Actor and novelist who became known to Star Wars Fans as the face behind the mask of Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi. As a trained Shakespearean actor, he appeared in Hamlet, All's Well That Ends Well, and King Lear.
As an acclaimed actor of the Royal Shakespeare Company, his performances were widely acknowledge to be ahead of their time.
He also wrote stage and screenplays and often re-wrote dialogue in many of his films.
He was born in Holt, Norfolk, England, one of three children of Dr. Geoffrey Shaw, a music master at a local boarding school.
George Lucas, the director of Star Wars, personally directed Shaw in his pivotal emotional scene in the climax of the Star Wars saga.