October 18, 1950 |
Belfast, Northern Ireland
He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on October 18, 1950, and emigrated to Australia with his family when he was 16. He finished his education in Australia and spent 3 years there as an actor and teacher before returning to the U.K. to train at The Drama Studio London. He graduated from The Drama Studio London in July 1977 and has been an actor ever since.
He has had a wide and varied career as an actor: on the big screen, he appeared in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, and worked as a puppeteer on Little Shop of Horrors, operating Audrey II the flesh-eating plant. Other film work includes London Boulevard and Hideo Nakata's Chatroom.
His many TV appearances include: Casualty, The Boot Street Band, Spitting Image, Situation Critical, Jenny's War, Keeping Mum, Harry's Mad, Time Gentlemen Please, Pay & Display, Paul Dreams of Bette, The Scarlet and the Black and Shane.
He was the original Mr. Muscle in the long-running series of Mr. Muscle TV commercials which were shown around the world, and he has also made TV commercials for Holland, Germany, Ireland and Belgium.
He has appeared in theatres all around the United Kingdom in plays including A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Christmas Carol, Treasure Island, Alice in Wonderland, The Winter's Tale, Salad Days, Bell, Book and Candle, The Gingerbread Man, Aladdin, SUS, The Country Wife, The Wizard of Oz and Dreams of Anne Frank. He also toured the UK and France in the mime show Prufrock.
In the West End of London he appeared in No Sex Please, We're British at the Strand Theatre, in The Arabian Nights at the Arts Theatre and in The Blue Angel with the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Gielgud Theatre. He has been in 10 plays at the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon, London, where he lives.
Relationship with fans
Gerald has also appeared at many conventions and shows, meeting lots of Star Wars fans around the globe. He is an Honorary Member of many fan groups, including the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion, Star Wars Hungary, the Jedi Outcasts of Italy, Holored Estelar Seville, the Star Wars Club Portugal, the Shadow Legion of Denmark, the Milton Keynes Garrison and the Bydgoski Fanklub in Poland. He was made an Honorary Jedi Master by the Jedi Knights of Cleveland, is "Godfather" to L'Alliance Impériale in Quebec, Canada, and is a Senator on the Galactic Knights Imperial Senate in the UK.
He has his own club in Spain - The CalamariMen Club, in appreciation of the two characters he played in Return of The Jedi, and in 2007, he narrated a 30th anniversary concert of Star Wars music, in Spanish, in Valencia, Spain, in aid of local charities.
- Gerald Home official website
- Gerald Home Interview Star Wars Turkey
- Gerald Home Interview Starwarsy
- Maarten Bouw Interview with Gerald Home
|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (May 2007)|