Famous for: greatly underestimating their chances; breaking up bickering generals; being the only person (besides the Emperor) ballsy enough to tell Vader what to do
Died: on the first Death Star above Yavin IV, when he failed to evacuate in a poorly defined 'moment of triumph'
Did you know? Tarkin personally congratulated valedictorian Han Solo when he graduated from the Imperial Academy
Played by: Peter Cushing (1913-1994)
Famous for: playing Dr Frankenstein, Van Helsing, Sherlock Holmes, Dr Who
Died: age 81, of prostate cancer
Did you know? he died on Ian McDiarmid's 50th birthday