July 3, 1957
December 24, 1988 (Age 31)
Richard G. Ammson (fake I.D.)
|Behind the scenes|
Fell down a flight of stairs and neck broken by John McClane
- "The fire has been called off, my friend. No one is coming to help you. You might as well come out and join the others. I promise I won't hurt you."
- ―Tony looking for John McClane [src]
Tony Vreski was one of the German terrorists employed by Hans Gruber to disable the phone lines at Nakatomi Plaza. The first terrorist that tried to kill John McClane, he was Karl's younger brother, named after the main antagonist, Anton "Little Tony the Red" of Roderick Thorp's novel Nothing Lasts Forever, which was later made into Die Hard, meaning that Tony's full name is likely Anton. He is presumably the youngest member of the group. He is also the quaternary antagonist in Die Hard.
Tony arrived at the Nakatomi building in the Pacific Courier truck and went down to the phone junction box, which was located in the basement. He was manually disabling the phone lines until his brother Karl came and started up a chainsaw to cut the phone lines, despite Tony's protests that he was not done yet. He barely manages to patch up the last phone line before they are cut by Karl. Tony glared at his brother as Karl merely walked away.
Tony and Karl joined their comrades in the 30th floor when they took control of it. He guards Nakatomi's head executive Joe Takagi on the 34th floor as Hans asked for the code to the vault that contains $640 million in negoiatable bearer bonds. After Hans killed Takagi for refusing to give him a code, he orders Tony to dispose of the body. Then they heard the strange noise outside and he and Karl investigate, but couldn't find anyone.
Later, when a fire alarm sounds off on the unfinished 32nd floor, Hans sends Tony to check it out. Tony looks around the floor and tries to get the intruder to come out and join the others. Although Tony said he wouldn't kill him, he shot around the room with his MP5 to see where he was. However, he did not find him and John McClane used a power saw to distract him, after which he pulled his Beretta 92 and held it to Tony's neck. Tony asserted that McClane won't hurt him because he is a cop and he has rules to follow. However, John and him get into a fight and John pushes him into the stairwell where they fall down the stairs. McClane breaks his neck by pushing his head into the metal steps as they tumbled down, using Tony's body to cushion the fall. Later, John puts a santa hat from a mannequin onto his corpse, which he sets on a chair and uses a red permenant marker to write the words: "Now I have a machine gun. Ho Ho Ho". He is then discovered by his comrade Fritz, who alerts Hans about his death. This enrages Karl, who had been called by Hans to be informed, and he vows to kill John to avenge his brother and telling his teammates that no one kills him but himself.
- Tony was the first of Hans's group to die.
- He was also the first person to be killed by John McClane in the Die Hard Series.
- His death drove his brother to go after John for the rest of the film.
- "Nein, nein, nein!"
- "The fire has been called off, my friend."
- "No one is coming to help you."
- "You might as well come out and join the others."
- "I promise I won't hurt you."
- "You won't hurt me."
- "Because you're a policeman. There are rules for policemen."
- "Links. Rechts. Und wieder links." ("Left. Right. And left again")