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Rust Cohle
Rust Cohle 2012
Rust Cohle (2012)
Name: Rustin Spencer Cohle
Alias(es): Nicknames:
Crash (by Iron Crusaders)
The Taxman
Status: Alive
Birthplace: Texas,
United States of America
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Marital status: Divorced
Spouse(s): Ex-wife:
Claire Cohle
Significant other(s): Ex-girlfriend:
Laurie Spencer
Margaret Hart
Children: with Claire Cohle:
Sofia Cohle (d.)
Played by: Matthew McConaughey
Seasons: 1
First episode: "The Long Bright Dark"
Last episode: "Form and Void"
Appears in: 1 season, 8 episodes
Rust Cohle 1995
Rust Cohle (1995)
"In the beginning, there was only dark. You ask me, the light's winning."
Rust Cohle to Martin Hart[src]

Rustin Spencer "Rust" Cohle is a former detective. Born in Texas and raised in Alaska, he married a woman named Claire and had a girl named Sophia with her. Sophia was tragically killed in a car accident as a child, leading to Cohle's divorce and alcoholism.

Cohle was partnered with Martin Hart in 1995. The two worked various cases, mostly revolving around the Yellow King cases together until 2002, when Cohle had an affair with Martin's wife. The two had a falling out and wouldn't speak again until 2012.

The two reconnected due to Rust's continuing pursuit of the Yellow King case. The two make their way to Errol Childress, a vile and big part of the case. Rust and Martin pursued Childress and were both wounded, but Rust managed to kill him with a shot to the head.

After healing up at the hospital, the two left, with Rust informing Martin of his near-death experiences and him feeling a connection to his dead daughter. Rust received a new faith in life and managed to be optimistic about the future.


Early lifeEdit

Born in Texas, Rust and his family moved to Alaska when he was young, where he grew up. He went on to marry a woman named Claire. The two had a daughter, who was killed in a vehicular accident that led to Cohle's divorce and addiction to alcohol.

Behind the ScenesEdit

Rust Cohle was portrayed by Matthew McConaughey in Season 1 of True Detective.


Season 1
"The Long Bright Dark" "Seeing Things" "The Locked Room" "Who Goes There" "The Secret Fate of All Life"
"Haunted Houses" "After You've Gone" "Form and Void"

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