John Hamil was the chief of the San Bruno Police Department (SBPD) and a former colleague of Dreyfus before he retired from the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) as Chief the year before.


Rise of the Planet of the ApesEdit

Hamil helped investigate the scene of the ape's escape as well as the death of Dodge Landon at the San Bruno Primate Shelter. He then headed to Gen-Sys Laboratories in a police helicopter, after hearing of the attack staged there by Caesar. Hamil believed that it wouldn't be a challenge to stop Caesar's army stating it would be like "shooting fish in a barrel" but still frequently kept calling the California Highway Patrol's chief officer if they caught a sight of the apes. Once Hamil landed at Gen-Sys, the helicopter and crew of a pilot, a sharpshooter and Hamil himself, was commandeered by Steven Jacobs, the CEO of Gen-Sys, who wanted to stop Caesar and the apes at all costs. After heading to the Golden Gate Bridge, which Caesar and his apes were storming and pushing through the police posted there to stop them, the helicopter began to fire on the apes, killing several, much to the delight of Jacobs. Jacobs eventually spotted Caesar on the bridge leading the attack, and then directed the chopper gunner's and Hamil's fire towards him. Before Hamil and his crew were able to kill Caesar in a hail of bullets Buck a Western lowland gorilla, shoved Caesar out of the way and, after being shot several times by Hamil, leaped on to the helicopter and proceeded to violently slam Hamil and beat the pilot of the helicopter, causing it to crash on to the bridge, killing Hamil and his crew but not Jacobs. After Buck succumbed to his wounds from the crash and from being shot by Hamil, Caesar allowed his violent and ill tempered bonobo Koba to push the remains of the helicopter, along with a terrified Jacobs and the bodies of Hamil, the pilot and the gunner, off the bridge and into the bay below.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: FirestormEdit

Hamil is mentioned a few times throughout the book. It is mentioned that his death was a part of the coverup by the San Francisco Mayor's office.



Planet of the Apes - Chernin Entertainment Series
Planet of the Apes (CE) Movies
Rise of the Planet of the Apes | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes | War for the Planet of the Apes
Main Evolved Ape Characters
Caesar | Bright Eyes | Koba | Maurice | Rocket | Buck | Cornelia | Blue Eyes | Luca | Ash | Cornelius | Winter | Lake | Bad Ape | Red
Supporting Ape Characters
Alpha | Burke | Verdon | Tinker | Grey | Stone | Andy | Wolfie | Jeanpierre | Lucky | Koba's Mother | Sparrow | Pope | Fifer | Cora | Rex | Bon | Dallas | Milo | Herman | Spear | Ajax | Oak | Fox | Aghoo | Ursus | Percy | Beardface | Armando
Main Human Characters
Will Rodman | Charles Rodman | Caroline Aranha | Robert Franklin | Steven Jacobs | Dodge Landon | John Landon | Douglas Hunsiker | Malcolm | Ellie | Alexander | Dreyfus | Carver | Foster | Colonel McCullough | Nova
Supporting Human Characters
Rodney | John Hamil | Rita | Sarah | Maddy | John | Edward | Roger Mason | Werner | Kemp | Clancy Stoppard | Corbin | Daniel Nygun | David Flynn | Finney | Kuo | Malakai Youmans | Max (Firestorm) | McVeigh | Terry | Roger | Rod Wilson | Preacher | Boyle | Lang | Travis
Rodman Family | Caesar's Family | Malcolm's Family | Rocket's Family | Dreyfus' Family
Horse | Elk | Grizzly Bear
Items / Weapons
Simian Flu
Important Events / Battles
Ape Rebellion | Human-Ape War | Simian Flu Pandemic | Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge | Battle in San Francisco | Battle of the Muir Woods Park
Organizations / Colonies / Companies
Caesar's Ape Colony | Caesar's Council of Apes | Caesar's Ape Army | Gen-Sys Board | San Francisco's Human Colony | Dreyfus' Human Army | Malcolm's Group | Alpha-Omega | Donkeys
West African Jungle | San Francisco | San Francisco Zoo | Gen-Sys Laboratories | Rodman House | San Bruno Primate Shelter | Golden Gate Bridge | Muir Woods Park | Ape Mountain | Ape Gate | Ape Village | Caesar's Home | Warehouse
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (webcomic) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Contagion | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (BOOM! Studios) | Before the Dawn | War for the Planet of the Apes (BOOM! Studios)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Official Movie Novelization | War for the Planet of the Apes: Revelations | War for the Planet of the Apes - Official Movie Novelization | Planet of the Apes: Caesar’s Story
Other Books
Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album)
Video Games
Plague Inc: Simian Flu | Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier | Crisis on the Planet of the Apes