(UnitedVoice.com) – Actor Paul Grant’s height made him a perfect fit for roles that required someone who was a bit shorter than the average person; he was just 4ft 4 in tall. The 56-year-old used it to his advantage and starred in both Star Wars and a Harry Potter film. Sadly, he won’t be filling any more roles.
On March 16, Grant was outside King’s Cross station in London when he suddenly collapsed. It’s not clear if he was looking for Platform 9 ¾ while he was there. Four days after he collapsed, on March 20, he was pronounced dead. According to Sky News, he was brain-dead in the aftermath of his collapse. Sophie Jayne Grant, the actor’s daughter, confirmed her dad’s death, expressing heartbreak over her loss. She said, “No girl deserves their dad to be taken away.”
Grant starred as an Ewok in “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.” Mark Hammill, the actor who played Luke Skywalker, posted about the news.
My heartfelt condolences to Paul's loved ones & fans. He had a long & varied career, but it's always hard to say goodbye to a member of the #StarWars family. He will be deeply missed. 💔 #RIP_PaulGranthttps://t.co/C5kWbzXG5i
— Mark Hamill (@MarkHamill) March 22, 2023
In addition to the Star Wars film, Grant also appeared in the first Harry Potter film as one of the goblins in Gringotts Wizarding Bank.
Grant’s cause of death is not known, but he was open during his life about his health struggles. In 2014, the actor made headlines after someone captured him doing cocaine and drinking beer. The Mirror reported he’d confessed he needed help. He said his family had disowned him, and his work had dried up because of his struggle with addiction.
Just weeks before his death, someone filmed Grant outside of the same train station where he passed away. Someone asked him if he had money, and he explained he’d blown it on drugs. He held up an alcoholic beverage in the video and said he was “drinking too much.”
Grant is survived by his three biological children, girlfriend Maria, stepchildren, and grandchildren.
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