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As reported by The Sydney Morning Herald (via The Hollywood Reporter), actor Peter Sumner has died following “a long illness.” Sumner was 74.
An Australian, Sumner was probably best known to American audiences as Lieutenant Pol Treidum, an Imperial officer who appeared in the original Star Wars film. Though he’s never named onscreen, Treidum is the guy working in the Death Star hangar who notices that a pair of Stormtroopers have gone missing while searching through the just-captured Millennium Falcon, prompting the weirdly memorable line, “Tk-421, why aren’t you at your post? Tk-421, do you copy?” Later, as the heroes begin their mission to rescue Princess Leia, he is attacked—and probably killed—by Chewbacca, sparing him from having to blow up along with everyone else when the Death Star is destroyed. In 1999, Sumner reprised his role in the Star Wars fan film The Dark Redemption.
- Sam Barsanti
Australian actor Peter Sumner, who portrayed Death Star security officer Lt. Pol Treidum in the original 1977 “Star Wars” film, died after battling a long illness, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. He was 74.
Sumner was best known for his scene in “A New Hope” when he notices two stormtroopers (Han Solo and Luke Skywalker) out of their assigned stations and says, “TK-421, why aren’t you at your post? TK-421, do you copy?” Later, he’s seen being taken out by Chewbacca.
According to the Herald, the actor was traveling in England with his family when “Star Wars” was being cast. He earned £60 a day for two days’ work on the film and forever cherished the experience. He was a regular at fan conventions and replied to fan letters over the years. He later reprised his role of Treidum in the 1999 “Star Wars” fan film “The Dark Redemption.”
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- Liz Calvario
The Star Wars franchise is in mourning, as a beloved cast member passed away earlier today. Peter Sumner, who played Lt. Pol Treidum in the 1977 classic Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, died at the age of 74. The actor passed after suffering from an illness for quite some time, but it wasn't disclosed what that illness was.
Syndey Morning Herald reports that Peter Sumner was the only Australian actor hired to work on George Lucas' first Star Wars movie. The actor was paid just 60 British pounds a day, for two days of work on the sci-fi classic. His character Lt. Pol Treidum notices that two Stormtroopers aren't at their post, leading to his now-iconic line "Tk-421, why aren't you at your post? Tk-421, do you copy?" While he only uttered that one line, and had a scene where he's punched by Chewbacca, the actor became a beloved part of Star Wars lore, »
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