If you’re a Star Wars fan but didn’t think Troy Kotsur looked familiar when he got up to accept his Best Supporting Actor Oscar on Sunday night, don’t feel bad. Kotsur played an important role in The Mandalorian‘s first season episode “The Gunslinger,” but we never saw his face. He’s the Tusken who communicated with the Mandalorian using Tusken Sign Language—a language Kotsur created.
Kotsur is the first Deaf man to win an Oscar, and the first Deaf actor to appear in Star Wars. He won for his role in CODA, in which he plays the father of Ruby (Emilia Jones), the only hearing child in her family.