Alan Harris was a British actor who has played several different roles in the Star Wars movies. Starting out as a model, Harris moved onto stage productions, and later motion pictures. For Star Wars, Harris' work was mainly behind the scenes, however, he has occasionally stepped in as an actor, most notable for portraying Bossk in The Empire Strikes Back The Empire Strikes Back. Harris is has the rare distinction of appearing in all three films of the original Star Wars trilogy (as well as as the first prequel, The Phantom Menace), and playing a Stormtrooper in all three films.
In The Empire Strikes Back, Harris was cast as Merril and later Bossk. Harris also played a Stormtrooper on Cloud City.
Harris' only onscreen appearance in Return of the Jedi was portraying a Stormtrooper again.
Behind the scenes, Harris doubled for Anthony Daniels inside the C-3PO costume from The Empire Strikes Back onto Return of the Jedi, and also had the Boba Fett costume made around him and body molded for the carbonite block of Han Solo. Due to C-3PO and Bossk occupying the same scenes during Return of the Jedi, the role of Bossk was handed off to Trevor Butterfield while Harris stood in for Daniels' for lighting.
- "Who's the Bossk?!"—Star Wars Insider 49
- "In Their Own Words: Making The Empire Strikes Back"—Star Wars Insider 119