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|“||You mean to tell me that there isn't a single gold bar, or emerald, or thousand dollar bill in this ENTIRE MOUNTAIN?!||„|
|~ Lawrence Van Dough|
Lawrence Van Dough is the main villain of the 1994 Richie Rich film.
He is portrayed by John Larroquette.
He is a greedy and scheming corporate executive who plots to murder the Riches and take over the family business and steal their wealth with the help of Ferguson, Richie's corrupt bodyguard. He succeeds in bombing their private jet (which they survive) and framing the butler Cadbury, at which point he takes over Rich Industries and fires nearly all the employees. He later deliberately rescues the Riches in order to gain access to the family vault inside Mount Richmore.
After Richard and Regina Rich open the vault, he excitedly walks inside only to find that there is nothing in the vault except antiques and family memories. He is very angry and demands an explanation to where the riches are and finds out that they are all in the banks, stock market and real estate as the Rich family do not value money.
When Richie arrives at Mount Richmore to rescue his parents, Van Dough attempts to shoot him, but he is unharmed thanks to one of Professor Keenbean's inventions, which rendered his clothes bulletproof. After a climatic showdown on the face of Mount Richmore, Richie's dad fires Van Dough, even though he has made a lifelong practice of never terminating employees. He is then arrested, along with Ferguson and forced to do work release.