Star Wars Actor Peter Mayhew Dies at 74
Star Wars actor who played the role of the most loved Wookie in the Star Wars franchise, Chewbacca, has died at the age of 74.
He died with his family by his side on Tuesday at his home in North Texas. The news was shared through his official Twitter account on Thursday. The actor underwent spinal surgery in an effort to improve his mobility last July.
The London-based actor played Chewbacca in Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983), Revenge of the Sith (2005) and The Force Awakens (2015).
Kathleen Kennedy from Lucasfilm shared, “We are deeply saddened today by the news of Peter Mayhew’s passing. Since 1976, Peter’s iconic portrayal of the loyal, lovable Chewbacca has been absolutely integral to the character’s success, and to the Star Wars saga itself. When I first met Peter during The Force Awakens, I was immediately impressed by his kind and gentle nature. Peter was brilliantly able to express his personality through his skillful use of gesture, posture, and eyes. We all love Chewie, and have Peter to thank for that enduring memory.”
On June 29, a private memorial will take place and on December, there will be a gathering of fans at the Empire Con, LA.
Words – Joshua Arimado