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Actor Peter Mayhew, Who Portrayed Chewbacca the Wookiee in the "Star Wars" Films, Has Died

Friday May 3, 2019. 01:23 AM , from Slashdot
Actor Peter Mayhew, Who Portrayed Chewbacca the Wookiee in the "Star Wars" Films, Has Died
'Star Wars' actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original trilogy, died on Tuesday, his family said today. He was 74. He died at his North Texas home surrounded by his family. From a report: He was discovered by producer Charles H. Schneer while working as a hospital attendant in London, and cast in Ray Harryhausen's 'Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger.' The next year, he was cast as Chewbacca, the 200-year-old Wookiee. Mayhew went on to appear in 'The Empire Strikes Back,' 'Return of the Jedi,' 'Revenge of the Sith,' 'The Force Awakens' and 'The Star Wars Holiday Special.' He was active on the 'Star Wars' convention circuit and wrote two books, 'Growing Up Giant' and 'My Favorite Giant.' His height was not due to gigantism, but he measured 7 feet 3 inches at his highest. George Lucas originally had his eye on bodybuilder David Prowse, but Prowse decided to play Darth Vader instead and Lucas went with the even taller Mayhew.

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