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Hendershot

Bubba Hendershot

Bubba Hendershot is an antagonist in Stephen King's 1986 film, Maximum Overdrive.

He was portrayed by the late Pat Hingle.

Description

Bubba Hendershot is a man, presumably in his early 60s. He wears a light yellow shirt with a red tie, and an outer shirt, which was removed at some point in the film. He speaks in a Southern accent, like most other characters.

Hendershot is the owner of the Dixie Boy truck stop in North Carolina. He is an example of the stereotypical Southern businessman that accentuates wealth.

Appearance

Hendershot is the employer of film protagonist Bill Robinson in the Dixie Boy. In the scene of his first appearance, Hendershot tells Bill to come to his office. In the next appearing scene he gets interrupted by one of his fueling employees, who just reported an accident involving a gas squirt to the face of another fueler, Duncan. Hendershot tells the caller to "flush" the fuelman's eyes and leave himself alone due to the conversation with Bill. Bill suspects he's supposed to work for nine hours, but only clocks in for eight. Hendershot displays a star in Bill's time card that refers to his parole status, and tells Bill that he will either stay employed or go to a North Carolina prison, depending if he works overtime for no pay or not. He gives it to Bill so it can be put away, and laughs as Bill exits.

In the Dixie Boy's kitchen, the cook Wanda gets cut by an electric cutter device (controlled automatically). After fellow people saved her, Hendershot appears in the scene, surprised by the incident. In another scene, Hendershot is bothered by the damage in the Dixie Boy's video arcade.

Later on outside, Hendershot warns Duncan, who is leaving the Dixie Boy to find his son Deke, of not surviving outside the truck stop. Hendershot grabs him, but Bill defends Duncan from him. The Green Goblin Truck slams the survivor Camp Loman to a creek, before all trucks circle the Dixie Boy to trap all humans.

Hendershot calls for emergency rescue inside the Dixie Boy, but is unable get a response. He watches two survivors packing up Duncan. He redirects the two to the basement, where the body won't become a distraction to everyone.

Hendershot destroys two trucks with a bazooka, when they try to harm an incoming pair of survivors arriving the Dixie Boy. 

Bill and Brett discovers an arms room in the Dixie Boy cellar (also the room where the dead body is stored). Hendershot arrives, wondering if there's money from the body and told Bill to stay "obtuse". Brett wants to escape the Dixie Boy and told Hendershot they don't steal anything. Hendershot explains Brett that Bill was a thief in a Charlotte grocery store. He tells the two that he will call someone, and Bill guessed it would be the police (despite that most other humans are already wiped out). With Bill tired of his argumentative confrontations with Hendershot, the latter warns Bill, and Bill responds by warning back and equipping a firearm. Still believing in a terrible fate coming to Bill, Hendershot leaves the argument.

After Bill and Curtis saves the boy Deke from Loman, Deke asks Bill what happened to Duncan, his father. Hendershot answers by saying that he is killed by a truck, in a rude explanation. Brett defends Deke, although he is told by Bill that the death is true. Noticing how it impacts Deke, Brett slaps Hendershot for terrifying him.

On the next day, a bulldozer shoves a car into the Dixie Boy. Hendershot is again using the bazooka, just to destroy the vehicle. He is able to destroy the bulldozer, despite of warnings from the humans towards the weapon's powerful strength. Hendershot cheers on the destruction of his target, but he gets gunned by an M60 gun from the M274 Mule, killing him.

See also

           Stephen King Villains

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Robert Bob Anderson

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Children of the Corn
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Cujo
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Cycle of the Werewolf
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Desperation
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Doctor Sleep
Rose the Hat | The True Knot

Dolan's Cadillac
Jimmy Dolan

Dolores Claiborne
Joe St. George

Dreamcatcher
Byrus

Firestarter
Captain Hollister | Doctor Herman Pynchot | John Rainbird

From a Buick 8
The Buick

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Alvin Marsh | Bowers Gang (Belch Huggins | Henry Bowers | Marcia Fadden (novel only) | Patrick Hockstetter | Peter Gordon | Vic Criss) | Butch Bowers | It | Richard Macklin | Tom Rogan

Lunch at the Gotham Café
Guy

Maximum Overdrive
Bubba Hendershot | Camp Loman | M274 Mule | Vending Machine

Misery
Annie Wilkes

Mr. Mercedes
Brady Hartsfield | Morris Bellamy

Needful Things
Leland Gaunt

Pet Sematary
Church | Ellie Creed (2019 film only) | Gage Creed | Wendigo | Renee Hallow | Timmy Baterman

Quitter's Inc.
Mr. Donatti

Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption
Bogs Diamond | Byron Hadley | Elmo Blatch | Samuel Norton

Rose Madder
Norman Daniels

Rose Red
Professor Joyce Reardon

Salem's Lot
Kurt Barlow | Richard Straker

Secret Window, Secret Garden
John Shooter

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Charles Brady | Mary Brady | Sleepwalkers

Storm of the Century
André Linoge

The Body
John "Ace" Merrill | Milo Pressman

The Crate
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The Dark Half
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The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer
Ellen Rimbauer

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The Langoliers
Craig Toomey | Langoliers | Roger Toomey

The Mangler
Bill Gartley | Lin Sue | The Mangler | The Mangler Virus

The Mist
Mrs. Carmody | The Mist

The Monkey
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The Night Flier
Dwight Renfield

The Raft
Lake Blob

The Running Man
Damon Killian | United States of America

The Shining
Jack Torrance | Hotel Caretaker | Lorraine Massey

The Stand
Barry Dorgan | Bobby Terry | Harold Lauder | Julie Lawry | Lloyd Henreid | Nadine Cross | Randall Flagg | The Kid | The Rat Man | Trashcan Man | Whitney Horgan

The Tailsman
Heck Bast | Sonny Singer

The Tommyknockers
Tommyknockers

Trucks
Westway Refrigerated Truck

Under the Dome
Christine Price | Dawn Sinclair-Barbara | Jim Rennie | Junior Rennie | Phil Bushey