ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at Creators.co
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Now, when you settle down to re-watch the original Star Wars trilogy this year (which, let's be honest, we're all going to do. At least twice.), you might well sit and think about how it's actually kind of weird how Han Solo is also Indiana Jones, how Luke Skywalker is also the legendary voice of the Joker, or how Princess Leia was totally in When Harry Met Sally.

There'll all pretty darned iconic stars, though - and even if Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher's careers didn't take off quite as much as Harrison Ford's, they're all still faces it's impossible to miss...

Because...Awesome?
Because...Awesome?

What you might also notice, though, is that a whole lot of the less-famous faces in the movie are strangely familiar too.

And there's a reason for that...

A Whole Bunch of Minor Star Wars Actors Were in Every Movie You've Ever Loved

And yes, in case you're wondering, that does include Porkins...

First up, though:

General Veers - a.k.a. Julian Glover - Chose Poorly

Though not when it came to headgear...
Though not when it came to headgear...

Though, crucially, not when it came to choosing film franchises to appear in.

Instead, Glover has found a niche for himself as a go-to-guy for awesome, nerdy movie series' - which is why you might just recognize him as the traitorous - and poor choice-making - Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade...

Classy...
Classy...

...The gloriously incompetent Maester Pycelle in Game of Thrones...

Classier...
Classier...

And, probably a little less obviously, Aragog in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets...

Classiest...
Classiest...

Which, you've got to admit, is pretty fantastic range...

Some actors, though, went a little more heroic:

Admiral Ackbar - a.k.a. Tim Rose - Became a Marvel Superhero

"It's a trap!"
"It's a trap!"

Yup, that's right, Tim Rose, who played Admiral Ackbar, went on to play the lead in a major Marvel superhero movie.

"No, wait, this is a trap!"
"No, wait, this is a trap!"

There were only three small problems.

1. He was a puppeteer, so you wouldn't have spotted him.

2. He was one of at least seven people to play the hero in the same movie (not counting the voice).

And...

3. The hero was Howard the Duck.

Yup. That Howard the Duck.
Yup. That Howard the Duck.

But, y'know what? That's still two more iconic characters than I'm ever going to play...

And don't even get me started on the next guy...

Major Derlin - a.k.a. John Ratzenberger - is in Every Single Pixar Movie

Yup, this was totally a thing.
Yup, this was totally a thing.

Now, in fairness, the fact that John Ratzenberger was even in Star Wars (back in Empire Strikes Back, natch) is arguably the bigger surprise here - but it also means that, aside from the fact that he played arguably the most iconic mailman in history in Cheers...

Sorry, Willie Lumpkin...
Sorry, Willie Lumpkin...

...that guy who was totally obsessed with closing doors in Empire Strikes Back was also in pretty much every great animated movie of the last twenty years.

Especially Monsters Inc...
Especially Monsters Inc...

Take that, Norm...

Meanwhile:

Admiral Motti - a.k.a. Richard LeParmentier - Totally Moved to LA

Well, sort of.
Well, sort of.

Or, rather, LeParmentier went from being strangled (almost) to death by Darth Vader, to giving Eddie Valiant a hard time as Lt. Santino in the LA-set Who Framed Roger Rabbit...

"Valiant, we know you have the Death Star plans..."
"Valiant, we know you have the Death Star plans..."

Though, seeing as he got to deliver the classic line...

"Remember how they always thought there wasn't a way to kill a toon? Well, Doom found a way."

...you've got to say he did alright for himself.

And, of course, finally...

Jek Porkins - a.k.a. William Hootkins - Was More Than Just Cannon Fodder

So much more...
So much more...

Yup, that's right - Porkins himself, Red Squadron's most lovably cuddly pilot, didn't end his story with the defeat of the Death Star (and his untimely death).

For Hootkins, after all, wasn't just Porkins. Or, for that matter, just Major Eaton in Raiders of the Lost Ark...

With mustache...
With mustache...

Or even Munson in Flash Gordon...

With goatee...
With goatee...

Because, on top of all of that, he was totally Lt. Eckhardt in Batman...

With...whatever that is...
With...whatever that is...

Well played, Porkins...Well played...

What do you guys think, though?

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