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I am a man with a past that continues to haunt me every single day. Despite the darkness in my story, Mr. Kreizler graciously took me into his household and gave me a second chance at building a life for myself. I am forever indebted to him and continue to fight the battle against the memories that plague my soul daily.
— Cyrus Montrose[1]

Cyrus Montrose is Dr. Laszlo Kreizler's valet and bodyguard.

He's a main character portrayed by Robert Wisdom.

Character OverviewEdit

"CYRUS MONTROSE is African-American and a towering man who is part of Dr. Kreizler's domestic staff and an extended member of the investigative team that Kreizler puts together. He is Kreizler's carriage driver, but often serves as a de facto bodyguard. Having formerly worked in a bordello as a piano player, he shares a love of music with the doctor and continues to enjoy playing the piano in the doctor's home. Cyrus, like all of Kreizler's domestic staff, was saved by the doctor from incarceration or a mental institution as a result of stabbing a drunken policeman who had threatened a young black woman. He has been the doctor's longest-serving employee."[2]

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New York City, 1896. At Kreizler Mansion, Cyrus took care of a foundling whom Stevie Taggert, Kreizler's coachman, had picked up on the street. The child was greatly shocked for witnessing a horribly mutilated body on the under-construction Williamsburg Bridge, and Cyrus covered him with a blanket and feed him while Dr. Kreizler inquired him about the murder.

Afterwards, Cyrus took charge of driving the barouche, accompanying Dr. Kreizler and John Moore during their visits to the Bellevue Hospital and the Police Department.

A few days after the discovery of Giorgio Santorelli's body, he tried in vain to stop Mrs. Zweig from entering Dr. Kreizler's office at the Kreizler Institute but the woman bypassed him, having a verbal confrontation with the alienist that Cyrus witnessed in obsequious silence.

A couple of days later, he was in the company of the doctor, Stevie and Mary Palmer, the housekeeper, in the parlor of Kreizler house, playing at the piano when their delightful evening was interrupted by John Moore, bringing news about the case.

Later, Cyrus was on the verge of accompanying Kreizler and Moore to dinner when the alienist found a suspicious envelope in the barouche, but Cyrus claimed he had not the slightest idea of who could have launched it in the barouche. [3]

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  1. ‘The Alienist’: Cyrus Montrose's Promotional Quote on TNT Instagram account.
  2. Official Overview for Robert Wisdom's Cyrus Montrose — TNT Pressroom
  3. Hossein Amini (writer) & Jakob Verbruggen (director); (January 22, 2018); "The Boy on the Bridge". Episode 1. The Alienist. TNT