When actors travel to the galaxy far, far away, many of them like to stick around. Of course you know the actors that have made return appearances, playing the same role in two, three, four, six, and soon even seven films. But who you may not know are the actors that have come back assuming new identities. Here are four that have made an impact playing multiple characters in the Star Wars canon.
1. Mark Hamill: Luke Skywalker, Darth Bane
There’s a chance about the size of a womp rat that you’ve come to this site not knowing that Mark Hamill played Luke Skywalker, the first hero of the Star Wars universe. But did you know he also played one of its greatest villains? In the final episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the erstwhile Jedi lent his voice to the Sith Lord that started the Rule of 2, Darth Bane. Without Bane, there would be no Emperor, no Vader, and no Luke. And so the cycle is complete, from Hamill to Hamill.
2. Anthony Daniels: C-3PO, Dannl Faytonni
The droid proficient in over six million forms of communication wouldn’t be much more than a bucket of bolts without Anthony Daniels. The actor bears the unique distinction of having appeared in all six films as C-3PO, adding to that record soon with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But he also got to appear on screen without gold metal, joints, and wires as Dannl Faytonni in both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. He wasn’t much more than a background or cameo character, but he did have a unique extended story. In a webcomic by Story Group member Pablo Hidalgo, Faytonni came face-to-face with Threepio. Must’ve been like looking in a mirror.
3. Warwick Davis: Wicket, W. Wald, Weazel, street trader
Warwick Davis loves the “W” characters, it seems. While his most well known role in the saga came as Wicket in Return of the Jedi, Davis has stayed active in the Star Wars universe and various other corners of genre entertainment over the last 30 years. His loyalty was rewarded in the form of three bit roles in The Phantom Menace. He appeared as Anakin’s Rodian pal, Wald, a gambler named Weazel, and a Tatooine street trader. Davis will return once more soon, with an as-yet-unidentified character in The Force Awakens. Yub Nub?
4. Sam Witwer: The Son, Darth Maul, Emperor Palpatine
The dark side of the Force is strong with Sam Witwer. The actor hasn’t appeared in live action, but thanks to Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, he can claim three in-canon credits, all out of the light. First up was the Son on The Clone Wars, the mysterious living embodiment of the dark side on the planet Mortis. In an attempt to kill his Father, the balance, the Son killed the Daughter, the embodiment of light, instead. Witwer returned to the series as the voice of Darth Maul, who in a series of arcs went from insane spider-legged recluse to conqueror of Mandalore — at least until his old Master returned to smack him down. Now, in Rebels Season Two, Witwer returns once more as the voice of Emperor Palpatine, a role he has already played in a few non-canon video games and cartoons.
Honorable Mention: The Voice Actors of Star Wars
We’d be remiss not to mention the many talented voice actors who, alongside Witwer and others, lent their voices repeatedly across Star Wars through non-canon video games and canonical animated specials. Cat Taber, voice of Padmé (and others) in The Clone Wars, voiced Princess Leia in the video game The Force Unleashed. Taber also provided voices for The Old Republic and Knights of the Old Republic. Dee Bradley Baker, the voice of the clones in The Clone Wars, lent his voice to the adult Boba Fett in The Force Unleashed. Grey Griffin, Asajj Ventress and Shaak-Ti in The Clone Wars, also voiced the female Bounty Hunter in The Old Republic. The list, if we included every amazing voice actor in these various projects, would practically never end.
Lucas Siegel is a freelance journalist and writer with over a decade of comic book, movie, TV, and video game reporting. A lifelong Star Wars fan, the galaxy far, far away shares time in his brain with Disney, superheroes, and Chicago sports. When he and his wife aren’t at Disney Parks, they’re watching Disney movies, their favorite The Clone Wars episodes, or playing Disney Infinity — you get the idea. He currently contributes to ComicBook.com and other outlets.