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Martin Riggs
Martin Riggs
Status: Alive
Age: 62
Date of birth: October 16, 1950
Birthplace: United States of America
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Affiliation: LAPD
Profession: Police officer
Marital status: Married
Spouse(s): Victoria Riggs:
(1973 – 1984), her death
Lorna Cole:
(1998 – present)
Significant other(s): Rika Van Den Haas:
(1989), her death
Children: Son (with Lorna Cole)
Played by: Mel Gibson
Films: 1, 2, 3, 4
First film: Lethal Weapon
Last film: Lethal Weapon 4
Appears in: 4 films

Martin Riggs (born October 16, 1950) is a Police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. He was a member of the United States Special Forces until 1969. He married a woman named Victoria Lynn in 1973 and soon joined the Los Angeles Police Department.

After Victoria's death, Riggs fell into a deep depression, with his job as a Police officer the only thing keeping him from suicide.


Early lifeEdit

Military careerEdit

Martin Riggs was a member of special forces in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969.

Early Police careerEdit

He got married in 1973 to a beautiful woman named Victoria Lynn. Sometime before 1984, Riggs joined the Los Angeles Police Department. In 1984, Victoria was killed in a car wreck that was meant to kill Riggs, causing him to fall into depression. While mourning that night, he saw a gold pen, which he brought to the hospital, where he identified her body and signed for her.


Christmas drug bustEdit

Riggs meets with drug dealers
Riggs meeting with drug dealers.

Riggs later met with drug dealers, acting undercover with intentions to arrest them. After stating that he'd buy all the drugs they had in front of him, with a free Christmas tree included, he revealed that he'd take the drugs for free and put them in jail, showing his badge and pistol.

Meeting Roger MurtaughEdit

South African troublesEdit

Losing loveEdit

Riggs is taken to a pier and is informed by Pieter that he was the one that killed Victoria, intending to kill Riggs after he got too close to Pieter's drug operation. Riggs is soon thrown into the water nearby by Pieter's thugs, strapped into a straightjacket.

Riggs discovers Rika's body
Riggs discovers Rika's body.

After escaping by dislocating his right shoulder, Riggs sees Rika's body, still wearing his coat, having drowned. Deeply sorrowed by this, he swims to the top of the water and climbs out, killing both thugs brutally. He relocates his arm and recovers her body.

Riggs cradling Rika's body
Riggs cradling Rika's body while pacing along the beach.

Riggs paces along the beach, cradling Rika's body in his arms, sobbing over the death of yet another loved woman. Sam watches from the other side of the beach and he looks over the body of the woman he loved.

Cop killersEdit

Life with LornaEdit

Lorna's pregnancyEdit

While attending to an armored criminal firing a flamethrower and a machine gun at stores and vehicles, Riggs and Murtaugh are soon pinned down in a life and death situation. Murtaugh tells Riggs that Lorna is pregnant and that'll he'll be a father. Riggs soon after informs Murtaugh that Ryanne is pregnant and he'll be a grandfather.

Riggs shooting valves
Riggs firing at the armored criminal's flamethrower valves.

Riggs decides to have Murtaugh run from cover in his boxers to distract the criminal. The plan works and Riggs fires at the criminal's flamethrower valves, sending him into a gas tanker truck and causing an explosion that kills him. Riggs and Murtaugh walk away from the scene.

Finding the HongsEdit

Eight months later, Riggs and Murtaugh are on Murtaugh's boat, fishing with Leo, who has captured a shark.

Visiting VictoriaEdit

Riggs visits Victoria again
Riggs visiting the grave of Victoria.

After Murtaugh saved him, Riggs visited the grave of Victoria after a long time of not having visited. He spoke of his love for Lorna before Leo soon arrived. Leo told Riggs a story of a pet frog he once had, informing him that he and Murtaugh were different friends than the frog, inspiring Riggs to marry Lorna.

Son's birthEdit

Riggs and Leo arrived at the hospital in time to see Lorna being wheeled towards a delivery room. She soon demanded that Riggs marry her before the baby arrived, to which he shared his approval. The two were unofficially wed by a Rabbi, with the help of Leo as Riggs' best man.

Family photo
Riggs with his family from over the years.

Lorna and Riggs soon went into the delivery room, where Riggs' son was born. Murtaugh and Butters soon arrived, where the friends viewed Riggs' son and Murtaugh's granddaughter. The Captain arrived with gifts for the mothers of the new babies and the families, including Leo, the Captain and Murtaugh's other daughter, son and wife, took a photo together.

Behind the ScenesEdit

Martin Riggs was portrayed by Mel Gibson in all four Lethal Weapon films.


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