Scottish actor who played the evil Emperor Palpatine and Darth Sidious in Star Wars Episodes I, II, III, V, and VI. As a trained Shakespearean actor, he appeared in stage productions of Hamlet, Measure for Measure, Macbeth, and other plays.
He played Satan in a BBC Four radio drama that was based on Milton's Paradise Lost.
He played a major role in the Star Wars series, directed by George Lucas.
He developed a love for acting at age five after viewing a performance of Tommy Morgan. He graduated from the University of St. Andrews with a degree in psychology.
He began to watch theatre with his father in 1949. He feared that his father would discourage his dream of becoming an actor, so he went to school under the ruse of studying psychology.