R.I.P. 'Star Wars' Actor Alfie Curtis
He played the infamous Dr. Evazan during the iconic cantina scene from 'A New Hope'
Curtis' Star Wars role was brief but memorable, to say the least. The actor appeared as Dr. Cornelius Evazan in 1977's A New Hope during the film's iconic Mos Eisley cantina scene. With some heavy and rather nightmarish makeup, Curtis' character famously threatened Luke Skywalker, telling him "I have the death sentence on 12 systems."
Of course, this soon escalates into a full-on confrontation with Obi-Wan Kenobi — and one that finds Dr. Evazan's comrade Ponda Baba soon losing his arm via a swift lightsaber strike.
The character of Dr. Evazan then later appeared in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Luke Skywalker himself Mark Hamill paid tribute to the fallen actor via Twitter, writing, "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."
The London-born Curtis also appeared in such films as David Lynch's The Elephant Man, as well as the '80s UK TV series Cribb.
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