Surprising Stars of the 'Star Wars' Movies

by urbanemovies | created - 18 Dec 2015 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

You are watching your favorite film in the 'Star Wars' franchise when a wave of recognition hits you out of nowhere. "Hey, isn't that ... in the background." You rewind back to the scene and sure enough it is. You have seen this movie countless times. How could you have never noticed before now?

Which star are you most surprised to realize had a minor role in one of the 'Star Wars' films?

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1. George Lucas

Writer | Star Wars

George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Thomas Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional racecar ...

2. Keira Knightley

Actress | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Keira Christina Knightley was born March 26, 1985 in the South West Greater London suburb of Richmond. She is the daughter of actor Will Knightley and actress turned playwright Sharman Macdonald. An older brother, Caleb Knightley, was born in 1979. Her father is English, while her Scottish-born ...

3. Sofia Coppola

Director | Lost in Translation

Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. She is a director, known for Somewhere (2010), Lost in Translation (2003) and Marie Antoinette (2006). She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was ...

4. Rose Byrne

Actress | Spy

Rose Byrne was born in Balmain, Sydney, Australia. She is the daughter of Jane, a primary school administrator, and Robin Byrne, a semi-retired statistician and market researcher.

She landed her first role in a movie, Dallas Doll (1994), when she was 15 years old.

Since then, Rose has appeared in a ...

5. Bill Hader

Actor | The Skeleton Twins

Bill Hader was born on June 7, 1978 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Skeleton Twins (2014), Inside Out (2015) and Trainwreck (2015). He was previously married to Maggie Carey.

6. Dominic West

Actor | The Wire

Dominic West was born on October 15, 1969 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England as Dominic Gerard Fe West. He is an actor and producer, known for The Wire (2002), Chicago (2002) and Punisher: War Zone (2008). He has been married to Catherine Fitzgerald since June 26, 2010. They have four children.

7. John Ratzenberger

Actor | Cheers

John started the improvisational comedy group, "Sal's Meat Market", in Bridgeport, Connecticut, while a student at Sacred Heart University, located in Fairfield/Bridgeport, Connecticut. He was later affiliated with the ensemble group, "The Downtown Cabaret". Coincidentally, he was a friend of Susan...

8. Treat Williams

Actor | Hair

Richard Treat Williams was born in Rowayton, Connecticut, to Marian (Andrew), who dealt in antiques, and Richard Norman Williams, a corporate executive. Educated at prep-school, he first made a serious commitment to his craft during his days at Pennsylvania's Franklin and Marshall College. Working ...

9. Sally Hawkins

Actress | The Shape of Water

Sally Cecilia Hawkins was born in 1976 in Lewisham hospital, London, England, to Jacqui and Colin Hawkins, authors and illustrators of children's books. She is of English and Irish descent. Hawkins was brought up in Greenwich, in southeast London. She attended James Allen's Girls' School in Dulwich...

10. Richard Armitage

Actor | The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Richard Crispin Armitage was born and raised in Leicester, England, to Margaret (Hendey), a secretary, and John Armitage, an engineer. He attended Pattison College in Binley Road, Coventry, where he discovered his love for acting. He took part in many theatre productions all over the UK, from ...

Naboo Bravo 6 Starfighter Pilot #1 in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

11. Daniel Craig

Actor | Casino Royale

One of the British theatre's most famous faces, Daniel Craig, who waited tables as a struggling teenage actor with the National Youth Theatre, has gone on to star as James Bond in Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015), and Bond 25 (2019).

He was born Daniel ...

Jedi Mind Tricked First Order Stormtrooper in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

12. Simon Pegg

Actor | Shaun of the Dead

English actor, writer and comedian Simon Pegg was born Simon John Beckingham in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, to Gillian Rosemary (Smith), a civil servant, and John Henry Beckingham, a jazz musician. His parents divorced when Pegg was seven. He later took his stepfather's surname, "Pegg". He was ...

13. Tony Cox

Actor | Bad Santa

Tony Cox was born on March 31, 1958 in Uniontown, Alabama, USA. He is known for his work on Bad Santa (2003), Spaceballs (1987) and Epic Movie (2007). He has been married to Otelia since 1989. They have one child.

14. Joel Edgerton

Actor | The Gift

Joel Edgerton was born on June 23, 1974 in Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia, to Marianne and Michael Edgerton, who is a solicitor and property developer. His brother is filmmaker Nash Edgerton. He went to Hills Grammar School in the Western Suburbs of Sydney, and after leaving, he attended ...

