So sad! We’ve lost yet another star in such a gloomy 2016, with the passing of ‘Star Wars’ actor Peter Sumner. He passed away after a long illness at the age of 74. We’ve got all the details of his storied career.
You may not know his name, but if you saw the original Star Wars you definitely know Peter Sumner‘s face. The actor was the lone Australian to star in the sci-fi classic, playing Death Star security officer Lt. Pol Treidum who delivered the iconic line, “TK-421, do you copy?” It became so famous that in 2015 he joked that after he passed he fully expected to be remembered by that very line. He has died at home in his native Australia after a long illness. He was just 74-years-old.
While his role was small and uncredited — he worked just two days on the 1977 film, making around $40 per day — he was beloved enough that he went on to become a fixture at sci-fi conventions for the next four decades of his life. Now that’s staying power!
Peter was a familiar face on Australian TV, with television series including Spyforce, The Dismissal, and Cop Shop. He worked as a character actor in numerous other shows and mini-series Down Under, but was seen American TV on Fox’s short-lived legal drama Rake in 2014.
“He was best known for Star Wars and Play School but he did so much more,” his wife, Lynda Stoner told the Sydney Morning Herald. “He did many Shakespearean plays on stage. He toured a lot with David Williamson plays. He did so many shows on the ABC with Jacki Weaver and Cornelia Frances and other people. He did a lot of comedies. He did a lot of dramas. In the seventies, he was barely off the ABC doing one show or another.” Peter is survived by his wife and three children – son Luke and daughters Kate and Joanna with first wife Christina Sumner.
Our thoughts go out to Peter’s family and friends.