Actor Alfie Curtis, who’s arguably best known for portraying the sinister Dr. Cornelius Evazan in Star Wars: A New Hope, has passed away at the age of 87. The cause of death is currently unknown.


Mark Hamill, who’s best known for playing Luke Skywalker in the sci-fi franchise, tweeted a heartfelt message honoring his colleague:

Dr. Cornelius Evazan may not have been a central figure in the Star Wars mythos, but he nevertheless had a memorable part to play in Luke’s coming of age story. Additional Star Wars media has elaborated upon the character’s criminal backstory, with his most recent appearance occurring in the 2016 film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. As a prequel set shortly before the events of A New HopeMichael Smiley was cast as a young Cornelius Evazan instead of Curtis.

Other productions the London-born actor loaned his talents to include The Elephant Man in 1980 and the Cribb television series.

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