Denis Lawson

Lawson played X-wing pilot Wedge Antilles in all three films of the original Star Wars trilogy. In 2001, he reprised the role, in voiceover form, for the Nintendo GameCube game Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader. He has appeared often on the West End stage, notably in the musical Mr. Cinders at the Fortune Theatre from 1983–84. In 1999, Lawson directed a production of Little Malcolm & His Struggle Against the Eunuchs which was first staged at the Hampstead Theatre before transferring to the Comedy Theatre in London's West End starring his nephew Ewan McGregor in the lead role of Malcolm Scrawdyke.

David Prowse

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However, this was shortly after the release of Star Wars and nearly two years before The Empire Strikes Back (which he considers to be his favourite of the trilogy) was released, and the script had not even been written at the time. Gary Kurtz, the producer of The Empire Strikes Back, said in the 2015 documentary I Am Your Father that Prowse's apparent plot spoiler was simply "a good guess." Prowse claims his contract for Return of the Jedi included a share of profits on the film, and although it grossed $475 million on a $32 million budget, Prowse explained in an interview in 2009 that he has never received residuals for his performance.


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In the original Star Wars films, there were two R2-D2 models, one that was remote controlled and rolled on three wheeled legs, and another which was worn by English actor Kenny Baker and walked on two legs. Deep Roy (who also doubled Yoda in several scenes), served as Baker's double, in both Episodes V and VI; providing stunts and filling in when Baker was unavailable. The radio controlled R2 was operated by John Stears in A New Hope, Brian Johnson in The Empire Strikes Back and by Kit West in Return of the Jedi. Kenny Baker, who portrayed R2-D2 in costume, was not involved in the Star Wars Holiday Special.


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The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (mentioned only). Return of the Jedi (1983). Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999). Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002). Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005). Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008). Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) (mentioned only). Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) (mentioned only). Star Wars Holiday Special (1978). Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008). Star Wars Rebels (2014–2018). Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars (2014). PAW Patrol: Star Wars (2019).

James Earl Jones

Jones is also known as the voice of Darth Vader in the 1977 film Star Wars: A New Hope and its sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). Darth Vader was portrayed in costume by David Prowse in the film trilogy, with Jones dubbing Vader's dialogue in postproduction because Prowse's strong West Country accent was deemed unsuitable for the role by George Lucas. At his own request, Jones was uncredited for the original releases of the first two Star Wars films, though he later would be credited for the first film in its 1997 "Special Edition" re-release.


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Star Wars Rebels (Sidious and Vader, both train inquisitors as Shadow Hands. The Inquisitors are killed. Maul lives but no longer considers himself a Sith and in the episode Twin Suns he is killed by Kenobi) - [Animated Series]. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (Vader)-[Film]. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Sidious and Vader)-[Film]. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (Sidious and Vader)-[Film]. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (Supreme Leader Snoke). Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (Supreme Leader Snoke). The Sith Explained ( Who's Who of the Sith on

Alec Guinness

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In his autobiography, Blessings In Disguise, Guinness tells an imaginary interviewer "Blessed be Star Wars", regarding the income it provided. In the final volume of the book A Positively Final Appearance (1997), Guinness recounts grudgingly giving an autograph to a young fan who claimed to have watched Star Wars over a hundred times, on the condition that the boy promise to stop watching the film because "this is going to be an ill effect on your life". The fan was stunned at first but later thanked him (though some sources say it went differently). Guinness is quoted as saying: "'Well', I said, 'do you think you could promise never to see Star Wars again?' He burst into tears.

Empire of Dreams

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Richard Marquand (director of Return of the Jedi).


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SP FX: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television). Return of the Ewok (1982). Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi (1983) (produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television). From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga (1983) (produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television). The Adventures of André & Wally B. (1984). Captain EO (1986). Star Tours (1987). Wow! (1990). ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter (1995). Indiana Jones Adventure (1995). R2-D2: Beneath the Dome (2001). Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy (2004) (produced by Prometheus Entertainment in association with Fox Television Studios).

Elstree Studios (Shenley Road)

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The Empire Strikes Back (1980). The Great Muppet Caper (1981). The Hasty Heart (1948). Ice Cold in Alex (1958). Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). Kick-Ass (2010). The King's Speech (2010). Labyrinth (1986). The Last Days on Mars (2013). Lolita (1962). Moby Dick (1956). Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983). Murder on the Orient Express (1974). Never Say Never Again (1983). One Million Years B.C. (1966). The Other Boleyn Girl (2006). Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Return of the Jedi (1983). Return to Oz (1985). Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). The Shining (1980). Star Wars (1977).

