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|Star Wars character|
|Created by||George Lucas|
|Portrayed by||Jimmy Smits|
|Full name||Bail Organa|
|Title||First Chairman and Viceroy|
|Affiliation||Galactic Senate of the Grand Republic|
Alliance to Restore the Republic
|Children||Leia Organa (daughter)|
Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan, is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise, mentioned in the original film, and portrayed by actor Jimmy Smits in prequels Attack of the Clones (2002), Revenge of the Sith (2005), and the anthology prequel film Rogue One (2016). Bail is married to Breha Organa, queen of the planet Alderaan, and serves as a senator of his planet in the Galactic Senate, where he is shown to be a friend with senator and former Queen of Naboo, Padmé Amidala. He also secretly serves as a member of the Rebel Alliance, of which he is a founding member. After Padmé dies, Bail and Breha adopt her daughter Leia Organa, a main character in the franchise.
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Creation and development
Princess Leia's father, named "Prestor", was introduced in the 1981 Star Wars radio drama and voiced by Stephen Elliott. The character is named Bail Prestor Organa in the 1997 novel The Paradise Snare by A. C. Crispin.
Bail was portrayed by Jimmy Smits in Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, and Rogue One. The character is voiced by Phil LaMarr in the 3D CGI animated television series The Clone Wars and Rebels.
Bail does not appear on the original film of the franchise, Star Wars (1977, later retitled A New Hope), however he is still an important part of the plot, by being mentioned by her daughter Leia within the hologram that she sends to Tatooine hidden within a droid R2-D2. Within the hologram Leia pleas to Jedi in exile Obi-Wan Kenobi for help in delivering the plans of the planet destroying Death Star space station, to her and her father Bail's home planet Alderaan. Within the hologram she says, "General Kenobi. Years ago, you served my father in the Clone Wars. Now he begs you to help him in his struggle against the Empire. I regret that I am unable to present my father's request to you in person, but my ship has fallen under attack and I'm afraid my mission to bring you to Alderaan has failed. I have placed information vital to the survival of the Rebellion into the memory systems of this R2 unit. My father will know how to retrieve it. You must see this droid safely delivered to him on Alderaan. This is our most desperate hour. Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope". Bail is implied to have died when Imperial Governor Grand Moff Tarkin, aboard the Death Star, orders Alderaan to be destroyed, while Bail's daughter Leia watches as a punishment for not revealing the secret location of the Rebel Alliance (as well as for Alderaan's support towards the Rebel Alliance). Darth Vader, who sided with the Empire, watches but does nothing to prevent Alderaan's destruction. Bail's absence from later sequels confirmed his death on Alderaan.
Bail does not appear in The Empire Strikes Back due to being deceased. While Bail is not mentioned directly in Return of the Jedi, the films expands upon some of his backstory from A New Hope, revealing Leia is not Bail's biological daughter. Instead Leia was adopted by Bail and her biological father is Darth Vader, who was the fallen Jedi who turned to the Dark Side, Anakin Skywalker. Leia's biological mother is mentioned but not given a name, nor backstory other than the fact that Leia remembers her a little.
Bail does not appear on the sequel trilogy, but on The Last Jedi, set thirty-four years after A New Hope, he is mentioned when R2-D2 repeats the hologram from A New Hope in an attempt to convince Luke Skywalker to help his sister Leia and the former Rebel Alliance, now renamed The Resistance. R2-D2 successfully convinces Luke.
Attack of the Clones
Released in 2002, and taking place twenty-two years before A New Hope, the film Attack of the Clones finally shows Bail Organa, depicting him as an influential senator of Alderaan. He participates in a discussion about the Separatist Crisis and Count Dooku that includes Jedi Masters Yoda and Mace Windu. Chancellor Palpatine of Naboo, suggests that fellow Senator from Naboo, Padmé Amidala 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
In Revenge of the Sith (2005), Bail is thankful to Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker for defeating 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 tyrannical 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 daughter, Leia, to hide the child from her biological father, Anakin, who has become the Sith Lord Darth Vader.
In the 2016 prequel film Rogue One, set directly before A New Hope, 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 daughter Leia. He goes to wait Leia's arrival on his home planet Alderaan (which in A New Hope, the Empire would blow up, with Bail inside, killing him along with his planet).
The Clone Wars (2008–2014)
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Bail Organa also appears in the CGI animated series The Clone Wars, voiced by Phil LaMarr.
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 In the 2008 video game Star Wars The Force Unleashed. He is captured by Maris Brood on the planet of Felucia after going after Jedi master Shaak Ti. Unbeknownst to Bail, Shaak Ti was killed by the Sith assassin, Starkiller. Starkiller eventually becomes the one to rescue Bail as he creates a group of rebels, per instruction from Darth Vader. Bail is once again voiced by Jimmy Smits on this occasion.
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