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'Star Wars' Actor Has Died

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A British actor most famous for his brief role in the "Star Wars" franchise has died.

Alfie Curtis was 87.

Curtis died Nov. 30 in the Essex town of Billericay in England, a family spokesman told The Hollywood Reporter. 

The cause of death has not been revealed. 

Curtis played the menacing Dr. Evazan in "Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope."

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Mark Hamill, who originated the starring role of Luke Skywalker, responded on Twitter to the news of Curtis' death. 

"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."

In the scene cited by Hamill, Curtis' drunken character Evazan threatens Skywalker with the warning: "I have the death sentence on 12 systems" -- a quote which has since become immortalized in Star Wars folklore, observes the Daily Mail.

Also on the big screen, Curtis played the character of the Milkman in David Lynch's surrealistic biopic "The Elephant Man" (1980).

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On television, Curtis appeared in the shows "Bowler" (1973), "Grange Hill" (1980), "Cribb" (1980-81), "QED" (1982), and the miniseries "Lost Empires" (1986).

Despite his "Star Wars" fame, news of Curtis' death appears to have gone almost unnoticed. 

On Dec. 15, about two weeks after he died, his Essex neighbor Richard Daley tweeted to Hamill, breaking the news.

"Sorry to say that Alfie Curtis who worked with you on Episode IV of Star Wars passed away last week," Daley wrote. "He often spoke well of you. I have been [neighbors] with him for ten years and often listened to the stories. He was happy to see you in the recent film."

Daley is presumably the source of the information that Curtis had been living in a semi-detached house in Essex for the past 14 years.

On Dec. 26, Hamill made the news public on Twitter.

Hamill reprises his famous character in the latest installment of of the space saga, "The Last Jedi," which is poised to top $1 billion in box office revenue by the end of 2017, Variety reports.

It is currently a big hit in Germany, France, Japan, and the UK, and is scheduled to open in China on Jan. 5, 2018.

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Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Mail, Variety / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Mark Hamill/Twitter via The Hollywood Reporter, Pixabay

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