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Lando Calrissian (born c. 30 BBY), a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, is a former smuggler and friend of Han Solo. After losing the Millennium Falcon to Han in a game of sabacc, the same game later won him the job of Baron Administrator of the floating Cloud City and Tibanna gas mine on the gas giant planet of Bespin. He then meets his assistant Lobot.
After betraying Solo when threatened by Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back, Calrissian joins the Rebel Alliance and, in Return of the Jedi, rescues Solo and leads the Rebel starfighter fleet (in the Millennium Falcon previously owned by him) into the Death Star to destroy the massive space station. The Sullustan, Nien Nunb copiloted the Falcon during the Battle of Endor.
Lando Calrissian was the only character in the original Star Wars trilogy to be overtly played by an African-American actor, Billy Dee Williams (though James Earl Jones supplied the voice of Darth Vader). Lucas was heavily criticised for this perceived omission (and indeed his policy of using ethnic dialects to identify classes of characters, such as giving some - though not all - senior Imperial officers British accents).
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