Kenny Baker (R2-D2)

Kenny Baker - R2-D2

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Kenny Baker, a dwarf at 3 feet 8 inches, was free from trilogy stigmas that may have hindered other cast members. Baker, a former circus performer, continued entertaining as a DJ, circus clown and shadow ringmaster. In addition to occasional film roles, including an elf in a 1987 production of "Sleeping Beauty," he also developed his own musical comedy act, The Mini Tones. Baker and C3PO’s Anthony Daniels are the only two actors credited with appearances in all six "Star Wars" films. Most recently, Baker made British headlines in 2005 for his arrest for driving while intoxicated.



Harrison Ford (Han Solo)

Harrison Ford - Han Solo

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While many of the "Star Wars" characters suffered from typecasting, Harrison emerged as an international, sometimes intergalactic leading man. George Lucas first cast Ford in "American Graffiti," next in "Star Wars, " and his role as Indiana Jones solidified his iconic status. Ford went on star as the iconic Jack Ryan of Tom Clancy’s novels and tried his luck at the occasional romantic comedy. The action star has yet to win an Academy Award, but he did take home the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award in 2000. Ford is set to reprise his other Lucas character Indiana Jones for an upcoming fourth installment, but it seems his Han Solo days are over.


Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker)

Mark Hamill - Luke Skywalker

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Luke Skywalker may have saved the empire from galactic evil, but his lightsaber skills left actor Mark Hamill with a little to be desired. Unable to shed his role as Luke, Hamill fled the action screen for the Broadway stage to prove his acting chops trumped his saber skills. However, his biggest success turned out to be his vocal stylings, which gave life to Joker on Fox’s animated "The Adventures of Batman and Robin," as well as a number of other animated shows and movies.


Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia)

Carrie Fisher - Princess Leia

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After immortalizing the universe’s most fearless Princess in a gold bikini, actress Carrie Fisher had trouble with life beyond "Star Wars." Fisher fell into a whirlwind of drug abuse accompanied by a quick-to-start quick-to-end marriage with Paul Simon. Her first attempts to break free from her typecast were of little note, but Fisher had a memorable turn as Meg Ryan’s friend in "When Harry Met Sally." However, she found her calling not onscreen but on paper: writing. Four successful novels and a spot atop The New York Time’s best-seller list launched her into a career of comedy-script writing, contributing to movies such "The Wedding Singer" and "Sister Act."


Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi)

Alec Guinness - Obi-Wan Kenobi

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For an Oscar-winning actor, "Star Wars" proved to be much more of a burden than a blessing. Alec Guinness was already a distinguished actor with accaimed roles on his resume, but would be forever known as "Obi-Wan." He considered the trilogies’ fans to be maniacal to an extent and did his best to ignore his presence in the film. However, Guinness was one of the few cast members to recognize the commercial appeal of the film from the beginning and negotiate a percentage of the gross, which allowed him financial security to recede into the stage acting scene and write an autobiography. Guinness died in 2000 at age 86 from liver cancer.


Anthony Daniels (C3P0)

Anthony Daniels C3P0

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Since he cast off the golden armor, English actor Anthony Daniels has not entirely relinquished his "Star Wars" past. Daniels is a contributor to sci-fi ‘zines, such as his regular column in "The Star Wars Insider," titled "New Improved Wonder Column." He has also taken an interest in Sci-Fi gaming, publishing a comic book for Dark House, "The Protocol Offensive," which is reminiscent of his former robot persona. Daniels donned the droid suit for the prequel trilogy, although he only did the voice work for "Episode I — The Phantom Menace."


David Prowse (body of Vader)

David Prowse - body of Vader

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David Prowse embodied the most memorable character in the "Star Wars" trilogy, although he received little credit for it. A former body-building champion, Prowse was reportedly never told that his voice would be dubbed over and has held a grudge ever since. Unfortunately, his health began to falter in 1990, when his dormant arthritis problems intensified and ultimately paralyzed both his arms. He now participates in various British arthritis organizations and serves as vice president of the Physically Handicapped and Able-bodied Association. Despite Prowse’s lobbying efforts, he did not reprise his role for the fully armored Darth Vader in "Episode III."


