Heroes Wiki

-Welcome to the Hero/Protagonist wiki! If you can help us with this wiki please sign up and help us! Thanks! -M-NUva


Heroes Wiki
Andy in childs play.jpg
This article's content is marked as Mature
The page Andy Dufresne contains mature content that may include coarse language, sexual references, and/or graphic violent images which may be disturbing to some. Mature pages are recommended for those who are 18 years of age and older.

If you are 18 years or older or are comfortable with graphic material, you are free to view this page. Otherwise, you should close this page and view another page.

I guess it comes down to a simple choice really. Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’.
~ Andy

Andrew "Andy" Dufresne is the main protagonist of the 1994 drama film The Shawshank Redemption. He is a banker who is falsely convicted of murdering his wife and her lover. He is also a rockhound.

He is portrayed by Tim Robbins.

Imprisonment and escape

In 1947, Andy Dufresne is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover. He claims to be innocent, but the police say that they have evidence. He is sent to Shawshank Penitentiary to serve two life sentences. Upon entering the prison, he meets Captain Byron Hadley, a brutal prison guard who is in charge of security and the warden, Mr. Samuel Norton, who is seemed to be a devout Christian who gives his inmates discipline and a Bible.

For the first month, Andy says nothing and keeps to himself. One day, he meets an African-American inmate smuggler called Ellis "Red" Redding. He tells Red that he is a rockhound and he asks Red for a rock hammer. During lights out, Andy finds his rock hammer.

In the first few years of his imprisonment, he works in the laundry department cleaning other prisoners' clothes and is tormented by a group of prison rapists called the Sisters led by Bogs Diamond. They sometimes beat him up and will often rape him. Andy is able to fight them off sometimes and sometimes not. On a summer day when most of Andy's friends are working on the prison roof, Andy offers to help Captain Hadley with his tax problems in exchange for his prisoners having some beer.

One day, while the other prisoners are watching a movie starring actress Rita Hayworth, Andy asks Red if he can smuggle a poster of Rita Hayworth for him. Red says yes, but it will take some time. On the way back to the projector room, the Sisters attack him so hard that he is sent to the infirmary. Bogs is sent into solitary confinement and is later nearly beaten to death by Captain Hadley. He is sent to a minimum security hospital and his gang has since left Andy alone. When Andy gets out of the infirmary, he finds a poster of Rita Hayworth on his bed.

One day, during cell inspection, Warden Norton admires Andy for reading his Bible and offers him to move from laundry to the library with Brooks, the prison's old librarian. There, Andy is given respect from the other prisoners and guards. He also gets protection from the guards at this point. He decides to write letters to the state requesting more books and funds to expand the prison's library, a thing Norton says is impossible but lets him do it anyway. While in the process of writing letters, Brooks is given parole to leave Shawshank and eventually commits suicide, because he couldn't handle the outside world.

After two years of letters, the state finally gives in to Andy's demands and gives him a check for $2,000 and crates of records as well as books. Hadley orders him to clear all of the crates before the warden gets back, but instead plays a record of an Italian woman singing opera on a record player projecting the sound over the entire prison via the PA system. This makes Norton angry and makes Hadley take Andy into solitary confinement for two weeks. His friends tell him how he might survive solitary confinement without going crazy. He says that hope keeps him alive, a thing that Red strongly disapproves of.

In 1963, after writing more letters to the state, Andy is given more books and more funds to expand the library into making it bigger and better. He names the library after Brooks. Also, Norton starts programs involving his prisoners going outside the prison to do hard-working labor. In return, the warden starts receiving kickbacks and has Andy launder the money under the alias, Randal Stevens. Two years later, a new inmate named Tommy Williams is sent to Shawshank to serve two years for breaking and entering. There, he goes to Andy to help him earn his GED.

During a talk between Red and Tommy, Tommy asks why Andy is in prison. Red says for murdering his wife and her lover, which brings back a moment of something to Tommy, who says to Red and Andy that a few years before coming to Shawshank, he was at another prison, where he had a cellmate by the name of Elmo Blatch. Blatch says to Tommy that he was working at a country club and he came across a snooty golfer. He kills the golfer and a lady who happened to already be married to some banker who was convicted of the murder he didn't do. Knowing that Tommy's story is all about his wife's murder, Andy goes to Norton for another trial against Elmo Blatch, but Norton denies the story as he doesn't want Andy to leave prison in order to keep the money laundering going, and sentences Andy to a month in solitary confinement. Tommy is eventually given his GED after achieving a 75%.

During Andy's time in solitary, Norton has Tommy walk out of the prison to see if Tommy's testimony is true about the murder and if he is willing to testify in court. After Tommy agrees, Norton has Captain Hadley shoot Tommy dead. He then goes to Andy and says that Tommy was killed under an escape attempt, but Andy really knows what happened. Andy also says that he is done with the money laundering, but Norton threatens to destroy the library and cuts off his protection from the guards. Andy is released from incarceration and Red goes to him and says that he is not a murderer for what happened to his wife. Andy then tells Red about starting a boating business in Mexico, but Red says that it is highly unlikely and that he needs to accept the fact that he is stuck in prison. Andy doesn't listen to Red and tells him that if he ever gets out of prison, to go to Buxton, Maine, and go to a tree outlined with stones and find a specific black volcanic rock and find something.

