Columbo: Actors seen or heard in Star Wars

It’s no secret, many of the actors seen in Columbo came from Star Trek the Original Series or went on to star in Space: 1999 and even Babylon 5.   But what about the greatest box office science fiction saga of all time.  Here is a list of Columbo actors who went on and went a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.  In this article, we’re only including actors, including voice, and not crew.

Fred Wood, a British actor, was in a single episode of Columbo in “Dagger of the Mind”, where the Lieutenant visited London, where Fred played an uncredited role as a Man in Pub.  In A New Hope, he  curiously, played as uncredited Cantina patron.  Seems whenever a customer is needed in a background enjoying an adult beverage, there was Fred.  He passed away in 2003 at the age of 80.

Guy Standeven, a British actor, played as a Man in Pub also in Columbo’s “Dagger of the Mind”.  He too had an uncredited role in Return of the Jedi as Rebel Council Member in Briefing Room.  Guy passed away in 1998 at the age of 70.

Reg Thomason, a British actor, played another Man in Pub in Columbo’s “Dagger of the Mind”.  It seemed they needed to round up many British that episode before they moved on to the Star Wars universe.  According to imdb trivia, Reg played an officer and technician for the Rebel Alliance in A New Hope.  Reg passed away in 2003 at the age of 84.

Morgan Upton, played Ames in the Columbo episode, “Make Me a Perfect Murder”.  He also played an uncredited Stormtrooper in A New Hope.  Morgan passed away in 1991 at the age of 61.

Clive Revill, known as the poet and terrorist, Joe Devlin, from Columbo’s “The Conspirators”, was the original voice of the Emperor in The Empire Strikes Back before George Lucas started making changes.  His voice is not forgotten as Clive as lent his voice to several Star Wars video games.

Jason Wingreen, while played a policeman in Columbo’s “Short Fuse”, will forever be known as the original voice of Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back.  At least until George Lucas replaced his voice too.  Jason passed away in 2015 at an age of 95.

Michael Santiago, is credited as the 1st Policeman in Columbo’s “Negative Reaction”.  He is listed as an uncredited voice in The Empire Strikes Back.

Trisha Noble, played Marcy Hubble in the Columbo episode, “Playback”.  But she will go down in Star Wars lore as Princess Leia’s grandmother as Jobal Naberrie in Revenge of the Sith as Padme’s mother.

Julian Stone, was Neddy Malcom in the Columbo episode, “Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star”.  He contributed additional voices in Rogue One, The Last Jedi, and Solo.  His voice is heard in several different video games, including Star Wars: Battlefront II.

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