16 May 2019
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Peter Mayhew, best known as the original Chewbacca, died at the age of 74 on April 30. Before landing the iconic part, Mayhew worked as an orderly in King's College Hospital.
Mayhew was 7 feet 3 inches, and was chosen when Star Wars creator George Lucas needed a tall actor to play the hairy alien.
Mayhew portrayed Chewbacca in five Star Wars films: the original trilogy (Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi), Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He is survived by his wife and three children.
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