Star Wars actor Alan Harris who played bounty hunter Bossk dies aged 81

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Star Wars actor Alan Harris who played bounty hunter Bossk in The Empire Strikes Back has died aged 81.

The actor appeared in all three films of the original trilogy but was most famous as one of the hired guns dispatched by Darth Vader to capture the Millenium Falcon.

The actor had been diagnosed with lung cancer in 2018, Alliance Agents said in a statement.

The actor was “one of life’s true gentlemen”, according to the agent.

The statement added: “During his 30-year career he worked as a background artist and stand in for dozens of productions including Flash Gordon, Superman, Space 1999, UFO, Doctor Who and The Protectors.

“He worked on all three original Star Wars films with his most notable role being that of Bossk the reptilian bounty hunter tasked with tracking down the Millennium Falcon in The Empire Strikes Back.

“Years after making the Star Wars films, Alan began a new career attending science fiction conventions and comic-cons all over the world.”

Harris “loved meeting his fans, signing autographs for them and telling stories of his time in the film business”, according to the statement.

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