Alfie Curtis

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Alfie Curtis
portrait shot of actor in suit and tie
Alfie Curtis in Bowler (1973)
Born (1930-07-28)28 July 1930
Stepney, London, United Kingdom
Died 30 November 2017(2017-11-30) (aged 87)
Billericay, Essex, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Actor
Years active 1973-1986
Notable work Star Wars

Alfie Curtis (28 July 1930 – 30 November 2017) was a British actor. He played a number of television and film roles, and was best known for an appearance in Star Wars (1977).

Life[edit]

Curtis was born in Stepney, London on 28 July 1930.[1]

He was an enthusiastic follower of football and supported Arsenal F.C. For a time, Curtis played as a semi-professional footballer and once played in a match against Arsenal.[2]

Career[edit]

Curtis was noted for his "rugged" features. He landed a number of acting parts that demanded a rough physical appearance through Ugly Models, a London modelling agency that specialises in artists and models who do not conform to typical standards of idealised beauty.[3]

Most of Curtis's appearances were in minor roles in British television series. He played the part of Matt Beckett in the TV police drama Cribb (1980–81) and Ted in the TV adaptation of J.B. Priestley's Lost Empires (1986). His cinema roles included an appearance in David Lynch's 1980 film The Elephant Man in which he played the part of a milkman.[4]

He was best known for a small part in the 1977 space opera film Star Wars, in which he played the role of Dr. Evazan, a criminal with a heavily scarred face who violently confronts Luke Skywalker in the Mos Eisley Cantina scene. Curtis's character states "I have the death sentence on twelve systems!" In the brief bar brawl, Evazan is killed by Obi-Wan Kenobi, the first use of a lightsaber in combat in the Star Wars franchise.[5][6]

Death[edit]

Curtis died on 30 November 2017 at the age of 87 in Billericay, Essex.[1][4]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1977 Star Wars Dr. Evazan Uncredited
1980 The Wildcats of St. Trinian's Taxi driver
1980 The Elephant Man Milkman
1981 Take It or Leave It Vicar Documentary
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1973 Bowler Rocky / Alfie 2 episodes
1975 Larry Grayson Man in Line-up / Cafe Customer / Sailor 5 episodes
1979 The Jim Davidson Show Himself 1 episode
1980 Grange Hill Gateman 1 episode
1980 Fox Conk 1 episode
1980-1981 Cribb Landlord / Matt Beckett 2 episodes
1981 Lady Killers Mr . Waters 1 episode
1982 Legacy of Murder Assistant thug
1982 Q.E.D. Referee 1 episode
1982 The Gentle Touch Gaffer 1 episode
1983 Jemima Shore Investigates Vic 1 episode
1984 Tucker's Luck Steve 2 episodes
1985 The Bill Bernie 1 episode
1986 Lost Empires Ted 1 episode, (final appearance)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lentz III, Harris M. (2018). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2017. McFarland. pp. 87–88. ISBN 9781476670324. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  2. ^ Hough, Kirsty (6 July 2018). "Granddaughter pays tribute to Star Wars actor who died aged 87". Essex Daily Gazette. Colchester. Archived from the original on 6 July 2018. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  3. ^ "UGLY". Ebony. Johnson Publishing Company. May 1978. p. 54. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Alfie Curtis, Dr. Evazan in 'Star Wars: A New Hope,' Dies at 87 (Report)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 19 June 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Doctor Cornelius Evazan". StarWars.com. Archived from the original on 19 June 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  6. ^ "Star Wars actor Alfie Curtis dies aged 87". BBC News. 27 December 2017.

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