With the premiere of The Rise of Skywalker, the most epic sci-fi saga in history draws to a close. Spanning more than 40 years and nine movies (plus books, animated series, and a TV special we’d rather forget) Star Wars is a huge part of our pop culture.
Tragically, we’ve lost some of the people who brought George Lucas’s vision to life over those 4 decades. Here are all the Star Wars actors who have passed away.
Although Christopher Lee’s career spanned decades and genres, for a certain group of Star Wars fans, he’ll always be best known as Count Dooku. Lee passed away in 2015 at the age of 93.
Blade thin and intense, Peter Cushing portrayed Grand Moff Tarkin, the leader of the Empire’s fleet, in the original Star Wars films. Although Cushing passed away in 1994, he was digitally recreated for scenes in Rogue One.
Alec Guinness famously disdained the Star Wars series, but fans still love him as Obi-Wan Kenobi anyway. The great British thespian passed away at the age of 86 in 2000.
You might remember Phil Brown as Uncle Owen, Luke’s reluctant guardian who runs a moisture farm on Tatooine. Brown passed away in 2006 at the age of 89.
Sadly, Shelagh Fraser–who played Luke’s Aunt Beru–passed away in 2000 at the age of 79. Her career spanned more than 50 years.
A frequent collaborator with Terry Gilliam (Time Bandits, Brazil), Jack Purvis portrayed several heavily costumed roles in the Star Wars universe. He was the chief Jawa in A New Hope, the chief Ugnaught in The Empire Strikes Back, and Teebo the Ewok in Return of the Jedi. Purvis passed away in 1997 at the age of 60.
Alex McCrindle portrayed Rebel Forces leader General Dodonna in A New Hope. He passed away at the age of 78 in 1990.
You might not have known his name, but Drewe Henley was a familiar face to all Star Wars fans. He was Red Leader in A New Hope, one of the X-Wing pilots who took on the first Death Star. Henley passed away in 2016 at the age of 76.
William Hootkins was far more than Red 6 (AKA Porkins) in A New Hope. The Princeton-educated character actor cropped up in a huge number of action films throughout the 80s and 90s, including Raiders of the Lost Ark and Batman. Hootkins passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2005 at the age of 57.
Although his screentime in A New Hope was brief, Don Henderson made an impression as the Empire general who dared to question Darth Vader–and got Force Choked for his trouble. Henderson passed away in 1997 at the age of 65.
Did you know that the same actor voiced Greedo and Jabba the Hutt? Larry Ward actually helped create the Huttese language. He passed away in 2007 at the age of 63, but his creation lives on in video games, films, and books set in the Star Wars universe.
John Hollis appeared in The Empire Strikes Back as Lando Calrissian’s aide–you know, the bald figure with the weird glowing devices over his ears. He also appeared in multiple Superman movies as a Krypton Elder. Hollis passed away in 2005 at the age of 77.
Christopher Malcolm, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 67, appeared in The Empire Strikes Back as Rogue 2, one of the Rebel fighter pilots. He also appeared as Sarah’s father in Labyrinth.
Actress Alethea McGrath portrayed Jedi Jocasta Nu in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, as well as voicing the same character in the Revenge of the Sith videogame. McGrath passed away in 2016 at the age of 96.
Voice actor Erik Bauersfeld passed away in 2016 at the age of 93, but we’ll always have his most famous–and frequently quoted line, “It’s a trap!” Bauersfeld voiced Admiral Ackbar in Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
Kenny Baker was the man inside the suit as R2-D2 throughout the entire Star Wars saga. Sadly, he passed away at the age of 81 in 2016.
Our beloved Carrie Fisher passed away suddenly at the age of 60 in 2016, just after Christmas. Her death not only shook the fandom to its core but also forced filmmakers to rework her presence in The Rise of Skywalker.
The gentle giant who portrayed Chewbacca in every Star Wars film, Peter Mayhew sadly passed away this year at the age of 74.