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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 29 May 1905Holt, Norfolk, England, UK
Date of Death 23 December 1994Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK
Birth NameSebastian Lewis Shaw
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Though primarily a stage actor, Sebastian Shaw appeared in some forty film and television productions from 1930 to 1991. Born on May 29, 1905 in Holt, Norfolk, England, he first appeared on stage as a child in 1913, graduating to lead roles by the late 1920s. It was in 1930 that he made his first film appearance in Caste (1930). His most notable film roles of this period were as an aspiring actor opposite Miriam Hopkins and Rex Harrison in the Alexander Korda produced Men Are Not Gods (1936); as a crime suspect in another Korda production, Murder on Diamond Row (1937) and a role opposite Conrad Veidt and Valerie Hobson in Michael Powell's The Spy in Black (1939). His later films included a role in Roy Boulting's documentary-style Journey Together (1945); The Glass Mountain (1949) and as a Scottish MP in Scotch on the Rocks (1953).

In the 1960s, he appeared in Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo's imaginative It Happened Here (1965), made in semi-documentary style showing Britons coping during a Nazi persecution. Mostly stage and television work followed (including an appearance as a judge in Rumpole of the Bailey (1978)). In 1982, Shaw was approached by George Lucas to make an appearance in the final episode of his Star Wars films - Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). The role was the small but crucial one at the film's climax of the unmasked Darth Vader and later as the disembodied spirit of Anakin Skywalker. The role has since made him a cult figure all over the world. The rest of Shaw's career was largely spent playing distinguished elderly gent roles such as the art critic Mr. Sharpe in High Season (1987). Shaw continued to act on stage, film and television well into his eighties. Sebastian Shaw died at age 89 of natural causes on December 23, 1994.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Crisso (jaycag@hotmail.com)

Spouse (1)

Margaret Delamere (1929 - 1956) (her death) (1 child)

Trivia (10)

Was the author of the 1969 play "The Cliff Walk" and the 1975 novel "The Christening".
His father was a music teacher.
The eight year old Shaw made his first stage appearance on January 1, 1914 as one of the Juvenile Band in "The Cockyolly Bird".
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) opened May 19, 2005, ten days shy of what would have been his 100th birthday.
In a 1987 interview, he revealed that, while under consideration for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), he was not informed about the role of Anakin Skywalker until the producers were certain that he would be playing the character. Because the role was being kept a secret during production of the movie, he was under contract not to disclose it to anyone. He honored that deal, and after the film's release, he was finally permitted to talk about his role. Despite the fact that the role was only two minutes long with only 24 words of dialogue, Shaw enjoyed the experience which earned him legions of young fans and found having an action figure made in his likeness oddly flattering.
Had a daughter, Drusilla (1932-2007), from his marriage to Margaret Delamere.
(1980s) He had a brief relationship with Harriet Ravenscroft, mother of celebrated disc jockey John Peel.
Served in the Royal Air Force in World War II.
Had worked on stage, and was very good friends with fellow Star Wars cast member Ian McDiarmid. He was also very unfamiliar with Star Wars when he was cast, and was not aware that his friend McDiarmid had been cast. When they ran into each other while doing their respective make-up tests, McDiarmid asked what he was doing there, to which Shaw replied, "I don't know, Ian. I think it's something to do with science fiction.".
His daughter Drusilla Mary MacLeod passed away on April 1, 2007. Shaw's ashes, which had been retained by family, were scattered over her grave later that year.

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