Original Star Wars Cast Member Peter Sumner Dies at 74

According to The Sidney Morning Herald, Peter Sumner, who played Lieutenant Pol Treidum, a security officer on the Death Star in the 1977 classic Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, has died after a long illness. He was 74.

The Australian actor was a favorite at sci-fi conventions and the recipient of thousands of letters from Star Wars fans over the years, thanks to his couple of lines in the film - and being the recipient of some Wookiee rage, being hit by Chewbacca.

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He returned as Treidum in the 1999 Star Wars fan film, The Dark Redemption. He's the only actor from the original to reprise his role.

He also appeared in Ned Kelly, which co-starred Mick Jagger; worked on the kids show Play School; and had regular roles on series like Neighbours, Cluedo, Spyforce and Heartbreak High.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.


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