Grant Imahara was born October 23, 1970.
Carrie Frances Fisher was an American actress, novelist, screenwriter, and performance artist. She was best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia Organa in the original Star Wars trilogy, and in Star Wars Episode VII. She is also known for her bestselling novel Postcards from the Edge and screenplay for a film of the same name, as well as her autobiographical one-woman play and the non-fiction book Wishful Drinking she based it on.
Her other film roles included Shampoo (1975), The Blues Brothers (1980), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The ‘Burbs (1989), When Harry Met Sally… (1989), Soapdish (1991) and The Women (2008 film). She was nominated twice for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performances on the television series 30 Rock and Catastrophe. She was posthumously made a Disney Legend in 2017.
Fisher was the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. She and her mother appear in Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, a documentary about their relationship. It premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Fisher died of cardiac arrest on December 27, 2016, at age 60, four days after experiencing a medical emergency during a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles. Her final film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is scheduled to be released on December 15, 2017
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Ralph Maurer (also known as his stage name Lev Mailer) is an actor and voice artist, who made two appearances in Star Trek: The Original Series. He first played Bilar in the first season episode “The Return of the Archons” and portrayed an Ekosian SS lieutenant in the second season episode “Patterns of Force”.
He filmed his scenes for “The Return of the Archons” on Wednesday 7 December 1966 and Thursday 8 December 1966 at the 40 Acres backlot.
Mailer’s career has spanned several occupations, including acting, directing, voice performance, and teaching acting classes. He taught for the American Film Institute and campaigned along with several other actors for greater opportunities for older actors in Hollywood. Mailer was a classmate of Desilu casting director Joseph D’Agosta, who got him his first acting jobs in The Lucy Show and Star Trek.
Among Mailer’s first television appearances are series such as The Lucy Show (1967), Mission: Impossible (1967, alongside Mark Lenard, Jack Donner, and Dick Dial), Daniel Boone (1967, with Michael Forest and Morgan Jones), and It Takes a Thief (1968, with Malachi Throne, Steve Ihnat, and Lawrence Montaigne). He also appeared in the western A Man Called Gannon (1968, with Susan Oliver and John Anderson) and the thriller Jigsaw (1968, with Michael J. Pollard and James Doohan). Also in the late ’60s he has started his career as a voice artist, performing in the short film The Great Escapo (1967).
Mailer continued with appearances in the television series Hogan’s Heroes (1970, with Chuck Hicks), Mannix (1970), Quincy M.E. (1977, with regulars Garry Walberg and John S. Ragin), Mrs. Columbo (1979, starring Kate Mulgrew and with Michael Durrell and Allan Miller), Dallas (1979, with Mary Crosby), and Brooklyn Bridge (1991, alongside Natalia Nogulich and Jeffrey Nordling), beside supporting roles in the television special The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978, with Mickey Morton) and in Clint Eastwood’s science fiction film Firefox (1982).
Beginning in the ’80s, Mailer concentrated more into his voice work and provided background voices and voice-overs for films such as the thriller The Seventh Sign (1988), the drama Avalon (1990, with Ronald Guttman), the crime drama Mobsters (1991, starring Christian Slater, F. Murray Abraham, and Seymour Cassel), the animated An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991, with the voice of Nehemiah Persoff), the science fiction thriller RoboCop 3 (1993), the comedy The Flintstones (1994), the science fiction blockbuster Stargate (1994, with Leon Rippy and Erick Avari), the action sequel Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995), Roland Emmerich’s blockbuster Independence Day (1996, with Brent Spiner), the television drama Lansky (1999), and the comedy Keeping the Faith (2000).
Wayne Pigram, better known by his stage name Wayne Pygram, is an Australian actor, known for his role as Scorpius in the science fiction series Farscape (2000–2003) and the miniseries that followed, Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars (2004).
In 2005, he made a brief cameo in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith as a young Grand Moff Tarkin, because of his resemblance to the late Peter Cushing, who portrayed the same character 28 years previously in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
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Born in 1920 in Brooklyn, New York, he grew up in Howard Beach, Queens, attended John Adams High School, and graduated from Brooklyn College in 1941. Wingreen lent his voice to Boba Fett in the original 1980 theatrical version of The Empire Strikes Back. His voice was replaced by the voice of Temuera Morrison (who portrayed Jango Fett: the “father” of the clone bounty hunter and the clone troopers in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones) in the 2004 DVD version of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
Wingreen is best known for his role as Harry Snowden on the television sitcom All in the Family and its continuation series, Archie Bunker’s Place.
Prior to this, Wingreen was a regular during the 1960-61 season of The Untouchables, playing Police Captain Dorsett. He performed in “A Stop at Willoughby,” “The Midnight Sun,” and “The Bard,” three episodes of the original Twilight Zone series. He also appeared on the original Star Trek series, making him one of the few people involved with both Star Wars and Star Trek. Wingreen also had a recurring role as Judge Arthur Beaumont in the series Matlock, and has guest-starred in numerous other series, including Mission: Impossible, The Outer Limits, Bonanza, The Rockford Files, and The Fugitive.
In 1979, he was a part of the ensemble cast of the acclaimed TV mini-series Roots: The Next Generations.
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One of Blessed’s earliest roles was that of PC “Fancy” Smith in the BBC television series Z-Cars, between 1962 and 1965. In 1966, he appeared in a production of Incident at Vichy at the Phoenix Theatre in London. In 1967, he played Porthos in a 10-part BBC adaptation of The Three Musketeers. Blessed also had minor roles in cult TV series such as The Avengers (1967, 1969) and the original Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969). He appeared as William Woodcock in the Yorkshire Television series Boy Dominic (1974). He played Caesar Augustus in the BBC Two drama series I, Claudius (1976) and Basileos in The Aphrodite Inheritance (1979). He hosted a docudrama on the life of Johann Sebastian Bach called The Joy of Bach (1978), in which he also played Bach in a number of scenes.
He played Long John Silver in the 10-part serial Return to Treasure Island (1986), King Yrcanos in the Doctor Who serial Mindwarp (1986), General Yevlenko in the mini-series War and Remembrance (1988), and Lord Loxley, the father of Robin Hood, in the Hollywood film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991).
Other roles have emphasised Blessed’s comedic abilities. In particular, Prince Vultan in the film Flash Gordon (1980), for which he is remembered for the exclamations “Gordon’s alive!” and “DIVE!”; the mad, comical figure of Richard IV in the first series of The Black Adder (1983), a role Blessed has claimed to be one of his most cherished; and Spiro in the BBC adaptation of My Family and Other Animals (1987). Blessed has joked that he was due to appear in Blackadder II (1986) as Elizabeth I, but was unavailable for filming.
In 1999, Blessed provided both the voice and live-action reference for the blustery CGI character Boss Nass in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, and also provided the voice of the villainous hunter Clayton in Disney’s animated feature film Tarzan, a role he later reprised in the video game based on the film and in the critically acclaimed Kingdom Hearts in 2002.
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Mark Richard Hamill is an American actor and filmmaker. He is known for portraying Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, voicing the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series (along with its spin-offs and the acclaimed video games Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City), and voicing Skips in the Cartoon Network series Regular Show. He has also lent his voice to various villains and anti-heroes in other animated productions such as Firelord Ozai in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
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