"If I told you half the things I've heard about this Jabba the Hutt, you'd probably short-circuit."                 C3PO to R2D2

In real life I am known as Toby Philpott and I spent 33 years as a self-employed performer (comedy juggler) and teacher (circus).

Me and Him

Although I played many parts, I seem to remain most famous for performing as half of Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi (before he turned into a cgi hologram, and when he was still really slimy and blubbery).

Dave Barclay was given the job of Chief Puppeteer and got me hired as co-pilot. 

I chatted to Jamie Benning (the filmumentary man) on Skype, recently, and he then compiled all the behind the scenes material to illustrate what we were up to Inside Jabba, which you can see here (it lasts about 20 minutes).

Slimy piece of worm-ridden filth


abba the Hutt

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Film Work as Animatronic Puppeteer


Working with Jabba the puppet

All the other film jobs

Jabba talks to the fans (interviews)