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Old 05-02-2019, 06:31 PM   #1
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Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew Dies at 74


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“Star Wars” actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original trilogy, died on Tuesday, his family announced on his Twitter. He was 74.

He died at his North Texas home surrounded by his family, read the Twitter statement.

Though he spoke entirely in growls, snarls, and the occasional roar, Chewbacca’s unwavering loyalty to Han Solo made him one of the most beloved characters in the franchise. Much more than just the hairy co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon, Chewie’s dependability and trustworthiness helped the iconic Wookiee function as the series’ ultimate “wing man.”

He was discovered by producer Charles H. Schneer while working as a hospital attendant in London, and cast in Ray Harryhausen’s “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger.” The next year, he was cast as Chewbacca, the 200-year-old Wookiee.

Mayhew went on to appear in “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” “Revenge of the Sith,” “The Force Awakens” and “The Star Wars Holiday Special.” He was active on the “Star Wars” convention circuit and wrote two books, “Growing Up Giant” and “My Favorite Giant.”

His height was not due to gigantism, but he measured 7 feet 3 inches. George Lucas originally had his eye on bodybuilder David Prowse to play Chewbacca, but Prowse decided to play Darth Vader instead and Lucas went with the even-taller Mayhew.
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Old 05-02-2019, 07:14 PM   #2
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I submitted with better headline.

RIP tall man

My favorite character in the Star Wars universe, the loyal friend who always gets fucked out of the Medal of Valor but doesn't usually mind because the point is the doing right by the people you love and care for more than the recognition.

Probably best he died before he saw his legacy killed by Kathleen Kennedy and company in the next set of Star Wars movies and shows.
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I submitted with better headline.
Obscure, but better.
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Probably best he died.
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I submitted with better headline.

RIP tall man

My favorite character in the Star Wars universe, the loyal friend who always gets fucked out of the Medal of Valor but doesn't usually mind because the point is the doing right by the people you love and care for more than the recognition.

Probably best he died before he saw his legacy killed by Kathleen Kennedy and company in the next set of Star Wars movies and shows.
Sorry but to me the tall man is Angus Scrimm from Phantasm
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