Published on May 3rd, 2019 | by Sam Rose
Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew Passes Away Aged 74
The Post Office Shop is saddened to hear of the sudden passing of the famous Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew at the age of 74.
Whilst tomorrow will mark May the 4th, a traditional yearly event in which fans of the Star Wars franchise gather to celebrate the Sci-Fi epic, the Post Office Shop has been saddened to hear this morning that the famous Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew, passed away on the evening of April 30th 2019 at the age of 74.
He is survived by his wife, Angie Mayhew and their three children after the Chewbacca actor passed away in his North Texas home whilst surrounded by his family.
Tributes have been pouring out for the well loved and much respected actor from friends, family and other famous faces in the industry who had got to know him well during his years as Chewbacca in the Star Wars film franchise.
The Gentle Giant
Instantly recognizable due to his 7-foot 3-inch tall frame, Peter Mayhew has been described by many as ‘a big man with a big heart.’
Beginning his career as a minor actor whilst simultaneously working shifts as a hospital orderly in his earlier years, Peter Mayhew soon rose to stardom after being cast as the iconic Wookie from the Star Wars franchise, Chewbacca, in 1977 for the film Star Wars: A New Hope.
He went on to be cast as Chewbacca the Wookie for several more films in the franchise including The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and two of the newer films in the franchise – Revenge of the Sith and The Force Awakens.
Fighting Back to Reprise His Role as Chewbacca
A statement from his family on Twitter revealed how health issues had left the Chewbacca actor, Peter Mayhew, in a wheelchair in his later years, but was able to recover in time to reprise his role as the Wookie Warrior for The Force Awakens.
The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home. pic.twitter.com/YZ5VLyuK0u
— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) May 2, 2019
It explains that Mayhew “fought his way back from being wheelchair-bound to stand tall and portray Chewbacca once more in Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and that “he put his heart and soul into the role… The relationships that began then grew into the friends and family he would love for decades to come.”
Speaking on how Mayhew was passionate in his work and thrilled to have been able to become the Chewbacca actor, Mayhew’s family said that his dedication to the role “showed in every frame of the films from his knock kneed running, firing his bowcaster from the hip, his bright blue eyes, down to each subtle movement of his head and mouth.”
Funeral and Memorial to be Held for Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew
A funeral will be held for Peter Mayhew on the 29th June 2019, his family has confirmed.
It has also been confirmed that there will be a Chewbacca memorial held for fans of the much-loved actor in Los Angeles at Empire Con LA later this year in December.
We here at the Post Office Shop would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the family of Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew at this very sad and difficult time.