Gil Renard is the main antagonist of the 1996 film The Fan. Renard is a knife salesman who stalked Bobby Rayburn. He was portrayed by Robert De Niro, who also played Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II, Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, David "Noodles" Aaronson in Once Upon a Time in America, Al Capone in The Untouchables, Louis Cyphre in Angel Heart, Jimmy Conway in Goodfellas, Max Cady in Cape Fear, Ace Rothstein in Casino, Louis Gara in Jackie Brown and Don Lino in Shark Tale.
Biography & Death
Renard used to be a baseball player as a child but now he's a knife salesman and divorced father who was banned by his ex wife for not seeing his son and his favorite player was Bobby Rayburn. Like Renard, he was single father of his son Sean. Renard witnesses the fight between Rayburn and his teammate Juan Primo at a sauna. Renard kills Primo and framed Rayburn as the killer, and then kidnapped Rayburn's son Sean to blackmail him into returning to the game. He was shot and killed by police when Renard is about to throw a knife at Rayburn.