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Walter Donovan is a character from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).


Walter Donovan was a wealthy American industrialist obsessed with achieving eternal youth and immortality. For this goal, Walter joined forces with the Nazi Party by 1938 and partook in the mission to kidnap one Prof. Henry Jones, Sr., an expert on the Holy Grail. Following this, Walter used his tycoon persona to recruit the professor's son Indiana Jones to hunt down the Holy Grail for the nazis while being monitored by nazi agent Dr. Elsa Schneider.

Indiana managed to save his father but the nazis were successful in confronting the Jones boys at the Temple of the Grail in Hatay. When faced with the Guardian of the Holy Grail, Walter and Indy were both given the challenge to pick from an assortment of chalices and pick the correct grail. Walter chose a golden, bejewelled chalice however he chose poorly and as a result was aged into a withered corpse, killing him.

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The cocktail, "Donovan’s Dilemma" in SEA member Jock Lindsey's bar is named after Walter. A note from Jock mocks how Walter chose the wrong goblet, explaining the drink's name as making humour of the tycoon's death.[1]. The bar contains other assorted allusions to the Last Crusade.