|Portrayed by||Gregory Itzin|
|First appearance||Red Tide|
|Last appearance|| Jolly Red Elf |
Red Dawn (flashback)
|Profession|| CBI Director & Special Agent in Charge (2001-2009)
|Family|| Unnamed ex-wife |
Unnamed sister (lives in Hawaii)
Virgil Minelli was CBI Special Agent in Charge and as such Lisbon's superior throughout the seasons 1 and 2 until he retired in the season 2 episode His Red Right Hand. He was also the Director of the CBI, revealed in the flashback episode Red Dawn. He was the chief from about 2001 to 2009. He succeeded as a director by Gale Bertram and as a chief of Sacramento's office by Madeleine Hightower.
Lisbon reports to him, and he reports to the Attorney General. He behaves in quite a paternal way towards Lisbon at times. He has mentioned an ex-wife, and a sister who lives in Hawaii.
In the fifth season episode Red Dawn, a flashback to Patrick's first encounter with the CBI in 2004, Minelli is already in charge of Lisbon and her team. To appease Patrick - who had been hit by one of Lisbon's colleagues, Hannigan - and avoid a law suit he agrees to let Patrick look into the Red John case files and urges Lisbon to please Patrick. After Patrick solved the first case for the CBI, Minelli hires Jane as an independent consultant. Later on he receives a call from FBI agent Alexa Shultz who informs him that Patrick was hospitalized in an insane asylum during the previous year. Minelli finally agrees to inform the FBI on Red John's case.
In the third season episode Jolly Red Elf, Patrick asks Minelli, who has developed somewhat of a drinking problem, for help in finding out what J.J. LaRoche knows about the death of Todd Johnson. Using various favors and back channels, Minelli gets LaRoche's short list of suspects for him. Partly as a way to say thanks, Patrick sets him up for a date with a woman from AA.
Behind the ScenesEdit
- In Russet Potatoes, it is mentioned that Patrick Jane hypnotised Minelli into quitting smoking.
- According to a character list from the Pilot script, Minelli was originally named "RJ Patel".