He played one of the most iconic characters in all of cinema history, and though he was a giant of a man, he was soft-hearted and gentle! It is with a sad heart that we learn today the passing of Peter Mayhew
British actor best known for his portrayl of Chewbacca in the much loved Star Wars franchise. Peter who was a former hospital porter at Kings College Hospital in London, appeared as the loveable Wookiee Chewbacca in all of the original series of movies, and reprised his role for the prequels and The Force Awakens, but was replaced by Joonas Suotamo in The Last Jedi as his health was extremely poor.
He lived in the states for the last years of his life and became an American citizen in 2005, but never lost his roots with the UK and would often appear at conventions. He was fun to talk to and very approachable and I have had the honour of meeting him many times over the years and always found him to be the perfect gentleman and guest.
At 7’3″ he was a true giant of a man, but sadly his health had begun to wain over recent years and he was often seen using sticks or a wheelchair towards the latter years of his life. He was much loved and of all the stars from the franchise, for me he and his dear friend Kenny Baker were the best and most down to earth!
He passed away on April 30th though the news has only just been broken to the media.
Outside of Star Wars, Peter was a published childrens writer, and a successful businessman and had a love and passion for life, and passed away only a few weeks before what would have been his seventy-fifth birthday.
He was always popular on the convention circuit and I asked him once what was the question he got asked the most, and he told me that it was how he felt that Chewie never got a medal in A New Hope, he always said that he was too polite to answer that and laughed it off.
Peter Mayhew 19th May 1944-April 30th 2019