10 things you didn't know about the background characters in the iconic 'Star Wars' cantina scene

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the release of George Lucas’ “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope,” which didn’t just launch the one of the greatest movie franchises of all time but also the summer blockbuster, let’s look back at one of the movie’s most memorable moments: the Mos Eisley cantina scene.

It’s where Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) find a pilot to take them to Alderaan. You guessed it — ┬áHan Solo (Harrison Ford).

But Kenobi wasn’t joking when he told Luke that in Mos Eisley, “You’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”

Let’s look back on ten interesting characters who were in the cantina the day Luke and Obi-Wan walked in.

Watch out, this place can be a little rough.

1. Ackmena The Bartender


The nightshift at the cantina was overseen by Ackmena. We saw her in the now infamous 'Star Wars Holiday Special' played by 'Golden Girls' great Bea Arthur. Legend has it the day Luke and Obi-Wan were in the cantina she was in the backroom.

Ackmena was more liked at the cantina than the bartender during the day...

2. Wuher The Bartender


This gruff fellow is known for not allowing droids in the establishment and takes cover when a blaster is drawn.

3. BoShek


This Corellian smuggler (who dabbled a little in The Force) is distinctly known for introducing Obi-Wan to the Millennium Falcon's first mate, Chewbacca. But Obi-Wan and Luke would have been in good hands if BoShek decided to take them.

He set a new record for the Kessel Run before his meeting with the Jedi that day. Taking bragging rights from Solo and Chewbacca, who were the previous record holders. Though Solo still boasted his feat when he met Luke and Obi-Wan.

4. Dannik Jerriko


This assassin and bounty hunter is remembered best for enjoying his hookah during the cantina scene. But according to 'Star Wars' lore, he's a species that feeds on the brains of other lifeforms and on that particular day had an interest in making Solo his next victim.

5. Cornelius Evazan


Better known as 'Doctor Evazan,' because he was a mad surgeon with an interest in experimenting on his patients, that hobby led to him to a death sentence on 12 systems. But he picked on the wrong kid when he ran into Luke at the cantina, as Obi-Wan ended his bullying ways when he whipped out his lightsaber.

6. Garouf Lafoe


This free trader who spent his days shipping ice from Adriana to Tatooine was standing at the bar when Obi Wan took down Evazan...

He then was the one who left the cantina to tell a sand trooper standing outside what he witnessed.

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7. Debnoli


A smuggler and bounty hunter who frequented the cantina, Debnoli held a grudge against the Galactic Empire for impounding his ship.

7. Danz Borin


If you look hard enough you'll find this patron in the space helmet. It's not certain if he couldn't breath in the Tatooine atmosphere or this was a style choice, what we do know is Danz always bragged about being a top-flight pilot.

9. Karolyn D'ulin and Shada D'ukal


These two mercenaries from the Mistryl Shadow Guard ended up on Tatooine while on the run from the Empire after stealing a prototype of the Death Star's superlaser. They were in the cantina, disguised as con artists the Tonnika sisters, with the hopes of finding a freighter to help them transport the prototype laser.

10. Jenny


Known to hang around the cantina with an eye for pilots, early test footage from 'A New Hope' shows her kissing Solo before Luke and Obi-Wan show up to his table. Jenny's smooch with Han was cut, but the test footage has surfaced on the internet.

Here's a glimpse:

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