Veteran actor Clancy Brown has one of the most iconic voices in Hollywood. So large is his filmography that it would be almost impossible for the modern-day viewer to have not come across his gruff yet not unkind tones in one form or another.
His most iconic roles are of course that of the sadistic prison guard, Captain Hayley, in The Shawshank Redemption and the voice of Krusty Krab owner, Mr. Krabs, in SpongeBob SquarePants.
By being such a renowned voice artist, it is inevitable that Brown would one day find himself in the galaxy far, far away, and indeed, he did. Not just once, but an impressive for times. Perhaps more than any other Star Wars actor (except, of course, for Dee Bradley Baker).
Not including the various unnamed background characters that he had voiced, let’s take a look at the for notable Star Wars roles of Clancy Brown.
A man of many faces
Montross in Star Wars: Bounty Hunter (2002)
Brown’s first entry into the Star Wars universe was in the now nearly 20-year-old third-person shooter game Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. The game serves as a prequel for Attack of the Clones and reveals how Jango Fett came to be the template for the Clone Army. His rival is a fellow Mandalorian bounty hunter called Montross who Brown provides the voice of. Montross is like a twisted version of Fett with all of the ruthless skill but none of the honor. Fett winds up defeating him and becoming the template for the Clone Army. The rest is history.
Savage Opress in The Clone Wars (2011)
Perhaps Brown’s most iconic role is that of brutal Dathomirian Zabrak, Savage Opress. The brother of Sith apprentice Darth Maul, Opress is chosen by Asajj Ventress to be a kind of sleeper agent with the goal of killing her former master Count Dooku. However, Opress breaks free and ends up joining forces with his wayward brother Maul in a galactic campaign for revenge. Opress has such a capacity for destruction that it takes the most dangerous man in the galaxy, Darth Sidious, to finally take him down.
Ryder Adazi in Star Wars Rebels (2015)
Brown has a penchant for voicing villains. Indeed, three of the four characters on this list are truly on the darker side of things. But not Ryder Azadi. This character is a former Imperial Moff who turns on the Empire and begins broadcasting anti-Imperial messages on Lothal, the primary setting of the animated series Star Wars Rebels. Azadi would come to be of great assistance to Jedi apprentice Ezra Bridger and the Spectres and would eventually become the leader of the Lothal Resistance.
Burg in The Mandalorian (2019)
Finally making the jump to live-action, Brown donned heavy prosthesis in season 1 of The Mandalorian to play the part of the hulking Devaronian mercenary Burg for “Chapter 6: The Prisoner.” After betraying Din Djarin, the Mandalorian systematically hunts down the members of his former crew, including Burg. While it seems at first that Djarin permanently disposes of his targets, the end of the episode reveals that the crew survives but loses their freedom. In Burg’s case, he also loses a few inches of his horns.
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