Archer's Father
Sterlings real father
First appearance "Once Bitten"
Voiced by Unknown
Status Unknown
Age Unknown
Height 6'2" (estimated)
Weight Unknown
Eyes Unknown
Hair Unknown
Aliases John Fitzgerald Archer
Nikolai Jakov
Len Trexler
Buddy Rich
Languages English (native)
Nationality American
Occupation Unknown
Skills Unknown
Personal Life
Family Sterling Archer (biological son)
Abbiejean Kane-Archer (Granddaughter)
Relationships Malory Archer (sexual partner)
"Hello, Sterling. Your mother doesn't know I'm here."
—Archer's father[src]

A continuing mystery on the show is the identity of Sterling Archer's real father. Whoever provides the voice of Archer's real father is unknown.


Season 1Edit

"Dial M for Mother"Edit

Whenever Nikolai Jakov refers to Archer as "son," Archer is shocked, as he had been told his entire life that his father was John Fitzgerald Archer, a fighter pilot who was killed.

Season 4Edit

"Once Bitten"Edit

"Thank you, sir, but, who are you?"
"Sterling... I'm your real father."
Sterling Archer and his father[src]
The identity of Sterling's father was almost revealed when a dying Archer, who was bitten by a venomous snake, had flashbacks of his past, and remembered a man who came and gave him a stuffed alligator on his birthday. The man then reveals that he is Sterling Archer’s real father by saying “Sterling... I’m your real father”. Archer has woke up once he was administered the anti-venom, but forgot who his father was or how he looked like.


"I hope you like alligators."
"I do!"
—Archer's father and Archer[src]

Not much is known about Archer's father as he hasn't yet been fully introduced. From what has been shown, is that he appears to have cared for his son as he was considerate enough to visit him and give him a stuffed animal as a birthday present. Archer's father may have some unexplained reason for not being in his son's life to raise him.


  • Unnamed Secret Agent: Malory Archer murdered Savio Mascalzoni, citing that he had gunned down a "beautiful young man with blue eyes, full lips, and thick black hair" who opposed Savio's fascist regime. There's a possibility this is the same man Archer saw in his hallucination.[1]
  • Nikolai Jakov: The deceased former head of the KGB and an ex-lover of Malory. Despite being enemies in the public eye, Nikolai and Malory had a secret relationship, which ended when she disappeared for nine months, hinting this was the time Malory became pregnant. Nikolai was not made aware of this fact until many years later,[2] when she accidentally let the information slip. This drove Jakov to abduct Sterling after he came to Russia to investigate his father's identity and have him take a paternity test, threatening to kill Archer should the result be negative. However, Boris sabotaged the DNA sample, and once again left the identity in question.[3] Jakov was killed by Barry Dylan, leaving his candidacy in deeper limbo.[4]
  • Len Trexler: Head of ODIN and another ex-lover of Malory. Trexler was more or less simply a name drop, but he has had sexual history with Malory. Trexler hasn't been seen since Season 2,[5] and further irrelevance to the story points towards also not being the father, despite no confirmation.

Debunked CandidatesEdit

  • Buddy Rich: American jazz drummer. Only mentioned once as being a possibility. However, despite him being one of Malory's main lovers whom she suspected as Sterling's father, she believes he's least likely to be his father.[6]


  • Notably, Archer's father's voice has no trace of an accent, and does not bear any resemblance to the voices of Nikolai Jakov or Len Trexler.
  • It is unknown if the vision in Once Bitten was a hallucination or a real memory, since in it Archer claims to love alligators, while in reality they are his greatest fear (Forgot to mention that Archer said he did used to like alligators as a child). Upon growing up and learning that they've lived through the KT extinction, could've changed his mind about liking alligators. Instead, he is now scared of them.


Appearances for Archer's Father