Star Wars: The Force Awakens is said a thematic mixture of the old mythology and the new. With its pervading marketing announcing its imminent destruction of box office records, its cast members were put under the spotlight again. What our favorite Star Wars Characters look like now? The facts are incredible!
Billy Dee Williams kept voicing Lando Calrissian in plenty of films and television shows, the hit series “Star Wars Rebels” included. Starred in the 1989 film “Batman” as Harvey Dent, he is another “Star Wars” actor to have taken a trip over to Gotham City.
Anthony Daniels was not only the body but also the voice of the lovable C-3PO. Though there are only six (soon to be seven) movies, the majority of his 67 IMDB appearances are “Star Wars” related. During the last decades, he remained busy with voicing C-3PO in everything from video games to cartoons to commercials and more.
Mark Hamill was widely-known as Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars”, but was best remembered as Batman’s arch-nemesis the Joker, a role he’s carried since 1992. Instead of becoming a Hollywood leading man, he developed a career as one of the most successful voice actors in Hollywood. He has lent his golden voices to a number of animations and a variety of films.
Only making some occasional guest appearances on “30 Rock,” Carrie Fisher is one of the original “Star Wars” cast members who hasn’t acted much since “Return of the Jedi.” However, she has developed into an accomplished screenwriter, and ranks among the most famous “script doctors” in Hollywood in the 1990s.
Harrison Ford is one of the most successful actors coming out of the original “Star Wars” trilogy, and he seems to be a successful actor coming out of anything, ever. Having had multiple hit franchises under his belt, Ford continues showing up in movies, and there are no signs of slowing down.
Alec Guinness was widely-known not a fan of George Lucas’ space opera series. Self-considered a “serious actor”, he was quite resentful towards fans approaching him, and he spent quite a while acknowledging the fact that “Star Wars” brought him a whole new chapter. Sadly, Guinness died in 2000, but his excellent performance has engraved in our minds forever.
Natalie Portman started her acting career in the Luc Besson masterpiece “Leon: The Professional” in 1994 and kept rising ever since. During a brief sabbatical from acting, she attended Harvard University when Mark Zuckerberg was creating Facebook. And then she returned in full force and won numerous awards for films like “Black Swan.”
Peter Mayhew is right the man behind the body of our favorite Wookie, Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” franchise. Ever since stepping off the Millennium Falcon for the last time in the 1980s, Mayhew has acted rather little. Interestingly, he’s become a regular fixture at fan conventions, where he is happy to meet and greet his fans and even take pictures if you’re willing to pay.
For Christopher Lee, starring in “Star Wars” films wasn’t even the most interesting thing in his great life. He, being a cousin of Ian Fleming, was also literally the inspiration for James Bond. Although Christopher Lee sadly passed away in 2015, he has a place in our hearts forever.
Interestingly, David Prowse was the body of Darth Vader, and more interestingly, he was also a world-famous bodybuilder. But what was quite incredible is the fact that he’s actually the man who got Christopher Reeve into shape so that he could star in the first “Superman” film!
Ewan McGregor became famous long before “Star Wars” and keeps having a wonderful career since. Apart from films like “Moulin Rouge” and “Big Fish”, he also starred in an adaptation of the classic tale “Beauty and the Beast” as Lumiere. And age seems to have left no print on him.
Hayden Christiensen’s acting career seems to be something of a victim of “Star Wars” success, as he rose to infamy due to playing the teenage Anakin Skywalker. Luckily, he managed to achieve the level of fame that the “Star Wars” prequels brought him despite it’s pretty difficult. Nowadays, he sticks with independent films and has proven his talent in acting!
Ian McDiarmid has gained himself an unshakeable position in our hearts as Emperor Palpatine, but he’s proven repeatedly that in addition to those black robes, he has a lot more to offer the silver screen. Throughout the years, he’s appeared in several TV shows, including “Utopia” and “37 Days.”
Starring in “Star Wars: Episode III” as the young Owen Lars, Joel Edgerton has only a few lines, but it failed to stop his career in the years since. In 2015, he wrote, directed and starred in his own feature film “The Gift” alongside Jason Bateman and now he is busy with drawing praise for his role in “Black Mass” starring Johnny Depp.
Rose Byrne landed a “blink and you’ll miss it” role in “Star Wars: Episode II”, but someone sure noticed her. Recently, she’s been in a number of hugely successful films including “The Neighbors” and “X-Men: First Class.”
Jake Lloyd hated the overflowing attention mostly negative “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” brought into his life so much that he has essentially given up on starring in it altogether. He only took occasional roles in films since but has fallen on hard times with an arrest in June 2015.
Starring as Major Bren Derlin in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back”, John Ratzenberger garnered fame and popularity, though he’s best known for his most famous role Cliff Claven on the show “Cheers.” John has been keeping voicing in almost every Pixar film that has ever been released, the “Toy Story” trilogy included.
Appeared as Senator Bail Organa in “Star Wars” films, Jimmy Smits is perhaps one of the most successful actors ever to grace the small screen and every TV show he’s been on seems to be nothing but a hit. He continues making his appearance in “Sons of Anarchy”, “The Get Down”, “Outlaw” and more since.
Ever since landed the role R2-D2 in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, Kenny Baker has kept appearing in numerous non-“Star Wars” films and television shows including “24 Hour Party People” and the television series “Swiss Toni.” He even starred in the classic fantasy film “Willow” for Ron Howard as a Nelwyn Band Member.
Before “Star Wars”, Liam Neeson wasn’t seen as an action star, but afterwards, he was one surely. Throughout the last decade, he kept making his appearance in hit action film after hit action film, among which the “Taken” series is the most notable one.
James Earl Jones is perhaps the actor with the second highest degree of longevity, only behind Harrison Ford, from the original “Star Wars” trilogy. He has kept voicing in everything from films to 24-hour cable news, and it’s Jones that voices “This… is… CNN” every time you turn on the TV. He’s also starred in a number of Broadway productions and won numerous awards in film.
Any word probably fades in the description of how cool Samuel L. Jackson is. Aside from playing a major role Mace Windu in “Star Wars”, Jackson also appeared in just about every Marvel film as Nick Fury. Undoubtedly, those residual checks that keep falling out of his mailbox must be pretty nice.
Terence Stamp is such a good actor that you either love to hate or just plain love. Having spent most of his time on stage, he remains to pop up in movies occasionally, for instance, he landed a role in film “Bowfinger” for his old “Star Wars” buddy Frank Oz.
Ever since starred as the lovable Ewok Wicket in “Return of the Jedi”, Warwick Davis has been rising in his career all the way. Apart from his appearance in Willow, most recently he also starred alongside comedy masterminds Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchent in Life’s Too Short, a hit British sitcom, which aired on HBO in the USA.