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Delbert Grady
Delbert Grady
Delbert Grady
Aliases: Delbert A. Grady
Franchise: The Shining
Notability: Antagonist
Type: Ghost
Gender: Male
Location: Overlook Hotel, Colorado
Known relatives: Grady daughters
Status: Deceased
Died: 1971
1st appearance: Shining, The (1980)
Actor: Philip Stone
Stanley Anderson
Michael Monks

Delbert Grady is a fictional ghost and a minor antagonist featured in the 1980 film The Shining, which is loosely based on the novel of the same name by author Stephen King. He was played by actor Philip Stone in the movie. In the 1997 television miniseries, Stephen King's The Shining, he was played by Stanley Anderson. In the 2019 film Doctor Sleep, he was played by Michael Monks.

Biography Edit

Delbert Grady was the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel during the winter of 1970-1971. The isolation drove him mad and he butchered his wife and two young daughters with an axe before committing suicide by putting a shotgun in his mouth. He was succeeded as caretaker of the Overlook first by Bill Watson, and then by Jack Torrance.

The ghost of Delbert Grady remained at the hotel for many years. It encountered Jack Torrance in the men's washroom and encouraged him to "correct" his wife and child, in much the same way that he had "corrected" his own family.

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • The character of Delbert Grady was created by author Stephen King.

Personality Edit

  • In the 1980 film, Delbert Grady is presented as very prim and proper with very clipped and deliberate dialogue. However, there is an omnipresent air of menace in his tone despite never raising his voice.

Appearances Edit

  • Delbert Grady has appeared in all three versions of The Shining story including the novel, the feature film and the television miniseries.

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References Edit

Caretaker | Ghosts | Grady daughters | Hotel | Shotgun | Suicide


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