May the fourth be with you! Today is Star Wars Day — all because of a super awesome pun. What better way to celebrate this "official" holiday observed by diehard fans of the films then by taking a look back at the iconic original trilogy cast — including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and more —then and now?
Carrie, Mark, and Harrison in Star Wars.
Sadly, this is the second Star Wars Day without Carrie Fisher, who died of a heart attack in December 2016 at age 60. The late actress starred as Princess Leia in four Star Wars films: Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
Shortly after her passing, the cast proved their close bond when Harrison and Mark paid special tributes to their late co-star. "Carrie was one-of-a-kind… brilliant, original," Harrison said. "Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely. We will all miss her."
Carrie, Harrison, and Mark in 2015.
Mark added, "It’s never easy to lose such a vital, irreplaceable member of the family, but this is downright heartbreaking. Carrie was one-of-a-kind who belonged to us all — whether she liked it or not."
"She was our princess, damn it, and the actress who played her blurred into one gorgeous, fiercely independent and ferociously funny, take-charge woman who took our collective breath away. Determined and tough, but with a vulnerability that made you root for her and want her to succeed and be happy," he added.
Click through the gallery below to see the cast of Star Wars then and now!