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Kasper Gutman (sometimes known as The Fat Man) is the main antagonist of 1929 Dashiell Hammett novel The Maltese Falcon, and its 1941 film adaptation of the same name. He's a criminal who's part of a trio -and its leader- that has been hunting the Maltese Falcon for seventeen years.

In the 1941 film, he was portrayed by Sydney Greenstreet in his film debut.

Why He Rocks

  1. Sydney Greenstreet, Gutman's actor does a excellent portraying the villainous character, to the point where he got an Academy Award nomination for it. (He didn't win, but still.)
  2. Even though he's the main villain, he's very polite to his nemesis and treats him as a friend of his.
  3. He's not the type of character who resorts to violence all the time. He cleverly thinks about the trick that's appropriate for the situation, like how he secretly drugged Spade while he was explaining the Falcon's history, so he his teammates could sneak out and get Brigid to help them on the search.
  4. When he wants something done, he's very persistent in accomplish that goal, like how he was searching for the titular Maltese Falcon for 17 years, and didn't lose his patience, like most villains would have. That's quite a feat.
  5. Even when he eventually found the Maltese Falcon and realized it was a fake, he still didn't lose his temper or give up. He assumed he had reached another bump, and was willing to spend yet another year on the hunt.
  6. For anyone who read the original novel the films are based on, the fact that he was spared in the 1941 version is a nice change.


  1. His design and actor became the inspiration for another obese villain. (Marvel's Kingpin.)