Johnny Kelly
Appeared in Highlander: The Series, in the Season Five episode Glory Days
Name Johnny Kelly
Aliases Johnny K
Born 1910, in New York City
First Death 1929, shot by a bootlegger
Teachers Duncan MacLeod
Origin American
Watchers Joe Dawson
Status Deceased, 1996, beheaded by Duncan MacLeod
Occupation Assassin
Portrayed by  Ian Tracey
Johnny Kelly was born in New York City in 1910, a kid in the neighborhood during prohibition who had dreams of being something big. He wanted to be as great as Al Capone and some of the other gangsters. As a pre-Immortal, he worked for a bootlegger, Gino DiGennaro, running numbers and booze. MacLeod met Johnny while playing poker with Gino. Johnny went outside to get more whiskey for Gino after the poker game and saw a hit go down. The cops interrogated Johnny and he told the cops nothing. Johnny then told Duncan to tell Gino that he quit.

Johnny and Duncan, 1929

Later on that night, he went to a rival bootlegger to try to become part of his organization, and winds up getting shot. The rival gang dumped Johnny's body in front of Gino's place and Duncan went outside and saw Johnny's revival into immortality. Duncan told Johnny what he was and what the rules were, ready to take Johnny as his pupil, but the neo-immortal didn't care about the rules, he wanted revenge. Johnny makes his first hit on the rival who had killed him, making $3,000.

Over the years, Johnny learned how to use a sword by watching pirate movies. Johnny decided to use his Immortality by becoming an assassin, getting $200,000 a hit, and became a master of disguise.

In 1996, Johnny went to the corporate headquarters of a businessman,  wearing artificial legs to make him look taller cause of Johnny's lesser height. Johnny killed his mark and escaped, took off his disguise, put on street clothes, and left the building riding a skateboard.

Johnny was hiding out at a warehouse and it was where he saw Duncan MacLeod again. Since MacLeod could ID him, Johnny shot Duncan in the back and was about to take Duncan's head until two men arrived in the elevator and Johnny ran off. Later, Johnny tried to kill Duncan with a bomb planted in the trailer where Johnny was staying, but Duncan escaped. Johnny later phoned Duncan and Duncan said that he would pay Johnny to target someone else, offering him $100,000. Johnny said he'd consider it a they set a meet in  a church. At the church, Duncan taunted Johnny who told Duncan that his hit list numbered 249 people.  MacLeod and Joe Dawson had set Johnny up in order to get his photo, and  as Johnny stepped outside the Church, Joe posed as a photographer for the wedding which had just ended and took pictures of Johnny.


Johnny fights Mac

The next day, Johnny disguised as a hot dog vendor, about to do a hit,  sees pictures of him plastered up all over town, which has ended his anonymity so necessary for an assassin. Johnny called Duncan and told him he was a dead man. Johnny tried to shoot Duncan with his rifle and hit a dummy which MacLeod had set up as a target, Johnny then sensed the presence of another Immortal, as MacLeod approached him. He and MacLeod face off but a man who learned fencing by watching pirate movies was no match for MacLeod who defeated him and received his Quickening.


Kelly used an Italian style broadsword.  According to Rudy Bryant, Watchers Associate Curator for Bladed Weapons When you learn how to sword fight from pirate movies, it makes sense that a pirate sword is what you'll fight with. This Italian-style broadsword is of an interesting design. It has a guard similar to a rapier...of course...Johnny K was prone to shooting first and taking heads later." During his fight with MacLeod, he used at least two auxiliary weapons; a stun gun and a Bowie knife. He showed a disregard for any form of the honor in battle even some of the evil immortals show. As he was effectively raised by gangsters, this is no surprise.

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