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I think it's time we gave something back.
~ The Old Man to the OCP executives regarding his plans of building Delta City.
Dick, you're fired!
~ The Old Man firing Dick Jones for murdering Bob Morton and ordering SWAT leader Lt. Hedgecock to destroy Robocop, an OCP's expansive asset.

The "Old Man" was the chairman of Omni Consumer Products before the company was acquired by the Kanemitsu Corporation. He is a minor supporting character in RoboCop but becomes an antagonist in its sequel RoboCop 2. He has dreamed of revitalizing the crime-ridden city of Detroit into a utopian metropolis called Delta City. He was responsible of firing Dick Jones for murdering Bob Morton and ordering former SWAT leader Lt. Hedgecock to destroy Robocop.

He was portrayed by the late Dan O'Herlihy, who also played Conal Cochran in Halloween III: The Season Of The Witch and Grant Walker in Batman: The Animated Series.

Biography

Delta City

The Old Man's vision of the future is Delta City: a shining, modern, new city where the decadent Detroit currently exists. Before construction can begin, order must be established. In an attempt to do so he calls for his right-hand man, Dick Jones, to bring a new powerful tool to law enforcement: ED-209. Before its initial demonstration he discusses with Jones the reactions of the Police Unions and their complaints about OCP's take over of Detroit's police departments. But during the demonstration ED-209 goes berserk and ends up slaughtering a young OCP executive named Kinney. The Old Man was horrified by Jones' ED-209 not because the dimwitted robot just killed Kinney, but because ED-209's faulty programming would have to be repaired and ends up wasting considerable amount of time, causing Delta City construction to be delayed which would cause OCP to lose money. He then ordered Bob Morton to present to him with the idea for RoboCop, bypassing Jones much to Jones' fury.

Some time later, when RoboCop arrives in the OCP boardroom to confront Dick Jones after Clarence's death, Dick attempted to take the Old Man hostage. RoboCop informs the Old Man about the limitations placed on him by Directive 4 and the orders which made Lt. Hedgecock to destroy him. The Old Man then fires Dick for murdering Bob Morton and ordering Lt. Hedgecock and his SWAT team to destroy Robocop (viewed by Old Man as a property of OCP), enabling RoboCop to kill him and his orders on the Detroit Police force to destroy him is put to an end.

Before Robocop leaves the conference room, Old Man asks the cyborg his name. Robocop replies, "Murphy".

In spite of him being pitiless sociopath who values his corporation's profits more than human lives, he is considered amoral but not yet considered a villain because he has not done anything noticeably evil. That changed in RoboCop 2.

Nuke plague

A year later he became interested in coming up a new version of RoboCop with the start of the RoboCop 2 program in his bid to produce stronger and more obedient enforcer after Murphy became increasingly more humanized and began questioning some of directives. After viewing a film of two failed prototypes, he expresses immense disappointment with project leaders Donald Johnson and Dr. Schenk, once again grieving over the lost corporate monies over the injuries and death of OCP scientists during the experiments of prototypes gone awry.

Shortly thereafter OCP psychologist Dr. Juliette Faxx presented an informal proposal to take over leadership of the RoboCop 2 program. Charmed by the directness of her offer he immediately agrees, stating "You could learn a thing or two from that girl Johnson." Dr. Faxx later initiates an intimate relationship with the Old Man to protect her job, as Johnson and Dr. Schenk desperately seek to get her fired because of her "screening psychotics" for the RoboCop 2 program and bringing illegal drugs into the lab. The Old Man overlooked these facts, claiming "we aren't trying to build a toy". When Detroit's mayor went to make a financial deal with Nuke Cult in his desperate attempt to get Detroit out of debt which it is owed to OCP, OCP staffs realize that if mayor accepts Nuke Cult's monies and pay the city debts to OCP, then OCP would face considerable problems regarding Delta City project. When dr. Faxx proposes that the mayor, councilmen along with Nuke Cult be assassinated by Robocop 2, a thoroughly wicked cyborg made out of psychotic addict named Cain, Old Man gave green light. Although Robocop 2 succeeds in slaughtering almost everyone, it fails to kill the mayor, who escapes through the sewer.

Old Man was seen again at the symposium in which he makes presentation to media press about his plan of building Delta City and how he would use Robocop 2 to enforce law and order of the new city. Old Man makes a mistakes of presenting a nuke canister before Robocop 2, which excites the addicted cyborg. The arrival of Murphy, Robocop 2's aggression born from craving of the nuke, coupled by dr. Faxx's misjudged attempt to bring Robocop 2 under control, caused RoboCop 2 to arm itself and proceeded to go on a bloody rampage. Outraged at first, Old Man comes to his senses and deduces that the havoc caused by Robocop 2 would cause extremely serious problems for OCP. But for now, all he could do was to tell Johnson to send out the best they got to stop Robocop 2, whom would be none other than Murphy.

After long, extended and bloody shootout synonymous with a warzone that caused numerous fatalies and injuries, Murphy was finally able to bring down and defeat the crazed Robocop 2 by extracting and destroying Cain's brain in a short but brutal brawl. With so many deads and wounded, Old Man focuses on damage control and attempt to minimize soon-to-be pouring of lawsuits. OCP's attorney gave Old Man a very grim financial prospect, but Old Man shrugs that it is only money. Old Man instead asks about criminal lawsuits. The attorney assures the Old Man that they would to whatever it takes to prevent Old Man from going jail, but Old Man angrily reprimands his lawyer that the assurance is not enough. Johnson then suggested to the Old Man that blame be assigned onto Dr. Faxx and Old Man approves behind her back. Before calmly leaving the carnage, Old Man instructs Johnson to get right on their agreements and Johnson, who never liked Faxx to begin with, replies with a resounding yes. Old Man ends up getting away not taking any responsibility of the massacre caused by a rogue machine which his company created, much to annoyances of Robocop and his partner Lewis.

With destructive cyborgs like Robocop 2 as Delta City's enforcer, it is not difficult to imagine how Old Man's OCP would intend to 'keep the peace' in the new city.

Legacy

Old Man does not make appearance in RoboCop 3. Johnson tells Fleck "Remember the Old Man, Jeff. Everyone's expendable"; it is the only reference to the Old Man in the film. It is unclear whether he died, removed from his position or imprisoned for his crimes in trying to overthrow Detroit. Here, it is revealed that his dream of building a new city, involved nothing more than forcibly evicting current residents. But thanks to Murphy, his police associates and Detroit residents' heroic attempt to protect their homes, Old Man's dream of building a new city at the expense of the have-nots is ruined beyond repair and OCP, the company which he built upon greed, went bankrupt. Never again would OCP threaten the livelihood of Detroit citizens.

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           RoboCopTitle Villains

Movies
RoboCop (1987): OCP (Richard Jones, First CEO & ED-209) | Clarence Boddicker | Emil Antonowsky | Lieutenant Hedgecock
RoboCop 2: Nuke Cult (Cain/RoboCop 2, Angie & Hob) | OCP (First CEO & Juliette Faxx)
RoboCop 3: Urban Rehabilitators (Paul McDaggett & Ōtomo) | OCP (Second CEO)
RoboCop (2014): OmniCorp (Raymond Sellars, Rick Mattox, Tom Pope & Liz Kline) | Antoine Vallon

Television
The Scrambler | Bone Machine

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