Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew Passes Away

Peter Mayhew, the actor who adorned the iconic Chewbacca suit in “Star Wars”, has passed away at the age of 74. Having donned the Chewie costume in five separate “Star Wars” films starting from the original  “A New Hope”, Mayhew had been a member of Hollywood’s largest franchise for over forty years.

The lovable Chewbacca played a vital role in the original trilogy as well as the sequels and without Mayhew’s portrayal, the character likely wouldn’t be what we know him as today.  The 7’3” actor will be missed by family, friends and fans alike. RIP Peter and may the Force be with you.

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