Mutt Williams
Background information
Feature films Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by Shia LaBeouf
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Occupation Student, treasure hunter, and motorcycle mechanic
Affiliations Good
Allies Indiana Jones, Marion Ravenwood, Harold Oxley
Enemies Irina Spalko
Powers and abilities

Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf), born Henry Walton Jones III,[1] is introduced in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as a Panhead motorcycle-riding greaser and becomes Indiana Jones's sidekick. He is the son of former bar owner Marion Ravenwood and archaeologist Indiana Jones, although Indy and Mutt are unaware of their relationship until the events of Crystal Skull.

Marion told Mutt his stepfather, Royal Air Force pilot Colin Williams, was his biological father, until they met up with Indiana Jones in 1957. Mutt goes to Peru with Indiana in search of his mother, his surrogate father Harold Oxley, and the crystal skull. Mutt has travelled extensively with his mother, and has never graduated from school – any school. (He appears to have sampled several.) Unlike many film sidekick roles, Mutt is highly intelligent, follows a strong line in deductive reasoning, and excels at fencing (which proved useful in his duel with Spalko) and other practical adventuring skills.

Mutt has a horizontal scar across his right cheek inflicted during a duel with Irina Spalko. Mutt has stated that his prep-school education has made him "handy with a blade." The book explains Mutt was champion on the fencing team, but was kicked out of school for placing bets on his matches. Mutt's occupation prior to meeting up with Indy is that of a motorcycle mechanic.

Frank Marshall said Mutt represents a youthful arrogance, to show Indiana is older and wiser.[2] LaBeouf was Spielberg's only choice for the role.[3] Excited at the prospect of being in an Indiana Jones film, LaBeouf signed on without reading the script and did not know what character he would play.[4] LaBeouf watched Blackboard Jungle, Rebel Without a Cause and The Wild One to get into his character's mindset, copying mannerisms and words from characters in those films, such as the use of a switchblade as a weapon.[5] Authentic 1950s jackets were found for LaBeouf's costume,[6] while The Indian Motor-Company provided his motorcycle.[7]

George Lucas was interested in producing a spin-off about Mutt and his own adventures, with Indiana in a supporting role. However Lucas later retracted a statement on the possibility of a spin-off series or LaBeouf taking over as the lead of the Indiana Jones series, stating "Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones, no Harrison means no Indy".[8]

Two 3¾ inch figures of Mutt,[9] a deluxe figure of him on his motorcycle,[10] an Adventures Heroes figurine,[11] and a 12 inch figure were released in 2008.[12] Mutt is available in four Lego Indiana Jones sets based on Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.[13]


  1. Luceno, James (2008). Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide. New York: DK Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7566-3500-8. 
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  6. About the Production (Flash). Official site. Retrieved on May 14, 2008.
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  9. Hasbro - 3 ¾" Action Figures Wave 2: Basic Figures. Retrieved on April 2, 2008.
  10. Hasbro - 3 ¾" Action Figures Wave 2: Deluxe Figures. Retrieved on April 2, 2008.
  11. Hasbro — Adventure Heroes: Wave 2. Retrieved on April 2, 2008.
  12. Mutt Williams with Sword Action 12-inch Figure. Indiana Jones Shop. Archived from the original on May 11, 2008. Retrieved on May 1, 2008.
  13. LEGO Indiana Jones — Series 2. Retrieved on April 2, 2008.
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