Actor Alfie Curtis, best known to Star Wars fans as Dr Evazan in A New Hope, has died aged 87.
Curtis, who passed away on Tuesday, had a small but memorable role in the 1977 blockbuster, famously threatening Luke Skywalker at the Mos Eisley Cantina.
The moment saw Luke have an altercation with Curtis’ character as he tried to buy a drink in the Cantina, with Evazan telling him: ‘I have the death sentence on 12 systems.’
His death was announced on the Star Wars Comic Book website yesterday, although the cause has not been confirmed.
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. #RIP – mh pic.twitter.com/laxKvbGmrd
— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) December 27, 2017
Actor Mark Hamill – aka Luke Skywalker – took to Twitter to pay tribute to Curtis, calling him ‘funny, kind and a real gentleman’.
‘ALFIE CURTIS made the #StarWars Mos Eisley Cantina scene (one of the most memorable I’ve ever been a part of) even MORE memorable,’ Hamill wrote.
‘As horrific as he was on-camera, off-camera he was funny, kind & a real gentleman. Thanks Alf- you’ll be missed.’
Alfie also appeared in 1980 Oscar winner The Elephant Man as well as Victorian-era TV detective drama Cribb.
News of his death comes a year to the day after fellow Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher passed away aged 60.
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