Rafe McCawley
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Rafe McCawley in season 1
Portrayed by Graham Greene
First appearance Pilot
Latest appearance Past Is Prologue
Episode count 10
Status Alive
Species Human
Occupation Owner of McCawley Mines
Residence McCawley Residence, Defiance
Parents Unnamed father
Spouse(s) Pilar
Significant other(s) Nicolette Riordon (ex-lover)
Children Luke McCawley (deceased)
Quentin McCawley
Christie McCawley

Rafe McCawley is a main character in the first season. He is portrayed by Graham Greene, and makes his debut in the series premiere.

Rafe is a male Human, and the owner of the McCawley Mines. He is the father of Luke, Quentin and Christie McCawley.



Rafe McCawley is Defiance’s richest and most powerful human – a mine owner whose family has been in the territory for generations. Raised by a tough-as-nails father, Rafe disobeyed his father’s wishes and enlisted. After the Pale Wars, he took his wife and burgeoning family back to his home of St. Louis, now barely recognizable due to terraforming. He longs for the world as it was before the Votans arrived.[1]

As one of the founders of Defiance, Rafe has amassed a considerable fortune in the mining business, and now seeks to exert his influence and champion the advancement of his family in the town’s political sphere.[1]


Season 1 appearances
Pilot Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go The Devil in the Dark A Well Respected Man The Serpent's Egg Brothers in Arms
Goodbye Blue Sky I Just Wasn't Made for These Times If I Ever Leave This World Alive The Bride Wore Black Past Is Prologue Everything Is Broken


Every photo of Rafe McCawley on this wiki can be seen here.

Family treeEdit

Rafe McCawley
Luke McCawley
(d. 2046)
Quentin McCawley
Christie McCawley
Alak Tarr


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Rafe McCawley | Defiance". Retrieved July 1, 2013.