List of Grand Theft Auto III characters

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Grand Theft Auto III is a 2001 action-adventure game developed by DMA Design and published by Rockstar Games. It is the first main entry in the Grand Theft Auto series since 1999's Grand Theft Auto 2. Set within the fictional Liberty City, loosely based on New York City, the game follows a criminal named Claude after he is left for dead and quickly becomes entangled in a world of gangs, crime and corruption. The game is played from a third-person perspective and its world is navigated on foot or by vehicle. The open world design lets players freely roam the three islands of Liberty City.

The following is list of the game's main, supporting, and miscellaneous characters that make appearances, primarily within the game's cutscenes.

Main characters


Claude is the silent protagonist of Grand Theft Auto III, whose mute status is referenced in the game during a session of the Chatterbox radio show; although he does make sounds for being hit or killed, Rockstar did not disclose who produced these effects. The game's story focuses on his efforts to make money while working for various gangs across Liberty City. A fundamental plot point in his background is his involvement with Catalina, a women he had relations with, before she betrayed him and left him to be arrested by police after a bank heist. His overall appearance was mainly portrayed as a generic white male, who wore a dark leather jacket, khaki-styled pants, and trainers; although fixed in most versions, the PC version would allow the character's appearance to be changed through modding.

His name is never disclosed in the game, but players could learn of it by delving into the game's data files.[1] He was offically recognised under the name of Claude in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, in which the character made a cameo appearance.

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Catalina (voiced by Cynthia Farrell) is the main antagonist of the game,[2] and depicted as being a notorious bank robber who hit several southern US states before coming to Liberty City.[3] The character is depicted as being ambitious and ruthless in her pursuit of profitable ventures, with a willingness to abandon anyone who will impede her goals; Claude's abandonment by her is due to her only maintaining a relationship with him purely for business.[4] She works alongside the city's Colombian Cartel to push drugs after dumping Claude, before he eventually tracks her down and kills her when she tries to flee the city.[5]

Much of Catalina's background beyond her criminal past is not disclosed, except for her being described as being of both Dominican and Colombian descent.[3] Her later involvement in the story of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - which Farrell reprised her role for the game - would later denote the possibility she is of Mexican descent, due to having family within the city of Los Santos.

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Maria Latore

Maria Latore (voiced by Debi Mazar) is a trophy wife of Salvatore Leone, who is implied to be a love interest of Claude's after their first meeting.[2] She maintains a part in the storyline after Claude moves on to the next district of the city, whom Catalina later kidnaps to use against him. The ending cutscene later leaves her fate ambiguous - Rockstar Games refuse to disclose if a gunshot made when the cutscene fades to black was either Claude killing Maria or simply firing his gun to silence her complaints about her predicament.[6] The character would make returning appearances in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, with Mazar reprising her role for this game, and in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, with Fiona Gallagher voicing the character in this game.

Asuka Kasen

Asuka Kasen (voiced by Liana Pai) is a co-leader within the Liberty City branch of the Yakuza,[2] and is depicted as being a stern criminal with a skill in torture and information retrieval. She plays a part in the mid-point of the story by hiring Claude to assist herself and her brother, Kenji Kasen, in their operations, later blaming the Cartel for murdering her sibling despite Claude pulling the trigger. Background information disclosed on the game's website detailed she came to Liberty City in 1991 and assumed leadership alongside her brother because of her skills. The character would make a returning appearance in Grand Theft Auto Advance in a supporting role to its story, while being referenced in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, in which she had an older brother named Kazuki Kasen before his death, and a niece called Yuka that she later looks after.

Donald Love

Donald Love (voiced by Kyle MacLachlan) is a media mogul and owner of Love Media - a media conglomerate with extensive control over a vast number of radio and television stations. In the story, he plays the part of involving Claude against the Cartel and fuelling his work, though eventually disappearing after having a package retrieved for him; Rockstar stated that Love's fate is ambiguous.[7] Background information on the character within the game's website details he resided in the Caribbean before returning to the city by 2001,[8] though his later appearances in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories retconned this information.

