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Chewbacca from Star Wars dead: actor Peter Mayhew died

actor Peter Mayhew, who was by his "Star Wars"role as the shaggy Chewbacca made famous, is dead. The native Briton was on 30. April on his property in Texas died, told his family on Twitter. The actor was 74 years old.

He died surrounded by family members. A cause of death, the family is not called. Mayhew leaves behind a wife and three children. At the end of June a memorial service for friends and relatives was planned for Fans to be held in December in Los Angeles for a Meeting, it was stated in the message.

The 2,21-Meter-tall actor was born in 1944 in London and grew up there. His first cinema role he played in the 1970s in the movie "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger" – he played a Minotaur. Mayhew worked in a hospital, as a "Star Wars"Creator George Lucas him in 1977 discovered.

four More times slipped Mayhew in the hairy costume of the popular Wookiee character, last, 2015 for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." For this he fought, even from the wheelchair back to the seventh Episode of the Science Fiction film series once more Chewbacca play, writes the family. "He has put his heart and soul in the role of Chewbacca and it showed in every single frame of the movie."

"So much more than a roll of film"

After his last appearance, he introduced because of health problems his successor, the Finns Joonas Suotamo, in the role. Chewbacca in the "Star Wars"series, the loyal Companion of Han Solo, the controls as Co-Pilot of the spaceship Millennium Falcon.

"For him, the Star-Wars-family-meant role so much more than a film. The relationships that began at that time, were to friends and a family that he loved in the following decades," wrote the family. Mayhew have made life-long friendships with other Star-Wars-actors, and had traveled for three decades through the world to meet his Fans.

The actor Mark Hamill – of Luke Skywalker in the "Star Wars"films – praised Mayhew on Thursday as "the most gentle of all giants". The actor was a "big man with an even bigger heart".

According to his family, Mayhew in various Non-Profit organizations, was active and founded the Peter Mayhew Foundation, which is dedicated, according to the Website, to give people with diseases, pain, and financial burden after traumatic events relief.

(red/sda)

Created: 03.05.2019, 06:31 PM

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