Paul Grant’s heartbreaking final words on camera revealed as Star Wars Ewok actor opened up on alcohol & drugs struggle
HEARTBREAKING video shows Paul Grant’s final interview where he opened up on his struggle with alcohol and drugs.
The famed Star Wars Ewok whose life went off the rails last week died suddenly aged 56, it was revealed yesterday.
The actor, who starred alongside Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill in sci-fi classic Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, was found by police collapsed outside King’s Cross station Thursday afternoon.
The fallen 4ft 4in star, who also appeared in Harry Potter, was rushed to hospital but doctors declared him brain dead.
His final interview, which took place in the station where he died, shows him admitting he had been “drinking too much”.
In the clip posted on YouTube he says: “I’ve been thinking about this, it’s my last day of drinking. I’ve been drinking too much.”
He goes on to admit he had squandered his money made from his acting career on drugs and alcohol.
However he added that he had “enjoyed my life” and joked: “You only live once, don’t ya?”
But he said he was not addicted to his vices, saying: “I can drink a whole f***ing day or a month, but I’m not addicted to it.”
Yesterday dad-of-three Paul’s family told The Sun his life support machine was tragically switched off on Sunday.
Daughter Sophie Jayne Grant, 28, from Peterborough, said: “I’m devastated.
“My dad was a legend in so many ways.
“He always brought a smile and laughter to everyone’s face.
“He would do anything for anyone and was a massive Arsenal fan.
“He was an actor, father and grandad.
“He loved his daughters and son and his girlfriend Maria very much, as well as her kids who were like stepchildren to him.
“My dad I love you so much sleep tight.”
Paul’s girlfriend Maria Dwyer, 64, added: “Paul was the love of my life. The funniest man I know. He made my life complete. Life is never going to be the same without him.”
In 2014, Paul was pictured snorting a white powder and told a newspaper he had blown his film cash on drugs and alcohol.
Paul, who is divorced and shares daughters Sophie and Nicole, and son Robbie, with ex-wife Janet Crowson, once revealed how his life had hit rock bottom following the collapse of his marriage.
A family friend told The Sun: “He was a lovely bloke.
“He’s always battled with drugs and alcohol addiction but he was a talented actor.
“He called himself the ‘King of the Dwarfs’.
“It’s so sad.”
His past credits include 1998’s Willow with Val Kilmer, 1985 Tom Cruise movie Legend, Labyrinth starring David Bowie in 1986 and Deuce Bigalow 2.
He also played characters including small loveable furry Ewoks which lived on the forest moon of Endor.
A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 2.08pm on Thursday 16 March to reports of an incident at St Pancras Station, Euston Road.
“We sent an ambulance crew and a medic in a response car. We treated a man at the scene and took him to hospital as a priority.”
Paul’s family have started a fundraising page for his memorial service – to donate, click here.