Apart from the voice of Yoda, Frank Oz, have there been any other actors who played a role in both trilogies? I suppose Hayden Christensen counts, having been recently included in the Blu Ray version of Episode VI.

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    Hayden Christensen does not count. Let's just all pretend he wasn't in the prequels either. Mar 8, 2013 at 12:31
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    Would people mind making this a CW?
    – AncientSwordRage
    Jan 21, 2014 at 20:37

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When Lucas was talking about making three trilogies, he said that the droids (R2-D2 and C-3PO) were the only ones that would be in all three trilogies and in all nine movies (this was in the 70s, when he said there would be three trilogies). He said the story was basically told through their eyes.

Excluding The Clone Wars (the movie and both animated series), here's the actors who were in both trilogies (but not always in all films):

Anthony Daniels played C-3PO and Kenny Baker played R2-D2 in all six movies.

Frank Oz, as you have already mentioned, played Yoda's voice in five movies.

Ian McDiarmid played Senator/Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine (and Darth Sidious) in 4 movies (Episodes I-III and VI) originally, but was dubbed in for Episode V later. So you could say he was in four of the movies when they were originally released, but is currently in 5 of the movies.

Also, as you pointed out, James Earl Jones was in four films as Vader's voice, and when Hayden Christensen was added in to Episode VI (replacing Sebastian Shaw at the end), he was in three films.

While some say Greedo showed up in 2 films, one in each trilogy, he was played by different actors in Episode I and Episode IV.

If the Special Editions are taken into account Temuera Morrison is in 3 films, playing Jango Fett and his clones in Episodes II and III and voicing Boba Fett in the Special Edition of Episode V.

  • What 9 movies? There were only two trilogies.
    – Nick122
    Dec 16, 2011 at 13:20
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    While he was still working on the original trilogy, Lucas was talking about making 3 trilogies and had talked with Mark Hamill about appearing as an older and wiser Luke Skywalker briefly in the sequel trilogy. Now, with his tendency to retcon memory and fact as well as his movies, he claims there never was an intent to make a third trilogy.
    – Tango
    Dec 16, 2011 at 13:29
  • Christensen replaced Sebastion Shaw, not Jones.
    – Tango
    Dec 16, 2011 at 14:21
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    In fact there never was an intention to make more than one. Lucas is one big retcon
    – horatio
    Dec 16, 2011 at 15:11
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    @horatio: True, but it makes my brain hurt when I remember reading interviews and articles in magazines like Starlog in the 70s and 80s where there was talk of that. So I guess my memory is faulty and Lucas forgot to take care of that!
    – Tango
    Dec 16, 2011 at 15:29

What about Chewbacca played by Peter Mayhew, he was in III and IV-VI

  • Just rewatched episoded I-III. I thought about this too.
    – Anthony
    Feb 20, 2012 at 5:18

You guys forgot Warwick Davis!

He played Wicket in Episode VI (in costume) and also had 4 (uncredited) appearances in Phantom Menace

He had four brief uncredited appearances in The Phantom Menace—one as W. Wald, the young Rodian friend of Anakin Skywalker; the other as Weazel, one of the gamblers at the podrace. Davis also had a cameo as a "Tatooine street trader", and doubled Yoda in some of his "walking" scenes in Episode I

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The only characters to appear in both trilogies were Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Emperor, R2-D2 and C-3PO, plus the muppet character Yoda.

The first two were played by other people, except the appearance of Hayden Christensen as you mention. Ian McDiarmid played Emperor Palpatine (as Kev's answer mentions).

You also mentioned Yoda's voice (Frank Oz). On the subject of voices, James Earl Jones played Darth Vader's voice in both trilogies.

Finally, Anthony Daniels played C-3PO and Kenny Baker played R2-D2 in both trilogies.

  • All four films?
    – Anthony
    Dec 16, 2011 at 11:21
  • Well, there were six films but, no, not each person was in all six films. But you asked if they were in both trilogies. E.g. James Earl Jones was in Episodes 3 - 6 only. Dec 16, 2011 at 11:24
  • Right, it was just the phrasing which didn't make sense to me.
    – Anthony
    Dec 16, 2011 at 11:28
  • @anthony-arnold: Oops, you're right, corrected, thanks! Dec 16, 2011 at 11:55

Ian McDiarmid appears as the emperor in episodes I, II, III and VI in the original trilogy. He is also in the amended version of episode V, but not the original theatrical version.

  • You're right, great observation! Hope you don't mind, I incorporated (read: stole) it into my answer to make one definitive answer. Dec 16, 2011 at 11:57
  • @Kev: I switched 'IV' to 'VI'. The Emperor wasn't in 'A New Hope', but I knew what'cha meant.
    – Jeff
    Dec 16, 2011 at 16:52

The only actor whose face can be seen in both trilogies is Ian McDiarmid (1, 2, 3, 6 added later to 5).

Ian McDiarmid

Another actor whose face can be seen is Hayden Christensen who was digitally added later into Ep. 6.

Hayden Christensen

Others that appear on screen but with a body costume, are Peter Mayhew (3, 4, 5, 6), Anthony Daniels (all) and Kenny Baker (all).

Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca

Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker as C3P0 and R2D2

And the actors that contributed with their voice are; James Earl Jones (3, 4, 5, 6) and Frank Oz (1, 2, 3, 5, 6).

Frank Oz as Yoda James Earl Jones as Darth Vader

Now that the cast for sequel trilogy is apparent, we might have some of these actors appear in 3 trilogies on top of obvious 4 appear in their 2nd.


As I remember from seeing "The Empire strikes Back" preview before the initial Australian cinema release in 1980, the Emperor appeared at least in holographic communication with Darth Vader. Vader moved his Star Destroyer to where he could get better reception first. I don't know if that was Ian McDiarmid or another actor.

  • Originally, a different actor. The revised versions now show Ian McDiarmid.
    – aramis
    Dec 19, 2011 at 9:00

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