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James Pendrick
James Pendrick
Actor Peter Stebbings
Seen This One Goes to Eleven
Future Imperfect
In the Altogether
The Tesla Effect
Who Killed the Electric Carriage?
Murdoch Air
The Filmed Adventures of Detective William Murdoch
24 Hours Til Doomsday
Excitable Chap
From Murdoch to Eternity
Mentioned Holy Matrimony, Murdoch!
Gender Male
Status Living
Relationships Sally Pendrick (ex-wife)
Charlotte (formerly Minerva Fairchild) (sweetheart; presumably ended)
Svetlana (sweetheart; imprisoned)
Ashmi (assistant and thief)

James Pendrick is a wealthy inventor who lives in Toronto. He is at first believed to be a criminal mastermind. However, it's soon proven he's simply a clever man who gets fooled by an even cleverer woman.

Biography

Little is known about his childhood or family. He is American and came to Toronto with his wife Sally (nee Hubbard who is from Albany, NY) not long before he first appears in Season 3. (ep. 306)

James Pendrick played a lacrosse game when attending Yale. The Bulldogs was the team name. He should have won that game but it was the first time his shoulder popped out. Then his fondness for the steeplechase took its toll. A dislocated shoulder never quite does heal. (ep.601

As brilliant an inventor as he is, Pendrick suffers from claustrophobia (ep 905).

Appearances and Mentions

This One Goes to Eleven

  • Pendrick had just completed the Pendrick Building, which he designed. He and his wife held a gathering to display Bathsheba at Her Bath by Rembrandt. The painting was stolen as it was being taken to storage. The painting was recovered, but William Murdoch was suspicious that Pendrick was somehow involved in the complicated theft.

Future Imperfect

  • Murdoch has received a letter from Mrs. Pendrick. Mr. Pendrick has invited doctors and scientists from all over the city to a Eugenics meeting. As Mr. Pendrick's guest, Mr. H.G. Wells comes up to make his speech, a dog brings in a severed hand which then ends the meeting. Mr. Pendrick finds out from the detective that the severed hand was that of Linus Malling, Mr. Pendrick becomes annoyed that Murdoch suspects that he killed Linus. Before Murdoch leaves the Pendrick house, Mrs. Pendrick personally invites him to the rescheduled Eugenic's meeting. At the rescheduled meeting, Mr. Pendrick is seen several times but does not having a speaking part in the scene. Murdoch confronts Pendrick the very next day and tells James he does not like his point of view on Eugenics, but Mr. Pendrick tells Murdoch that he will report Murdoch to his superiors if the detective threatens him again. He returns again that same day to the Pendricks' house, a pollen sample was recovered from Linus' nose and the pollen in his mucus was from the rare Phantom orchid, coincidentally Mr. Pendrick has that flower in his house. Mr. Pendrick is fed up with Murdoch returning and accusing him, and Murdoch has him brought down to the station house for questioning. Mr. Pendrick said that he and Linus had disagreements on Eugenics and that led to Mr. Malling handing in his resignation, that is why he was at Mr. Pendrick's house before the meeting. After that, Mr. Pendrick is relived from suspicion, because Murdoch and Brackenreid realize that beating someone to death is for a personal reason, not some argument over science.

In the Altogether

  • A photo of Sally Pendrick in bed with another man is discovered during the murder investigation of a young girl named Abigail Tunstall. James Pendrick asks him what "fiendish crime" brings Detective Murdoch to his house.

The Tesla Effect

Who Killed the Electric Carriage?

  • When the inventor of a revolutionary new kind of battery is murdered, Murdoch is led to suspect his nemesis, James Pendrick, the eccentric entrepreneur with whom he has crossed swords on several occasions. Pendrick has built an amazing bullet-shaped vehicle which uses another remarkable battery and it doesn't take long to entice Murdoch to give it a test run. It seems that Pendrick may be the killer, but is he?

