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John Simpkin

John  Simpkin worked on film and TV as a background actor and stand-in for over twenty years.   He was stand-in/double for some major stars- including Mel Gibson, Christian Slater, Gary Oldman, Rupert Everett and Tom Cruise to name but a few.

His acting appearances include, several Bond films one of them being For Your Eyes Only, Flash Gordon, Superman, Supergirl, The Legend, Hamlet (Franco Zefferelli) and of course Return of the Jedi.  In Return of the Jedi he played Klaatu in all the Jabba’s Palace scenes,  and also appeared as a Stormtrooper  in the ' You Rebel Scum ' scene.

John no longer works in the film business, preferring life as a fitness trainer and musician, but makes regular appearances at conventions.

Here are two great interviews that were conducted with John . The first being with Star Wars Interviews which can be seen HERE and the other with which you can see by following this LINK .