Lester Carlisle was Bill Maxwell’s boss on The Greatest American Hero, a 1981-83 TV series.

For more context, you can read our Greatest American Hero (Ralph Hinkley) character profile first.


  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
    Group Affiliations: Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Base of Operations: Los Angeles, CA.
  • Height: 5’11” Weight: 230 lbs. Age: Mid 40s.
  • Eyes: Black Hair: Black


Powers & Abilities

Carlisle was presumably a fully trained FBI agent earlier in his career. However, his field skills have atrophied in his years in desk positions.


Lester Carlisle was Bill Maxwell’s superior in the FBI. He had a distinct loathing for Bill’s disregard for Bureau protocol. Carlisle seemed to enjoy needling Maxwell at every opportunity, especially when Ralph Hinkley’s involvement was discovered.

In one very early incident, Carlisle met Ralph in full uniform at FBI HQ. He tried to shoot him, with the usual effect. Ralph then took a highly sensitive case file from Carlisle’s hands and flew off. Carlisle only spoke very briefly of the incident, rather than risk being committed. He never did recognise Ralph upon seeing him since.


Lester Carlisle is a portly man of average height. He dresses mostly in a professional suit & tie, as his position calls for.


Carlisle is a strict by-the-book bureaucrat (yes, pun intended) who values formality above effectiveness.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Lester Carlisle

A 305 Point Character

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Seeking Justice
Int: 04 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation: FBI Supervisor
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Wealth: 005
Init: 012 HP: 004

Artist (Writer): 04, Charisma (Intimidation): 04, Detective: 04, Martial Artist: 03, Military Science: 03, Weaponry (Firearms): 03

Credentials (FBI, Medium).

MID (Bill Maxwell).

By Robert Marcum.

Source of Character: Greatest American Hero (1981 TV Series). Character played by William Bogert.

Writeup completed on the 14th of July, 2018.