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Officer Red

"All our heroes are dead." - Officer Red to Harry Callahan.

Status: Deceased

Cause of death: Beaten to death by Harry Callahan.

Weapons: .357 Magnum Colt Python, Smith & Wesson M76, Satchel charge

Alan "Red "Astrachan was a rookie vigilante traffic cop and one of the four secondary antagonists in Magnum Force.

Astrachan, alongside Davis, Grimes, Sweet, and secretly Lt.Briggs planned to rid San Francisco of it's terrible crime.

Astrachan was responsible for the pool party massacre where he killed racketeer Jimmy Riley and everyone else who was there. Astrachan slaughtered every criminal and party goer by tossing a satchel charge into the pool and gunning everyone down with his Smith & Wesson M76 before casually driving off on his motorcycle.

Right before this happens, Astrachan alongside Davis, Sweet and Grimes were practicing at an underground firing range where they met Inspector Harry Callahan. Sweet says that Astrachan's shooting is "a little better on a good day" when compared to himself, Grimes and Davis.

Astrachan was later seen attending the annual shooting competition as Davis was competing with Harry. Although sometime after this, Harry figures out who has been doing the killings. Astrachan alongside Grimes and Davis reveal their intent to rid San Fransisco of its scum and criminals to Harry and offer him to join their organization to which he refuses.

After Harry finds a bomb in his mailbox planted by the rookies, Lt. Briggs reveals himself to be the leader of the death squad. After Harry kills Officer Grimes, he is then chased by Davis and Red in old aircraft carrier where the deranged Astrachan shot his gun off like a psychopath trying to kill Harry. Although after letting his guard down, Harry repeatedly punched Astrachan to the ground and karate chopped his throat over again, killing him. Harry was going to use his .357 Magnum but Astrachan used up all of his ammo. His body was then discovered by Officer Davis. Astrachan was the third of the death squad to die.

Astrachan was played by late actor Kip Niven who also starred in the 1980 slasher movie New Years Evil as well as nearly 100 credits in film and television, having recurring roles on TV series such as The Waltons, Alice and Emergency!.


  • Astrachan is the only one of the rookie cops to be in a physical fight with Harry. Although he didn't get a chance to fight back since he didn't see it coming.
  • He is the second Dirty Harry villain to kill people while in a swimming pool, the first being Scorpio at the beginning of the first film. Scorpio however only killed one person swimming while Astrachan killed several people.
  • Two deleted scenes help explain why Harry grows to suspect Astrachan and his pals with the after examining the bullet from Davis' gun at the combat championship range, one of which had to do with Harry looking over old issues of a police magazine, in which are articles condemning the revolving door justice allowed by liberal politics - articles authored by the four rookie cops. These scenes were deleted presumably because they were judged to be "padding" and not necessary to establishing Harry's suspicion of the four rookie cops.
  • In the Swedish theatrical cut, the scene where Harry beats Red to death was cut down.
  • There is a scene in the 1980 movie New Years Evil where the killer played by Kip Niven knocks a cop out with a brick and uses his uniform as a disguise. This is ironic since Niven played Officer Red in Magnum Force.