Mark Hamill pays tribute as ‘Star Wars’ actor Alfie Curtis dies, aged 87

The London-born actor played Dr Evazan in the first 'Star Wars' film, 'A New Hope'

The actor Alfie Curtis, who starred in the first Star Wars film A New Hope, has died at the age of 87.

The London-born actor had a small role in the iconic film, which was released in 1977, as Dr Evazan.

The film’s famous scene in the Mos Eisley Cantina sees Curtis’ character briefly interact with Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill), with Evazan threatening Luke by telling him: “I have the death sentence on 12 systems”.

Hamill paid tribute to Curtis in a tweet yesterday (December 27), hailing his scene with the actor as “one of the most memorable I’ve ever been part of”.

Curtis’ character made a re-appearance in the recent Star Wars spin-off Rogue One, with a younger version of the character being played by Michael Smiley.

As well as Star Wars, Curtis also appeared in the 1980 film The Elephant Man and the TV series Cribb, which aired in the 1980s.

A cause of death has yet to be formally announced.

Curtis’ death follows a year on from the passing of Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher, with stars and fans of the film alike coming together yesterday (December 27) to remember Fisher.

Sharing pictures of the two Star Wars actors together, Mark Hamill wrote: “No one’s ever really gone… #AlwaysWithUs #CarrieOnForever”.