Published On: May 11 2011 09:38:20 AM CDTUpdated On: May 04 2016 04:35:21 PM CDT
In 1977, a sci-fi action adventure named "Star Wars" was released. Not only did it go on to become one of the biggest blockbusters in history and win six Oscars, it spawned the careers of many of its stars. So what are the stars of the original trilogy up to today?
Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) continues to be of the biggest voiceover stars in the animation industry, with perhaps his best known role coming as The Joker in various Batman productions. He recently returned to the role for the animated movie "Batman: The Killing Joke." His other animation voice credits include the likes of "Adventure Time," "Regular Show," "Metapocalypse," "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and "Dragons: Riders of Berk." He also frequently does voice roles for video games and created "The Black Pearl" graphic novel. He recently recreated his role of the villain The Trickster for two episodes of CW's "The Flash," which he originally played in the 1990-91 version of the series, and reprised the role of Luke Skywalker for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the first sequel to the original "Star Wars" trilogy. He will again be playing Luke Skywalker in 2017's "Star Wars: Episode VIII."
Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) starred in the TV documentary "Wishful Drinking," based on her best-selling memoir. Fisher also voices a recurring role for the animated sitcom "Family Guy" and voiced Leia for the animated spoof "Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II." She recently had a cameo playing herself on the sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" and also had cameos on the shows "Legit" and "Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce." She also had a minor role in David Cronenberg's 2014 movie "Maps to the Stars" and returned to the role of Leia for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" as well as "Episode VIII."
Harrison Ford (Han Solo) has been busy as of late, appearing in the sci-fi action movie "Ender's Game," the thriller "Paranoia," the Jackie Robinson biopic "42" and the comedy "Anchorman 2" in 2013 alone and then joining the cast of "The Expendables 3" in 2014. In recent years, Ford has also starred in the western and sci-fi mashup "Cowboys & Aliens," the romantic comedy "Morning Glory" and reprised his iconic role of Indiana Jones in 2008's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," the fourth film in the series. Like Hamill and Fisher, he too returned to his "Star Wars" role for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
George Lucas (writer-director) served as executive producer of the animated series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" from 2008 to 2014 as well as for the computer animated series "Star Wars: Detours," which is waiting a premiere date. He also wrote and produced the Tuskegee airman war film "Red Tails." He last wrote and produced "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," and before that, wrote and directed the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy. He also made big news in October 2012 when he sold LucasFilm Ltd. to The Walt Disney Company.
David Prowse (Darth Vader) most recently starred in the 2010 British drama "The Kindness of Strangers." Prowse also frequently appears at "Star Wars" and sci-fi conventions worldwide and was the focus of the 2015 documentary "I Am Your Father." He also recently made a cameo appearance in the sci-fi webseries "Mission Backup Earth."
James Earl Jones (voice of Darth Vader) most recently appeared in a cameo role as the Supreme Court chief justice on the short-lived 2015 TNT series "Agent X." He also made a guest-star appearance as himself on the sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" in 2014 and has voiced Darth Vader on several episodes of the Disney XD animated series "Star Wars Rebels" over the past few years. Apart from the original trilogy, Jones reprised the role of Darth Vader for the third "Star Wars" prequel, "Revenge of the Sith," in 2005. He was also honored with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2009.
Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) provided the voice for the droid character in the animated series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" from 2008 through 2011 and in 2014's "The Lego Movie." In addition to the second and third installments of the original trilogy, Daniels donned the suit and provided the voice of C-3PO in the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy and in "The Force Awakens" and is returning once again for 2017's "Episode VIII." He's also a frequent guest at "Star Wars" events worldwide.
Kenny Baker (R2-D2), who was inside the controls of the spunky droid for the original trilogy as well as the prequels, served as a consultant for the role while making "The Force Awakens." He also frequently appears at "Star Wars" conventions worldwide.
Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) appears yearly at Walt Disney World's "Star Wars Weekends" event and frequents fan conventions worldwide. After the original "Star Wars" trilogy, Mayhew was brought back to play Chewbacca for the "Star Wars" prequel, "Revenge of the Sith," in 2005. He also donned the Chewbacca suit again for "The Force Awakens" and will be back for "Episode VIII."
Frank Oz (voice of Yoda, "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi") is best known for his voice work, but has also directed movies such as "Little Shop of Horrors," "What About Bob?," "In & Out," "Bowfinger" and "Death at a Funeral." The longtime Muppet star also voiced characters on "Sesame Street" from 1969 to 2013. Oz also reprised the voice of Yoda for all three films in the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy as well as two recent episodes of the animated series "Star Wars Rebels" and directed an episode of the TV show "Leverage" in 2011.
Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian, "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi") has most recently had guest roles on "Glee," "Modern Family," "NCIS" and "White Collar." He also provided the voice of Lando for 2014's "The Lego Movie" and in two 2015 episodes of "Star Wars Rebels."
Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine, "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi") recently had a role in the British TV series "Utopia" and appeared in the 2014 BBC miniseries "37 Days." McDiarmid reprised his role of Palpatine for the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy.
John Williams (composer) remains as one of the most prolific composers in film history, winning five Oscars out of 50 nominations, including a Best Original Score statuette for the first "Star Wars" film and a nomination for his score for "The Force Awakens." He is scheduled to again provide the score for both "Episode VIII" and 2019's "Episode IX," as well as for a fifth "Indiana Jones" movie also scheduled for 2019. He most recently composed the score for Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Roald Dahl's "The BFG," set for release in July 2016.
Warwick Davis (Wicket the Ewok, "Return of the Jedi") played Flitwick and Griphook in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2." Davis, who had a cameo role in the first "Star Wars" prequel, "The Phantom Menace," also starred as a fictionalized version of himself in the short-lived 2011 HBO series "Life's Too Short." He's recently had a cameo in a 2013 episode of "Doctor Who" and had a supporting role in the fantasy-adventure film "Jack the Giant Slayer." He also had a small role in "The Force Awakens."
Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin) died in 1994 at the age of 81.
Alec Guiness (Obi-Wan Kenobi) died in 2000 at 86.
The cast of "Star Wars" has frequently reunited over the years. Here, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford speak onstage during the 33rd AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to George Lucas at the Kodak Theatre on June 9, 2005, in Hollywood, California.
Fisher, Hamill and Ford attend the Hall H Panel for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 10, 2015.
The three are again seen here at the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" on Dec. 14, 2015, in Hollywood, California.