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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 27 September 1947Perthshire, Scotland, UK
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Denis Lawson was born on September 27, 1947 in Perthshire, Scotland. He is an actor and director, known for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). He was previously married to Sheila Gish.

Spouse (1)

Sheila Gish (March 2004 - 9 March 2005) (her death)

Trivia (17)

He is a Musical comedy star in London. He won acclaim as the Title role in a successful revival of "Pal Joey" opposite Siân Phillips.
Uncle of Ewan McGregor
Early drama school castmate of Ian McDiarmid
Because his name was misspelled in the Star Wars credits, there was some controversy about if it was the same actor playing Wedge in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). It is indeed the same actor.
He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1984 (1983 season) for Best Actor in a Musical for Mr. Cinders.
Has a son, Jamie Lawson (b. 1979) from a 7-year relationship with actress Diane Fletcher, after meeting in a stage production of Twelfth Night.

Lived with actress Sheila Gish from 1985 until they married in March 2004 in the Caribbean.
His name is misspelled "Dennis" in the ending credits of both Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
Was offered the role of Captain Antilles in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), but turned it down. The part went to Rohan Nichol. According to Star Wars continuity, this Captain Antilles has no relationship to Lawson's other character, Wedge Antilles.
In the 1983 movie Local Hero (1983), Lawson played Gordon Urquhart; in the TV series Holby City (1999), he played Tom Campbell-Gore; and, in Lucky Jim (2003), he played Jules Gore-Urquhart.
Appeared with his drama school classmate Ian McDiarmid in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). His nephew, Ewan McGregor later appeared with McDiarmid in Karaoke (1996), Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
Step-father of Kay Curram and Lou Gish.
He met his wife, Sheila Gish, on the set of the 1985 movie That Uncertain Feeling (1985).
Uncle-in-law of Eve Mavrakis.
His role as a pilot in Star Wars appears to have inspired both of his nephews. His younger nephew, Ewan McGregor, of course, followed him into the acting business and into the Star Wars films, in particular. His older nephew, Colin McGregor, became a pilot in the Royal Air Force.
Has a sister named Carol McGregor, mother of Ewan McGregor and Colin McGregor.
His call sign in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) is Red Leader. According to the script, Obi-Wan Kenobi has the same call sign during the opening battle of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). Not only are the battles themselves very similar, but Obi-Wan is of course played by Denis's nephew, Ewan McGregor.
Starring in "La Cage Aux Folles" in London, his return to the stage after a 15-year hiatus. [November 2008]

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