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Sheriff Walt Longmire is the main character of the Longmire television series.

Biography Before Series[]

Absaroka County native Walt Longmire is the well-respected sheriff that resides there. When the series begins, it is believed by most that his wife, Martha Longmire, died by cancer.

His father was a farrier and a rancher who managed the stables of Absaroka County's most wealthy family, the Van Blarcoms. He is a graduate of Durant High School, and his football jersey still hangs in the school's trophy case.

He and Henry Standing Bear worked at the Prudhoe Bay oil fields in their 20s.

Biography During Series[]

Laconic and introspective with a strong sense of duty and justice, Walt is a throwback to the iconic lone hero of classical Westerns. He is an able detective, who has a knack for finding the truth behind the various crimes that have been committed in his county. He holds to some of the beliefs of the Cheyenne who live on a neighboring reservation. He participated in a Cheyenne religious ceremony with a friend.

In 2012, Walt is running for reelection against his own deputy, Branch Connally, but has delegated most of the day-to-day police duties to Branch, Deputy Ferguson, and Deputy Vic Moretti, a Philadelphia native.

Walt is investigated by Denver PD Detective Fales for the murder of Miller Beck, a meth-head who was suspected of murdering Walt's wife, Martha Longmire.

In 2010, Walt arrested Malachi Strand, the Chief of the Cheyenne Reservation Tribal Police, for extortion; he also has an adversarial relationship with the current CRTP Chief, Matthias.

As Sheriff, Walt carries a Colt Government Model in .45 ACP and a Winchester .30-30 as his primary weapons and drives a Ford Bronco as his duty vehicle.

Officer-Involved Killings[]

  1. Chance Gilbert’s brother – Shot (Prior to the start of the series; Mentioned but never seen)
  2. Dan Estes - Shot ("Pilot")
  3. Octavio Mora – Shot ("The Cancer")
  4. Wayne Durell – Beaten (Unquiet Mind)
  5. Zip – Shot ("Sound and Fury")
  6. David Ridges – Stabbed ("Counting Coup")
  7. Barlow Connally – Shot ("High Noon")
  8. One of Malachi Strand's Henchmen - Shot ("Goodbye Is Always Implied")
  9. Brian O'Keane - Shot ("Goodbye Is Always Implied")
  10. Malachi Strand - Shot ("Goodbye Is Always Implied")


He has a daughter, Cady Longmire, who is an attorney who works for a local law firm.

Walt's closest friend and confidant is Henry Standing Bear. They have been friends since they were 12 years old.

In late 2011, Walt hired Vic Moretti, a former Philadelphia PD homicide detective, as a Deputy Sheriff. The two are believed by many to be having an affair, including at one point Vic's husband, Sean Keegan.

Walt's relationship with the Cheyenne Nation is strained, but Walt is still liked by many members of its community.