Nigel is the tertiary antagonist of the 1989 live-action film Cheetah. He was portrayed by the late Anthony Baird.

History

After a failed attempt to buy Duma from the Johnson family, Patel explains to Nigel about his plan to make a fortune out of Duma by making her race against greyhounds. He plans to make the race just long enough that the cheetah will run out of steam. Unlike all the other gamblers, he will bet on the dogs and make a fortune.

The next day, Patel and Nigel hire Abdullah to kidnap Duma and explain their plan to him. The night before Ted and Susan are to leave Africa, the trio arrive at the household and Patel breaks into the house ans steals Ted's whistle. They successfully manage to lure Duma into their trap and capture her.

After a tearful goodbye with Morogo, the family stops at Patel’s store to get gasoline. Patel sees the tears in Susan’s eyes and asks if she is crying over losing her pet. Ted realizes Patel could not know about Duma’s disappearance and then notices that Abdullah is wearing shoes made from old tires, just like the tracks they found around Duma’s mother’s corpse. Ted tries to convince his parents that Patel kidnapped Duma, but they insist the animal is out “exploring.”

Across the Great Rift, the children find Abdullah’s camp protected by a high fence and trip wires. They wait for nightfall before sneaking in. Along with a stack of fliers advertising Duma’s race against the greyhounds, they find cheetah skins drying on the walls. Hearing Duma’s whimpers, they enter a barn and find her locked in a cage. Susan and Ted go into a cabin looking for something to break the lock and are jumped by Abdullah. Nigel and Patel arrive and the three men argue over what to do with them. Abdullah wants to kill them, but Nigel suggests they lock them in the cage until after the race. When the men drive away with Duma, Morogo comes out of hiding. Susan, who was watching the trio, gives him the combination to unlock the cage.

Patel crows to Nigel that he has bet a fortune that Duma will lose. Duma takes an early lead in the race, but as the race progresses the greyhounds catch up, then pass the cat. Ted grabs a policeman’s whistle and blows. Hearing the whistle, Duma gets a second wind and wins by five lengths, causing Patel and Nigel to lose the bet as the other gamblers surround them, demanding compensation for their bets. It is implied that they were arrested afterwards after Ted reported them to the authorities.

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