When Marty McFly returns from 1955 in the first Back to the Future film, a man sleeping on a park bench witnesses his return. Is this man someone I should've recognised, from before the timeline was altered by the events in 1955?

Who was this bum?


Red the Bum

No, you should not have recognized him as this was his first appearance in the film. Although, he does appear in the sequel.

There was a fan theory that Red was former Hill Valley Mayor, Red Thomas. However, according to Bob Gale's commentary on the Back to the Future DVD set, the name of the bum was ad-libbed by Michael J. Fox.

| improve this answer | |
  • Re: This - I tend to post links where it's either trivially simple for the OP to self-answer (had they done any research) or where a link looks like it might contain useful info for someone who's willing to put in the legwork needed to make a proper answer – Valorum Jan 30 '17 at 16:55

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.