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Born in Perthshire, Scotland, on Sept. 27, 1947, Denis Lawson made a name for himself performing onstage in London's West End and on British television dramas -- but is best known to American audiences for his role as pilot Wedge Antilles in the first three Star Wars films.

Lawson began his London stage career in 1969's "The Metamorphosis." He has appeared in numerous television series and movies, including Lucky Jim, The Fabulous Bagel Boys and a two-year stint on the BBC's medical drama "Holby City." In 1983, he starred opposite Burt Lancaster in the critically acclaimed film Local Hero.

Lawson directed the 1999 stage production of "Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs," which starred Lawson's nephew, Ewan McGregor. In 2005, Lawson received an Emmy nod for his performance as John Jarndyce in the critically acclaimed BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' Bleak House.

Denis Lawson in Star Wars: Episode V: Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

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George Lucas's epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones) is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), cocky Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Chewbacca, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are thrown into various stages of capture, betrayal and despair.

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