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 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.