‘Star Wars’ actor Paul Grant dead at 56: Played Ewok in ‘Jedi’


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Paul Grant, a UK actor and stuntman famous for appearing playing an Ewok in “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi,” has died at age 56.

Police discovered 4-foot-4 star collapsed outside of King’s Cross Station in London on Thursday, reported the Sun.

Paramedics rushed Grant to the hospital, where he was pronounced brain dead, though he was kept on life support until Sunday, according to his family.

The Peterborough father of three lived with Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita, a rare genetic type of dwarfism, which he said had caused him health problems.

Born in Epsom, Surrey, on Feb. 3, 1970, Grant played one of the furry Ewoks that aided Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and the rebel alliance during their fight against the Empire in the 1983 “Star Wars” installment.

He also notably portrayed a goblin in 2001’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

Paul Grant with his daughter, Sophie Jayne Grant.
Facebook/Sophie Jayne Grant

Grant’s other credits include “Willow” (1998) alongside Val Kilmer, 1986’s “Labyrinth” starring David Bowie, the Tom Cruise flick “Legend” and “Deuce Bigalow 2.”

The British actor faced issues with drugs and alcohol and admitted that he “lost everything,” including by spending money on cocaine and prostitutes.

His problems came to light in 2014 after photos surfaced of Grant snorting lines of coke, the Sunday Mirror reported at the time.

“I need help. I’ve been on cocaine and it has just got worse,” Grant confessed. “I’m drinking and smoking what I can get.”

Paul Grant.
Police discovered the actor collapsed at King’s Cross Station in London.
Facebook/Paul Grant

A scene from "Labyrinth" (1986).
Grant had played a goblin in “Labyrinth.”
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Grant said his life had been on the decline ever since he split up with his wife, Janet Crowson, which he blamed on the fact that he’d cheated on her several times and had gone “AWOL.” He said things snowballed to the point that his family “disowned” him and his career opportunities “dried up.”

“I had a family, I was married, now I’m divorced. I’ve lost everything,” said Grant, who also spent time in jail for assault, according to the Mirror.

Grant’s friends and family reacted to his passing.

“I’m devastated,” said his daughter, Sophie Jayne Grant. “My dad was a legend in so many ways.

“He always brought a smile and laughter to everyone’s face.”

The ewoks from "Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi (1983)."
The ewoks from “Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi (1983).”

Grant’s girlfriend Maria Dwyer, 64, called the late star “the love of my life” and “the funniest man I know.”

“He made my life complete,” she continued. “Life is never going to be the same without him.”

“He was a lovely bloke,” said an unnamed family friend. “He’s always battled with drugs and alcohol addiction but he was a talented actor.

“He called himself the ‘King of the Dwarfs.’”

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