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R.I.P. Alfie Curtis, Star Wars' Dr. Evazan

Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope (Screenshot: YouTube)

 As reported by Jedi News, British actor Alfie Curtis has died. Though he appeared in over a dozen TV shows and movies, including David Lynch’s The Elephant Man, Curtis is easily best known for an uncredited role as Dr. Cornelius Evazan in Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope. In the original film, Dr. Evazan was the man at the Mos Eisley Cantina with “walrus face” thug Ponda Baba who had a very memorable exchange with Luke Skywalker about how Ponda Baba doesn’t like him and Evazan doesn’t like him either—”We’re wanted men. I have the death sentence on 12 systems!”—that ended with Obi-Wan Kenobi cutting off Ponda Baba’s arm. The two characters also made a cameo appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, though Curtis didn’t play Dr. Evazan that time.

Mark Hamill, who was on the other end of that iconic bar brawl, tweeted a memorial for Curtis and called him “funny, kind, and a real gentleman.”


Curtis’ last credited acting role was on an episode of Colin Firth’s 1986 miniseries Lost Empires.

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