Warwick Davis autograph as Wald 8×10 Star Wars
Warwick Davis autograph as Wald 8×10″ photograph Star Wars
Born 3 February 1970) is an English actor, television presenter, writer, director, comedian, and producer. He played the title characters in Willow and the Leprechaun film series, the Ewok Wicket in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and Professor Filius Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter films. Starred as a fictionalised version of himself in the sitcom Life’s Too Short, written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.
Davis was originally cast as an extra Ewok, but when Kenny Baker, who was originally going to be Wicket, fell ill, George Lucas picked Davis to be the new Wicket after seeing how he carried himself as an Ewok.
Davis based his Ewok movements on his dog; who would tilt his head from side to side whenever he saw something strange. Additionally, during production on the film; Davis was the subject of a short mockumentary film about his experience as Wicket; titled Return of the Ewok, made by Return of the Jedi‘s first assistant director, David Tomblin. In addition, The unreleased film was a fictional look at his decision to become an actor and act in the film and his transformation into Wicket the Ewok. Also, Davis reprised his role as Wicket in the ABC made-for-TV films Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor.
Furthermore, Wald was a friend of Anakin Skywalker in their childhood years. He lived on Tatooine with his family, which had moved to Mos Espa only shortly before the Invasion of Naboo; and helped Anakin as he built a podracer. Wald, known as a petty thief and vandal; and graffiti proclaiming Watto to be a “dirty old bird” attributed to him. Wald always managed to share his illicit earnings with his friends, and his friendship with Anakin Skywalker was strong.