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William Grey
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Basic Information
Name: William M. Grey[1]
Status: Alive
Age: 80
Date of birth: 1936[2]
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Affiliation: U.S. Marine Corps
Joint Chiefs of Staff
Profession: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
President of the United States (2001-2005)
Rank: General
Family Information
Marital status: Married
Spouse(s): Amelia Grey[3] (deceased)
Audrey Grey[4]
Portrayal
Played by: Robert Loggia
First appearance: Independence Day
Last appearance: Independence Day: Resurgence
Appears in: 2 films, 2 novels

William M. Grey (born 1936) was a U.S. Marine Corps General who served as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Thomas Whitmore. He later served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2005.

HistoryEdit

War of 1996Edit

During the War of 1996, General Grey was first notified of the aliens' arrival to Earth. He later chose to remain at Whitmore's side in Washington, D.C. rather than evacuating with the Vice President and the Joint Chiefs of Staff to NORAD. Grey escaped from the destruction of Washington on Air Force One.

After the failed counterattack against the aliens on the day after the attacks, Grey was shocked to learned that many American military installations, including NORAD, are destroyed, killing the Vice President and the JCS. When Secretary of Defense Albert Nimziki informed the existence of Area 51 that he had withheld this information prior to the aliens' arrival, Grey was furious towards Nimziki for withholding crucial information that could have avoided the needless deaths of hundreds of U.S. servicemen from the failed counterattack.

Grey later oversee American's renewed counterattack against the aliens from Area 51. He was surprised and reluctant to allow Whitmore to personally leading jet fighters in an upcoming attack on an approaching City Destroyer.

Following the destruction of the City Destroyer, Grey gives the go ahead to inform the other military forces from around the world, in his words, "Tell em how to bring those sons of bitches down!"

Post-WarEdit

After the war, Grey was convinced by Whitmore to run for president in 2000. He defeated his opponent, the former Secretary of Defense Albert Nimziki, in an overwhelming landslide.[3]

In 2013, Grey was invited to the ESD Moon Base to oversee the base's weapon system. There, he discussed with David Levinson about the future for humankind.[3]

Grey participated in the 20th anniversary celebrations of Earth's victory in Washington, D.C. He was honored by President Elizabeth Lanford just prior to the beginning of the War of 2016.

GalleryEdit

Independence DayEdit

Independence Day: ResurgenceEdit

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • Robert Loggia got to decide which branch of the military General Grey was in, since it was never established in the script. Loggia ultimately decided that General Grey should be in the Marine Corps.
  • In the film's script and novelization, General Grey was listed as being head of the United States Space Command. In reality, American space operations (at the time of the film's release) were coordinated by the US Air Force rather than the US Marines in which General Grey served.
  • Grey's birth of date is disputed in the Independence Day franchise. The movie novelization and the War of 1996 website established his birth is in 1936 whereas Independence Day: Crucible established his birth date in 1931. The latter novel is likely an author's error.
  • Independence Day: Resurgence is Robert Loggia's final film role before his death in December 2015. The film was dedicated in his memory and the closing credits dedication reads: "In Memoriam: Robert Loggia".

AppearancesEdit

Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Whitmore
President of the United States
2001–2005
Succeeded by
Lucas Jacobs


ReferencesEdit

  1. Independence Day: Official Novelization
  2. http://www.warof1996.com/
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Independence Day: Crucible
  4. Independence Day: Resurgence
  5. Aberly and Engel 1996, p. 42.

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