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Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Died in London, England, UK  (brain tumor)
Birth NameThomas Declan Mulholland

Mini Bio (1)

He began acting in a small theatre called Unity Theatre, Mornington Crescent, London from the late 1950s - 196os.

He died in Regents Park Road outside sheltered accommodation where he had been staying after suffering a heart attack.a few years previously.

He had been invited to speak to a Star Wars fan club in Woverhampton on his role as Jabba the Hutt. it was an extremely hot day when he got off the train and made his way home. His body lay in the morgue at The Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, London, for four days until his friend Michael McKevitt, also an actor, began to wonder why he wasn't answering the phone or why he wasn't at his sheltered accommodation home. He then paid a visit to the Royal Free Hospital.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Wilson John Haire

Trade Mark (1)

Was known for carrying his umbrella

Trivia (6)

Perhaps Declan Mulholland's most famous role will be one that never was. Declan was the original Jabba The Hutt stand-in for the movie Star Wars. The scene was to have a "stop-motion" character overlay him, but budget constraints forced George Lucas to cut the scene altogether, that is until recently. As part of the re-release of the Star Wars Trilogy, this scene has been re-inserted into the film. However, you won't be able to see Declan, since Lucasfilm now had the funds to complete the production, inserting a Return Of The Jedi style Jabba The Hutt, over his character, once again.
A very brief clip of the "Han meets Jabba" scene from "Star Wars" as originally shot, with Mulholland as Jabba, was shown in the TV special, "From 'Star Wars' to 'Jedi': The Making of a Saga" in 1983, around the time of the original release of "Return of the Jedi".
His wardrobe from Time Bandits is similar, if not identical to the one he wore as a stand-in for Jabba the Hutt in Star Wars Episode IV.
Found dead on a train. Was identified by Michael Sheard at the police mortuary.
Played the part of Jabba the Hut in Star wars but his part was cut during editing.
Studied acting in London in 1959.

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