Alfie Curtis in Bowler (1973)
28 July 1930|
Stepney, London, United Kingdom
30 November 2017 (aged 87)|
Billericay, Essex, United Kingdom
|Notable work||Star Wars|
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|1980-1981||Cribb||Landlord / Matt Beckett||2 episodes|
|1981||Lady Killers||Mr . Waters||1 episode|
|1982||Legacy of Murder||Assistant thug|
|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)|
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