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Actors Who Have Been In Indiana Jones And The Star Wars Trilogies

"Star Wars," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Return of the Jedi," "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" — from 1977 to 1989, movie fans were blessed six times over with the release of these beloved films.

With a love of old serials and a creative mind capable of making throwbacks feel fresh and new, George Lucas (with a little help from his friend Steven Spielberg) crafted two legendary trilogies and turned heroes written on paper into screen icons that are still revered to this day.

Lucas and Spielberg weren't alone on their quests for cinematic greatness, and in some cases, certain artisans and craftsman worked in both a galaxy far, far away and the world of archaeology. Some lucky actors and stuntmen also got to set foot in both, joining the Rebel Alliance or having an adventure alongside Indiana Jones.

Some had larger-than-life parts within these six films, while others had much smaller roles, but they can say something many others in their profession cannot — that they were in both the "Indiana Jones" and "Star Wars" trilogies.

Harrison Ford

It's hard to think of characters more iconic than Han Solo and Indiana Jones, and even more remarkable that both were played to perfection across nine films by Harrison Ford, who made out so well from these roles that he once said, "It sure beats being a carpenter!" (via The Evening Post).

It's hard to imagine anyone else fit for the role of charming rogue Han Solo, which reunited Ford with his "American Graffiti" director George Lucas. Ford himself said that Han "is rather like me in some ways — we have the same energy and intensity — but now I'm trying hard to brainwash myself against the 'Star Wars' image which is so powerful and so strong."

When Lucas teamed up with Steven Spielberg to set loose an archeologist with a sharp wit (and whip), Tim Matheson and Peter Coyote auditioned for Indiana Jones, although Tom Selleck was ultimately offered the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" lead role. His commitment to "Magnum P.I." prevented his involvement, and they turned to Ford to save the day. The actor told the Los Angeles Times in 1981, "For myself, my only worry was making sure the characters of Han Solo and Indiana Jones were entirely different. But since both had been written by the same man, Lawrence Kasdan, there were bound to be similarities."

Ford often asked for Solo's death, and finally got his wish in "The Force Awakens." But he seems fine with Jones having a few more crusades in him, with "Indiana Jones 5" due in theaters in June 2023.

Julian Glover

Julian Glover's pop culture bingo card has filled up quite nicely over six decades of acting, lending his assured skills to "Tom Jones," "The Avengers," "Doctor Who," "For Your Eyes Only", "Harry Potter," and "Game of Thrones." But for all the roles he's taken on, Glover is probably best known for his brief AT-AT walking in "The Empire Strikes Back" and choosing poorly in his quest for eternal life in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade."

A garden fence separated Glover from his neighbor, "Star Wars" production supervisor Robert Watts, who one fortuitous day asked if he would be interested in being in the sequel. He said yes, and was elevated to the role of General Veers. Glover told Future of the Force, "I was very poorly paid for it at the time, I've certainly done pretty well from it since." There was talk of him returning as Veers for "Return of the Jedi," but a prior commitment kept him from it, he explained in an interview with Lightsabre.co.uk (via Fantha Tracks).

When he didn't land the role of the vicious Nazi Colonel Vogel in "The Last Crusade," Glover was "terribly jealous," but he was eventually cast as cunning industrialist Walter Donovan, working with "a dialogue coach that taught me an accent that upper class American would have" (via The Indy Experience).

Glover is currently 87, with a career that seems eternal, recently co-starring in Todd Field's "Tár."

William Hootkins

Dallas native William Hootkins became a person of interest in the assassination of John F. Kennedy as a teen, and as an adult wasn't very interested in being a part of "Star Wars." Initially considered for the human form of Jabba the Hutt, he took one look at the script, said "It was a pile of (a four-letter word)," and took another job instead (via Albuquerque Journal).

When "Star Wars" was still in need of X-wing pilots, however, Hootkins took flight in the film as Red Six, although he had reservations about the name of his character Jek Porkins, pondering "is somebody going to come over and stick ears and a snout on my face?" While his experience on the set that he said looked like it had a "budget of $420," Hootkins and company "all fell under its [the film's] spell. We knew then that we had been touched by genius but had just been too dumb to know it" (via The Best of Star Wars Insider).

Four years later, he appeared in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" as Army Intelligence agent Major Eaton, who along with Col Musgrave (Don Fellows) set the film's plot in motion by enlisting Dr. Jones' help to beat the Nazis to the Ark of the Covenant. When Indiana comes through in the end, Eaton assures him that they have "top men" researching the Ark, as it's packed away in a storage crate for eternity.

Hootkins sadly died from pancreatic cancer in 2005 at the age of 57.

Michael Sheard

Looking to avoid name confusion with Anthony Perkins, actor Michael Perkins borrowed his mother's maiden name and made a career as Michael Sheard.

He vied for the melty-faced part of Major Arnold Toht in "Raiders of the Lost Ark," but lost out to his friend Ronald Lacey. Sheard told TheRaider.net, "I think the decision to cast Ronny was the correct one. Mind you, the director — Steven Spielberg — thought I was so good that he found me the part of the U-boat Captain." Poor weather threw off filming, and because of another commitment, Sheard wasn't able to shoot all his scenes, but his director promised: "he'd find me something else!"

A year later, Sheard played Admiral Ozzel in "The Empire Strikes Back," who disappoints Lord Vader so much that he chokes him from afar, creating one of the most memorable death scenes in the entire series. He later penned a book about his experiences entitled, "Yes, Admiral: Sci-Fi, Conventions, Friends and Further Memories."

Spielberg finally made it up to Sheard and cast him as Hitler in an unforgettable cameo role that put him face to face in an autograph session with Indiana Jones in "The Last Crusade." He was also reunited on screen with his old friend Ronald Lacey one final time, who played Himmler.

Sheard died of cancer in 2005 at the age of 65.

Terry Richards

Terry Richards was tasked with playing a walking Wampa in "The Empire Strikes Back," terrorizing the hallways of the Hoth base. Darth Vader actor David Prowse wrote in his autobiography about the arduous conditions Richards endured within the ten-foot-high suit. He was tasked with breaking through a plastered wall, something that he tried again and again on set to no avail. By the end of the day, Prowse said that Richards "was on the verge of collapse and suffering stomach cramps." And after all that, the scene was cut entirely from the film.

A year later, Richards was out to torment Harrison Ford again, but this time in the streets of Cairo, showing off his scimitar-wielding skills in "Raiders of the Lost Ark." It was originally storyboarded and choreographed to be "the ultimate duel between sword and whip," but as Ford recalled it, he was suffering badly from dysentery and came up with the idea to "just shoot the son of a b*tch." While his part was diminished, it's still one of the most memorable parts of the film — producer Frank Marshall later told the Hollywood Reporter, "when you're given that challenge, solving it gets you to a better place and gets you to a better idea."

Richards battled with four different James Bonds, and provided stunts for "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," "Willow," and even an episode of "Young Indiana Jones." He died in 2014, aged 81.

Kiran Shah

Kiran Shah was born in Kenya, fell in love with movies in India, and went on to become a prominent stuntman and actor. Shah's first role was opposite future Darth Vader David Prowse in 1977's "The People That Time Forgot." After being Superman's stunt double in two Richard Donner films, he inadvertently served Indiana Jones poisoned dates in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" as Abu, which he said he played "with a certain, simple personality" (via Star Wars Interviews).

George Lucas leaned on Shah to help test out the Ewok costumes for the third "Star Wars" film, and then was hired to perform stunts during the Endor sequences. He went on to expand his role in the universe by appearing in the sequel trilogy (notably as Teedo in "The Force Awakens"), "Rogue One," "Solo," and most recently on the series "Andor."

Shah has also appeared in "Chronicles of Narnia," "Game of Thrones," and in the "Lord of the Ring" and "Hobbit" films, doubling as Frodo and Bilbo.

Malcolm Weaver

Making the leap from being a junior champion gymnast to a soaring stuntman wasn't much of a stretch for Malcolm Weaver, who was a major "fall guy" in a string of popular '70s and '80s movies. He told the Sunday Telegraph, "I specialize in being thrown around by bigger blokes. With my build I'm not going to get parts doubling Bond or Superman. If you're watching a film and someone goes flying through the air it's probably me."

In "Star Wars," Weaver played a Death Star control room gantry officer keeping an eye on the captured Millenium Falcon in the docking bay. He and his commanding officer were surprised by a shackled Chewbacca and fake stormtroopers, one of which was Han Solo, who shot Weaver.

When Weaver faced off against Indiana Jones in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" as a (not so politically correct) "Ratty Nepalese" at Marion's bar, he put up more of a fight, but was again shot down by Harrison Ford. He would also provide stunts for the two "Star Wars" sequels, and the "Indiana Jones" ones as well. It was in "The Last Crusade" where he got "a bit caught up," as he told the Sunday Telegraph, in a mock explosion during a boat chase, and would have severely burned himself had he not applied protective cream in advance.

Chris Parsons

In the original "Star Wars" trilogy, Chris Parsons played 10 roles over the course of three films, rattling them off to Star Wars Interviews: "E-3PO, R-3PO, a Stormtrooper, a Snowtrooper, Death Star Droid, a Rebel soldier and a Snowspeeder pilot as well as K-3PO and 4-LOM, not forgetting C-3PO." The latter one, acting as Anthony Daniel's stand-in, double, and even filling in for public appearances, came about because he went above and beyond to make sure he fit in the tight metallic costume.

While Parsons did have a bit part as a Nazi in "Raiders of the Lost Ark," possibly the one known as the "screaming soldier," he hasn't mentioned it in interviews. He has spoken fondly of working on The Who film "Quadrophenia," and with Barbara Streisand on "Yentl." He told the TJW Podcast, "I have fond memories of hearing that exceptional lady singing parts of a song just a few feet away from me." But above all else, Parsons knows his claim to fame is tied to the "Empire Strikes Back" bounty hunter he briefly played, saying, "It's amazing that 4-LOM has become so popular, and I am very proud to be associated with this character."

Peter Diamond

When Peter Diamond described his contributions to five decades of film history, he professed to Star Wars Magazine, "I'm creating something that an audience sees that I know never happened. That has been the whole story of my career; making someone else look good on the screen."

Diamond "died so many times in 'Star Wars.' Because I like to lead from the front with stuntmen." He was the stormtrooper Luke shoots off the ledge before he and Leia swing on a rope in the Death Star. He also played the Tusken Raider who gives Luke trouble on Tatooine, the Mos Eisley cantina patron who rats out our heroes, a snowtrooper on Hoth, the first person to fall into the Sarlaac pit, and the speeder biker Luke tosses aside in Endor. Perhaps Diamond's biggest contribution to the galaxy was developing the unique swordplay the Jedi would use, as there was to be "no jumping around stairs, no dangling from chandeliers. It was simply two people with blades."

He also played a Nazi soldier in the first and third Indiana Jones films, falling off an Indy-driven truck in "Raiders of the Lost Ark," as well as teaching Harrison Ford "how to do an on-screen punch." Despite the grandeur of these exotic filming locations, Diamond admitted they were not without their difficulties, adding "I can't tell you the stomach problems we had on 'Star Wars' and 'Raiders'. Ninety-eight percent of the crew had sickness and diarrhea."

Harry Fielder

Harry Fielder grew up in the East End of London, a lover of movie-going, which turned into a career as a dependable extra. He later said the highlight of his career was working on Alfred Hitchcock's "Frenzy," when the famed director referred to him as "that man," which meant "he knew my name – he called me 'that man'" (via Plus One).

While he had never heard of "Star Wars," seven days of work sounded good, and while many of his fellow background players were outfitted in stormtrooper helmets, he and Ron Conrad were handed roles that showed a bit more face. They were to accompany David Prowse's Darth Vader to interrogate Princess Leia in her Death Star prison cell. He recalled to the Borehamwood & Elstree Times, "Darth had all the lines to say while Ronnie and I stood there looking ugly."

Fielder has often played soldiers opposite Harrison Ford in "Force 10 from Navarone," and two years later as one of the Nazis in "Raiders of the Lost Ark." On his website, he reminisces about how Spielberg told him and his fellow Nazis "to react to strange ghost-like creatures coming out of the Ark. He'd point at us and shout above the noise of the wind, 'It's coming for you now react, now it's got you round the face, react to it.'"

Fielder passed away in 2021, at the age of 80.

Dickey Beer

Dutch stuntman Dirk "Dickey" Yohan Beer donned Boba Fett's armor in "Return of the Jedi," hitting the side of Jabba's barge and falling into the Sarlaac pit. Beer revealed to The Entertainment Junkie that when he disappeared into the pit, there was an airbag that deflated, and while the dark room was the "only cool place around," you still "had to watch out for scorpions and rattlesnakes, and run for your life."

That wasn't Beer's only role in the film, though, as he also suited up to play skiffmaster Barada, a Gamorrean Guard, and even Mark Hamill's double in the Tatooine sequence. He appeared later on Endor as rebel Sergeant Junkin and an Empire Biker Scout, who an Ewok kicks from his bike into a tree.

A year later, Beer squared off against Harrison Ford as various Thugee guards in "Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom," and then later in "The Last Crusade," where he told Star Wars Interviews, "you will see me all over the place, fighting Indiana, falling off the bridge and getting blown up in a German truck."

Beer continues to be an in-demand stuntman, having worked with Spielberg in "Empire of the Sun," as well as two of the "Jurassic World" films. He is also a second unit director, and enjoys working the convention circuit, where "the little kids know more about the 'Star Wars' movies ... than we who were actually in it" (via Life Box Media Channel).

Derek Lyons

Reporting for duty as a soldier is a role Derek Lyons has often been enlisted to play, and he pulled double duty in "Star Wars," serving as both a Massassi Temple Guard and, in the "Star Wars" finale scene, a capped medal bearer, carrying the necklaces about to be bestowed on Han and Luke.

Lyons recalled his enthusiasm to Star Wars Interviews about being on set, discovering that R2-D2 wasn't an actual robot, but a "hot" and "sweaty" Kenny Baker, bonding with Mark Hamill over sharing the same birthday, and offering to help remove a splinter from the foot of a discomfited Carrie Fisher. He said, "She kissed me on the cheek and said 'Thank you, that's very kind of you.' I then went as red as the Emperor's Royal Guard!"

While he was cast to play a Nazi trooper in "Raiders of the Lost Ark," he "unfortunately... decided to go on holiday instead!" Lyons got a second chance to thwart Dr. Jones's search for a holy relic in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," again cast as a German soldier. Lyons had fond memories of his time on set, gushing to Fantha Tracks about how Michael Jackson and Paul "Crocodile Dundee" Hogan made surprise visits, and how he got to share Harrison Ford's birthday cake.

Lyons added that he is "very grateful and happy with my very small link to Star Wars and really enjoy the time with fans and fellow actors who are involved with the Star Wars Universe!"

Ted Grossman

Ted Grossman has been giving it his all as a stunt artist and actor since the 1960s. He acknowledges that it's a profession where "so many things can go wrong on a set," but despite the risks, adds "I wasn't really cut out to do anything else." (via "Jaws 2: The Making of the Hollywood Sequel"). He's thrown himself around for directors like Peter Bogdanovich, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, and quite often for Steven Spielberg. His working relationship with Spielberg began in his theatrical debut, 1974's "The Sugarland Express," to which the director walked away highly impressed, saying, "I'm also very proud of one stuntman, Ted Grossman, who did the highest jump of anybody" (via "Steven Spielberg Interviews").

From there, he was an estuary victim eaten alive by "Jaws," and a Peruvian porter, guiding Indiana Jones through the jungle in "Raiders of the Lost Ark," before running away terrified at the sight of a creepy idol. He played a stormtrooper on Endor in "Return of the Jedi," performed stunts in "Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom," and played one of the Deputy Sheriffs who broke young Indiana Jones's heart in the opening scene of "The Last Crusade."

While he mostly retired by the end of the 20th century (with one of his other better-known roles being the dead frozen guy in "The Goonies"), his final credited work was in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," performing stunts and once again playing a Peruvian porter.

Alan Austen

For his first job in movies, Alan Austen marveled to Star Wars Interviews about how being cast in "The Empire Strikes Back," "was all down to luck for me. I was the correct height and age." Initially just a Rebel roaming the ice tunnels on the Hoth base, he was later tapped to play a stormtrooper who places Han Solo in the carbonite freezing chamber, a Bespin guard in Cloud City, and even served as a hand double for Harrison Ford after the actor returned to America. On Ford's behalf, he pushed buttons and flicked switches, and "due to the editing, it's very difficult to tell them apart."

