John Cale
Status: Alive
Date of birth: 1980
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Residence(s): Washington, D.C.,
United States of America
Affiliation: Untied States Army
United States Capitol Police
United States Secret Service
Profession: United States Army:
United States Capitol Police:
Officer (– 2013)
United States Secret Service:
Special Agent (2013 – present)
Marital status: Divorced
Spouse(s): Melanie (ex-wife)
Children: Emily Cale
Played by: Channing Tatum
Appears in: 1 film

Special Agent John Cale (born 1980) is a member of the United States Secret Service. On October 4, 2014, Cale saved President James Sawyer's life.


United States Army serviceEdit

Cale was sent to Afghanistan to fight al-Qaeda and the Taliban during the early 2000s, leaving his daughter, Emily behind. During the war he displayed heroism, and even saved Corporal Dawson, nephew of Eli Raphelson from a burning Humvee as a result of an IED explosion. He received the Silver Star for saving him.

United States Capitol Police serviceEdit

After he returned home, his wife, Melanie, and him got divorced and he discovered that his daughter, Emily, had taken an interest in politics and does not think of him as her hero anymore. This broke his heart but he understood why she was frustrated with him. After being discharged, Dawson gave Cale a job as a police officer for the Capitol as a thanks for saving his life and part of his uncle's protection detail alongside Kellerman. Since the divorce, he tried desperately to make up to her for his absence during her childhood. One such attempt included a tour of the White House after an interview for the secret service. The interview doesn't go well when an old college lover and Secret Service agent Carol Finnerty conducted him and he is rejected, the reason being that he has potential but is too lazy to act on it. He can't break this to Emily, however, and they go on with the tour. However, the White House is taken over by a paramilitary group of mercenaries and Cale is the only one who can stop them and save the President, James Sawyer.

Cale locates and rescues Sawyer, and the two manage to reach out to command which tells Cale to get Sawyer out through underground tunnels. Cale and Sawyer find the tunnel gate rigged with an explosive and are forced to escape in the presidential limousine. After giving chase with Stenz on the White House lawn, Cale and Sawyer are flipped into the White House pool after Cale gets distracted by Killick holding Emily at gunpoint. A gunfight erupts which results in an explosion that leaves Sawyer and Cale presumed dead. Hammond is then sworn in as President.

When Cale and Sawyer reveal they are still alive, they learn Hammond has approved an aerial incursion by Delta Force to take back the White House. Knowing the mercenaries have Javelin surface-to-air missiles, Cale tries but fails to stop the mercenaries from shooting down the helicopters. Cale gets into a fight with Stenz and ends up dropping his White House passes for himself and Emily while escaping. Having already learned of Emily from the video, Stenz, knowing that she is Cale's daughter, takes her to Walker in the Oval Office.

Walker tells Cale over the White House intercom to surrender Sawyer or he will kill Emily. Sawyer ultimately surrenders himself to save Emily, knowing Cale could still save them if he was free.


Cale kills Walker with the machine gun.

Killick finds Cale and tries to kill him, but is ambushed by Donnie the White House tour guide, who bludgeons Killick to death with a clock. After freeing the hostages and entrusting Donnie to get them out safely, Cale kills Stenz with a grenade belt after a confrontation. Using updated launch codes received by an anonymous source, Walker targets various cities in Iran, but before he initiates the launch, Cale crashes into the office in a presidential escort vehicle and jumps through the sun roof, killing Walker with a minigun before he can press the launch button. Sawyer reveals himself to be alive and Finnerty calls them to reveal that the mercenaries were not called in by Walker and that there is another mastermind behind the attack. Cale realizes who it is and asks Sawyer for his help in exposing the traitor.

When Finnerty arrives at the White House with Raphelson, Cale tells them Sawyer was killed. Raphelson then orders troops to be placed back into the Middle East, which would go against Sawyer's peace treaty. Cale reveals Raphelson had orchestrated the attack because of Raphelson's disagreement with Sawyer's treaty and proves it by having Finnerty call the call-back number on Walker's pager. Sawyer then reveals himself and has Raphelson taken into custody, treating Raphelson's taking of the Presidency as a coup d'état. Sawyer officially employs Cale into the Secret Service and takes him and Emily on an aerial tour of Washington, D.C. on his way to the hospital.

United States Secret ServiceEdit

In his first moments as a Secret Service Special Agent, Cale was invited by President Sawyer to take a ride on Marine One, which he accepted. He soon asked Sawyer if it would be okay to bring Emily, to which Sawyer agreed. During the ride, Sawyer let them experience "the thing", a close tour of the city's monuments.


  • "I can't think of a more important job than protecting the President."
  • "You're a goddamn traitor, sir."
  • "You think you're tough, bitch?"
  • "No jail for you, little bitch!"

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • John Cale was portrayed by Channing Tatum in White House Down.
  • John Cale killed twelve terrorists in White House Down.
  • John Cale was inspired by John McClane from Die Hard.


John Cale has a Photo Gallery.
White House Down Characters
Heroes John Cale - President James Sawyer - Emily Cale
Villains Martin Walker - Emil Stenz - Eli Raphelson
Allies Carol Finnerty - Donnie Donaldson - Caulfield
Henchmen Skip Tyler - Carl Killick - Conrad Cern - Motts - Vadim - Ritter - Bobby
Other characters Melanie Cale - Muriel Walker - Alison Sawyer - Amber Sawyer