Some of the biggest names in the Star Wars universe didn’t have much of a career going for them before Lucas picked them up to star in his space opera. Others faded into obscurity once the camera stopped rolling on the Star Wars set. We’re not interested in the actors and actresses after they worked on Star Wars, we’re going to concentrate on how they were before they hit the big time thanks to the science fiction franchise that is only really rivalled by Star Trek for fan adoration.
Mark Hamill is the obvious one to begin with because this guy had very little going for him before George Lucas cast him as Luke Skywalker. He’d been a regular on soap opera General Hospital and he’d starred in the short-lived sitcom The Texas Wheelers but no significant parts had come his way before Star Wars. After Star Wars he appeared in movies like The Big Red One (1980) and Village of the Damned (1995) but no one paid attention to his career until he turned up in The Force Awaken in 2015.
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