Peter Wilton Cushing (1913–1994) is best known in the geek community for his portrayal of of Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars. Prior to Star Wars, Mr. Cushing was known for his acting in horror movies. His first role was in 1939’s Man in the Iron Mask. He continued his acting career through 1986’s Biggles: Adventures in Time (No I have never heard of it either). He passed away in 1994 from Prostrate Cancer.