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Consisting of Melvin Frohike, John Fitzgerald Byers and Richard Langly, the Lone Gunmen were the publishers of a magazine called “The Lone Gunman” (originally called “The Magic Bullet”). The trio originally took their name and the title of their publication from X who, in May 1989, said, “I heard it was a lone gunman“, in reference to the Kennedy assassination. Although Frohike and Langly knew each other beforehand, it was not until this time that the trio first joined forces and also met FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder.

While separately attending the same convention, the three initially worked together, after Susanne Modeski asked Byers for help with finding her daughter. Byers then recruited Frohike and Langly in the search. Together, they discovered that they were being used by Modeski to uncover information of a government conspiracy. It was this event that led to their and Mulder’s distrust of the government. (TXF: “Unusual Suspects”)

After deciding to work together, they also remained close associates of Mulder and often provided him with information and technical assistance, after he discovered the X-files. (TXF: “Unusual Suspects, “E.B.E.”, et al.)

In 2000, the trio reluctantly allowed Jimmy Bond to begin working with them, in exchange for him funding their endeavors, as he believed that they were “fighting the good fight“. (TLG: “Bond, Jimmy Bond”)

The Lone Gunmen died in 2002, sacrificing themselves to stop a bio-terrorist. They were subsequently buried at Arlington National Cemetary, where their coffins were visited by Jimmy Bond, Yves Adele Harlow, Monica Reyes, John Doggett, Dana Scully and Walter Skinner. (TXF: “Jump the Shark”)

The Gunmen briefly reappeared several months later, as ghosts with whom Mulder seemed to be able to communicate. The trio appeared to him alone, at the side of a road on the Texas-New Mexico border at approximately 5:07 a.m., while Mulder was urinating, having stopped off on the way to New Mexico. Apparently, the apparitions of the Lone Gunmen tried to dissuade Mulder from proceeding to New Mexico with Scully and continuing to search for the truth of colonization once there, but Mulder ignored their warnings and continued on his way. (TXF: “The Truth”)

In the comic book adaptation of the series The X-Files Season 10—which takes place after the events of The X-Files: I Want to Believe—it is revealed that the Lone Gunmen are alive and well, having faked their deaths during the events of “Jump the Shark”. The group was aided by the FBI and have since been working underground, aiding the US government; for instance, Langly mentions that he was responsible for the Stuxnet virus in 2010. However, this retcon wouldn’t make any sense at all since The Lone Gunmen showed themselves to Mulder as a ghost in The Truth.

Bruce Harwood as Byers on THE X-FILES.

Bruce Harwood as Byers on THE X-FILES.

John Fitzgerald Byers is portrayed by Bruce Harwood. Byers was born in Sterling, Virginia on November 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and was named after the fallen president – his parents were originally planning to name him Bertram after his father. Byers idolized his namesake, but always had suspicions about the real cause of his death.

Byers worked as a public affairs officer for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Baltimore until May 1989. At this time he met Susanne Modeski at a consumer electronics show in Baltimore and instantly fell in love with her. Initially lying about her identity to him, she revealed herself to be a scientist working for the Army Advanced Weapons facility and appealed to him for help in stopping one of her developments – a gas causing fear and paranoia – from being used by the military on innocent civilians. Enlisting the help of Melvin Frohike and Richard Langly, who were also at the electronics show, they succeeded in helping Modeski, although she was later kidnapped. Modeski had awakened a desire in all three of them to uncover the truth, which subsequently led to the formation and publication of The Lone Gunmen newsletter, providing information on government cover-ups and conspiracy theories.

Byers appears to have some working knowledge of medicine, genetics and chemistry; he is able to interpret DNA strands, instantly informing Fox Mulder that Dana Scully’s blood had been tampered with in “One Breath”.

Tom Braidwood as Frohike on THE X-FILES.

Tom Braidwood as Frohike on THE X-FILES.

Melvin Frohike is portrayed by Tom Braidwood. Frohike was born circa 1953 in Pontiac, Michigan. Prior to joining The Lone Gunmen, he was an acclaimed tango dancer in Miami. On giving up the tango, he toured the country with hippies before founding Frohike Electronics Corp., specializing in cable pirating hardware.

In 1989 at a consumer electronics show in Baltimore, where his company had a trade stand, he met John Fitzgerald Byers and Richard Langly and they subsequently formed a group publishing The Lone Gunmen newsletter.[22] Frohike has a deep attraction for Dana Scully. In his first appearance he was taking photographs of Scully, ogling her and calling her “tasty”. Whilst this attraction seemed rather lustful at first, he has shown genuine affection for Scully (and Fox Mulder) on numerous occasions, being the first person to bring her flowers after she returned from her abduction in the episode “One Breath”.

Dean Haglund as Langly on THE X-FILES.

Dean Haglund as Langly on THE X-FILES.

Richard “Ringo” Langly is portrayed by Dean Haglund. Langly was born circa 1968/69 in Saltville, Nebraska. He showed an aptitude for computers from an early age, which was frowned upon by his parents.] In 1989 he met Melvin Frohike and John Fitzgerald Byers at a consumer electronics show in Baltimore, and they subsequently formed a group publishing The Lone Gunmen newsletter. Langly wears thick black-rimmed glasses, heavy metal and punk T-shirts (favoring The Ramones in particular) and jeans. He has long, blond hair (which sometimes leads to him being mistaken for a girl) and bears a striking resemblance to Garth Algar from Wayne’s World. He idolizes Joey Ramone in particular.

Langly is The Lone Gunmen’s expert in computers, hacking and programming. He is possibly the most paranoid of the Gunmen, taping all incoming phone calls, including those from Fox Mulder.

 

 

 

 

SOURCE: Wikipedia, Wikia