Bail Organa

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Bail Organa
Star Wars character
Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa in Revenge of the Sith (2005)
First appearance
Created by George Lucas
Portrayed by Jimmy Smits
Voiced by
Full name Bail Organa
Gender Male
  • Prince Consort to the Queen
  • Prime Minister of the High Court
  • First Chairman of the High Council
  • Imperial Senator of Alderaan
  • Co-founder of the Rebel Alliance
Affiliation Galactic Senate of the Grand Republic
Alliance to Restore the Republic
Title First Chairman and Viceroy
Spouse(s) Breha Organa
Children Leia Organa (adopted daughter)
Homeworld Alderaan

Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan, is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise, portrayed by actor Jimmy Smits in Attack of the Clones (2002), Revenge of the Sith (2005), and Rogue One (2016). He is the senator from the planet Alderaan, one of the founding members of the Rebel Alliance, and the adoptive father of Leia Organa, a main character in the franchise.


Creation and development[edit]

A 1974 script draft of the 1977 film Star Wars by George Lucas contains a character named Bail Antilles, a galactic trader who is first introduced on the planet Alderaan.[1]

Princess Leia's father, named "Prestor", was introduced in the 1981 Star Wars radio drama and voiced by Stephen Elliott.[2] The character is named Bail Prestor Organa in the 1997 novel The Paradise Snare by A. C. Crispin.


Jimmy Smits reprised the role of Bail for Rogue One in 2016.

Bail was portrayed by Jimmy Smits in Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, and Rogue One.[3] The character is voiced by Phil LaMarr in the 3D CGI animated television series The Clone Wars and Rebels.



Attack of the Clones[edit]

Introduced in Attack of the Clones (2002), Bail is the influential senator of Alderaan. He participates in a discussion about the Separatist crisis and Count Dooku that includes Yoda and Mace Windu. Senator Palpatine suggests that Senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo be put under the protection of the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi, who is training young Anakin Skywalker. After the Battle of Geonosis, Bail meets with Palpatine and other senators as the new army of clone troopers is readied to march to war.

Revenge of the Sith[edit]

In Revenge of the Sith (2005), Bail is thankful to Obi-Wan and Anakin for killing Dooku and saving Chancellor Palpatine in the Battle of Coruscant. Stumbling upon a clone trooper attack on the Jedi temple, Bail escapes to warn other Jedi that their order is under attack, saving Yoda and Obi-Wan in the process. Chancellor Palpatine reforms the democratic Republic into the Galactic Empire with himself as the Emperor. After Yoda fails to kill Palpatine in a duel, Bail manages to help the Jedi escape. He and his wife, Queen Breha, adopt Padmé's twin daughter Leia as a means to hide the child from her biological father, Anakin, who has become the Sith Lord Darth Vader.

Rogue One[edit]

In the 2016 prequel film Rogue One, Bail is present at a meeting of the Rebel Alliance on Yavin 4 to discuss the new Imperial superweapon, the Death Star. Mon Mothma asks Bail to bring Obi-Wan out of hiding on Tatooine, and he decides to assign one of his most trusted agents to the task: his adoptive daughter Leia.


The Clone Wars (2008–2014)[edit]

Bail Organa also appears in the CGI animated series The Clone Wars.


Bail is made aware of the Rebel cell on Lothal in the 2014 series premiere "Droids in Distress", and later sends a small fleet of frigates to aid in their escape in the season 1 finale, ""Fire Across the Galaxy". He periodically reappears to send supplies and assign missions to the crew of the Ghost. In the 2017 episode "Twin Suns", it is revealed that though Bail had publicly confirmed Obi-Wan's death, the Jedi is actually alive and in hiding on Tatooine.


Bail appears briefly in flashbacks, in the 2015 Marvel Comics miniseries Princess Leia.


  1. ^ "The Star Wars by George Lucas (Rough Draft)". Starkiller: The Jedi Bendu Script Site. Archived from the original on March 15, 2010. Retrieved July 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ Sterling, Christopher H. (2010). The Concise Encyclopedia of Radio. Routledge. ISBN 0-203-86355-0. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Robinson, Will (August 5, 2016). "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: Jimmy Smits confirms he has a cameo". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 6, 2016. 

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