Brian Dixon's Millennium Character Profile
The leader of the Trust, an organization composed of former law enforcement and secret service personnel designed to offer services in private corporate security. Once a former operative for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Brian "Dix" Dixon built a strong personal base of mutual trust with Frank Black and came to, on some level, idolize him.
Along with Trust members Duncan and Vitaris, Dixon sought to include Frank Black within their ranks. Dixon briefly assisted Frank in a hands-on investigation of the automobile responsible for Trust representative Richard Gilbert's mysterious death.
Profile courtesy of Millennium FAQ.
Millennium Cast, Character or Crew Credit:
Brian Dixon was a character in the television series Millennium.
Ten Thirteen / Background Information:
The character name of Brian Dixon was written in tribute and as a respectful nod to real-life web-master Brian A. Dixon, owner and creator of the much respected Millennial Abyss website:
I'm very proud to clarify that there's no coincidence involved here. Glen Morgan and James Wong named a minor character in the series after yours truly. You'll have to allow me to slide my ego and brevity to one side as I relay the full story of a fanboy's dream come true...
First of all, let's get one thing out of the way. My name is Brian A. Dixon. It's no internet moniker, it's the name printed across my birth certificate.
In the midst of the second season, while continuing my work on the Millennial Abyss website and the Millennial Comet newsletter, I was contacted by writer/director/executive producer Glen Morgan. The pair of Morgan and Wong really are as gracious as they are talented, and they often reach out to connect with their fan bases.
Morgan and I corresponded a handful of times, and he went so far as to pass along inside information on the upcoming episodes and send a couple of small gifts from the set to express his gratitude for my work with the fan base. Naturally, I was thrilled beyond belief.
The real thrill came the night I sat down to watch "The Fourth Horseman," however. At the episode's outset, as Frank Black converses with Richard Gilbert of the Trust (the redheaded Glen Morshower you referred to earlier), my name is uttered in passing. I froze. I was certain I was hearing things... That is, until Frank Black leans forward and asks in modest shock, "You want me to come and work for Brian Dixon?" I almost fell out of my chair. In fact, I bolted upright, standing in front of my television, as my jaw hit the floor. Glen Morgan had done nothing to prepare me for this surprise and my mind was blown. Gilbert's response couldn't have been more appropriate. "No," Gilbert laughs. "Even ol' Dix wouldn't want that. You're his idol." (Episode Transcript.)
Gilbert's original line, in fact, makes reference to three prominent Morgan and Wong fan supporters. "The rest of us you know from the old Bureau days," Gilbert notes. "Duncan, Vitaris, Brian Dixon." Kate Duncan is perhaps the most prominent Space: Above and Beyond fan on the internet. Likewise, Paula Vitaris is a writer for such magazines as Cinefantastique who regularly writes articles on the work of Morgan and Wong.
Having my name uttered by Lance Henriksen on screen, truly, was a mind blowing dream come true. The fun didn't stop there, however. Soon I had fans of the series e-mailing me, telling me to pick up the most recent issue of TV Guide. The issue for the week of May 10th, 1998 (which features a photograph of Seinfeld's Kramer on the cover, I believe) contains information regarding the episode's second half, "The Time is Now," and lists Brian Dixon among the guest characters for that episode.
Trust leader Brian Dixon does, in fact, make a brief on screen appearance on the series. Portrayed by actor Daryl Shuttleworth, Dixon is the tall, dark man that approaches Frank Black as he investigates Richard Gilbert's destroyed car and offers the line, "Death is never convenient, Frank." It was implied that Frank Black and Brian Dixon had worked together often during their days in the FBI and that the two had built a very strong mutual respect for one another. I couldn't be more pleased with Morgan and Wong's application of my name.
Naturally, I spent the next month conveying my thanks to Glen Morgan and James Wong while showing the videotape of the episodes to everyone I knew.
There you have it. There's the story of my fifteen minutes in the Millennium spotlight, the exciting tale of how I came to be immortalized in television's darkest and dustiest back corners, those reserved for cult TV. The Trust's leader, Brian Dixon, was indeed named after me... And I'm damned proud of it.
By Brian A. Dixon
Posted at This is who we are Millennium Message Board
Jan 23rd 2003
Brian Dixon appeared in the following 1 episode/s of Millennium:
MLM#-223 The Time Is Now played by Daryl Shuttleworth