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Mark Dodson, famous for ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Gremlins,’ dead at 64 after suffering ‘massive heart attack’

Voice actor Mark Dodson, known for bringing iconic characters in the “Star Wars” franchise and “Gremlins” to life, died at 64.

He suffered a “massive heart attack” while sleeping, Dodson’s daughter Ciara told TMZ Sunday. She also told the outlet that her father “never ceased making me proud.”

The actor checked into a hotel in Evansville, Indiana, where he was expected to appear at Horror Con.

The convention posted a tribute to Facebook in the wake of Dodson’s passing.

Mark Dodson sadly passed away at age 64. Mark Dodson/Facebook
He suffered a “massive heart attack” while sleeping, Dodson’s daughter Ciara told TMZ. Mark Dodson/Facebook

“We are heartbroken to announce the sudden passing of Mark Dodson last night.” the post read. “Mark was not only a talented voice actor but also a cherished member of the horror community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and fans during this incredibly difficult time,” the post went on.

“We hope that you can take a moment out of your day to reflect on the joy and laughter that Mark brought into the world His legacy will live on through his work. Rest in peace, Mark. You will be remembered and missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing you and experiencing your talent.”

Dodson’s talent agency, Stellar Appearances, also shared a tribute on social media.

He voiced Salacious Crumb in “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.” 20th Century Fox/Disney
He also voiced multiple characters in “Gremlins.” ©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection

“Mark’s career spanned more than four decades as a radio man, voice actor, producer and fan favorite of convention attendees across the world,” the Facebook post read. “Mark was best known for being the voice of some of movies most iconic characters in some of Hollywood’s most popular movies,” the tribute went on.


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“Mark worked on dozens of movies, video games, commercials and advertisements adding his unique voice and sound to each character and script he touched.”

The statement also highlighted the late actor’s appreciation for his fans.

“Mark leaves behind a wonderful family, close friends, and adoring fans around the world,” a statement from his agency read. ©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection
He is survived by his daughter and several grandchildren. Mark Dodson/Facebook

“Mark truly loved his fans and enjoyed meeting them at conventions around the world. Mark was honored to be inducted into dozens of the local chapters of the Star Wars 501st Legions over the past several decades. Mark leaves behind a wonderful family, close friends, and adoring fans around the world. The family asks for privacy during this difficult time,” the statement concluded.

Dodson’s career began in 1983 when he was cast as Jabba the Hutt’s henchman, Salacious Crumb, in “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.”

The following year, Dodson lent his voice to the 1984 cult classic “Gremlins,” in which he voiced both the Mogwais and their evil counterparts, the Gremlins.

Over the next several decades he voiced various other characters, and even returned to the “Star Wars” universe when he portrayed a scavenger on the desert planet of Jakku in 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Dobson is survived by his daughter and multiple grandchildren.

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