Actor Alfie Curtis, who played Dr. Evazan in the first film “Star Wars: A New Hope,” died at the age of 87, the BBC reported.
Curtis also appeared in “The Elephant Man” in 1980 and the TV series “Cribb” in the 1980s.
His character threatens Luke Skywalker at Mos Eisley Cantina in the first film, saying, “I have the death sentence on 12 systems.”
Mark Hamill, who played Luke, wrote a tribute to Curtis.
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
Hamill said he was a “funny, kind” man who provided “one of the most memorable [scenes] I’ve ever been a part of.”
“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,” he added. “Thanks Alf—you’ll be missed. #RIP.”
RIP Alfie Curtis AKA Cornelius Evazan – the rude bloke in the pub. pic.twitter.com/CMp6pnheOn
— John Rain (@MrKenShabby) December 26, 2017
News of Curtis’s death broke on the Comic Book/”Star Wars” website before it was picked up by other media outlets.
Other details about his death are not clear.