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R.I.P. Alfie Curtis, actor who portrayed Dr. Evazan in Star Wars’ cantina scene has died

on December 26, 2017, 11:40pm

Alfie Curtis, who famously portrayed Dr. Evazan in Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope, has died at the age of 87.

Dr. Evazan appears in the film’s iconic Mos Eisley Cantina scene. The character threatens Luke Skywalker, leading to a confrontation with Obi-Wan Kenobi. Ponda Baba loses his right arm in the ensuing skirmish. (For a full breakdown of the scene and its lasting legacy, check out the above video.)

Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, confirmed Curtis’ passing in a heartfelt tribute posted to Twitter. “Alfie Curtis made the #Star Wars 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,” he wrote.

In addition to Star Wars, Curtis appeared in David Lynch’s 1980 film, The Elephant Man.