Des Webb

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Des Webb
Died Template:Death date
London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actor
Known for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Des Webb was a British actor mostly recognized for his role in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back as the Wampa.[1]

In the media

Webb had never acted before being cast in 1983's The Empire Strikes Back and was chosen because of his height of 6'10.[2] While he is credited as the snow creature, Webb does not have any speaking lines in the film. There have been some reports that Webb was almost cast as Chewbacca in the film series rather than Peter Mayhew.[3]

In 1980 Webb appeared in the documentary SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back which talked about the special effects in The Empire Strikes Back.[4] Also in 1980 and again in 1981 Webb appeared on The Generation Game, a BBC game show.[5]

Webb appeared in two other acting roles after Empire before his death. These included the 1983 The Black Adder episode The Black Seal as a "Person of Unrestricted Growth" and the 1985 film Morons From Outer Space as the Eskimo Chief.[6][7]

In literature

Webb appears in the books:

  • The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film: Ali Baba to Zombies by R. G. Young[8]
  • Modern Amazons: Warrior Women on Screen by Dominique Mainon[9]
  • Science Fiction, Horror & Fantasy Film and Television Credits: Filmography by Harris M. Lentz[10]
  • The ultimate film: the UK's 100 most popular films by Ryan Gilbey and Jonathan Ross[11]
  • Star Wars vs. Star Trek: Could the Empire kick the Federation's ass? And other galaxy-shaking enigmas by Matt Forbeck[1]
  • The Jedi Master's Quizbook: 425 Cosmic Questions & Answers about Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back by Rusty Miller[12]

Other

Webb died May 21, 2002, from liver failure in London, England.[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Forbeck, Matt (2011). Star Wars vs. Star Trek: Could the Empire kick the Federation's ass? And other galaxy-shaking enigmas. Adams Media. ISBN 1440525773. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Des Webb". Wikia. http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Des_Webb. Retrieved 01/02/2014. 
  3. "The Wampa was almost Chewbacca - how Des Webb almost played the wookie!". Cine Secrets. http://netdwellers.com/mz/SWblog/Star_Wars_blog/Entries/2011/2/6_The_Wampa_was_almost_Chewbacca_-_how_Des_Webb_almost_played_the_wookie!.html. Retrieved 01/02/2014. 
  4. "SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back". IMDB. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0344288/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast. Retrieved 01/02/2014. 
  5. "Des Webb". TV.COM. http://www.tv.com/people/des-webb/. Retrieved 01/02/2014. 
  6. "Des Webb". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/movies/person/75154/Des-Webb. Retrieved 01/02/2014. 
  7. "Des Webb". Artist Direct. http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/store/movies/principal/0,,2001556,00.html. Retrieved 01/02/2014. 
  8. Young, R. G. (2000). The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film: Ali Baba to Zombies. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 191. ISBN 1557832692. 
  9. Mainon, Dominique (2006). Modern Amazons: Warrior Women on Screen. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 381. ISBN 0879103272. 
  10. Lentz, Harris M. (2001). Science Fiction, Horror & Fantasy Film and Television Credits: Filmography. McFarland. p. 1071. ISBN 0786409517. 
  11. Gilbey, Ryan (2005). The ultimate film: the UK's 100 most popular films. University of Michigan. p. 230. ISBN 9781844571055. 
  12. Miller, Rusty (1982). The Jedi Master's Quizbook: 425 Cosmic Questions & Answers about Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. Ballantine Books. ISBN 9780345306975. 

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