Friday, May 26, 2017

On This Day: May 26, 1913

By Ciaran Duggan,

The legendary actor Peter Cushing, who played Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: A New Hope, was born on this day back in 1913.

Cushing's film biography contains over 130 credits, including Horror of Dracula (1958), The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and Top Secret (1984). He is remembered for playing iconic characters such as Sherlock Holmes and Van Helsing.

It was Cushing's stand-out performance in Star Wars however which he has become most recognised for in recent memory.

The British-born actor lived up until the age of 81 - he passed away in Canterbury, Kent on August 11, 1994 - but even in death his legacy lives on in both film and Star Wars.

Peter Cushing's Tarkin alongside Darth Vader

Since Cushing's passing the Emperor's aide has returned to Star Wars in both cinematic and animated form, making appearances as a young captain in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and an esteemed governor in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Stephen Stanton, the voice of Admiral Raddus in Rogue One, has taken the mantle of voicing Tarkin in both The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels.

Back in 2013 the American voice actor gave high praise to the late Peter Cushing, who he drew inspiration from for Stanton's voice as Tarkin: 

"Grand Moff Tarkin - you either love him or hate him, but you have to admit that Peter Cushing did a phenomenal job to bring that character to life and make him truly iconic." 

Archival footage exists of Peter Cushing openly discussing the time he played the stern Grand Moff whilst wearing carpet slippers in a revealing and funny interview. Take a look below:

What is your favorite moment of Peter Cushing's performance as Tarkin in Star Wars? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Eyes on Cinema ; Stephen Stanton YouTube Channel

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