Rest in Peace Gerald Home

We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of actor Gerald Home on the 6th October (yesterday, Thursday NZT), who played Tessek/Squid Head and a Rebel Mon Calamari officer in Return of the Jedi. Gerald was an active and enthusiastic participant in the fan and convention community, a long-time supporter of SWNZ going back to the first interviews he did for us in 2004 on the topic of his Star Wars roles, and a personal friend.

Gerald was born in Belfast Ireland, and initially worked as a teacher in Australia before moving to London to study drama. Gerald has a long list of drama credits to his name, including theatre and mime performances, puppeteering (Gerald was one of the operators of Audrey II, the man-eating plant in Little Shop of Horrors), TV commercials and shows, and movies. We worked with Gerald to archive a lot of photos and details from his acting career on his official website.

We first crossed paths with Gerald in late 2003/early 2004 when he contacted SWNZ with some fun call sheets and scripts from his involvement in Return of the Jedi that he wanted help documenting and sharing. After a many emails and a couple of long phone calls, we put together a series of three interview articles on that dive into some interesting background trivia that really serve to capture the atmosphere and detail of his days filming back in February of 1982.

Gerald was much loved amongst the Star Wars fan community, on account of his enthusiastic involvement and willingness to participate in events, share stories, and take on roles supporting many fan groups around the world. Whatever event he attended, or fan group he interacted with, he was very generous with his time and tended to make fast friendships with the people he met. He will be missed by many.