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Bid Goodbye To Another Star Wars Alum In 2017: Alfie Curtis Passed Away

British actor Alfie Curtis passed away at the age of 87. The family has not released information about the cause of death, but as a member of the cast of the original Star Wars film, Curtis is remembered fondly by his fellow cast mates.

Curtis began acting on television in 1973 on the short-lived British sit-com series, 'Bowler'. He went on to make a few more television appearances before landing the role in the iconic film, "Star Wars."

In 'Star Wars: A New Hope,' the first movie in the franchise released in 1977, Curtis appears as Dr. Evazan in the famous cantina scene. According to the ‘Star Wars’ canon, Dr. Cornelius Evazan was once a cosmetic surgeon, but he spiraled into a mad artistic frenzy and began disfiguring his patients. He was investigated for his medical experiments, but escaped.

In an ironic twist of fate, he was left hideously scarred after a run-in with a bounty hunter. The back story is not revealed in the film, but the appearance of the character is significant in the overarching story.

For the role, the actor donned a make-up job making him look gruesome and disfigured. His appearance was brief, but memorable.

When Obi-Wan Kenobi (portrayed by Sir Alec Guinness in the film) and Luke Skywalker (portrayed by Mark Hamill) walk into the Mos Eisley cantina at a critical moment in the film, Skywalker (and the audience) is exposed to a vast array of alien characters. A couple don't like the looks of the young Jedi-to-be, and Dr. Evazan is the one who approaches the young man.

"He doesn't like you," said Evazan, nodding toward his companion.

"I'm sorry," Skywalker says.

"I don't like you either!" Evazan adds.

"You just watch yourself. We're wanted men. I have the death sentence on 12 systems."

The scene soon breaks out into a fight, when Kenobe pulls out a light saber. It's the first time the weapon is used in the series.

Hamill, upon hearing of the death of his old castmate, tweeted a quick tribute to Curtis.

“ALFIE CURTIS made the #StarWars Mos Eisley Cantina scene (one of the most memorable I’ve ever been a part of) even MORE memorable. As horrific as he was on-camera, off-camera he was funny, kind & a real gentleman. Thanks Alf- you’ll be missed.”

Curtis went on to appear in the films 'The Elephant Man' and 'The Wildcats of St. Trinian's' in 1980, and in 'Take It Or Leave It' in 1981.

He also continued doing television until 1986, having roles in series such as 'Cribb', 'Q.E.D.', 'The Bill' and 'Lost Empires'.

The Star Wars franchise has lost a number of beloved actors in recent years, most notably Carrie Fisher who died at the age of 60 on December 27, 2016. The 'Princess Leia' actress completed filming her role for the most recent film in the franchise, 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi', just before her death, so fans got to enjoy the feminist icon in just one more film.

The Star Wars family also lost Kenny Baker, the actor who played R2-D2, and Drewe Henley, who played the 'Red Leader' in 'A New Hope'.

Source: EW
Photo: Twitter, ITV

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