"Competitor. He was good, he was very good."
Indiana Jones[src]

Doctor Forrestal was an archaeologist who taught history and archaeology at Princeton University. A professional rival of Indiana Jones, Forrestal's skills were held in high regard by Jones but the man was, on occasion, clumsy.

Forrestal went missing around 1935 while searching for the Chachapoyan Fertility Idol in Peru. There, Jones would eventually discover his body inside the Temple of the Chachapoyan Warriors about a year later, killed by a spike trap.


In 1930, Forrestal was in Sweden searching for a pagan temple. Indiana Jones initially believed Forrestal to be one step ahead of him but Jones and Dr. Theresa Lawrence reached the site first due to better research.[2]

Four years later, Forrestal met with a man in Shanghai who wanted the archaeologist to assist his organization, the Brotherhood of the Eclipse in finding the Calendar of the Sun, an artifact in two parts believed to have the power to control eclipses.


Forrestal in 1934.

Drawn to the seemingly centuries-old organization, Forrestal agreed and the group set up a camp in South America near an area littered with the bodies of adventurers who had succumbed to the traps around the mysterious Moon Door which led to the Moon Temple and the Calendar's Lunar Component.

The Brotherhood recovered the piece from its altar but betrayed Forrestal and left him to die in a trap when they flew out to Egypt. It was then that Indiana Jones arrived having fought off Brotherhood members to claim the Solar Component for himself. Jones, and a member of the Adventure Society who had been helping him look for the Lunar Component, rescued Forrestal and the grateful competitor revealed details of the Brotherhood to the pair.[3]

Forrestal also discovered a river flowing out from beneath El Dorado and informed the Adventure Society, which was excavating the area in and around El Dorado, as a "gesture of goodwill."[3]

Forrestal disappeared while searching for the Chachapoyan Fertility Idol in Peru in 1935.[1] Upon his disappearance, the National Museum contracted Indiana Jones to follow Forrestal's notes and research so that he could both find out what happened to Forrestal's missing expedition and, if possible, recover the Idol. It was in the Temple of the Chachapoyan Warriors that Jones discovered Forrestal's body, speared by a row of sharp spikes triggered by a source of light. It was one of the many traps protecting the Idol, and oddly, Jones' treacherous guide Satipo was eventually killed in the same way.[4]

Years later, Jones returned to the temple in order to further explore the site. When he entered into the temple's runner, he found Forrestal's carcass reduced to bones reflected by the rays of the sun that entered through a skylight of the cave, for which Jones remembered and lamented the fate of his competitor once more.[5]

Behind the scenesEdit

Forrestal's body was first featured in Raiders of the Lost Ark. While the character's name is stated to be "Forrestal", Indiana Jones Adventures: Volume 1 erroneusly stated that character's name as "Forrestall" with double l.

In the first draft of the film's script, written by Lawrence Kasdan, Indy was originally going to take down Forrestal's body from the spike trap and lay him gently in the floor. This idea, however, didn't make it to the final version of the film, in which Indy leaves Forrestal's body where he finds it.

Forrestal, despite being mentioned, is absent from the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! of Disney. In the stunt spectacular, there is no traces of human presence at the Temple of the Chachapoyan Warriors when Indy appears to retrieve the Chachapoyan Fertility Idol.

Forrestal's appearance is also omitted from both LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures and its sequel (as in both games the spike trap isn't featured and Satipo never dies), but in the LEGO Indiana Jones set "Temple Escape!", there is a skeleteon attached to the spike trap like Forrestal in the film itself. Wheter this skeleton is meant to represent Forrestal or not is unclear.



Notes and referencesEdit

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