Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. Within the original trilogy he is portrayed by English actor Alec Guinness, while in the prequel trilogy a younger version of the character is portrayed by Scottish actor Ewan McGregor. In the original trilogy, he is a mentor to Luke Skywalker, to whom he introduces the ways of the Jedi. In the prequel trilogy, he is a master and friend to Anakin Skywalker. He is frequently featured as a main character in various other Star Wars media. Guinness's portrayal of Obi-Wan in the original Star Wars (1977) remains the only time an actor has received an Academy Award nomination (Best Supporting Actor) for acting in a Star Wars film. Obi-Wan Kenobi is introduced in the original Star Wars living as a hermit by the name of Ben Kenobi on the planet Tatooine. When Luke Skywalker and the droid C-3PO wander off in search of the lost droid R2-D2, Obi-Wan rescues them from a band of native and hostile Tusken Raiders. At Obi-Wan's home, R2-D2 plays a recording of Princess Leia saying that R2-D2 contains the plans for the Death Star, the Galactic Empire's superweapon. Leia asks him to deliver the droid and the plans safely to the planet Alderaan in order to help the Rebel Alliance.
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