William F. Kinderman
Biographical Information
Gender Male
Affiliation(s) Shirley (mother-in-law)
Mary Kinderman (wife)
Julie Kinderman (daughter)
Title(s) Lieutenant
Portrayer(s) Lee J. Cobb (The Exorcist)
George C. Scott (The Exorcist III)
You know who you look like? John Garfield. Exactly, John Garfield, "Body and Soul." Do people ever tell you that, Father?

–William F. Kinderman

William F. Kinderman or Lt. William Kinderman is a central character appearing in the Exorcist and The Exorcist III. He is portrayed by Lee J. Cobb in The Exorcist and by George C. Scott in The Exorcist III.

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William F. Kinderman is a lieutenant and homicide detective, assigned to thoroughly investigate and uncover the death of Burke Dennings, for the purpose he befriends Father Damien Karras to assist him in the case with a religious perspective. Kinderman is adamant that the tragic death of Burke Dennings was no mere tragedy but an assault. He also visits Chris MacNeil's residence to view things himself and was of the concealed opinion that Regan was indeed not herself and is possessed by a force potent enough to break Burke's neck and bring upon his untimely demise. Kinderman then probes the entire timeline of the exorcism and apparently apprehends that Regan wasn't guilty and the events were committed by an unexplainable entity.  



William F. Kinderman is seen as a movieholic and extends movie tickets to anyone he befriends, mainly for night shows. He's also provided an autograph by Chris on his sheepish crave. Damien Karras also resembles Kinderman with veteran actor, Paul Newman.

Notes and triviaEdit

  • In The Exorcist television series, Detective Lawrence is a rebooted version of Kinderman.