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Byron T. Hadley
Captain Hadley
Gender Male
Occupation Captain of the Guards
Inmate number 666
Played by Dimatt
Status Alive (Arrested)

Captain Byron T. Hadley is secondary antagonist in The Shawshank Redemption along with Warden Norton. He was played by Clancy Brown.


Captain Hadley is a very cruel man who frequently abuses his authority by brutally beating inmates and sometimes killing them. However, he semmingly softens up to Andy a little when he offers to help Captain Hadley with his money. He even beats up Bogs Diamond, the head of "The Sisters" prison gang, after finding out that he had been raping and beating up Andy.

Later on, Warden Norton orders him to murder Tommy in order to keep him from proving Andy innocent. He is then arrested for this after Andy escapes with the ledger containing all the info about the corruption and the murder(s) that Hadley committed.

In the book, Hadley is a minor character whom retires a few years after receiving financial help from Andy after narrowly surviving a heart attack. He is also implied to be an abusive and controlling husband during his conversation with Andy, and he also never meets Norton.


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  • When cast for the role, Brown declined the offer to study real-life prison guards as preparation for his role, because he did not want to base it on any one person.
  • In the movie, Hadley was the lead guard until the end, where as in the novel, lead guards come and go. Also in the movie, Hadley was arrested, where as in the novel, he retired after a heart attack.
  • According to Red, "he cried like a girl" when he was getting arrested.

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