Frank Oz (voice of Yoda)

Frank Oz (voice of Yoda)

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Frank Oz: the hands, the voice, and the brains behind some of America’s most beloved fuzzy friends and actors alike. As the voice responsible for the characters of Miss Piggy, Fozzie the Bear, Cookie Monster, Grover, he earned himself a reputation loud enough to play the voice of the most-respected creature of them all: Yoda. His successful muppet empire is still going strong, while he has also gathered directing credits for a slew of films, including 2006’s version of "The Stepford Wives." Oz didn’t let Lucas down when the director made the first three episodes; Oz lent his voice to the ancient Sage for his acrobatic lightsaber battle against Count Dooku.


Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin)

Peter Cushing - Grand Moff Tarkin


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After Grand Moff Tarkin met his end on the detonated Death Star in the original "Star Wars," actor Peter Cushing’s life took a turn for the quieter. He appeared sporadically in films and TV shows, completed two autobiographies and relegated himself to spectator status for his favorite hobby, bird watching. However, his retirement years did not abandon him as a lost figure in the acting world: in 1989, he was made an officer of the British Empire, receiving recognition for his contributions to acting, both in England and worldwide. Cushing died in 1994 at the age of 81 of prostate cancer.


Ja
mes Earle Jones (voice of Darth Vader)

James Earle Jones - voice of Darth Vader

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To portray the menacing Darth Vader, George Lucas opted for a classically trained voice: James Earle Jones. Although "Luke, I am your father" will forever live in the minds of "Star Wars" fans everywhere with Jones’ imparted poignance, he has become the most disctintive and sought- after voice in the media. In addition to Jones’ Oscar-nominated role in "The Great White Hope," Jones, like Harrison Ford, found a calling in films based on Tom Clancy books. His infamous voice can also be heard as the voice of CNN, Verizon and Mufasa in Disney’s "The Lion King." Distinguished by both his voice and acclaimed acting skills, Jones has also received one Grammy, two Emmy Awards and two Tony Awards.


Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca)

Peter Mayhew  - Chewbacca

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Interestingly enough for a character who’s more than 7 feet tall and covered in yak hair, Peter Mayhew embraced his character Chewbacca instead of shedding the fuzz as soon as the scene was cut. He continued to portray the hairy but friendly beast well after the movies were completed, including a cameo at the 1997 MTV Movie Awards. Mayhew was tapped to fill the Wookie suit once again for "Episode III;" his studied movement of the character made a stand in or stuntman merely a sub-par Wookie. English by birth, Mayhew now lives in Texas, visiting science fiction expositions across the company, and in 2005, he took the oath to become a naturalized citizen.


Billy Dee Williams (Lando)

Billy Dee Williams - Lando

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Billy Dee Williams rose to screen success in the 1970s, and by far his most recognizable role was as part of the Rebel Alliance, playing Lando Calrissian. He played Batman’s unforgettable villain, Harvey Dent in the 1989 film but was unfortunately replaced by Tommy Lee Jones when the moment arrived for Dent’s alter ego, "Two-Face," to take the screen in "Batman Forever." His screen status has markedly plunged since his 1970s fame, but he pops up occasionally, making cameo appearances on the sitcoms "Scrubs" and "That 70’s Show."

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Horaayy..there are 42 comment(s) for me so far ;)

# 1 - Anissa Mayhew - 25/06/2008 - 10:08 am

Can I tell you the deeply intense joy my children get when they see the name Peter Mayhew in the credits and on the posters for Star Wars? As that is their father’s name, they are convinced that he used to be a 7 foot Wookie! We are living the delusion.


