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I've got a friend who's a real great guy!

  • He loves a drink.
  • He'll help you change your car tyres.
  • This one time, he met an alien and got a coat out of it.
  • This other time, he got talking to a space sorcerer-monk and they were discussing acting award results - they seemed really keen on Laurence Olivier 1983, BAFTA 1976, Emmy 1989, Emmy 2001 & Laurence Olivier 2009.

He can be a bit risky to be aroundthough ...

  • Any time you greet him, he tends to try and take over.
  • He can a be racist sometimes - he once said if he were from Africa, he was sure he'd be gambling all the time.

Who's my friend?

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  • $\begingroup$ If this gets solved really quickly, I'd love to know whether I made it too easy (was one of the clues too obvious?) and any suggestions for how to improve it. $\endgroup$ – Brondahl Jul 2 '15 at 7:24
  • $\begingroup$ He once stalked Sean Bean to kill a giant... $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jul 3 '15 at 11:39
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I think it's

Jack

Because

The drink is Jack Daniels.
The tool to lift a car is called jack.
The man is probably Jack Harkness from Doctor Who.
The fourth line is probably a reference to some films. I haven't found the movies yet, but I know that in 2001 there was a "Jack the ripper" movie.

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  • $\begingroup$ You've got the answer right, and the first two of your explanations, the 2nd two aren't right though. $\endgroup$ – Brondahl Jul 2 '15 at 7:49
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    $\begingroup$ 1976 has "Jackson County Jail", 1989 has "Jacknife",2009 has "Jackboots on Whitehall", but 1983 has nothing containing "Jack", except for an Oscar for Jack Nicholson. $\endgroup$ – dmg Jul 2 '15 at 7:50
  • $\begingroup$ @dmg the last of these is closer than the others. If this doesn't get solved today I add a little more specificity to that one to help. $\endgroup$ – Brondahl Jul 2 '15 at 7:59
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, it occurs to me that if you search for the name without the "k", you may do better $\endgroup$ – Brondahl Jul 2 '15 at 8:27
  • $\begingroup$ The 3rd and 4th is very similar in structure to the two that @Chamberlain got. I've tweaked the hint to the 4th to be a bit more specific $\endgroup$ – Brondahl Jul 3 '15 at 6:58
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Chamberlain got the good qualities, and I think I have the bad ones:

Any time you greet him, he tends to try and take over.

"Hi, Jack!" = hijack, meaning seize or take over.

He can a be racist sometimes - he once said if he were from Africa, he was sure he'd be gambling all the time.

He would be "Black Jack" = blackjack, a casino card game.
(And it is indeed a bit racist to imply all Africans are black lol)

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  • $\begingroup$ Well done those two are exactly right :) The 3rd and 4th is very similar in structure to these two, and I've tweaked the hint to the 4th to be a bit more specific. $\endgroup$ – Brondahl Jul 3 '15 at 6:57
  • $\begingroup$ could the third be Space jacket? since an you meet an alien in space and a space jacket is a coat thats widely available $\endgroup$ – Chen Orihara Jul 3 '15 at 8:48
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I can't believe nobody has got the 3rd clue yet...

This one time, he met an alien and got a coat out of it. - ET is an alien and Jack+ET = jacket = coat.

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  • $\begingroup$ Correct :) Nearly all done! $\endgroup$ – Brondahl Jul 3 '15 at 13:22
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Just adding to the above answers

Derek 'Jac'obi fits the 4th clue.

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  • $\begingroup$ Correct ... have you understood why, or is he just the only thing that all those award years have in common? Who's the space sorcerer-monk? $\endgroup$ – Brondahl Jul 3 '15 at 13:23
  • $\begingroup$ @Brondahl Obi-Wan Kenobi, right? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jul 4 '15 at 13:31
  • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor, yep ... indeed, Jack + obi-wan = Jacobi won :) $\endgroup$ – Brondahl Jul 4 '15 at 14:01
  • $\begingroup$ @Brondahl Shall I add that to my answer, or edit it into this answer? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jul 4 '15 at 14:15

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