|Location:||Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania|
|Known relatives:||Olivia Godfrey|
|1st appearance:||"Jellyfish in the Sky"|
JR Godfrey, also spelled J.R. Godfrey, is a fictional businessman and a recurring minor character featured in the Netflix original series Hemlock Grove. Portrayed by actor Paul Popowich, he was first seen in flashback in the pilot episode of the series, "Jellyfish in the Sky", and made sporadic appearances throughout season one.
J.R. Godfrey was the founder of the Godfrey Institute and was owner of its various subsidizer, including the Godfrey Steel Mill. He lived in Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania and was married to uber-bitch (and upir) Olivia Godfrey. He was the brother of Norman Godfrey and had three children.
His first daughter, Juliet, died as a child as a result of Olivia's machinations. He used his resources at the Godfrey Tower to reanimate her, but this tactic failed. His second child was Roman Godfrey, who grew up to inherit his father's business ventures. J.R. third child, Shelley Godfrey, was born with radical deformities, and also died young. He brought her to Doctor Pryce at the institute, who then reanimated her.
J.R. Godfrey eventually committed suicide, but the exact nature of his death leaves many unanswered questions. He began to understand that Olivia was something other than human, and Olivia was present on the night that J.R. died.
Notes & Trivia Edit
- The character of JR Godfrey was created by director Eli Roth and writer Lee Shipman based on concepts originally developed by author Brian McGreevy.
- Archival footage of JR Godfrey from various episodes was incorporated into the season one finale, "Birth".
- Actor Paul Popowich's first work in the horror genre was playing a man named Jimmy in the "To the Orchards" of the anthology series The Hidden Room in 1991.
- Olivia Godfrey - Wife, reanimated
- Roman Godfrey - Son
- Shelley Godfrey - Daughter
- Juliet Godfrey - Daughter, deceased
- Norman Godfrey - Brother
- Marie Godfrey - Sister-in-law
- Letha Godfrey - Niece
- J.R. Godfrey made four appearances in [[Hemlock Grove/Season 1|season one of Hemlock Grove. All of his appearances were in flashback. He appeared in: