Star Wars episodes IV, V, and VI captivated our imagination in ways the first three episodes often failed. Although not as visually stunning as its CGI series counterpart, many of the minor characters in the original Star Wars series left us intrigued and wanting to know more about them. In no particular order and hardly comprehensive, the following list features the top 10 minor characters from the original three Star Wars films we hope to learn more about as the series continues under the creative direction of Disney and director J.J. Abrams.
1. Boba Fett
No list of Star Wars trivia is complete without at least a passing mention of one of the most enduring and admired characters, Boba Fett. Darth Vader’s hired bounty hunter, Boba Fett has inspired legions of fans and spawned numerous websites dedicated to mythologizing the Fett. And given the character’s mystique, it’s not unlikely that someday a film will be made featuring this legendary character.
2. Grand Moff Tarkin
Played by famed actor Peter Cushing, who starred in several films opposite Christopher Lee, Grand Moff Tarkin was one of the most powerful leaders of the Galactic Empire. He was also responsible for overseeing the Death Star, and provided several strong performances as a steely-eyed Governor casually dispensing orders to destroy entire planets.
– “I think it is time we demonstrated the full power of this station. Set your course for Alderaan.”
Kubaz spy Garindan made a few short appearances in Episode IV: A New Hope. Unfortunately, his well-endowed and phallic-like schnoz often obscures the little known fact that his voice is actually a distorted audio recording of legendary actor John Wayne saying, “All right, what are you doin’ in this town?”
Most of us remember Malakili as the Rancor keeper, giving us an unforgettable performance of whimpering tears over the death of his beloved beast at the hands of Luke Skywalker.
5. Max Rebo
This blue tinted, elephantine pianist performed in a band at Jabba’s palace. Seeing him jam on a circular piano makes one long for a personal biography. Is he a serious minded musician addicted to drugs, or is he a classically trained Ortolan looking for intergalactic musical adventure.
These woolly creatures with giant curved horns functioned as loyal mounts for the Sand People on Tatooine. They were also somehow fitting to their setting, and a delight to see lumbering around.
7. Wedge Antilles
Ancillary hero and ace pilot Wedge Antilles appeared in all three of the original Star Wars series. We’d love to see and know more about his past victories.
– “Red Three, Red Two, pull in! ”
Preying on hapless Tauntauns and having captured Luke Skywalker, the Wampa’s furry white hair, horns, and vicious blades for teeth made for a menacing monster who provided a memorable fight scene in “The Empire Strikes Back.”
9. Salacious B. Crumb
Jabba the Hut’s resident jester, Salacious B. Crumb is best remembered for his sarcastically shrill voice whose role was to ridicule, tease, and entertain. His rat-like frame quivering and shaking before Luke Skywalker and Hans Solo remain an indelible childhood memory for many.
10. Bib Fortuna
Bib Fortuna was Jabba the Hut’s right hand gangster who managed Jabba’s various responsibilities. With his characteristic coiled tentacles, two-humped forehead, jagged teeth, and red rimmed eyes, Bib Fortuna’s sly demeanor and pandering approach makes him one of the most unforgettable minor characters from Episode VI.
– “Deh Jabba wanga”
Although this breaks the “Top 10” format of this post, I couldn’t resist not including bounty hunter Greedo. His character has inspired great controversy over whether or not he or Hans Solo fired first. To put in my two cents, Hans Solo had no choice but to shoot Greedo.