Actor Peter Mayhew passed away on April 30, 2019, at the age of 74. Mayhew was best known for his role of Chewbacca in the Star Wars films.
Mayhew originated the role of the tall, gutteral Wookie in George Lucas’ 1977 film Star Wars: A New Hope. He would play the character again in four more movies: The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Revenge of the Sith, and The Force Awakens. He also served as a “Chewbacca consultant” on The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story. Joonas Suotamo took on the role of Chewbacca beginning in 2015.
Mayhew is survived by his wife, Angie, and his three children. He spent his final years in Arlington, Texas, after becoming a naturalized citizen in 2005. Due to his height – an impressive 7 ft., 2 in. – he underwent a double knee replacement surgery in 2013. But, as his family noted in his memorial tweet, he continued to “soldier on,” and was “completely in his element around fans and supporters.”