional basis, where he would work Tactical for Jack. Tensions rose when the Associate Special Agent in Charge of Division Bill Buchanan and Almeida's former wife, Michelle Dessler, took active command of CTU Los Angeles when incumbent Special Agent in Charge Erin Driscoll left for personal reasons.
Tony and Michelle clashed at first, but gradually, the two began to warm up to each other again, and near the end of the day, they had agreed to leave CTU together and start a new life. However, when Bill Buchanan called Tony into the field, Tony was captured, bound and gagged by an assassin. The assassin, a woman named Mandy who had made an attempt on President David Palmer's life in season two, threatened to kill Tony if Michelle did not move LAPD units out of the area and clear an escape route. Michelle was going to comply but told Bill instead. When a car bomb went off with two people thought to be Tony and Mandy inside, Michelle was ordered to go home. However, due to the swift actions of Jack Bauer and his tactical teams, Tony was rescued and returned to Michelle.
At the end of Day 4, when Walt Cummings, an overzealous member of the new Logan Administration, decided that Jack Bauer needed to die due to his part in an illegal raid on the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles, Tony played an intricate part in faking Jack's death. After smuggling him out of CTU, Tony allowed himself to have an emotional good-bye to his friend.
By Day 5, Tony and Michelle had left CTU and were living life together as civilians. After receiving news that Palmer had been assassinated, Tony attempted to dissuade Michelle from going to CTU to assist in the investigation. He hesitated, but as he decided to follow Michelle outside, Michelle's car exploded. As he clutched her body, the car's fuel tank exploded, critically injuring him. It was later confirmed through CTU conversations that Michelle was dead.
Tony was transported to CTU Medical, where he went into surgery. At the White House, Cummings dispatched an assassin to kill Jack but the attempt, which took place at CTU Medical when Jack visited Tony, was unsuccessful. Upon waking a few hours later, Tony was told by Buchanan that Michelle's condition was still unknown. However, Tony suspected otherwise and escaped CTU Medical to access a computer, where he learned of his wife's fate.
Tony was sealed inside CTU Medical along with Christopher Henderson when terrorists released Sentox nerve gas in the building, killing many members of the staff. Enraged and feeling he had nothing left to live for, Tony decided to kill Henderson. He was dissuaded from doing so by Jack. However, Henderson awoke from his coma and stabbed Tony with an overdose of hyoscine-pentothal before escaping. Jack rushed in and cradled Tony as he seemingly dies.
Tony is discovered alive and found to be currently working with a terrorist group to disrupt US President Allison Taylor's invasion of Sangala by blackmailing her with terrorist attacks. It is ultimately revealed that Christopher Henderson purposely missed Tony's heart when he stabbed him, and planned on turning him. He had his people take Tony's body, and they were able to revive him within 10 minutes of his apparent death. Jack Bauer and the FBI apprehend Tony. Jack requested to interrogate Tony, but Tony refused to talk with him. Tony ended up angering Jack, who grabbed him by the neck and slammed him against a wall. This occurred when Tony told Jack that every time he helps the government, "it's like spitting on Teri's grave!" As Jack choked Tony, he warned him to cooperate or he'd make sure Tony stayed dead this time. Tony gave Jack a code word which he recognized and called a number. The number led him to Bill Buchanan and Chloe O'Brian who revealed that Tony was working undercover to uncover corrupt US officials working with General Benjamin Juma, the dictator of Sangala and perpetrator of mass genocide. Furthermore, Tony needed to be out of custody. Jack and Tony escaped together and resumed their independent operation, which culminated in the elimination of the terrorist group, the unmasking of Juma's allies in the U.S. government, and the deaths of General Juma and his squad of soldiers that stormed the White House.
Following the operation, Jack and Tony scrambled to intercept and then recover a shipment of bioweapons engineered by Jonas Hodges, president of mercenary corporation Starkwood, who intended to blackmail the President and enact Executive legislation benefitting himself. Aided by the FBI, Jack and Tony successfully destroyed the chemical weapons, although Jack was infected by the bio-weapon.
Following the destruction of the weapons, it is revealed that Tony is actually working with the terrorists, and he murders FBI Agent Larry Moss and recovers a canister of the chemical weapon, which he gives to Cara Bowden, a representative of the conspirators, all of whom had planned the day's events and of whom Hodges was previously a member. The conspirators initiated their operation and attempted to detonate the canister inside the DC Metro tunnels, but were stopped by Jack and the FBI, who apprehended Tony and recovered the canister before it could detonate. As they transported Tony to the FBI, Cara notified Jack that his daughter would die unless he helped Tony escape FBI custody. With no option, Jack freed Tony, who then took Jack hostage and disappeared with Cara to salvage the remains of the virus from Jack's infected blood, tissue and organs. Finally alone with Tony, Jack tried to reason with the man who was once his closest friend. Tony revealed that his true goal was to kill Alan Wilson, the head conspirator behind the day's attacks and the man responsible for the murders of David Palmer and Michelle Dessler.
Wilson arrived to speak with Tony, but the group was ambushed by the FBI, who raided the area. Retreating into a warehouse, Tony killed Cara and beat Wilson to the ground. Holding a gun to Wilson's head, Tony, frenzied by rage and grief, revealed to Wilson that not only did the latter kill Michelle, but he also killed their unborn son. As he prepared to kill Wilson, Tony was shot in the arm by Jack and Renee. As the FBI detained him, Tony cursed Jack as a coward and a traitor as he was led away in FBI custody.
- Cerasini, Marc (2003). 24: The House Special Subcommittee's Findings at CTU (First ed.). Harper Collins. p. 71. ISBN 0-06-053550-4.
- Writer: Robert Cochran Director: Winrich Kolbe (2001-11-27). "3:00am-4:00am". 24. Season 1. Episode 4.
- Writer: Andrea Newman Director: Bryan Spicer (2002-01-08). "6:00am-7:00am". 24. Season 1. Episode 7.
- Writer: Virgil Williams Director: Stephen Hopkins (2002-01-22). "8:00am-9:00am". 24. Season 1. Episode 9.
- Writer: Joel Surnow Director: Jon Cassar (2002-03-05). "1:00pm-2:00pm". 24. Season 1. Episode 14.
- Writer: Robert Cochran and Howard Gordon Director: Jon Cassar (2005-05-23). "6:00am-7:00am". 24. Season 4. Episode 96.
- Writer: Howard Gordon Director: Jon Cassar (2006-01-15). "7:00am-8:00am". 24. Season 5. Episode 97.