Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca in Star Wars has died aged 74

Actor Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca in the film Star Wars has died aged 74.

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Mayhew was born in Surrey England on May 19th 1944. he was a very tall man reaching 7ft 2ins.

His film career kicked off in 1977 starring in Sinbad and The Eye of the tiger, including the first Star Wars film which he Peter will be rembered for.

Mayhew starred in 14 films and 7 on the small screen including appearing on The Kenny Everett Television Show.

He also was an author in his time wrote two books which were ‘Growing up giant’ and ‘My favourite giant’

The actor lived in the US with his wife Mary Angela, in 2013 he had a double knee replacement, and had a brief spell in hospital in 2018 for Pneumonia, and in July the same year he had some spinal surgery to improve his mobility.

Sadly Peter Mayhew died at his Texas home on April 30th aged 74.


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