Charles Napier as Marshall Murdock in Rambo: First Blood Part II.

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Rambo, John J. Born 7-6-47 in Bowie, Arizona. Of Indian-German descent - that's a hell of a combination. Joined the army 8-6-64. Accepted special forces, specialization: light weapon, medic, helicopter and language qualified. 59 confirmed kills. Two Silver Stars, four Bronze, four Purple Hearts. Distinguished Service Cross and Medal of Honor. You got around, didn't you? Incredible.
~ Murdock reading Rambo's file.

Marshall Murdock is the secondary antagonist of the 1985 live action film, Rambo: First Blood Part II. He is an oppressive bureaucrat who is conducting a search for American POWs still in the Asian country of Vietnam.

He was portrayed by the late Charles Napier.

Role in the film

During the start of the film, Murdock meets up with Colonel Sam Trautman and his protege John Rambo, going through the latter's military record. Murdock briefs him for the search then advises he photograph the prisoners, not rescue them. He also warns Rambo not to engage the enemy.

As Rambo is sent over to the POW camp (with the help from a resistance fighter named Co Bao), he ignores the order and rescues a POW from confinement. Rambo then heads over to the extraction site with the POW, despite them being chased down by several Vietnamese soldiers (led by Lieutenant Tay). Once he hears Rambo calling for extraction, Murdock calls off the extraction helicopter, fearing what will happen when the public hears about it. Angered by this, Trautman furiously confronts Murdock for betraying Rambo and letting him and the POW be captured by the Vietnamese once again, but Murdock stands by his decision as it turns that he's fooling the government into believing that there are no POWs left in Vietnam and is making a proft out of it.

After Rambo's capture, Trautman and Murdock radioed Podovsky's camp for the veteran. Instead of radioing for pickup, Rambo makes a threat that he will come for Murdock before escaping. Hours later following Co's death, Rambo manages to free all the POWs from confinement after killing all the Vietnamese and Soviet soldiers (including Podovsky and Tay) before escaping back on a helicopter back to Murdock's base. Using a machine gun, Rambo angrily shoots down Murdock's base before confronting him in person. Frightened by this, Murdock attempts to pacify Rambo by attempting to explain why he left him to rot, but Rambo refuses to accept this, holding out his knife and saying "Mission accomplished". However, rather than stabbing Murdock, Rambo instead spares him by giving him a serious warning "You know there's more men out there and you know where they are. Find 'em. Or I'll find you." meaning that Murdock must rescue the other prisoners of war and come forward to the public about the truth, or Rambo will make him pay.


  • It is unknown what happened to Murdock following the events of the film, although it can be presumed that he is convinced and agreed to continue rescuing the remaining POWs, knowing that Rambo wasn't bluffing. Another possible situation is that he could have been arrested and sent back to the United States where he could have been charged for his crimes.


           Rambo Villains

First Blood: Will Teasle | Art Galt
First Blood Part 2: Lieutenant Colonel Podovsky | Marshall Murdock | Lieutenant Tay
Rambo 3: Colonel Zaysen | Sergeant Kourov
Rambo: Major Tint | Tatmadaw