Murdoch Air

  • Since his last encounter with William Murdoch, Pendrick was on the verge of financial ruin, until he got wind of a contest held by a Samuel Mortimer, who was promising a million dollars to the first man who could attain controlled flight with a 100 pound load before July 1st. With financial backing of a man named Reginald Gleason, Pendrick constructed his flying machine, the Pendrick Arrow, creating two versions, the test craft and the actual machine. His assistant Matthews was assigned to remotely pilot the test craft but he sometime afterward went missing. Murdoch soon turned up with the test craft's wireless receiver and accused Pendrick of recklessly testing above Toronto, resulting in an innocent man's death. Pendrick denies that he nor Matthews would do something so reckless and informs Murdoch that he had just discovered a wire tap, indicating that someone was spying on. Soon after, the barn's alarm bell rang and the two men were tranquilized by Canadian agents, who stole the Pendrick Arrow.
  • Pendrick was later kidnapped by American agents, led by Allen Clegg, who held the pseudonym of Gleason, to question on how to fly the Arrow which they stole from the Canadians, as only Pendrick knew how to operate the tilters to make it turn. Pendrick deduced that Clegg had Matthews killed and refused to cooperate, so Clegg dislocated his left shoulder. Luckily for Pendrick, Murdoch managed to rescue him and they made for Canada on the Arrow. Approaching Niagara Falls, the aircraft started to lose altitude, as Pendrick did not account for two passengers. He proceeded to drain their fuel to lighten their load. Upon landing safely in Canadian territory, their relief is short-lived, as Mortimer, or more accurately, Agent Terrence Meyers, showed up to take possession of the Arrow. Refusing to let his invention be used as a weapon, Pendrick pushes it into the water, where it goes over the falls. He was spared retaliation, as Murdoch reasons to Meyers that Pendrick technically destroyed his own property. Defeated, Meyers spitefully tells Pendrick that he betrayed his country.
  • After Meyers leaves, Murdoch asks Pendrick why he would give up his place in history. He answers that everyone has only one life and boasts that they both know that he was the first man to fly. Murdoch corrects him, stating that technically it was him, to which James Pendrick responds with a "Touché."

The Filmed Adventures of Detective William Murdoch

  • James Pendrick's film-making venture includes the murder of his principal investor. Pendrick accuses his main competitor Thomas Edison who, in turn, accuses Pendrick of stealing his patent.

24 Hours Til Doomsday

  • James Pendrick returns with yet another invention, his Rocket, and a female assistant at his side.

Excitable Chap

  • Though revealed to be The Lurker, Pendrick is once again exonerated of the killing and leaves for Panama in pursuit of Ashmi, who’s stolen the inventor’s formula for the fountain of youth, with his partner Tom.

From Murdoch to Eternity

  • According to Brackenreid, James Pendrick was killed by the rare poison polonium while the two were in Panama. Brackenreid states that Pendrick died in his arms. The man believed to be his murderer fled Panama by ship under the alias...P.D. Lion. However, at the end of the episode, the Inspector receives a photo-postcard from Pendrick with the message, "Thank you for saving my life," insinuating that Pendrick is still alive.

F.L.A.S.H.!

  • The revolutionary Pendrick FLASH is introduced and James Pendrick is looking for investors again.
Murdoch Mysteries Recurring Actors and Characters
Daniel Maslany as Detective WattsShanice Banton as Violet HartLachlan Murdoch as Henry HigginsArwen Humphreys as Margaret BrackenreidCharles Vandervaart as John BrackenreidPeter Stebbings as James PendrickPeter Keleghan as Terrence MeyersBea Santos as Louise CherrySiobhan Murphy as Ruth NewsomeErin Agostino as Nina BloomMouna Traoré as Rebecca JamesJordan Johnson-Hinds as Nate DesmondDylan Neal as Jasper LinneyKristian Bruun as Constable JacksonCraig Brown as Eddie CrawfordMatthew Bennett as Allen CleggJohn Tench as Alexander Graham BellMartin Moreau as Theodore RooseveltRichard Clarkin as Chief Constable DavisMichael Seater as James GilliesRothaford Gray as Alderman William Peyton HubbardCyrus Lane as Roger NewsomeGeorgina Reilly as Emily GraceNigel Bennett as former Chief Constable GilesSean Harraher as Constable WorseleyTamara Hope as Edna Brooks (née Garrison)Giacomo Gianniotti as Leslie GarlandNicole Underhay as Margaret HaileSarah Gadon as Ruby OgdenKate Greenhouse as Sally PendrickStephen McHattie as Harry MurdochDmitry Chepovetsky as Nikola TeslaGeraint Wyn Davies as Arthur Conan Doyle