Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in Star Wars, has passed away at the age of 74

Star Wars stars paid tribute to Mayhew

by Hermeen Shahid

Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in Star Wars, has passed away at the age of 74. Star Wars stars paid tribute to Mayhew.

Chewbacca actor, Peter Mayhew, has passed away at the age of 74

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The actors family announced the death of Mayhew on Thursday. Their statement read, “The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home.”

Mayhew played the role of Chewbacca in the Star Wars franchise from 1977 to 2005. The role was then given to Finnish actor Joonas Suotamo.

Chewbacca actor, Peter Mayhew, has passed away at the age of 74

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Harrison Ford, who played the character of Han Solo, shared with E! News, “Peter Mayhew was a kind and gentle man, possessed of great dignity and noble character. These aspects of his own personality, plus his wit and grace, he brought to Chewbacca. We were partners in film and friends in life for over 30 years and I loved him.”

Chewbacca actor, Peter Mayhew, has passed away at the age of 74

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“He invested his soul in the character and brought great pleasure to the Star Wars audience,” he continued. “Chewbacca was an important part of the success of the films we made together. He knew how important the fans of the franchise were to its continued success and he was devoted to them. I and millions of others will never forget Peter and what he gave us all. My thoughts are with his dear wife Angie and his children. Rest easy, my dear friend.”

Chewbacca actor, Peter Mayhew, has passed away at the age of 74

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The star who played Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill, in the films also shared an emotional tweet about the actor. He described the tall actor as the “gentlest of giants”.

Chewbacca actor, Peter Mayhew, has passed away at the age of 74

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Hamill wrote, “A big man with an even bigger heart who never failed to make me smile & a loyal friend who I loved dearly-I’m grateful for the memories we shared & I’m a better man for just having known him. Thanks Pete #RIPPeterMayhew #Heartbroken.”

The creator of Star Wars, George Lucas, told E! News, “Peter was a wonderful man. He was the closest any human being could be to a Wookiee: big heart, gentle nature – and I learned to always let him win. He was a good friend, and I’m saddened by his passing.”

Chewbacca actor, Peter Mayhew, has passed away at the age of 74

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Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm also said, “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.”

 

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“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.”-Kathleen Kennedy. Lucasfilm remembers Peter Mayhew, read more at StarWars.com.

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CEO of The Walt Disney Company, Robert Iger posted on Twitter, “The @WaltDisneyCo mourns the loss of our beloved #chewbacca portrayer, #PeterMayhew. Peter was larger than life in so many ways… a gentle giant playing a gentle giant. Rest in peace.”

Other celebrities, including Elijah Wood also paid tribute to the actor. He wrote on Twitter, “Sad to hear of Peter Mayhew’s passing. So long, Chewie, may the force be with you.”

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau also wrote, “Star Wars wouldn’t have been the same without Peter Mayhew as the loyal and lovable Chewbacca, and he will always be a favourite for generations of kids & kids at heart. Rest easy, Peter.”

Rest in peace Peter Mayhew.

 



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