According to Wookiepedia, Obi-Wan Kenobi was born in 57 BBY and died in 0 BBY.

When he died, Obi-Wan Kenobi was 57 years old.


With only the years in place, it could be possible that he was 58 at the time depending on the month he died. Unfortunately we don’t have that specific information. Based solely on the years it would be safe to say that he was 57 years old when died.

Why did Obi-Wan look so old?

In “A New Hope,” Obi-Wan is about 57 years old, while in “Revenge of the Sith” he is about 38 years old. There are a few reasons why Obi-Wan looked so old in “A New Hope.”

The actor, Alec Guinness, who played Obi-Wan was born in 1914, which would put him at 62 years old when the filming of A New Hope began in March of 1976. The actor was playing a character that was 5 years younger than his is actually age.

Interestingly, there was no concern about Obi-Wan’s appearance until the prequel trilogy films were released and Ewan McGregor took on the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi.

In 2003, Revenge of the site started filming and at the time Ewan McGregor, playing Obi-Wan Kenobi was 32 years old. The character was 38.

With Alec Guinness being older than the character he was portraying, and Ewan McGregor being younger than the character we can see quite an age difference which would give the appearance of Obi-Wan looking quite old in A New Hope.

From a storyline standpoint we can explain how old Obi-Wan looks based on the following factors:

Desert Life

Living in a harsh desert environment is known to cause people to look weathered and older than they actually are. Obi-Wan Kenobi, who lived on the desert planet Tatoine for many years. Possibly, he had a rough time of it.

Hermit Life

Obi-Wan lived a life as a hermit, which mean living simply and often going without some of the basic necessities and creature comforts most are accustomed to.


The guilt that Obi-Wan Kenobi carried with him after the death of Anakin Skywalker was likely the cause of the lines that creased his face and the gray in his hair.

How old is Obi-Wan in the Obi-Wan Kenobi TV Series

The Obi-Wan Kenobi TV Series is set 10 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and 9 years before A New Hope. This would make Obi-Wan around 48 years old.

How old was Obi-Wan when he met Anakin

Obi-Wan Kenobi was born in 57 BBY, making him about 25 years old when he met Anakin Skywalker in 32 BBY.

At the time, Kenobi was a Padawan learner being trained under his Master, Qui-Gon Jinn. trained as a Jedi Knight. Skywalker was a young slave boy who had incredible Force potential and Qui-Gon sensed that he could be trained to become a great Jedi and possibly bring balance to the Force. After Qui-Gon’s death, Kenobi took it upon himself to train Skywalker as his Padawan learner.

How old is Obi-Wan in each movie?

In the 1977 movie, A New Hope, Obi-Wan is played by Alec Guinness who was in his late 50s. In the prequel movies, Obi-Wan is played by Ewan McGregor who was in his early 20s when he first played Obi-Wan in The Phantom Menace. This would make Obi-Wan in his early 40s in Attack of the Clones and in his mid-50s in Revenge of the Sith.

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