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Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore


Lt. Colonel Bill Kilgore


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Notable for

Getting a lot of pleasure out of fighting a battle, loving the smell of napalm in the morning, massacring the United Bieber Fever Alliance's headquarters, surfing

Portrayed by

Robert Duvall

Lt. Colonel Bill Kilgore was, despite having only a very small role, one of the most famous characters from Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film Apocalypse Now. He was an American officer who is in command of an air calvalry division who was known for getting a lot of pleasure from fighting in the Vietnam War, and especially because he loved the smell of napalm in the morning.

Role in Apocalypse Now

Kilgore is first introduced when Willard arrives at the end of an attack he had made on a North Vietnamese village. Willard asks him for assistance in getting into the Nung River, but Kilgore is too busy focusing on his own activities. Eventually, Kilgore and his men began partying during the night, before he remembered Willard's mission. The two soon began discussing the best entry point. Kilgore was initially reluctant to enter a heavily guarded point until one of his men stated that it was a good spot for surfing.

The next morning, Kilgore led a whole squadron of helicopters towards a Viet Cong outpost at the entrance to the Nung River, playing Ride of the Valkyries as he destroyed it. Once the helicopters had landed Kilgore's men soon began surfing, while Willard and his crew left in their boat.

Downfall Parodies

Kilgore appears in HitchcockJohn's parody Hitler Defeats The Justin Bieber Fans?. In the parody, Adolf Hitler devises a scheme to defeat the United Bieber Fever Alliance once and for all by playing good music while attacking their headquarters. Hitler decides that Kilgore should lead the mission, refusing to listen to Alfred Jodl's objections.

Hitler then proceeds to phone Kilgore, who is in the middle of a beach party. Kilgore irritates Hitler by constantly calling him "Captain" but manages to find a suitable position from which to attack the UBFA headquarters, and agrees to help when he learns that there is a good surfing peak.

Kilgore leads a huge squad of helicopters against the UBFA, playing Kate Bush's song Running Up That Hill as he does so. The attempt is successful, and Kilgore even manages to kill Justin Bieber. Unfortunately for Hitler, Kilgore gets all the credit for his actions.


  • He was portrayed by Robert Duvall, who, among other things, is also famous for playing Tom Hagen from the Godfather and Tim Lockwood from Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs.

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