The next morning during the prison roll call, Andy does not come out. The guards go to his cell to find that he is nowhere to be found. Angry and confused, Norton forces Red to say where Andy is and what happened to him. Norton then throws rocks at Andy's Raquel Welch poster to find a hollow tunnel hidden behind it that Andy made with the rock hammer to escape. Meanwhile, Andy takes all of the Norton's laundered money under the alias Randall Stevens and withdraws it and mails evidence of Norton's money laundering schemes and murder of Tommy to a local newspaper. The next day, Norton finds that his crimes have been made public and the police arrive to arrest him. Captain Hadley is taken into custody, but Norton shoots himself to avoid arrest.

In 1967, a year after Andy's escape, Red is granted parole and leaves Shawshank. Red almost breaks his parole from not handling the outside world, but remembers Andy's promise and hitches a ride up to Buxton. He finds the specific rock to find a lunch box filled with money and a letter from Andy that he will be waiting on Red and that hope is not a bad thing but a good thing. Red, moved by Andy's letter, breaks his parole and buys a ticket to Mexico. There he finds Andy working on a boat for his boat business and the two friends are reconciled.

External Links


           Kingster.png Heroes

Carrie White | Miss Desjardin | Rachel Lang | Sue Snell | Tommy Ross

Dennis Guilder | Leigh Cabot

Donna Trenton

Dexter Stanley | Henry Northrup | Jordy Verrill

Creepshow 2
Old Chief Wood'nhead

Cycle of the Werewolf
Marty Coslaw

Doctor Sleep
Abra Stone | Billy Freeman

The Losers Club (Ben Hanscom | Beverly Marsh | Bill Denbrough | Eddie Kaspbrak | Mike Hanlon | Richie Tozier | Stan Uris) | Maturin

Paul Sheldon

Pet Sematary
Louis Creed

Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption
Andy Dufresne | Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding

Cats (Clovis) | Sherrif Andy Simpsons | Tanya Robertson | Vern Tessio

The Body
Chris Chambers | Gordie LaChance | Teddy Duchamp

The Dark Tower
Roland Deschain

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
Tricia MacFarland

The Green Mile
Brutus "Brutal" Howell | John Coffey | Paul Edgecomb

The Mist
David Drayton

The Running Man
Ben Richards

The Shining
Danny Torrance | Dick Hallorann | Wendy Torrance

The Stand
Dayna Jurgens | Fran Goldsmith | Glen Bateman | Judge Farris | Larry Underwood | Lucy Swann | Mother Abagail | Nick Andros | Ralph Brentner | Stuart Redman | Susan Stern | Tom Cullen

The Tailsman

Under the Dome
Julia Shumway | Phil Bushey

           Sony Pictures Logo.png Heroes

Animated Features
Christy | Dawn | John | True Heart Bear | Noble Heart Horse | Braveheart Lion | Tenderheart Bear | Friend Bear | Grumpy Bear | Share Bear | Funshine Bear | Harmony Bear | Bright Heart Raccoon | Cheer Bear | Wish Bear | Playful Heart Monkey | Bedtime Bear | Davey Stone | Whitey Duvall | Jennifer Friedman | Reeko | DJ Walters | Chowder | Jenny Bennett | Horace Nebbercracker | Reginald Skullinski | Boog | Elliot | Giselle | Buddy | McSquizzy | Serge and Deni | Ian | Ranger Beth | Cody Maverick | Lani Aliikai | Chicken Joe | Big Z | Tank Evans | Fifi | Flint Lockwood | Sam Sparks | Steve the Monkey | Tim Lockwood | Brent McHale | Officer Earl Devereaux | Manny | Lem Korplog | Captain Chuck T. Baker | Neera | Ripley | Gisela and Giselita | Tintin | Captain Haddock | Snowy | Thompson and Thomson | The Pirate Captain | Dracula | Mavis Dracula | Jonathan Loughran | Frankenstein | Murray | Wayne | Griffin | Wanda | Werewolf Kids | Winnie | Wilbur | Blobby | Martha | Barry | Dennis | Vlad Dracula | Wally | Wilson | Whoopty | Wade | Weepy | Wanye | Red | Chuck | Bomb | Mighty Eagle | Matilda | Terence | Stella | Dahlia | Willow | Poppy | Hal | Bubbles | The Blues | Hatchlings | King Leonard Mudbeard | Judge Peckinpah | Cyrus | Mime | Frank | Barry | Brenda Bunson | Kareem Abdul Lavash | Sammy Bagel Jr. | Teresa Del Taco | Firewater | Twink | Gum | J.C. | Alexander Kozachenko | First Lead Licker | Second Lead Licker | Mr. McMahon | Paige | Hunter | The Undertaker | Gene Meh | Jailbreak | Hi-5 | Alex | Bo | Dave | Ruth | Mary | Joseph | Abby | Deborah | Cyrus | Felix | Edith | Leah | Zach | Ericka Van Helsing | Tinkles | Miles Morales | Peter Parker | Gwen Stacy | Spider-Man Noir | Peni Parker | Spider-Ham | Aunt May | Ultimate Spider-Man | Silver | Courtney | Vincent | Zoe | Abel | Caitlin | Jack | Debbie Ella | Katie Mitchell | Rick Mitchell | Linda Mitchell | Aaron Mitchell | Dr. Mark Bowman | Eric | Deborahbot 5000 | Abbey Posey | Hailey Posey | Jim Posey | Din Song | Long | Mrs. Song | Mr. Wang | Vivo | Gabi | Dancarino | Valentina | Becky | Eva | Sarah