In Vice City, he is revealed to be the apprentice of Avery Carrington, and learnt much about business from his mentoring; the character's apperance in the game was in a minor role with no speaking parts. In Liberty City Stories, the character became a major business owner yet to make his fortune, despite having a number of radio and television stations, and also being portrayed as a necrophiliac with a fascination for human corpses, explaining his behaviour in a mission from GTA III - in this appearance, the character was voiced by Will Janowitz, rather than MacLachlan.

The character would make two returning appearances in the series. The first took place within , where he was made a minor character with no speaking parts, revealing that he worked under real estate mogul as his apprentice, and was mentored in business - his line about starting wars between gangs is revealed to have come from Carrington. The second

Supporting characters

Salvatore Leone

Salvatore Leone (voiced by Frank Vincent) is the Don of the Leone family, and becomes one of Claude's employers after his good work with the Leones.[2] The game's official website detailed that Salvatore originally came from Palermo, Sicily, and he became head of the family after a power struggle in the mid-1980s.[9] In the story, he mainly employs Claude to assist in his affairs, before increasing paranoia leads to him effectively being the target of an assassination at his hands. The character is mainly portrayed as a typical mafia boss steeped in the values of traditions, based on several films and television programs up to 2001 surrounding the mafia life.

The character would later return in two later games in the series, with Vincent reprising his role as the character: in San Andreas, he maintains a supporting role, with his character usurping control of a mob-owned casino on the West Coast; in Liberty City Stories, his character is given a more prominent role within the story, which focuses on his efforts to fight off his rivals and ultimately gain more control of the city.


8-Ball (voiced by rapper Guru) is a firearms and explosives specialist, who owns a number of bomb shops across Liberty City.[2] The character mainly plays a supporting role during the early stages of the game in Portland, in which he escapes with Claude while being transported to prison, assisting Claude in getting work with the Leone Family and destroying a drug lab with his protection. The character was depicted with bandaged hands that resulted from an incident that led to him receiving third-degree burns to them - although claimed to have been the result of him pouring hot fat on them during a scuffle with police at his home before he was arrested,[10] his appearance in Grand Theft Auto Advance, which he maintained a supporting role, revealed that they were burned by the Cartel with a flamethrower, before his arrest by police.

Toni Cipriani

Toni Cipriani (voiced by Michael Madsen) is a Leone caporegime,[2] who runs a local restaurant in Portland with his mother called Cipriani's Ristorante. Claude becomes involved with his conflict with the local Triads of the district, who begin muscling into his businesses. He is depicted in the game as a mostly tough person, vindicative against the Triads, while having to constantly deal with the constant bickering of his mother over not matching his father's skills and aspirations. The character would make a returning appearance as the protagonist in Liberty City Stories, though voiced by Danny Mastrogiorgio, with the game providing more background on his work within the Leone Family and his rise to becoming caporegime.

Joey Leone

Joseph Leone (voiced by Michael Rapaport) is Salvatore's only son, and the owner of a local garage in Portland.[2] Claude becomes involved in his business after delivering his favorite prostitute to his garage, and later introducing him to Cipriani for further work. The character received references in later games, both San Andreas and Liberty City Stories, the former mainly due to him being the employer of Carl Johnson before his return to Los Santos.

Luigi Goterelli

Luigi Goterelli (voiced by Joe Pantoliano) is the owner of a local adult club in Portland's Red Light District.[2] He is the first employer Claude has, giving mundane jobs for him to complete, one of which leads to him being introduced to Joey. The character is assisted by his bodyguard Mickey Hamfists with running his club.

Ray Machowski

Raymond Machowski (voiced by Robert Loggia) is a corrupt police detective in the Liberty City Police Department.[2] The character is mostly depicted as very cautious, highly corrupt, and willing to do anything to keep a cushy lifestyle. Claude meets him when bringing him a paymentfrom the Yakuza, doing jobs for them that lead to him meeting Donald Love in the process and keeping Internal Affairs from arresting him, before eventually helping him to flee the city. The character made a returning appearance in a minor role in Liberty City Stories, voiced by Peter Appel, which revealed he originally was a clean cop who was uncomfortable working for criminals and taking bribes, before being corrupted by his new partner Leon McAffrey (whom Claude kills in GTA III).

