William Hootkins, who played Jek Porkins
in the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope, has died.
(Link goes to Whatsonstage.com, where they have the story as well as a tribute and write-up of his last UK theater performance, Hitchcock Blond.)
Here's more about the character, who seems to get more love than the real man, at Wikipedia
and Tribute to Porkins,
All I have to say is this: PORKINS IS STAR WARS. Without Porkins, the movie just wouldn't be worthwhile. I mean, this guy had flames on his helmet, and he even refused to wear his chin strap. Could he be much more of a bad ass? I think not. Ladies and gentlemen, I think it's time to give a moment of silence for Porkins. And the next time you see Star Wars, you had best represent for the man, Porkins... If you aren't down with Porkins, you ain't shit.