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You eat when we say you eat, you shit when we say you s--t, and you piss when we say you p--s! You got that, you maggot-d--ked mother--ker!?
~ Hadley abusing a new inmate.

Captain Byron Hadley is the secondary antagonist of the book, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, and its 1994 adaption, The Shawshank Redemption. He is the top prison guard that serves as Warden Norton's right-hand man.

He was played by actor Clancy Brown, who also played the Kurgan in the 1986 film Highlander , Mr. Krabs of Spongebob Squarepants, Gus Gilbert in the 1992 Stephen King film Pet Sematary 2, Dr. Neo Cortex and Uka Uka from the Crash Bandicoot videogame, Savage Opress from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Hades in God of War.


Captain Hadley is a very cruel and sadistic man who frequently abuses his authority by brutally beating inmates and sometimes killing them. This also includes beating up a new inmate that is addressed by the other inmates as "Fat-ass." The next day, Fat-ass dies from the blows that Hadley gave him for not keeping his mouth shut.

Despite Hadley's cruelty, he seemingly softens up to Andy Dufrense after the latter helped him with his money he inherited from his estranged brother (by giving the $35,000 in full, tax free, to his wife). He even beats up Bogs Diamond (the head of "The Sisters" prison gang) after finding out that the latter had been raping and beating up Andy.

Later on, Warden Norton orders him to murder Tommy in order to keep him from proving Andy innocent. He is then arrested for this after Andy escapes with the ledger containing all the info about the corruption and the murder(s) that Hadley committed. It was rumored that Hadley had cried like a little girl once he was arrested.


  • In the book, Hadley is a minor character whom retires a few years after receiving financial help from Andy and narrowly surviving a heart attack. He also never beats up Bogs. He is also implied to be an abusive and controlling husband during his conversation with Andy, and he also never meets Norton.
  • Clancy Brown studied real-life prison guards as preparation for the role because he did not want to base his character on any one person.