Austen reunited with "Empire Strikes Back" second unit director Roy Button for "Raiders of the Lost Ark." He was a Nazi soldier at the Ark opening on a "spooky" set, he recalled to Dread Central, where one "could really feel the presence of the Third Reich." He added that Spielberg personally gave him direction, saying he "was to act like I was being ripped apart by huge bolts of electricity." The director "encouraged me to pursue a career as an actor. Two years later I joined British Actors Equity Association and started to work in television."

He went on to appear in "Octopussy" and "Doctor Who," and continues to enjoy his "Star Wars" fame at conventions.

Felix Silla

Felix Silla has played many familiar characters over the course of his long career. His best-known ones are the shaggy Cousin Itt on the original "Addams Family" series, and playing Twiki, the indispensable robot pal on "Buck Rogers."

Silla also contributed his talents to shows like "H.R. Pufnstuf," "Battlestar Galactica," and "Bewitched," as well as "Planet of the Apes" and "The Kentucky Fried Movie." His work as a stuntman is featured in two classic Steven Spielberg entries from 1982: "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" and "Poltergeist."

It was around that time that he was cast by Lucasfilm to play one of the Ewoks in what eventually was titled "Return of the Jedi." Because of his work in stunts, Silla had more to do, including being the famed hang gliding Ewok, but he told Sam Tweedle in a 2015 interview, "We filmed so many scenes that they used maybe about five percent of what they did. They barely showed anything of what we did."

Two years later, he was hired to be Ke Huy Quan's double as Short Round in "Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom." He also had to do most of Ke Huy Quan's stunts, including the infamous raft sliding down a mountain sequence, where he almost died by drowning (via St. Louis Dispatch).

Silla went on to work on Lucas' "Howard the Duck," and the "Star Wars" spoof "Spaceballs." He died of cancer in 2021, at age 84.

Guy Standeven

In British film and television, Guy Standeven stood in the background, and sometimes even the foreground, of hundreds of projects, including in 1980 alone, "The Shining," "The Elephant Man" and "Superman II." One fan was so taken by his ubiquitousness that he hunted down as many of his roles as he could and even wrote an entire book based on him: "Who's That Guy?: The Sometimes 'Knightmare' Life of an Unknown Actor."

Author Marcus James Heslop described Standeven as "an actor who happily did extra work," adding, "When he was doing extra work, he wasn't trying to hog the camera or trying to steal the limelight. He took what was offered to him and took it seriously."

While he can barely be identified in either film, Standeven has been spotted in both "Star Wars," as an X-Wing pilot in the Death Star briefing scene, and in "Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom" as one of the patrons of Club Obi Wan. He was a rebel dignitary decked out in ceremonial robes, listening to Mon Mothma's plan to destroy the second Death Star in "Return of the Jedi," but as Heslop notes, "unfortunately in the edited scene, both [Standeven and fellow frequent extra Walter Henry] are obscured by a column."

Standeven continued to work up until the year of his death in 1998, at age 70. His last credits were "The Avengers" and an episode of "Inspector Morse."

Jerry Harte and Billy J. Mitchell

Jerry Harte and Billy J. Mitchell were two American-born actors who made their living across the pond in the United Kingdom. Both had brief parts in "Star Wars" films and had their names roll together in the end credits of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" ... although they are nowhere to be seen in the actual film itself.

Harte played a Head Controller at the Hoth Rebel base in "The Empire Strikes Back," and when he replied to a fan letter, saying the film's legacy "still seems to be going strong (I barely appeared in it, as often happens in the editing process.)" Mitchell played an X-wing pilot in "Return of the Jedi," who meets a fiery demise within the inner shafts of the Death Star.

Harte and Mitchell were slated to play Professor Stanton and Dr. Mulbray in "The Last Crusade," referenced in the film's novelization as two colleagues of Dr. Jones, who have a relic they want him to authenticate. It's been rumored their scenes were deleted from the finished picture, but the truth can now be found in this unearthed letter Harte replied to another fan, saying, "I was hired by Steven Spielberg to play one of several college professors, but the day before I was to go to the studio for the scenes, my agent was told that I could just stay home (and be paid) because the scenes had been cut. So I appear in the credits but not in the film." It's safe to assume Mitchell's character suffered the same fate.

Mitchell died of cancer in 1999 at the age of 58, while Harte passed away nearly 20 years later in 2018, at age 86.