Alan Harris (born May 28, 1938 in Enfield, Middlesex, London, England; died January 25, 2020) was a British actor who played several roles in the Star Wars movies. Starting out as a model, Harris moved onto stage productions, and later motion pictures. For Star Wars, Harris' work was mainly behind the scenes; however, he has occasionally stepped in as an actor, notably portraying Bossk in The Empire Strikes Back. Harris has the rare distinction of appearing as different characters in all three films of the original Star Wars trilogy (as well as as the first prequel, The Phantom Menace), as well as playing a Stormtrooper in all three films.
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In The Empire Strikes Back, Harris was cast as Merril and later Bossk. Harris also played a Rebel on Hoth who is told to "prepare for ground assault" by Carlist Rieekan as well as a Stormtrooper on Cloud City.
Harris' only onscreen appearance in Return of the Jedi was portraying a Stormtrooper again.
Harris doubled for Anthony Daniels inside the C-3PO costume from The Empire Strikes Back onto Return of the Jedi. The Boba Fett costume was made around him; various photos from the costume test exist. Harris later donned the Boba Fett costume while doubling for Jeremy Bulloch on the set for Return of the Jedi, leading to a mixup with fellow costumed actor Trevor Butterfield who was portraying Harris' former character Bossk. Harris' body was molded for the carbonite block of Han Solo. Due to C-3PO and Bossk occupying the same scenes during Return of the Jedi, the role of Bossk was handed off to Trevor Butterfield while Harris stood in for Daniels' for lighting.
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- "Who's the Bossk?!"—Star Wars Insider 49
- "In Their Own Words: Making The Empire Strikes Back"—Star Wars Insider 119
- Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga: The Official Collector's Edition