Lando Calrissian is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. He is portrayed by Billy Dee Williams in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. He also appears frequently in the Star Wars "Expanded Universe" of novels, comic books and video games, including a series of novels in which he is the primary protagonist.
Lando Calrissian first appears in The Empire Strikes Back, in which Darth Vader threatens Lando into giving his old friend Han Solo over to the bounty hunter Boba Fett. In the ensuing evacuation of Cloud City, he helps Chewbacca, Princess Leia Organa, R2-D2 and C-3PO escape. He assists Leia in rescuing the maimed Luke Skywalker from the underside of Cloud City. He then joins the Rebel Alliance and promises Leia he will find Han.
In Return of the Jedi, Calrissian goes undercover to help Luke Skywalker rescue Solo from Jabba the Hutt. He is named a General for his efforts during the battle of Taanab. He then takes the pilot chair in the Millennium Falcon (with an entirely new crew onboard) and leads the second attack into the Death Star. Wedge Antilles' X-Wing fighter and The Falcon destroy the gigantic battle station. His mission brings on the final downfall of the Galactic Empire.
Calrissian's life prior to The Empire Strikes Back is chronicled in The Adventures of Lando Calrissian series of novels. Early in his career, Lando is a prodigious gambler and wins the Millennium Falcon in a game of sabacc. He also wins a strange star-shaped droid named Vuffi Raa, who would be his friend and ally on many occasions. After acquiring the Falcon, and under the tutelage of his friend Han Solo, Calrissian begins to develop his skills as a pilot.
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