'Star Wars' stars: Where are they now?

Published On: May 11 2011 09:38:20 AM CDT   Updated On: May 14 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

A long time ago (1977, to be exact) "Star Wars" was released. With George Lucas celebrating his 69th birthday May 14, take a look at what the stars of the film up to today.

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Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine, "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi") recently had a role in the British TV series "Utopia" and appeared in the 2014 BBC miniseries "37 Days." McDiarmid reprised his role of Palpatine for the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy.

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