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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 VI: Return of the Jedi

Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

1983 PG

Director George Lucas delivers the finale to his original epic space trilogy with the rebel forces' last stand against the Empire and Luke Skywalker's (Mark Hamill) fateful confrontation with his nemesis, Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones). Skywalker tries to rescue Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) from Jabba the Hutt, while the rebel army and the small, furry Ewoks battle the enormity of the rebuilt Death Star.

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