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Well, yes and no. The real struggle is always art versus commerce.
— Myles to Fred Andrews[src]

Myles McCoy is a guest starring character on The CW's Riverdale. He is portrayed by Reese Alexander

He is the father of Josie McCoy and the ex-husband of Sierra McCoy. Myles is an overbearing if distant father, much to Josie's dismay.

Early Life

It is currently unknown whether or not Myles grew up in Riverdale, but he at least spent a great deal of time there, having married and had a child with Sierra McCoy, a daughter who they named Josephine, after the French singer, Josephine Baker.

For a long time, Myles struggled with a drug addiction.

Throughout Riverdale

Season 1

Variety Show

Initially out of town, Myles returned to see Josie and the Pussycats perform at the 75th annual Variety Show.

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Myles and Sierra at the Variety show

In the days leading up to the event, he joined Josie, and his wife, Sierra for dinner with Fred Andrews, his son Archie Andrews, and the host of that evening's dinner, Hermione Lodge. With him being a professional jazz player, Fred asked if he was living his dream, to which Myles replied, yes and no, the real struggle is always art vs commerce. He was disappointed to learn that Valerie Brown quit the Pussycats, she was the real deal, giving the group some much needed integrity. It's more than just about having fun, which is what he explained to Fred, then addressing Josie by her first name, that being Josephine, she was named after Josephine Baker, and to no surprise of his own, Archie had no idea who that was. After dinner, they sat in on Fred's proposal for the vacant land, a proposal that led Myles to believe Fred was just another "dollar chasing gentrifier".

The night of the Variety Show had arrived, he and Sierra sat in the audience as the Pussycats performed their song, Myles was undoubtedly unimpressed, so much so that he left the event before the Pussycats even finished their performance.[1]

Season 3

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Myles and Josie on the floor of Pop's

Myles grabs dinner with Josie at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe. Myles was more than willing as his next tour will be a long one. This is precisely why Josie wanted to meet up. She explains how recently she’s been the headlining act downstairs at La Bonne Nuit, but Riverdale is a small town, and she wants to go on tour with him to broaden her musical horizons. Myles explains that it’s a hard life being on the road. Josie begs, asking that he at least come see her perform. Before he can answer, Gladys, Jughead, and FP barge into Pop’s disguised with their identity shielded behind Serpent masks, with guns pointed. They empty the register and head for the door. As they do, Pop Tate comes from behind the counter with a shotgun and opens fire, hitting FP. As he prepares to shoot again, Jughead rips off his mask and tells Pop Tate to stop shooting as it’s not what he thinks. Jughead attempts to tend to his father, who lays on the floor bleeding, but is pulled away by his mother, as it is now up to the two of them to continue the game. Myles and Josie watch from the floor as this unfolds. Josie lends to this incident as yet another reason why she needs to get out of town.

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Myles applauds Josie

At La Bonne Nuit, Josie performs. As her performance concludes, the crowd erupts in applause. The loudest applause of them all coming from Myles, her father, who little did Josie know, was there for her entire performance.

Myles complements Josie on her performance. Josie says that she thought he bailed on her again. Myles explains that was his intention. When you’re on the road, gig after gig, you have to get on stage and give it your all no matter what. Josie has to want to play music more than anything else. With that, Myles agrees to allow Josie to tour with him.[2]

Physical Appearance

Myles is a tall, middle-aged man with a lean, but athletic build. He has a dark brown skin, a shaved head, dark brown eyes with a greying, trimmed beard. He's also a well dressed man, who happens to be quite fond of fedoras.

Personality

Myles is a stubborn and intolerant man. He speaks what's on his mind without the fear of consequences. This is made known when he tells Fred Andrews that he is just another dollar chasing gentrifier. Despite being a man of music, even naming his daughter after the late singer and entertainer, Josephine Baker, Myles has no love for Josie and the Pussycats, or their style of music, which he refers to as Pop music. However, he is admittedly quite impressed with Valerie Brown, and the talent she brought to the group. Beyond, that he sees Josie pursuit as a pointless waste of time, demonstrated when he walked out of her performance during the Variety Show.

Relationships


Josie McCoy

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The father-daughter relationship between Myles and Josie McCoy is rather complicated. The two of them are not very close due to the fact that Myles is often on the road. He is quite hard on Josie and puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on her regarding her music choices and career. Because of this, Josie tries even harder to please him, but it appears that Myles continues to be un-impressed by her efforts, proven when he left the 75th annual Variety Show during her performance with her band Josie and the Pussycats, which while on the subject, he views as child's play and Pop music. With the exception of Valerie Brown, who he believes is the real deal, as she provided the group with some much needed integrity.


Sierra McCoy

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At Some point, Sierra and Myles met, presumably in Riverdale, later getting married and having a daughter together, Josie. Due to Myles's career as a professional jazz player, he is often not present, causing the relationship between him and Sierra is be quite distant and strained. It also appears that they often have disagreements with each other, as Myles is quite strict on their daughter Josie when it comes to her band, Josie and the Pussycats, looking at it as nothing more than child's play, where as Sierra is more calm with Josie, and proud of what she's accomplished, pushing Josie to achieve her goals. Myle's absenses caused Sierra to lose interest in Myles.


Appearances

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Gallery

References

  1. Williams, Tessa Leigh & Zwart, Nicholas (writers) & Adelson, Steve A. (director) (March 2, 2017). "Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 6. The CW.
  2. Schoenberg, Janine Salinas & Ewing, Will (writers) & La Roche, Alexandra (director) (April 24, 2019). "Chapter Fifty-Four: Fear The Reaper". Riverdale. Season 3. Episode 19. The CW.
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