American-born actor who became known for his role as Admiral Motti in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Eleven years later, he played Lieutenant Santino in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
He was born on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania to an Irish mother and a Channel Islands-native father. He moved to England in 1974 to pursue his acting career.
He established a production company called Three Rivers Productions and also worked as a television writer for several British series.
He was married to Superman actress
He was originally cast in director Brian DePalma's 1976 horror film, Carrie, but he had to decline the role after production on the movie was delayed.