Nicholas Helman (rebooted)

Nicholas Helman is an international assassin and mercenary and also a 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.

Click here to read about the original version of this character.


Season 2
In Episode 2×15 (Murdoc + Handcuffs), it’s revealed that former colleague and assassin Henry Fletcher  (Anthony Starke) turned on Murdoc; offering the Phoenix Foundation to hand Murdoc over for money. Just minutes after the exchange, Angus MacGyver (Lucas Till), Jack Dalton (George Eads) and Murdoc are hunted by Helman who wants 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.


Season 3
In Episode 3×18 (Murdoc + Helman + Hit), Team Phoenix is notified that Helman isn’t dead as initially thought, but on the loose and killing again. With Murdoc’s help, they manage to catch Helman – realizing too late that Helman’s next hit was actually Murdoc.

In a surprising twist, Helman had actually been hired by Murdoc himself; with Murdoc utilizing Helman to get out of prison. In the end, Murdoc’s plan fails and both Murdoc and Helman are being imprisoned – in opposite cells as punishment.


Reboot series (Seasons 2 and 3)
2×15 Murdoc + Handcuffs
3×18 Murdoc + Helman + Hit
Expert Marksman
unnamed wife (deceased; killed by Murdoc)
Michael Des Barres
Rebooted version of Nicholas Helman (Daniel Davis).
Michael Des Barres played the original version of Murdoc who always seems to survive against all odds.


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