Ew reported that the actor died on April 30 (US time) at his home in northern Texas, USA. His wife and three children were with him at the end of his life. Peter’s family posted on social networks: “Peter devotes his heart and soul to Chewbacca. Star Wars is important for him.”
Peter Mayhew was born in 1944 in London, England. Director George Lucas accidentally discovered Peter when he was working at a nursing home. George noticed Peter had an ideal height (2.18 m) and big, fitting feet that he was looking for.
Peter has his first role in the movie Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger. Later, director George recommended him to play Chewbacca in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (released in 1977). After the first Star Wars movie, Peter returned to work at a nursing home and only quit this job in 1983. He also participated in several films and TV series like Dragon Ball GT, Killer Ink, Dark Tower, etc.
Kathleen Kennedy, president of Star Wars maker, shared when she heard: “Since 1976, Peter has excelled in a loyal, lovely Chewbacca. He is an integral part of the character’s success. And the whole film, Peter is gentle and kind, and we all love and appreciate Peter. “
Robert Iger, CEO of Disney Corporation, expressed his grief over the actor’s departure: “The great Disney family grief over this loss. Great Peter in many ways. A giant with a plate Goodness, you and Chewbacca, but you two, rest in peace. Peter! “
Many colleagues and fans also expressed regret over Peter’s death. Actors Mark Hamill, Joonas Suotamo and Noah Segan sent condolences to his family.