Gerald Home was born on October 18, 1950, in Belfast of North Ireland. At the age of 16, he emigrated to Australia with his family where he made his first steps towards acting while still in university. He spent 3 years as an actor and teacher in Australia before moving to London, UK to study at the Drama Studio, from where he graduated in 1977.
On the Big Screen
Gerald has had an wide and varied career on the big screen and is most notably known for his two roles in the third installment of the original trilogy of the Star Wars franchise, titled ‘Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi’ (1983), where he played Tessek-Squid Head (Jabba the Hutt’s accountant!) and the Mon Calamari Officer serving Admiral Ackbar!
He is still very active within the Star Wars community and has appeared at many conventions and events, meeting Star Wars fans around the globe. He is an Honorary Member of numerous fan groups and has had a strong online presence in Star Wars forums, as shown by his long-running popular online thread called ‘ROTJ History: Gerald Home’s Creature Info’, which has in-depth, inside information and backstage photos from ‘Return of the Jedi’, not seen anywhere else online!
Gerald was also a puppeteer on cult musical horror comedy ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ (1986), operating Audrey II, the flesh eating plant! More recently film works include ‘London Boulevard’ (2010), directed by William Monahan, Hideo Nakata’s ‘Chatroom’ (2010) and ‘Where I Belong’(2014), directed by Fritz Urschitz.
His many TV appearances include ‘Casualty’, ‘Jenny’s War’, ‘Scarlet and Back’, ‘Keeping Mum’, ‘Harry’s Mad’, ‘Shane’, ‘Time Gentlemen Please’, ‘Situation Critical’, ‘Paul Dreams of Bette’ and the ‘Boot Street Band’. Gerald also worked as a puppeteer on ‘Spitting Image’.
Gerald was the original “Mr. Muscle” in the long-running series of Mr. Muscle TV commercials (a brand of hard-surface cleaners) in the early 90’s, which were shown all around Europe and as far away as South Africa, Australia and New Zealand! His portrayal of the character brought a lot of laughter and was loved by many generations.
He has also made TV commercials for Holland, Germany, Ireland and Belgium.
In London West End, he appeared in Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘The Blue Angel’ at the Gielgud Theatre, ‘The Arabian Nights’ at the Arts Theatre and for a year in the farce ‘No Sex Please – We’re British’ at the Novello Theatre. Furthermore, he appeared in ‘A Christmas Carol in Oxford’, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and ‘The Winter’s Tale’ in Exeter, ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and a season of new plays in Milford Haven and national tours of ‘Dreams of Anne Frank’, ‘Salad Days’ and ‘Bell, Book & Candle’.
In Wimbledon, London, where he lives, he has appeared in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ at the Wimbledon Theatre as well as in 10 plays at the Polka Theatre. His favourite roles at Polka include Dr. Livesey in ‘Treasure Island’ and Professor Moriarty in a new Sherlock Holmes play written by Philip Pullman.