Who Is Owen Lars?

Owen Lars

Owen Lars is a character in the Star Wars universe, first introduced in Episode II: Attack of the Clones. He is the stepbrother of Anakin Skywalker, who later becomes Darth Vader, and the uncle of Luke Skywalker.

Owen Lars’ Early Life

Owen Lars was born on Tatooine, the son of moisture farmers, Cliegg and Aika Lars. He was raised on the planet and worked alongside his father on the family’s moisture farm. He was known for being hardworking and reliable.

Relationship with Anakin Skywalker

Owen first met Anakin Skywalker when he arrived on Tatooine with Padmé Amidala to protect her from danger. Owen and Anakin did not get along at first, but eventually formed a working relationship.

After Anakin married Padmé and became a Jedi, he was not allowed to have any contact with his family, including Owen. However, when Anakin turned to the dark side and became Darth Vader, he returned to Tatooine to confront his former mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Owen and his wife Beru witnessed the confrontation from a distance, but did not intervene.

Full NameOwen Lars
OccupationMoisture farmer, later guardian of Luke Skywalker
FamilyUncle of Anakin Skywalker, Step-uncle of Luke Skywalker
Portrayed byPhil Brown (Episodes IV and III), Joel Edgerton (Episodes II and III)

Role in the Star Wars Films

Owen Lars played a minor role in Episode II: Attack of the Clones, where he was portrayed by actor Joel Edgerton. He had a larger role in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, where he was portrayed by actor Bonnie Piesse. Owen and his wife Beru were tasked with raising Luke Skywalker after his parents were killed by Darth Vader.

Owen’s character was referenced in the original Star Wars film, Episode IV: A New Hope, where Luke talks about him and his aunt Beru with Obi-Wan Kenobi. He also appeared briefly in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, where he witnessed Anakin’s transformation into Darth Vader.

Later, Owen would play a larger role in the live-action Kenobi show, warning Obi-Wan to stay away from Luke and protecting the young boy from getting involved with the Jedi, who he blames for the death of Anakin.


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