Jack Purvis (actor)

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Jack Purvis
Born (1937-07-13)13 July 1937
London, England
Died 21 November 1997(1997-11-21) (aged 60)
Bushey, Hertfordshire
Occupation Film actor

Jack Purvis (13 July 1937 – 21 November 1997) was a British film actor. Purvis was a dwarf, and thus was mainly cast in roles requiring actors of short stature. Purvis appeared as a different alien creature in each of the three films of the original Star Wars trilogy (including Teebo in Return of the Jedi), and also appeared in three of director Terry Gilliam's early fantasy films: Time Bandits, Brazil, and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.

Several years before his death, Purvis became quadriplegic after breaking his neck in a car accident. He died in November 1997 at the age of 60.

Selected filmography[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Star Wars Chief Jawa
1978 Wombling Free Great Uncle Bulgaria
1980 The Empire Strikes Back Chief Ugnaught
1981 Time Bandits Wally
1982 The Dark Crystal Additional Performer
1983 Return of the Jedi Teebo
1985 Brazil Dr. Chapman
1986 Mona Lisa Brighton Busker
1986 Labyrinth Goblin Corps
1988 Willow Nelwyn Band Member Uncredited
1988 The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Jeremy / Gustavus

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