Live-Action Films
Annie Bennett | Oliver Warbucks | Grace Farrell | John Rambo | Peter Venkman | Ray Stantz | Egon Spengler | Winston Zeddemore | Dana Barrett | Louis Tully | Janine Melnitz | Slimer | Sarah Williams | Toby Williams | Hoggle | Ludo | Sir Didymus | Ambrosius | Worm | Wiseman | The Hat | Ralph | Piggy | Simon | Paul Sheldon | John Connor | Terminator | Sarah Connor | Vada Sultenfuss | Thomas J. Sennett | Peter Banning | Jack Banning | Maggie Banning | Tinker Bell | Rufio | Daniel Kaffee | Andy Dufresne | Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding | Mike Lowrey | Marcus Burnett | Alan Parrish | Sarah Whittle | Judy Shepherd | Peter Shepherd | Carl Bentley | Van Helsing | Matilda Wormwood | Jennifer Honey | Steven Kovacs | Robin Harris | Korben Dallas | Leeloo | Agent J | Agent K | Agent L | Zed | Worms | Frank the Pug | Jack Jeebs | President James Marshall | Vice President Kathryn Bennett | Halo Flight | Niko Tatopoulos | H.E.A.T. | Zorro | Stuart Little | Snowbell | George Little | Spider-Man | Mary Jane Watson | Harry Osborn | Aunt May | General Slocum | Edward Bloom | Margalo | Laura Vasquez | Max | Sharkboy | Lavagirl | Danny | Walter | Lisa | Robot | Ali | Tess | Griffin | Spider-Man | Gwen Stacy | George Stacy | Max Da Costa | Chappie | Deon Wilson | Ninja | Amerika | Yolandi | Will Stacks | Miss Hannigan | Sam Brenner | Will Cooper | Violet Van Patten | Ludlow Lamonsoff | Eddie Plant | Lady Lisa | R.L. Stine | Zach Cooper | Hannah Stine | Champ | Erin Gilbert | Abby Yates | Jillian Holtzmann | Patty Tolan | K | Rick Deckard | Alex Vreeke | Spencer Gilpin | Anthony Johnson | Martha Kaply | Bethany Walker | Sarah Quinn | Sonny Quinn | Sam Carter | Peter Rabbit | Benjamin Bunny | Flopsy Rabbit | Cottontail Rabbit | Mopsy Rabbit | Thomas McGregor | Tommy Brock | Jemima Puddle-Duck

Live-Action TV
Shaun Murphy | Claire Brown

See Also
007 Heroes | Aardman Heroes | Amblin Entertainment Heroes | Angry Birds Heroes | Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Heroes | Final Fantasy Heroes | Ghostbusters Heroes | Godzilla Heroes | Goosebumps Heroes | Hellboy Heroes | Hotel Transylvania Heroes | Jerry Bruckheimer Heroes | Jumanji Heroes | Marvel Cinematic Universe Heroes | MIB Heroes | Muppet Heroes | Netflix Heroes | Open Season Heroes | PBS Kids Heroes | Resident Evil Heroes | Sausage Party Heroes | Sesame Street Heroes | Smurfs Heroes | Sony's Spider-Man Universe Heroes | Spider-Man Heroes | Surf's Up Heroes | The Mitchells vs. the Machines Heroes | Vivo Heroes | White House Down Heroes | Wish Dragon Heroes

           Castle Rock Entertainment Logo.png Heroes

Animated Features
Hero Boy | Hero Girl | Conductor | Billy the Lonely Boy | Know-It-All | Hobo | Smokey and Steamer

Live-Action Films
Ralph | Piggy | Simon | Paul Sheldon | Daniel Kaffee | Andy Dufresne | Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding | Van Helsing | Paul Edgecomb | John Coffey | Brutus "Brutal" Howell | Gracie Hart | Kangaroo Jack | Charlie Carbone

See Also
New Line Cinema Heroes | Sony Pictures Heroes | Stephen King Heroes | Universal Studios Heroes | Warner Bros. Heroes