# 2 - jonny bohaggins - 25/06/2008 - 10:25 am

Nice =)


# 3 - Jens - 25/06/2008 - 10:55 am

Wow, interesting to see them all again, thanks for showing us.
I guess you have to change your “Hooraayy” now (if it doesn’t change automatically)


# 4 - WilliamCadbury - 25/06/2008 - 10:57 am

well done mate!


# 5 - david lamp - 25/06/2008 - 1:34 pm

impressive. kudos to you. werent there a few more actors to throw in there? like an ewok?


# 6 - star wars - 25/06/2008 - 1:54 pm

Luke looks like he turned to the dark side


# 7 - Ron - 27/06/2008 - 12:48 pm

Great update but you forgot George Lucas!


# 8 - Janelle - 07/07/2008 - 5:37 am

What the hell happened to golden boy Mark Hamill?


# 9 - Bolt Ablebody - 13/07/2008 - 7:39 am

“Ford is set to reprise his other Lucas character Indiana Jones for an upcoming fourth installment”

Wow! Exciting news. I bet that is going to be a good one.


# 10 - Raunak - 18/07/2008 - 9:49 am

Excellent collection


# 11 - Jimguru - 20/07/2008 - 10:16 am

Surely they have all been ‘shopped!


# 12 - Sylana - 20/07/2008 - 10:57 am

Janelle- Mark Hamill was in an car accident between episodes 5&6. His face was severely damaged, and they used plastic surgery to put it back together. It wasnt as noticeable in the movie, due the heavy makeup used during filming, but the aging process was not kind to his reconstructed face. If you look closely at those two movies, you can see the differences.

Oh- Carrie Fischer was also in the Blues Brothers as the psychotic ex-girlfriend, and Mark did the voice of the main character for the final installment of the Wing Commander game.


# 13 - Richard Mongler - 20/07/2008 - 11:18 am

I wore a wookie costume, my mom got scared And said, “You’re movin’ with your auntie and uncle in Bel-Air.”I whistled for a cab and when it came near The license plate said fresh and it had dice in the mirror If anything I could say that this cab was rare But I thought, “Nah, forget it. Yo home to Bel-Air!” I pulled up to the house about 7 or 8and I yelled to the cabby yo holmes smell ya later Looked at my kingdom I was finally there To sit on my throne as the prince of Bel-Air.


# 14 - Ralph - 20/07/2008 - 12:42 pm

Exceellent I like the reveiw


# 15 - noonan - 20/07/2008 - 11:44 pm

poop


# 16 - rowdy - 22/07/2008 - 12:57 pm

why isn’t lando in costume? dumbass.


# 17 - yessnan - 22/07/2008 - 10:11 pm

pee


# 18 - Jimmy - 23/07/2008 - 8:25 am

I’ll get shunned for pointing this out, but Vader never said “Luke, I am your father,” he said, “No, I am your father.”

Let the shunning begin!


# 19 - Wasted Space - 24/07/2008 - 3:07 pm

“I wore a wookie costume, my mom got scared And said, “You’re movin’ with your auntie and uncle in Bel-Air.”I whistled for a cab and when it came near The license plate said fresh and it had dice in the mirror If anything I could say that this cab was rare But I thought, “Nah, forget it. Yo home to Bel-Air!” I pulled up to the house about 7 or 8and I yelled to the cabby yo holmes smell ya later Looked at my kingdom I was finally there To sit on my throne as the prince of Bel-Air.” !!!Cmon What the Hell Is This Crap!!!!!!!


# 20 - Dave - 25/07/2008 - 5:36 am

I see kenny Baker at the local gas station most weeks – he has a huge mercedes.


# 21 - conbrio - 01/08/2008 - 4:21 am

Blast the bloody ewoks. Lucas ruined the end of the trilogy with those teddy bears. A better end would have been for all the main characters to be shown collecting awards for their noble efforts.


