At the end of Revenge of the Sith, Obi-wan Kenobi, played by Ewan MacGregor, is present for the births of Luke and Leia, and he appears to be approximately thirty-five years old, give or take. When we again see Obi-wan, he is quite an older man, perhaps in his late sixties or early seventies, played by Sir Alec Guinness. Yet Luke, if the reading I"ve done is correct, is approximately nineteen years old at the beginning of A New Hope. If this is incorrect, by all means correct me, but if it"s true, why would Obi-wan have aged so much?


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In-Universe, no real canon answer I know of, but he was a man living in fairly poor conditions (backwater crap of a planet, with really poor infrastructure, and he lived in a cave in a boonies to boot), who had major psychological blows (Leaving aside any war-related PTSD, he raised the damned Darth Vader! And everything he ever held dear was destroyed, along with most of his friends).

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Oh, and he has responsibility to watch over the pretty much only hope of the Galaxy, and is fully stymied in raising him properly due to Owen Lars" intransigence.


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going from the Star Wars Wiki, Luke was born in 19BBY, Obi-Wan in 57BBY and Anakin in 41.9BBY, IV takes place in 0BBY therefore it can be assumed that Luke is 19, Obi-Wan is 57, and Anakin is 41 at those times.

Alec Guinness was about 62 during the production of IV, only 5 years older than his character thus suggesting that he some what ages normally

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Luke_Skywalkerhttp://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Galactic_Standard_Calendar#Behind_the_scenes


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Having been in a real military, I can attest that fighting a two decade long war could age a man.


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Obi-Wan believed that Tatooine affected his aging process.

From the canonical novel Ahsoka,

He stood up, his knees creaking in a rather alarming fashion. Surely he wasn"t that old yet. It must be the desert climate that affected him strangely.


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Obi-Wan"s wrinkles and bleached hair could be explained by living twenty years out of doors (in a cave, but still) in windy, dry conditions and under double suns. Being homeless is apparently hell on the skin.


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The "problem" is that the story was changed multiple times from the original STAR WARS to REVENGE OF THE SITH.

In STAR WARS, Obi-Wan is actually in his early 60s. Father Skywalker was in his late 50s. Darth Vader was much younger.

In the second draft of EMPIRE STRIKE BACK, George Lucas decided that Vader was now Skywalker. Age wise this worked... until the prequels.

In the original STAR WARS, Luke is 21 years old (Leia is 18 by the way). That means that in REVENGE OF THE SITH, Obi-Wan would have been in his early 40s while Anakin late 30s. In fact in REVENGE OF THE SITH, Lucas said that Anakin is in his mid 20s while Ben late 20s.

So now it doesn"t work... but then Lucas changed so many things through the years that it is bound to happen.

But its actually simple as there are three ways to look at STAR WARS:

STAR WARS the original 1977 filmThe Adventures of Luke Skywalker (from which it was called up until a few months before the release)

STAR WARS the original trilogyIts only later that Lucas added in the EPISODE IV title and said that there would be 9 films (which was never the part of the original plan).

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STAR WARS the six-part storyThe story of Anakin Skywalker, as Lucas so wants us to think of it now.