Phil Brown autograph Star Wars Uncle Owen Lars
8×10 Black and White photograph signed by Phil Brown in blue marker.
Philip Mortimer Brown (April 30, 1916 – February 9, 2006) was an American actor who played Luke Skywalker’s Uncle Owen Lars in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.
Brown’s acting career extended back to the 1930s, including stage and film roles. During the 1950s; despite the fact that he was never a member of the Communist Party he was blacklisted. Unable to find work in Hollywood due to the unfounded accusations, he relocated his family to England. Where he built a successful acting and directing career over the next forty years.
Brown was cast by George Lucas in the role of Uncle Owen for Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope after he responded to a casting call in the U.K. seeking actors with strong American accents.
After returning to the U.S. in 1993, Brown was a popular figure at conventions, including Celebration II where he was able to personally meet Joel Edgerton. Who played Owen Lars in Episodes II and III. He Retired from acting and directing due to his declining health; and died of pneumonia in 2006 at the age of 89.
“Uncle and adoptive parent of Luke Skywalker in A New Hope; Shortly after the start of the Galactic Civil War, Lars and Skywalker purchased the droid R2-D2, who, unbeknownst to them; possessed stolen plans for the Death Star, an Imperial superweapon capable of destroying planets. Seeking to retrieve the data, Imperial stormtroopers tracked the droid to Lars’ homestead, where they interrogated and murdered him and his wife. When Skywalker found his family had been killed, he left Tatooine with Kenobi to train as a Jedi.