RIP: Peter Mayhew AKA Chewy

Actor Peter Mayhew has passed away.

Peter Mayhew, who became known to fans worldwide as the lovable Wookiee Chewbacca in the Star Wars galaxy of films, has died. He was 74.

The actor died Tuesday in his North Texas home with his family by his side. His official Twitter account shared the news Thursday.

After wrapping the first Star Wars, he went back to work as an orderly and did not leave the job for good until the release of Return of the Jedi, after which he made a living off of Chewbacca, becoming a favorite on the fan convention circuit.

While Mayhew did not provide the voice of the 200-year-old Wookiee (that was created by sound designer Ben Burtt), many credit the body language and expressiveness of the eyes the actor brought to the role in making Chewbacca a beloved character. It was a part that Mayhew would take on his whole life and well beyond the movies, reprising the role for appearances on Donny & Marie and The Muppet Show...

Hat Tip: Garret.

Posted by: Howie at 10:45 PM


1 Glad you are back Howie!!

Posted by: The Man From Athens at May 03, 2019 05:54 PM

2 Glad Howie wasn't wearing the red shirt.

Posted by: John S at May 03, 2019 10:19 PM

3 49th anniversary of kent state where 4 americans died to end the vietnam war.

Posted by: ran at May 04, 2019 03:23 PM

4 Didn't die of heatstroke?

Posted by: branolia at May 04, 2019 07:21 PM

5 #3 Why do I remember that differently?

Posted by: John S at May 05, 2019 08:31 AM

6 Tallest man was 8-foot, 11 inches.Search it!

Posted by: Phil at May 05, 2019 03:44 PM

7 By his body language and expressiveness of eyes, it's good to see that Howie is back and well.

Posted by: Bff Chewbacca at May 07, 2019 07:48 AM

8 Glad your well enough to comment here Howie!
Please take good care of yourself.

Posted by: Kafiroon at May 07, 2019 08:44 AM

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