John Williams

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In 1980, Williams returned to score The Empire Strikes Back, introducing "The Imperial March" as the theme for Darth Vader and the Galactic Empire, "Yoda's Theme", and "Han Solo and the Princess". The original Star Wars trilogy concluded with the 1983 film Return of the Jedi, for which Williams's score provided most notably the "Emperor's Theme", "Parade of the Ewoks", and "Luke and Leia". Both scores earned him Academy Award nominations. Williams scored the 1976 Alfred Hitchcock film Family Plot. Williams did not much like the film, but did not want to turn down the chance to work for Hitchcock. Hitchcock merely told him to remember one thing, "Murder can be fun."

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

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Lucas has directed", and equal to The Empire Strikes Back as "the richest and most challenging movie in the cycle". In a 2007 summary of the 100 Best Science-Fiction Films on Rotten Tomatoes, Revenge of the Sith was placed 51 out of 100, making it the only Star Wars prequel film to earn a rank on that list. Jonathan Rosenbaum, a critic who disliked A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, gave the film a positive review, saying that it had a "relatively thoughtful story".

Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation

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The Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation is given each year for theatrical films, television episodes, or other dramatized works related to science fiction or fantasy released in the previous calendar year. Originally the award covered both works of film and of television but since 2003, it has been split into two categories: "Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)" and "Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)". The Dramatic Presentation Awards are part of the broader Hugo Awards, which are given every year by the World Science Fiction Society for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year.

Stuart Freeborn

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Death Star

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Portraying an incomplete yet powerful space station posed a problem for Industrial Light & Magic's modelmakers for Return of the Jedi. Only the front side of the 137-centimeter model was completed, and the image was flipped horizontally for the final film. Both Death Stars were depicted by a combination of complete and sectional models and matte paintings. The Death Star explosions featured in the Special Edition of A New Hope and in Return of the Jedi are rendered with a Praxis effect, wherein a flat ring of matter erupts from the explosion.

Billy Dee Williams

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Beginning in 1980, Williams portrayed Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Calrissian's charm proved to be popular with audiences. He reprised the role when he lent his voice for the character in the 2002 video game Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, as well as the audio dramatisation of Dark Empire, the National Public Radio adaptation of The Empire Strikes Back, two productions for the Star Wars: Battlefront series: Star Wars: Battlefront II and Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron, in two episodes of the animated TV series Star Wars: Rebels and will reprise the role again on the big screen in the as yet untitled Star Wars: Episode IX.

Lando Calrissian

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Donald Glover portrayed a younger Lando in the standalone Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). Lando also appears frequently in the Star Wars expanded universe of novels, comic books and video games, including a series of Legends novels in which he is the protagonist. The first draft of The Empire Strikes Back featured a character named Lando Kadar, a veteran of the Clone Wars who lived on Hoth. His name and familiar aspects of his backstory materialized in the second draft. Lando was portrayed by Billy Dee Williams in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and was played by Donald Glover in the film Solo: A Star Wars Story.


In Lucas's 1975 draft, Adventures of the Starkiller as taken from the Journal of the Whills, Saga I: The Star Wars, the capital planet of Alderaan is described as a floating city in the clouds, "suspended in a sea of cirrus methane". A planet described in Lucas's draft script as being "under siege by the Imperial Legions of Alderaan" and which is later destroyed is named as Ogana Major. Early sketches commissioned by Lucas from conceptual illustrator Ralph McQuarrie show a design which very closely resembles Cloud City, as featured in the later sequel, The Empire Strikes Back.

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

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As with Attack of the Clones, The Empire Strikes Back was the middle film in a trilogy, and of the original trilogy films, The Empire Strikes Back is the object of the most references in Attack of the Clones. In both films, an asteroid field is the backdrop of a major star battle in the middle of the film. Obi-Wan escapes Jango Fett by attaching his spacecraft to an asteroid in order to disappear from the enemy sensors; Han Solo uses a similar tactic by attaching the Millennium Falcon to a Star Destroyer in The Empire Strikes Back.

Vincent Canby

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On the other hand, Canby was also heavily critical of some otherwise acclaimed films, such as Rocky, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Night of the Living Dead, After Hours, Blazing Saddles, A Christmas Story, Witness, Mask, The Natural, Rain Man, The Exorcist, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Deliverance, The Godfather Part II, Alien and The Thing. Among the best-known texts written by Canby was an extremely negative review of the movie Heaven's Gate by Michael Cimino. In the early 1990s, Canby switched his attention from film to theatre; he was named the chief theatre critic in 1994.