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Peter Mayhew Tributes: Tweets & Tribute to ‘Star Wars’ Chewbacca Actor

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Peter Mayhew, the 74-year-old actor who has played Chewbacca since the original Star Wars in 1977, has passed away.

Following the news of his passing, tributes to the beloved English actor began pouring in from all corners of the internet.

Rest in peace to Peter Mayhew, the man who brought Chewbacca to life in 'Star Wars'. pic.twitter.com/KJjvzn8xYW

— Lights, Camera, Pod (@LightsCameraPod) May 2, 2019

RIP to the great Peter Mayhew, the man behind the original Chewbacca in Star Wars.

May the Force be with you. pic.twitter.com/oxHQXR6Y1G

— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) May 2, 2019

RIP Peter Mayhew. pic.twitter.com/0w7MIFx8YY

— Fangoria (@FANGORIA) May 2, 2019

We are saddened to learn of the passing of actor Peter Mayhew, most famous for his portrayal of Chewbacca.

Our deepest condolences to the Mayhew family. pic.twitter.com/WVEsepFtcn

— RiffTrax (@RiffTrax) May 2, 2019

Had the pleasure of meeting Peter Mayhew at a charity do once. He was surprisingly down to earth, and VERY funny.

— Limmy (@DaftLimmy) May 2, 2019

Peter Mayhew, the actor behind Chewbacca, has passed away at age 74. RIP & May The Force Be With You. pic.twitter.com/NCMNcxCvgJ

— Collider Video (@ColliderVideo) May 2, 2019

Aside from Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story, Mayhew appeared as Chewbacca in all three of the original films — Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Last Jedi — and 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Following Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mayhew retired from the role of Chewbacca due to health issues.

Mayhew, who was close to 7’3″ tall, begin his career when he was cast as a minotaur in Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger.

In addition to being an actor, Mayhew wrote two children’s books about acceptance: Growing Up Giant and My Favorite Giant.

That is all the information that is available at this time. This article will be updated with new and relevant information should it become available at any time. If there is anything that we missed, please feel free to send an email to editor@teamcoed.com and we will respond as soon as possible.


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