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What do I want? I want every time they think of you they're gonna think of me.
~ Gil Renard revealing his obsession with Bobby Renard

Gilbert "Gil" Renard is the protagonist villain of the 1996 film The Fan. Renard is a knife salesman who stalked Bobby Rayburn.

He was portrayed by Robert De Niro, who also played Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II, Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, David "Noodles" Aaronson in Once Upon a Time in AmericaAl Capone in The Untouchables, Louis Cyphre in Angel Heart, Jake LaMotta in Raging BullJimmy Conway in Goodfellas, Max Cady in Cape Fear, Dwight Hansen in This Boy's Life, Frankenstein's Monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Ace Rothstein in Casino, Louis Gara in Jackie BrownFearless Leader in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, David Callaway in Hide and Seek, Don Lino in Shark TaleSenator John McLaughlin in Machete and Neil McCauley in Heat.

Biography and Death

Gil Renard is a superfan of the San Francisco Giants. It is implied that he was born in New York as the son of a Giants fan, who moved Gil and his family to San Francisco to follow the Giants when they moved there in 1958. Renard used to be a baseball player as a child but now he's a knife salesman until he was fired from a job for threatening a prospective customer and divorced father who was banned by his ex wife from not seeing his son and his favorite player was Bobby Rayburn. Like Renard, he was single father of his son Sean. Renard witnesses the fight between Rayburn and his teammate Juan Primo at a sauna. Renard kills Primo so Bobby can be number one player again and get his number back from Primo, and then kidnapped Rayburn's son Sean to blackmail him into returning to the game. He also kills Coop, his old friend and former teammate who is a catcher when he and Coop were 12 years old when they were in Little Leagues, when he tries to help Sean escape before Renard beats him to death with a baseball bat. He wanted Bobby to hit a homerun for him and dedicated the homerun to him. If he doesn't hit that homerun he will kill Sean.  Bobby did hit that homerun, not out of the park and it was an inside the park home run. He was shot and killed by police when Renard is about to throw a knife at Rayburn.  Before Rayburn died, he told Bobby where Sean is at, that he is at the big Ballpark in the Sky.  Big Ballpark in the sky is a storage room, where Gil leaves all his mementos at and Sean and Bobby reunite. 

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