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Han Solo, portrayed by actor Harrison Ford, is an iconic character in the Star Wars universe. He is a smuggler, pilot, and astute rogue who starts as a somewhat self-serving individual, but eventually becomes an essential part of the Rebel Alliance fighting against the oppressive Galactic Empire. The character is first introduced in the original 1977 movie, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, conceived and created by George Lucas.

Han is the captain of the famous starship, the Millennium Falcon, a heavily modified Corellian YT-1300F light freighter. With his Wookiee co-pilot and best friend Chewbacca, Han travels the galaxy as an Interstellar smuggler, transporting goods and people while evading Imperial forces. He becomes involved with the Rebel Alliance when hired by Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi to transport them, and the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO, to Alderaan. After the destruction of the planet, Han and his crew end up at the Death Star, where they rescue Princess Leia with Luke, and eventually join the rebellion in their fight against the Empire.

In the subsequent movies of the original trilogy, Han Solo evolves as a hero and becomes romantically involved with Princess Leia Organa. He is ultimately captured by the bounty hunter Boba Fett and frozen in carbonite as a prize for the notorious crime lord Jabba the Hutt. In Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Han is rescued by his friends and continues fighting alongside the Rebellion, playing an important role in the Battle of Endor against the Empire.

The character`s origin story is explored in the 2018 standalone film, Solo: A Star Wars Story, starring Alden Ehrenreich as young Han Solo. The movie showcases Han`s early life on his home planet Corellia, his escape from the crime syndicate Crimson Dawn, and how he meets key figures like Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian, portrayed by Donald Glover. We also see Han acquire the Millennium Falcon in a game of Sabacc, setting the stage for his future adventures.

Han Solo is known for his dry wit and steadfast friendship with Chewbacca. He often exhibits a rough exterior, but it belies his deep sense of loyalty and resourcefulness, making him a beloved character in the Star Wars galaxy. His sharp-shooting and exceptional piloting skills, combined with his confidence and charm, cement his place as an iconic figure in both science fiction and popular culture.

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Han returns to the big screen much older and wiser. He reconnects with Leia Organa, his estranged wife, and becomes a mentor to young scavenger Rey (played by Daisy Ridley). Their son, Ben Solo, has turned to the dark side using the name Kylo Ren, portrayed by Adam Driver. The movie delivers a tragic end to the character as Han is killed by his son during an emotional confrontation, marking the end of Han Solo`s journey in the Star Wars saga.

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