# 22 - lauren - 29/01/2009 - 4:45 pm

Why don’t you have any pictures of the characters on episodes 1,2,and 3!!tell me why!!!I think Hayden Christensen (a.k.a Anakin Skywalker) is so cute!!!!!!!!! And btw what happen to Mark Hamill?? He was so cute!?


# 23 - Lys - 04/04/2009 - 8:51 pm

@ Wasted Space:

If I recall, it is called “the 90s”.


# 24 - pootai - 14/08/2009 - 1:15 pm

Wow exectly the same gene ? It’s very same !!


# 25 - thiyah5 - 02/09/2009 - 3:54 pm

wow. good job. but i am such a stalker i already knew all this and more ;)


# 26 - ria - 10/09/2009 - 5:14 pm

I love Mark Hamill! But I agree, that accident he suffered many years ago has taken a toll on his face as he ages. He looks absolutely nothing like the hottie he was in New Hope and Return of the Jedi. But I’m glad to see that he has reinvented himself in voice over work instead of giving up on Hollywood completely. In the end, everything happens for the best.


# 27 - fabri - 10/10/2009 - 10:02 pm

que buenas peliculas las vi las 6


# 28 - kathryn - 27/01/2010 - 2:55 am

First of all you complete idiots,I have seen lots of pictures of Mark recently, and ‘they’ did just happen to pick one of the most unflattering. Anyone, even young people can take a bad photograph. I’ve seen Angelina take one. He is still hotter than hot, because he is a real man(having been with the same wife for 30+ years) and you can tell he is still in love with her(he’s always holding her hand or has his arm around her) How many of you out there have accomplished that? And to all you other morons who said something critical, ‘we’ all can’t wait until you get old. Thanks to all the positive people still left out there.


# 29 - kathryn - 27/01/2010 - 3:00 am

I meant to say thanks though to all the people who said nice things.


# 30 - Josh - 29/05/2010 - 1:01 am

This makes me cry looking at what they did to change my life with Star Wars and what happened to me now.


# 31 - David - 03/07/2010 - 8:55 pm

actually I agree with jimmy. He did say “no, I am your father.”


# 32 - madej313 - 01/09/2010 - 10:20 am

I LOVE STAR WARS!! MAY BE FORE BE WITH YOU MY FRIENDS! HAHAHA


# 33 - droidbuilder1 - 31/10/2010 - 8:06 am

Many thanks for this, I watch IV, V ans VI regularly as I merrily build my droids. I always find something different even on the 200th showing. It is probably time for this sexegenarian to purchase those newfangled things called DVD`s !!!


# 34 - devin - 23/12/2010 - 9:39 pm

these are all great actors i heard about what happend to mark you will be missed


# 35 - celci - 22/04/2011 - 3:26 pm

Darth Vader is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!


# 36 - Amy - 04/06/2011 - 12:58 am

I agree with Kathryn. And I hope some great something happens for all of the cast member’s careers. It’s never too late. The one thing I have learned being disbled is, NEVER SAY NEVER & NEVER GIVE UP!!!
EVER!!


# 37 - olivia - 01/01/2012 - 2:33 pm

i am a total luke fan my friend ryan is astar wars fan 2 i love haqn solo


# 38 - Brandy - 02/01/2012 - 12:09 am

If you are interested in seeing another side of Mark Hamill, look up the episode of the Muppet Show that he guest stared in. It’s Hi-larious!!! Very worth watching..: )


# 39 - Brookreum - 13/03/2012 - 7:41 pm

u guys look HORRID NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


# 40 - Ad111 - 16/03/2012 - 4:13 am

 He had already had the accident before Return of the Jedi


# 41 - coolcat - 24/03/2012 - 9:44 pm

wtf how is luke the hottest in starwars but the uglyest in realty


# 42 - Ahhhhhhhhhh - 17/09/2012 - 2:37 pm

Night of the living dead.


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