The actor also starred in the 1980 film, The Elephant Man and the 80s UK TV series Cribb.
Although Curtis' role in George Lucas' sci-fi classic was brief, his scene remains one of Star Wars' most memorable. His character famously threatened Luke Skywalker at Mos Eisley Cantina in the first of the original trilogy in 1977, telling him: "I have the death sentence on 12 systems".
Mark Hamill, who played Skywalker, has paid tribute to the late actor, remembering Alfie as "funny, kind & a real gentleman."
This article originally appeared on InStyle.