- "I was a stunt stormtrooper on the first Star Wars, running around in plastic suits, firing guns, and falling down stairs and things, which we all thought was extremely silly at the time. It seemed to be rather a juvenile way of doing things. Peter Diamond, who was the stunt coordinator, however, said, 'we'll pay you the right money,' so we all turned up, and fell down stairs, and fired our guns [...] But there you go. Thirty years on, and here we all are. People want to know about it. I love it."
- ―Jim Dowdall
Jim Dowdall is an English stunt coordinator, stunt performer, and actor with more than forty years of experience. Having appeared in and worked on nearly 200 film and television titles in his career, including some of the most critically-acclaimed films in history, Dowdall is one of the industry's most sought-after stunt experts. His credits include two entries in the Star Wars franchise, eight James Bond films, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Saving Private Ryan, and The Pianist.
Dowdall appeared in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, lending his stunt talents to a stormtrooper aboard the Death Star, and also in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, portraying the character Jerrol Blendin, one of Lando Calrissian's Bespin Wing Guards, in the film's Cloud City jail sequence, alongside actors Harrison Ford, Billy Dee Williams, and Carrie Fisher. Dowdall was uncredited for both roles.
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- Jim Dowdall. Convention-Guests. convention-guests.com. Archived from the original on April 11, 2010. Retrieved on August 27, 2012. "From Sci-Fi such as Star Wars where he performed as a Stunt Stormtrooper and Empire Strikes Back as a Bespin Guard in the jail sequence with Harrison Ford, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher."
- Pellegrom, Dennis (2010). Jim Dowdall interview - Stormtrooper - Star Wars. Star Wars Interviews. starwarsinterviews.blogspot.com. Archived from the original on November 17, 2019. Retrieved on August 27, 2012.
- Bennett, Lewis. Photo Gallery. Jim Dowdall home page. jimstunt.com. Archived from the original on September 2, 2016. Retrieved on August 27, 2012. "Harassing Harrison Ford on 'The Empire Strikes Back'"
- Bennett, Lewis. Photo Gallery. Jim Dowdall home page. jimstunt.com. Archived from the original on September 2, 2016. Retrieved on August 27, 2012. "On set as a Bespin Guard for 'The Empire Strikes Back'"
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Cloud City Limited (Card: Trooper Jerrol Blendin)
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