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He won’t, I don’t think he exists any more. He died about the same time as your father.

– Uncle Owen, A New Hope

Today we remember Phil Brown at his birthday (died 2006)

Phil Brown was born in Massachusetts, USA and played Uncle Owen in A New Hope. He was living in London after being blacklisted in the McCarthy communist-witch hunt of the 1950s. Phil Brown got the role because of his strong American accent. You can read more about him on his official fan website.

Uncle Lars Owen is a moister farmer on Tatooine. He and his wife Beru were made the wards of Luke Skywalker, the son of Owen’s stepbrother, Anakin.

Uncle Owen

The novelization of Return of the Jedi (1983) had the following line said by Obi-Wan Kenobi:

“So I took you to live with my brother Owen, on Tatooine…and your mother took Leia to live as the daughter of Senator Organa, on Alderaan.”

But this isn’t true as we all now know. Here is an explanation from “Star Wars Q & A – Episode II Lore” (Now deleted from http://www.starwars.com/qa/)

Q: Is Obi-Wan Kenobi the brother of Owen Lars?

A: No. The two are from separate families with no connection through blood. Although a number of spin-off materials were published in 1983 and in subsequent years stating that the two characters were related, those materials were based on outdated and eventually discarded information.Owen Lars is the son of Cliegg Lars. Obi-Wan’s parents are unknown, and he has little to no connection to them having grown up in the Jedi Temple. He is aware of having a brother, but very little information about that sibling has ever been published.