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Dennis Nedry

Full Name
Dennis Nedry
Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park computer programmer
To steal the dinosaur embryos and sell them for profit (failed).
Type of Villain
Villainous Jerk/Hacker
Ah ah ah! You didn't say the magic word!
~ Dennis Nedry

Dennis Nedry is the main human/tertiary antagonist of the first installment of Jurassic Park franchise, who appears to be a troublesome and overweight computer-network engineer for the successful dinosaur-cloning faculty he was ordered to program without many details on what the park actually did and was called to the island to fix numerous bugs in the system. Because he struggled financially and felt he wasn't being paid enough, Nedry turned on John Hammond, the park owner, and sold the embryos. His meddling resulted in the dinosaurs escaping and running amok, as well as the deaths of several characters in the film. In the film adaptation, he is portrayed by Wayne Knight, who also portrayed Al McWhiggin, Krudsky and Emperor Zurg.

Jurassic Park

John Hammond refused to pay him any extra money for his work. Eventually, Lewis Dodgson of Biosyn (a rival company) offered Nedry $1.5 million to steal embryos from Jurassic Park's labs. In order to do this—and make a swift escape from the visitor center and drive away in a jeep—Nedry had to shut down the park's security systems, including the electric fences surrounding the dinosaur paddocks, with the exception of the raptor fences. Without power, the electric fences shut down, thus allowing the dinosaurs to escape. Later that night, Dennis was driving toward the docks when he got lost during the bad storm and accidentally hit a stack of logs. His car got stuck, so he had to get out and use a winch to help him get out of this dilemma. Unfortunately, while looking for a tree to tie the other end of the winch to, he came across a juvenile Dilophosaurus. Dennis, not knowing of their aggressive nature since he knew nothing about dinosaurs, tried to shoo it away with a stick. This was a failed attempt, and the Dilophosaurus began spraying venom in Dennis's chest and his eyes. Dennis, now blind, attempted to make his way for his car. He wiped the venom off of his eyes and got in the car. Upon closing the door he looked to his left and saw that the Dilophosaurus had found its way into the car, where it began to eat Dennis alive. His remains were later found by Nima and Miles Chadwick in Jurassic Park: The Game, whereas in the novel, his corpse was found by Robert Muldoon & Donald Gennaro, who claimed that he deserved such kind of death & calling it "justice".



  • He was introduced as the main antagonist, but this was the plot to reveal the true main villains later on.
  • In the Jurassic Park section of the videogame Lego Jurassic World, he survives his death by sticking a drumstick on the Dilophosaurus' mouth & runs away while losing the canister in the process. He was later seen with Muldoon & Gennaro (two other characters killed in the actual film) in long gray beards, residing in one of the old jeeps of the old visitor center in the Jurassic World section.

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