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Every Actor Who Has Played Obi-Wan Kenobi (& What Else They’ve Done)

During his 45 years as a Star Wars character, he's been portrayed by different actors.

The Star Wars franchise has many interesting characters fans can’t help but love. Some are fairly recent, like Din Djarin from The Mandalorian, or Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but others have been part of the universe for 45 years, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. First introduced in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Obi-Wan is a Jedi master who serves as Luke’s mentor and guides him in his fight against Darth Vader. Additionally, he’s Anakin’s former master and friend. He’s a witness to Anakin’s fall to the dark side and a hero in the fight against him.

Obi-Wan is such an important character in the Star Wars universe that he’s getting his own series. Obi-Wan Kenobi, which will stream on Disney+, will premiere on May 27, 2022. The story will follow Obi-Wan’s adventures as he watches over Luke Skywalker on Tatooine. It will be set 10 years after Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, and this time, Ewan McGregor will portray him. However, during his 45 years as a Star Wars character, he’s been portrayed by different actors, and all of them have done their part to make Obi-Wan a fan favorite.

Roy Dotrice Played Obi-Wan In The Read-Along Series

Roy Dotrice was a British actor with a long-standing career in radio, theatre, television, and film. He voiced Obi-Wan Kenobi in the 2015 Read-Along series of the first trilogy: Episode IV: A New Hope Read-Along Storybook and CDEpisode V: The Empire Strikes Back Read-Along Storybook and CD, and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Read-Along Storybook and CD.

Dotrice is also famous for recording audiobooks for the A Song of Ice and Fire saga. As a result, he held the world record for most character voices in an audiobook. Additionally, he played King Balor in Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. In June 2010, it was announced Dotrice would play the role of Grand Maester Pycelle in Game of Thrones. Unfortunately, he withdrew due to medical reasons and was replaced by Julian Glover. Dotrice appeared in the series two years later, portraying Lord Hallyne, the head of the Alchemists’ Guild in King’s Landing.

Bernard Behrens Lent His Voice For The Radio Drama Version Of Obi-Wan

In 1981, George Lucas sold the rights of the original Star Wars trilogy for a dollar each to KUSC-FM, the public radio affiliate at the University of Southern California. This allowed NPR to create an expanded radio dramatization of the films between 1981 and 1996. Bernard Behrens, a British-Canadian actor, voiced Obi-Wan Kenobi for this radio drama. The actor shared credits with Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels, who reprised their roles as Luke Skywalker and C-3PO respectively.

In addition to playing Ben, Behrens cofounded a theatre company in 1951. Although he was particularly famous for his stage roles, he won two Gemini Awards for Best Actor for his performance in the series Saying Goodbye. Here, he played an elderly widower coming to terms with his wife’s death

James Arnold Taylor Is The Clone Wars’ Obi-Wan Kenobi

American voice actor, writer, and producer James Arnold Taylor is the official voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the 2003 series Star Wars: Clone Wars, which was created by Genndy Tartakovsky. He reprised his role for the CGI series that followed: Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the homonym animated film that served as its pilot. Additionally, he voices Obi-Wan in “Sparks of Rebellion,” one episode of Star Wars Rebels, and in several video games, such as Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Lightsaber Duels, and Star Wars Battlefront II.

Taylor has a very prolific career as a voice actor in animation and video games. He’s also known for portraying Leonardo in the 2007 film TMNT, Barry Allen and G. Gordon Godfrey in Young Justice, and Green Arrow in the video game Lego DC Super-Villains. He also appeared in one episode of Big Time Rush.

Stephen Stanton Has Voiced Obi-Wan Kenobi On Fan Films

Stephen Stanton is a German-American voice actor and visual effects artist who’s been working in the industry since 2000. He’s voiced Obi-Wan Kenobi in three different iterations with the character now living as Ben Kenobi. First, in the animated series Star Wars Rebels, and also in the video games Star Wars: Battlefront II, Star Wars: Empire at War, and Disney Infinity 3.0. And finally, in the fan-made comedy Pink Five Strikes Back.

Stanton also voices Admiral Tarkin in Star Wars: The Bad Batch and in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Besides his work in Star Wars, Stanton is known for playing Air Lion Turtle and Old Wan in The Legend of Korra and Smitty and Needleman in Monsters at Work. Additionally, he narrates Archer and the Netflix series Disjointed.

Mark Hamill Voiced Obi-Wan Kenobi Only Once In The Name Of Comedy

Famously known for his role as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, Mark Hamill reprised this role in “When You Wish Upon A Weinstein,” which is the 22nd episode of the third season of Family Guy. Additionally, he voices Obi-Wan Kenobi in the same episode. Of course, this is a one-time occurrence, but it remains one of the fan-favorite pieces of Star Wars trivia.

Recently, Hamill appeared as Professor James Arnold in Kingsman: The Secret Service, and as Robert Minkowin Con Man. Additionally, he played James Jesse (aka The Trickster) in The Flash, and John Curtis (aka The Replicator) in Criminal Minds. While he rose to fame thanks to his role as Luke, Hamill has enjoyed a very long career, especially in voice acting. He’s voiced dozens of characters over 45 years, but he’s especially famous for voicing the Joker in multiple Batman films and TV series, such as The Killing Joke, Batman: The Animated Series, and Justice League Action. This role has opened the doors for him to play many other villains in the animation medium.

Alec Guinness Was The First Actor To Portray Obi-Wan Kenobi

The first Obi-Wan Kenobi ever, Alec Guinness played the Jedi Master in the first Star Wars trilogy. Here, he taught Luke about the Force and its uses, which would become a central power in the saga. Guinness, who died in August 2000, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1977 for his role in the first film. However, he lost to Dashiell Hammet in Julia.

By the year he first portrayed Obi-Wan, Guinness had been acting for 40 years in theatre and television. Besides this role, he’s famous for playing William Dorrit in Little Dorrit, a role that earned him several nominations for Best Actor. He also played Adolf Hitler in Hitler: The Last Ten Days, and Lieutenant General Yevgraf Andreyevich Zhivago in Doctor Zhivago, which is the film adaptation of the book.

Ewan McGregor Will Be Obi-Wan Kenobi Again

Ewan McGregor portrayed Obi-Wan in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Logically, his performance conveys a younger version of the version Alec Guinness plays. In the trilogy, he starts as a Jedi apprentice who, alongside his master, Qui-Gon Jinn, finds Anakin while escaping the planet Naboo. Over the years, Obi-Wan becomes Anakin’s master, only to lose him to Palpatine when he becomes Darth Vader. While battling this villain, Obi-Wan cuts Vader’s legs and left arm.

Scottish actor Ewan McGregor became internationally famous for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi, alongside his portrayals of Mark Renton (the main character in Trainspotting) and Christian in the musical, Moulin Rouge. Since his performance in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, McGregor has appeared in dozens of films, including Christopher Robin where he portrayed Christopher Robin, Doctor Sleep as an older Danny Torrance, and Birds of Prey, where he plays the role of Black Mask. McGregor is currently set to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the upcoming Disney+ series, Obi-Wan Kenobi. McGregor will share credits with Hayden Christensen, who will reprise his role as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader.

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