15. Harriet Walter

Actress | Sense and Sensibility

Harriet Walter was born on September 24, 1950 in London, England as Harriet Mary Walter. She is an actress, known for Sense and Sensibility (1995), The Young Victoria (2009) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). She has been married to Guy Paul since May 21, 2011.

16. Gwendoline Christie

Actress | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Gwendoline Christie was born in Worthing, West Sussex, England and trained in dance and gymnastics as a child. She graduated from Drama Centre London with a First Class BA (Hons) in 2005 and her first job was with Declan Donellan in 'Great Expectations' at the Royal Shakespeare Company that autumn....

17. Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Actor | Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Thomas Brodie-Sangster was born on May 16, 1990 in London, England as Thomas Brodie Sangster. He is an actor and producer, known for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015), The Maze Runner (2014) and Love Actually (2003).

18. Warwick Davis

Actor | Willow

English actor Warwick Davis was born in Epsom, Surrey, England, the son of Susan J. (Pain) and Ashley Davis, an insurance broker. Davis was born with the condition spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenital (SED), which caused his dwarfism. He was educated at City of London Freemen's School. When he ...

Ewok Wicket W. Warrick in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Biarina Scout Wollivan in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), Weeteef Cyubee in Rogue One (2016), Rodian Parts Shop Owner W.Wald, Weapons Trader Weazel, Tatooine Street Trader and Jedi Grand Master Yoda (double) in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) and Wodibin Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)

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19. Billie Lourd

Actress | Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

Billie Lourd was born on July 17, 1992 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Billie Catherine Lourd. She is an actress, known for Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and American Horror Story (2011).

20. Celia Imrie

Actress | The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Celia Diana Savile Imrie is an English actress. She is known for her appearances with Victoria Wood; including Claire in Pat and Margaret (1994), Philippa Moorcroft in Dinnerladies (1998-2000) and playing various characters in the sketch show Victoria Wood As Seen On TV (1985-87), including Miss ...

Fighter Pilot Bravo 5 in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

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21. Ian McElhinney

Actor | Rogue One

Ian McElhinney was born on August 19, 1948 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is an actor and director, known for Rogue One (2016), Game of Thrones (2011) and Hamlet (1996). He is married to Marie Jones.

General Dodonna in Rogue One (2016)

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22. Ben Daniels

Actor | The Exorcist

Ben Daniels is a multi-award winning performer who is equally at home whether working in Film, Television or Theatre. He was born in the Midlands and became interested in acting through drama lessons while at comprehensive school. He began his career after leaving London's prestigious LAMDA drama ...

General Merrick in Rogue One (2016)

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23. Gareth Edwards

Visual_effects | Monsters

Gareth James Edwards was born on June 1, 1975 in the English town of Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Growing up, he admired movies such as the 1977 classic "Star Wars", and went on to pursue a film career. He even cites George Lucas and Steven Spielberg as his biggest influences. Edwards studied BA (Hons) ...

Resistance Trench Soldier in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)

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24. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Actor | Inception

Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt was born February 17, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, to Jane Gordon and Dennis Levitt. Joseph was raised in a Jewish family with his late older brother, Dan Gordon-Levitt, who passed away in October 2010. His parents worked for the Pacifica Radio station KPFK-FM and ...

Slowen Lo (voice) in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)

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25. Justin Theroux

Actor | Mulholland Dr.

Justin was born and raised in Washington, DC, the son of Phyllis (Grissim), a writer for The Washington Post, and Eugene Theroux, a corporate lawyer. He is a nephew of writer Paul Theroux and a cousin of journalists Louis Theroux and Marcel Theroux. His father is of French-Canadian and Italian ...

Casino Craps Player in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)

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26. Kate Dickie

Actress | Red Road

Kate Dickie was born in 1971 in East Kilbride, Scotland. She is an actress and producer, known for Red Road (2006), Prometheus (2012) and Filth (2013).

Hux's First Order Monitor in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)

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27. Jon Favreau

Producer | Chef

Initially an indie film favorite, actor Jon Favreau has progressed to strong mainstream visibility into the millennium and, after nearly two decades in the business, is still enjoying character stardom as well as earning notice as a writer/producer/director.

The amiable, husky-framed actor with the ...



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