Nicholas Helman is an international assassin and mercenary and also former mentor to Murdoc.
Fresh out of high school, Murdoc (David Dastmalchian) joined “the first army that would have him” and was sent to be trained by Nicholas Helman (Michael Des Barres). After Helman fell in love and decided to quit the business, Murdoc was sent by Helman’s former bosses to kill him. The job went wrong, resulting in Murdoc accidentally killing Helman’s wife.
In Episode 2×15 (Murdoc + Handcuffs), it’s revealed that former colleague Henry Fletcher turned on Murdoc; offering the Phoenix Foundation to hand Murdoc over for money. Just minutes after the exchange, MacGyver (Lucas Till), Jack Dalton (George Eads) and Murdoc are hunted by Helman who wants to finally get his revenge.
Talking about his former mentor, Murdoc says: “You think I’m bad? You ain’t seen nothing yet.”
In the end, Murdoc saves MacGyver by shooting both MacGyver and Helman. There’s no indication to the characters or the audience that Helman actually survived.
Reboot series (Seasons 2 and 3)
2×15 Murdoc + Handcuffs
3×18 Murdoc + Helman + Hit
unnamed wife (deceased; killed by Murdoc)
Michael Des Barres
Rebooted version of Nicholas Helman (Daniel Davis).
TIES to the ORIGINAL SHOW:
Michael Des Barres played the original version of Murdoc who always seems to survive against all odds.