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Norwich Duff, also credited as "Norwick Duff," is a British screen actor who has appeared in several major motion pictures and numerous British, Canadian, and American television series. His major film credits include Superman (1978), Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Short Circuit 2 (1988), while his television credits include Space: 1999 (1976), Evergreen (1985), Street Legal (1988, 1991), and The Strain (2015).
Beginnings and The Empire Strikes BackEdit
Norwich Duff's on-screen acting career began in 1976 with minor appearances in two English television series, the crime drama Second Verdict and the science-fiction show Space: 1999. From 1977 through 1978, he appeared in three more TV series in the UK, before landing his first role in a major film, 1978's Superman. Duff plays a newscaster in the film, the first of five in the Superman franchise.
Duff also landed a small part in George Lucas's 1980 blockbuster, Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, which today stands as the defining role of his career. Playing Echo Base Rebel officer Jeroen Webb on the ice planet Hoth, Duff appears fleetingly and without dialogue in the film's sequence in which actor Harrison Ford (Han Solo) departs the base atop a tauntaun mount in search of the missing Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), against the protests of base personnel.
Duff's film credit in The Empire Strikes Back, along with four other actors, lists him only as one of several "Other Officers" in the Rebel Forces. As such, this may create some ambiguity regarding which character Duff portrays in the film—indeed, among many Star Wars online fan sites, including Star Wars author Bob Vitas's now-defunct The Completely Unofficial Star Wars Encyclopedia, Duff is widely incorrectly credited as playing the role of Rebel officer Trey Callum, who, in fact, is played by stuntman Bob Anderson. Duff's role as Jeroen Webb was officially confirmed by a Lucasfilm publication in the 2010 book The Making of The Empire Strikes Back.
Through the remainder of the 1980s, Duff appeared in the Canadian film The Hot Touch (1981) and director Kenneth Johnson's Short Circuit 2 (1988). He also appeared in four more television productions: a 1981 film adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel The Seven Dials Mystery, and the TV series The Littlest Hobo (1981), Evergreen (1985), and Street Legal, the latter of which featured Duff in separate roles in both 1988 and 1991.
Duff's remaining credits to date include the Canadian television series My Secret Identity (1991), the film On My Own (1991), the 1993 television movie Woman on Trial: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story, a 2008 episode of the Canadian sitcom The Jon Dore Television Show, and a 2015 episode of the American horror drama television series The Strain.
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