Nobody Knew Who Played The Most Important (Technically) Character In Star Wars Until Recently
Quick, who's the most impactful character in Star Wars? Obi-Wan? Luke? Anakin? Leia? R2-D2? That one carpenter dude? Benicio del Toro? Nope, wrong. It's this guy:
LucasfilmThe human, not the dog that somehow got into the shot (pretty shoddy filmmaking).
That's BoShek, the pilot whom Obi-Wan and Luke originally approach in the Mos Eisley Cantina about hitching a ride to Alderaan. He's too busy, he says, but he's more than happy to recommend some scruffy-looking nerf herder and his big dumb walking teddy bear. After that, BoShek disappeared from the franchise ... and real life. For whatever reason, the name of the actor who played him never appeared in the end credits of Star Wars -- or, indeed, anywhere. Entire books have been written about this series' ships, planets, alien species, costumes, and even all the beep-bop and SHHHHWNG sounds, but for over 30 years, no one thought to look into who this guy was.
It wasn't until 2015 that someone got interested in solving the mystery. Bill Jensen, a blogger and crime journalist, noticed the unintentional eradication of BoShek from the history of Star Wars and set about pumping everyone tangibly related to the films, from LucasArts creative directors to autograph hunters to other bit part actors who were actually credited. The only lead was that the guy who played BoShek also appeared in an episode of the '70s TV series The New Avengers.
ITVWhich has nothing to do with Marvel, if you were already trying to picture Tony Stark with outrageous sideburns.