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Star Wars: The Clone Wars

The Second Animated Clone Wars TV Series

The second Clone Wars animated series (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) debuted on October 3, 2008 on the Cartoon Network.  During much of its five year run, it was celebrated as the most highly rated animated sci-fi series on television.

More Than Just Another Palpatine

Do you know your Palpatines?  If the name Ian rings a bell, then the rest should be easy enough, given that the two most prominent actors to breathe life into the role of the villainous Old Republic Chancellor/Sith Lord/Emperor have not only been named Ian, but are known to have been first rate British stage and screen professionals with numerous credits to their names.

Naturally, the same can also be said of Clive Revill, the delightful New Zealand/British character actor who originated the role in the Empire Strikes Back in 1980.  Though apparently, to really be accepted as a true Palpatine, you've gotta be named Ian!

From Clive Revill (left) to Ian McDiarmid, duplicitous Palpatine ever plots, plans and schemes

Ian McDiarmid may forever be the most visible in the part, but certainly Ian Abercrombie wins the prize for racking up the most audio hours while voicing the dastardly Chancellor (aka Darth Sidious) in both The Clone Wars feature film in 2008 and the first four seasons of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series (2008 - 2012).  How sad then, that Mr. Abercrombie passed away from kidney failure on January 26, 2012, at the age of 77.

Ian Abercrombie - More than just another Palpatine

Yet, let's not only remember this particular Ian as just another guy wielding the well worn light saber of bad old Palpatine.  No, Mr. Abercrombie was more than just the worthy successor to Ian McDiarmid in the Star Wars universe.

In fact, he was a Bronze, Silver and Gold medal winning dancer who also acted on stage and screen, appearing in dozens of notable productions, such as Battlestar Galactica (1978), Twin Peaks (1992), Army of Darkness (1992), Addams Family Values (1993), Babylon 5 (1994), and Seinfeld (1994–1995, as the irascible and eccentric Mr. Pitt), just to name a very few.

Farewell, Mr. Abercrombie.  The force will surely be with you, always.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars and all related characters, marks and images, copyright © The Walt  Disney Company
Star Wars: The Clone Wars theme music by Kevin Kiner

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