|“||We're all human. As far as I know.||”|
— Artie, "Implosion"
Early LifeEdit Artie was a cryptographer for the National Security Agency when he was in his 20's. He decoded Soviet communications, and intercepted letters and phone transcripts for them. The NSA felt that he turned because he contacted one of the people they were spying on and started selling secrets to the Soviets. However, Artie wasn't really selling government secrets to the Soviets, he was actually selling artifacts to them thinking they were just rare antiques. One day, Artie's Soviet contact accidently let it slip that these antiques Artie was trading them had mysterious powers. Artie sooned realized that many of these items the Soviets wanted were dangerous and could cause much pain and death. Artie was so overwhelmed with guilt for what he did, he turned him self into the NSA. He was going to be prosecuted for treason, but Mrs. Frederic approached him that day and offered him a chance to make amends for his mistakes. Artie claimed he changed his name, so the Soviet government wouldn't be able to find him easily, not because he was trying to hide from the United States government. As Artie Nielsen, he then joined the Secret Service, and later was drafted into service at The Warehouse.
Warehouse 13 CareerEdit
Artie has dedicated the last 35 years of his life to work at The Warehouse. Mrs. Frederic believes that Artie is the best agent the Warehouse has ever had. In his time at the Warehouse he has had a higher artifact retrieval rate than any other agent.
Early in his Warehouse career, Artie was partnered with James MacPherson. At some point during that partnership, he formed a relationship with Carol, with whom James also had a relationship. James disappeared during their partnership and to this day, Carol blames Artie for the disappearance, claiming he was responsible for it. Artie insists she simply chose poorly by choosing James instead of him.
As the senior agent or veteran at Warehouse 13, it's part of his job to train new agents and run things at the Warehouse; he is considered to be the "boss" at The Warehouse
In Artie's file, it says he has an unconventional training method.Joshua Donovan, to help him while he attempted teleportation research using Rheticus' Compass. It was Artie's mission to retrieve the compass. Unfortunately, Artie watched helplessly with Joshua's younger sister, Claudia Donovan, as Joshua disappeared, apparently being killed in an experiment with the compass. Only later was it discovered that Joshua had trapped himself in an inter-dimensional space. This incident caused Artie much grief because he had pushed Joshua to continue the experiment and promised Claudia that he would do whatever he could to help keep him safe.
During his career, his old partner, James MacPherson blew up the Umbilicus with Artie still inside, thus killing him. Thankfully though, due to the Phoenix, he was reborn from his ashes, ashes which Pete had the misfortune of choking on. Later on, after MacPherson was killed by Helena Wells, Artie's mind had conjured up MacPherson as a result of Artie not being completely "finished" with their parting. He had gone to James former room (now sealed in the Warehouse) and had found a testament written by James and a pocket watch that he and James had argued about in the past.
Later in his career, he had multiple assignments with Claudia, as she was an apprentice under him. Both Artie and Claudia had dealings involving Philo Farnsworth's Three Dimensional Projector, Man Ray's Camera, Max Wertheimer's Zoetrope, and Mata Hari's Stockings.
|“||The thing about Artie is that he's lost a lot of people in his life. Including agents. So now he just shuts everybody out. It's a defense mechanism.||”|
Artie tends towards secrecy. He withholds information about himself and tends to give just enough information to agents for the mission at hand, without answering many of their questions. He obsesses about minutiae to the point of neurosis, and has been known in the past to leap to conclusions based on precious little evidence beyond "gut" instinct. Artie prefers old-fashioned items and ways of doing things because they are familiar and comfortable, not necessarily because he likes them better. Artie frequently tries to protect the people with whom he's forged relationships, either by making them promises to do so (whether or not he can keep them) or by swearing to potential attackers that he won't allow harm to come to those about whom he cares.
Artie is apparently also adverse to normal technology, he reluctantly allowed a "hack from Global Dynamics" to come to Warehouse 13 and upgrade the ancient computer systems at the request of Claudia. Claudia described to Douglas Fargo that Artie would have "vetoed fire if he'd been born a few years earlier".
It was later shown in the series that Artie had a crush on Dr. Vanessa Calder, as noticed by Pete when he was "recovering" from the Telegraph artifact in his previous mission.
He likes to think of the Warehouse as "America's attic", and describes his job as being the "gatherer and protector of secrets". He also says that what you have to do when you're on a mission is to "snag it, bag it, and tag it".
Queen For A Day Artie's law of artifacts states that the worst thing that can happen with an artifact will happen with an artifact.'
In The Living and the Dead Claudia and Steve ventured into Artie's mind, and discovered that his mind manifests itself as an extension of the Warehouse, and that he has established a number of defenses to prevent entry into the deepest parts of his mind. These defenses take the form of Dr. Vanessa Calder, Irene Frederic and James MacPherson respectively.
Artie has also stated that he also knows how to contact David Bowie, how is unknown.
He is a car buff. Artie owns a 1957 Jaguar XJ150 Cabriolet, and a 1969 Chevrolet El Camino.
He is frequently seen snacking on milk and cookies.
Saul Rubinek also played a scientist in the show Eureka, Carl Carlson, both of whom love their job and have said something along the lines of their work is their life and without it they are nothing.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Hulu.com"Whose Warehouse Is it Anyway." Video clip. (2009)
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- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Breakdown
- ↑ This is evidenced in "Implosion" during his conversation in the bar with Carol and again in the bar when he shows Mrs. Frederic the evidence of James MacPherson's presence in the case. She says "Artie, we've both seen you like this before."
- ↑ Claudia
- ↑ Regrets