Chewbacca Dead

Ray Herd

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Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies, has passed away at 74 years old. Mayhew played the role of Chewbacca in A New Hope (1997) , The Empire Strikes Back (1980)Return of the Jedi (1983), Revenge of the Sith (2005), and The Force Awakens (2015). 

Mayhew’s former castmates on the Star Wars movies took to the press to say some kind words about him. Harrison Ford said, “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… 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.…”  Mark Hamill, who is best known for playing Luke Skywalker, said this on Twitter, “He was the gentlest of giants-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.”

Whether you are a fan of the Star Wars Movies or not, it is sad to see not only a piece of cinematic history pass away, but a part of history itself. Rest easy Peter.

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