Kenji Kasen

Kenji Kasen (voiced by Les J.N. Mau) is a co-leader of the Liberty City Yakuza,[2] who focuses on running the syndicate's casino in Downtown Staunton Island. Claude is introduced to him by his sister, who gives him work to see him prove his reliability, unexpectedly being killed by him at Donald Love's request. Kenji is most depicted as being inferior in leadership skills than Asuka, per the game's official website, but respectful of loyalty, moving to the city in 1996, five years after his sister.


Miguel (voiced by Al Espinosa) is a member of the Colombian Cartel, and the new love interest of Catalina.[2] Although a willing criminal and skilled in combat, he is mostly depicted as being nothing but a henchman for Catalina, who is willing to leave him behind to save her own skin. Miguel is tortured during the late-game stage of the story by Asuka, during the war between the Yakuza and Cartel, before being killed for ratting out his gangs operations.

Minor characters

Oriental Gentleman

The Oriental Gentleman is an associate of Donald Love, whose name is not disclosed, and who plays a minor but key role in the game's story. The character is a prisoner of the city's police after being arrested for illegally entering the country, and was due to be transferred to prison before his deportation according to the game's official website.[11] Claude witnesses his abduction by the Cartel during the ambush on their prison transport, and becomes involved in rescuing him for Donald. Like his employer, the Oriental Gentleman disappears, with his fate left unknown.

Marty Chonks

Martin Chonks (voiced by Chris Phillips) is the owner of a dog food company in Portland. The character acts as a secret contact that players can meet, and who supplies a chain of side missions for them to take on. He makes no appearances in the game, except in a cutscene during the final mission, where he is killed by his wife's lover for trying to murder him.[12]

Ma Cipriani

Ma Cipriani (voiced by Sondra James) is the mother of Tonu Cipriani, who frequently nags him to match his late father's capabilities.[2] The character, unseen in the game, made a returning appearance in Liberty City Stories within a supporting role, with Sondra James reprising her role, which provided further background behind her attitude to her son.

El Burro

El Burro (voiced by Chris Phillips) is the leader of the Puerto Rican gang called the Diablos. The character, unseen in the game (except for game art created for him in the game's interface and publications), acts as a contact for a set of side missions that Claude can undertake for him, and maintains work in the adult business. The character is based upon the original character from Grand Theft Auto, with the name being the Spanish translation for "The Donkey".

King Courtney

King Courtney (voiced by Walter Mudu) is the leader of the Jamaican Yardies.[2] The character, unseen in the game, acts as a contact for a set of side missions that Claude can undertake for him, though betrays him to gain favor with the Cartel. The character made a returning appearance in Grand Theft Auto Advance in a major role, in which he is revealed to be a ruthless and greedy criminal, willing to use anyone for his own personal goals.


Introduced in: "Uzi Money"

D-Ice is the leader of the Red Jacks gang who assigns Claude jobs from Shoreside Vale, operating from a payphone located in the Wichita Gardens housing projects. Several of its missions involved attacks and fights against a rival gang, the Purple Nines, which appeared to be supplied with SPANK and are pushing the drug onto the streets. Claude eventually reduced the Purple Nines to only a few members at the time of the final battle between Claude with D-Ice's brother and the last of the Purple Nines. Although he is never seen in the game, on the last mission he is said to be in prison for an unknown charge.

D-Ice was voiced by Walter Mudu.[2]

Mickey Hamfists

Introduced in: "Luigi's Girls"

Mickey Hamfists is a bodyguard for Luigi Goterelli, and the co-manager of Sex Club 7. Mickey always checks Luigi's visitors for him, and will deliver a written letter to them at times. He is also an enforcer for the Leone family and attends all of the "made" ceremonies. Nevertheless, "police records" from the official GTA III website described him as "a moron." Mickey also has prior convictions for assault, racketeering, and multiple involvements with narcotics.


