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|“||"You're involved in something that's much bigger than you can possibly imagine. So here's the deal: Unless you do exactly what I say, I will hurt Josh. If you don't believe that, you might want to consider this: Graem's death was not an accident. I killed him. I want you to say, "Thank you, Susan!".||„|
|~ Phillip threatening to hurt his own grandson.|
Phillip Bauer is a fictional character and major antagonist of the crime thriller television series 24, appearing as one of the main antagonist in Season 6. He is the estranged father of the series' protagonist Jack Bauer, and the pair soon come into conflict when Jack gradually unveils his father's illicit activities. Phillip is also the father of Jack's brother Graem.
He is portrayed by James Cromwell, who also portrayed Euclid Baker in Tank, William Donahue in Eraser, Captain Dudley Liam Smith in L.A. Confidential, Joseph Campbell in The General's Daughter, The Colonel in Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Warden Hazen in the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard, and Professor Robert Callaghan in Big Hero 6.
Phillip is a wealthy oil tycoon and the founder of BXJ Technologies, a multinational company that would later be secretly involved in terrorism. He entrusted his eldest son Graem to manage the family business as the company's chief executive officer and together the pair tried to get Phillip's other son and Graem's estranged brother Jack involved with the organization; Jack refused, became a highly decorated law enforcer, and lost contact with his family after Jack's wife Teri gets killed by his sworn nemesis Nina Myers during one of his missions; Jack would later manage to avenge Teri's death by killing Nina with the help from his and Teri's daughter Kim, who had earlier been told by her father that he is currently estranged from his family due to his lawful commitment.
Soon enough, Phillip catches Jack's attention when the latter gets drawn into his father's scheme Phillip, along with Graem, have been instigating a nefarious conspiracy to sell nerve gas to a group of terrorists led by Vladimir Bierko. Furthermore, Phillip and Graem have managed to get both public individuals Charles Logan and Christopher Henderson involved in the conspiracy.
Jack managed to stop and kill Bierko along with Henderson and exposed Logan's involvement in the conspiracy. However Logan did not implicate Graem in the end and the latter alongside Phillip himself managed to get away.
Some time later former Russian general Dmitri Gredenko learned about Phillip's involvement in the conspiracy and used the information to blackmail Phillip for 5 suitcase nukes which were supposed to be decommissioned. Phillip didn't know that Gredenko would sell them to terrorist Abu Fayed to be used against Americans.
Later, after Jack questioned him while administering truth serum, Graem told Phillip he could handle any pain and only confessed to the conspiracy to make his brother think he cracked and revealed everything. Phillip was sure that Graem would reveal his (Phillip's) involvement under more interrogation at CTU, so he injected him with an overdose of hyoscine-pentothal, killing him.
After the unsuccessful cover-up, he planned to assist Cheng Zhi in an effort to spur China's ascendancy as sole world superpower. Jack thwarted the plot, however, and confronted Phillip on one of his oil rigs. A panicked Phillip held Josh, his grandson by Graeme, hostage, threatening to kill the boy unless Jack took his place. Jack agreed, and Phillip let Josh go and prepared to execute Jack. At that moment, however, Josh struck Phillip in the head and escaped. After a final exchange with his father, Jack left just as a fleet of F-18 fighters, ordered by Logan to destroy Phillip's oil rigs and silence him regarding the conspiracy, opened fire, destroying the rig and killing Phillip in the process.
- Though Phillip is not seen in Season 5, his involvement with the conspiracy headed by Graem makes him an unseen Bigger Bad of Season 5 as well.