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Marty Gilbert
Marty Portrait
Biographical Information
Name: Marty Gilbert
Status: Deceased
Date of death: July 2, 1996
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Career Information
Affiliation: Compact Cable
Profession: Operations manager
Family Information
Sibling(s): Joshua Gilbert[1]
Marital status: Single
Played by: Harvey Fierstein
First appearance: Independence Day
Oh, crap.

- Marty's last words.

Marty Gilbert was the manager of Compact Cable in New York City and a friend of his employee David Levinson.


Marty was known for his perpetual state of high anxiety and this is compounded by his stressful job of operations manager for one of the largest cable providers in America. His job was, in his words, "to be in charge of every little thing."[1]

During the War of 1996, Marty's company was having trouble dealing with the interference appearing in every network television caused by the aliens' arrival. After the arrival of the City Destroyer over New York, Marty evacuated his employees except for David.

Marty was on a telephone calling his mother and trying to calm her until David told him to tell his mother to leave for Atlanta. Once demanding an explanation from David, Marty reacted in horror of the aliens' true intent. Although Marty attempted to leave New York, he was trapped in a traffic jam and was killed when the City Destroyer fired its weapon on the city, with his car (with him still inside) being crushed beneath debris.


Memorable Quotes

Oh, my God! Oh my God! I gotta call my brother, I gotta call my housekeeper, I gotta call my lawyer. Nah, forget my lawyer.

- Marty reacting to David's discovery.

Behind the Scenes

  • In a deleted scene that was included in the Special Edition of the film, Harvey Fierstein's character planted an (ad-libbed) kiss on David.
  • The line, "Eh, f*ck my lawyer," was said by Harvey Fierstein and the expletive was dubbed over with "forget" in the final cut.
  • While stuck in traffic, Marty demands over his cellphone that he speak with Dr. Katz. The doctor is a reference to Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist in which Harvey Fierstein himself was previously a guest character on the show.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Independence Day: Official Novelization
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