Original Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew Dies At Age 74

Bespin refugee - May 02, 2019
Peter Mayhew, who is best known for being the original actor inside the Chewbacca suit for the Star Wars films has died at age 74.

The actor died Tuesday in his home located in North Texas with his family by his side. His official Twitter account shared the news Thursday. Mayhew had been dealing with mobility issues and had surgery in July in an effort to improve that.

While Mayhew didn't actually speak in the Star Wars movies he helped make the wookie a fan-favorite character with his size, movements and gestures. Mayhew was the man in the Chewbacca suit for the original trilogy as well as Revenge of the Sith, and shared the duties with Joonas Suotamo in Force Awakens after his health began to falter. Suotamo continued on as Chewbacca in Last Jed, Solo: A Star Wars Story and the upcoming Rise Of Skywalker film. Mayhew continued to be a consultant to Suotamo for Last Jedi.


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Satam - 2019-05-03 @ 2:06 am

Saw that this afternoon.  Very sad.

jedicrippler - 2019-05-02 @ 11:47 pm

Ah, man. This one hurts. He always seemed to be the sweetest guy in the world and loved the fans as much as we loved him. RIP big guy, you've earned.

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