Alan Harris is a British actor who has played several different roles in the Star Wars movies. Starting out as a model, Harris moved onto stage productions, and later motion pictures. For Star Wars, Harris’ work was mainly behind the scenes; however, he has occasionally stepped in as an actor, notably portraying Bossk in The Empire Strikes Back.
Harris has the rare distinction of appearing as different characters in all three films of the original Star Wars trilogy (as well as as the first prequel, The Phantom Menace), as well as playing a Stormtrooper in all three films.
In the original Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Harris portrayed Leia’s Rebel Escort, as well as a Rebel mechanic in the war room in a separate scene. Harris also portrayed a Stormtrooper.
In The Empire Strikes Back, Harris was cast as Merril and later Bossk. Harris also played a Stormtrooper on Cloud City.
Harris’ only onscreen appearance in Return of the Jedi was portraying a Stormtrooper again.
Behind the scenes, Harris doubled for Anthony Daniels inside the C-3PO costume from The Empire Strikes Back onto Return of the Jedi, and also had the Boba Fett costume made around him and body molded for the carbonite block of Han Solo. Due to C-3PO and Bossk occupying the same scenes during Return of the Jedi, the role of Bossk was handed off to Trevor Butterfield while Harris stood in for Daniels’ for lighting.
On short notice, Harris returned to the saga to double as Terence Stamp in The Phantom Menace due to Harris’ resemblance to the actor.
Outside of Star Wars, Harris has appeared in many other genre classics including Space 1999, The Avengers, Superman, Doctor Who, and more.