Introduced in: "Luigi's Girls"

Misty is a woman who works for Luigi Goterelli at Sex Club 7, and is Joey Leone's "regular girl". On two occasions, Claude is asked by Luigi to drive her from one place to another, and told to "keep (his) eyes on the road and off Misty." She lives at an apartment complex in Hepburn Heights.

Misty was voiced by Kim Gurney.[2]

Leon McAffrey

Introduced in: "Silence The Sneak"

Killed in: "Plaster Blaster"

Leon McAffrey is a corrupt policeman who attempts to turn state's evidence for an undisclosed crime in exchange for an honorable discharge.[13] McAffrey is under armed protection when Claude arrives to burn his apartment. With his safehouse ablaze, McAffrey flees in his car, but Claude manages to stop him. McAffrey survives and is taken to the hospital. When Ray learns that Leon survived, he instructs Claude yet again to kill him, this time succeeding.

McAffrey reappears in Liberty City Stories with a larger role as an aid to Toni Cipriani.

Phil Cassidy

Introduced in: "Arms Shortage"

Philip Cassidy is a one armed ex-soldier who runs a heavy arms business in the barracks in the north of Staunton Island. It is suggested that Phil may have lost his left arm in Nicaragua as after helping him fend off the Colombian Cartel from the barracks, Phil states that he would "still have [his] arm" if Claude had "teamed up with [Phil] in Nicaragua". However, Phil actually loses his arm in a moonshine explosion in 1986, as seen in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Phil's last name, "Cassidy", only appears in GTA III's instruction manual map of Liberty City. Since his first appearance in GTA III, Phil has been repeatedly associated with the sale of heavy armaments, with his role and background expanded.

Phil Cassidy was voiced by Hunter Platin.

See also: GTA: Vice City rendition, GTA: Liberty City Stories rendition and GTA: Vice City Stories rendition

Removed characters


Darkel is a character dropped during the development of Grand Theft Auto III. Little is known about the character, except that he was to be a revolutionary street urchin who vowed to bring down the city's economy. One mission involved stealing an ice cream van, using it to attract pedestrians, then blowing it up.[14] This mission was given by El Burro in the final version of the game, to kill a group of gang members. Darkel was also originally expected to give out Rampage-esque missions.[15]

Darkel had his voice recorded for this part by Bill Fiore, [2] but was never used in game. However, the character remains listed in GTA III's manual's credits, as well as having a character texture retained in the game's data files.[16]


Curtly is the second known character to be deleted during game development, who was to be voiced by Curtis McClarin.[2]


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  4. Catalina: "Sorry babe. I'm an ambitious girl. And you, you're just small time." (Opening bank heist cutscene, Grand Theft Auto III.)
  5. Catalina: "The real question is, did you turn up to rescue Maria or to get me back? Well I got news for you, shooting you will be a pleasure but dating you was only business." (Opening cutscene of "Ransom", Grand Theft Auto III.)
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  11. "Liberty Tree: "Elderly Asian Man Held After Failing to Satisfy Immigration"". Official Grand Theft Auto III website. Retrieved July 26, 2006. 
  12. Marty Chonks: "I've agreed to see [Claude]...he thinks I'm gonna pay him off...but my guess is...Liberty's dogs are gonna get yet another flavor this month." (Opening cutscene of "Her Lover", Grand Theft Auto III.)
  13. Machowski: "That scumbag McAffrey, he took more bribes than anyone! He thinks that he's gonna get an honorable discharge if he turns state's evidence. He just squealed!" (Opening cut scene of "Silence the Sneak", Grand Theft Auto III.)
  14. "Grand Theft Auto: How Smart is the AI?". IGN. Retrieved July 26, 2006. 
  15. "Grand Theft Auto 3 Information". GOURANGA!. Archived from the original on March 18, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2006. 
  16. "Frequently Asked Questions for GTA III". Retrieved August 28, 2006. 

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