Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original trilogy of films, has died at the age of 74.


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    He will tear many arms off in Wookie-heaven now.
    – Möoz
    May 3 '19 at 0:17
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    Note that he also played Chewie in Revenge of the Sith, and shared the role with Joonas Suotamo in The Force Awakens. May 3 '19 at 7:59
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    @Angew - Indeed. And also in the Holiday Special and countless fan expos and cons
    – Valorum
    May 3 '19 at 10:01
  • @Valorum... of that we do not speak, harrumph?! </Yoda>
    – smci
    Jun 26 '20 at 20:38


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    That's very true. So true.
    – Valorum
    May 3 '19 at 6:23

Chewbacca's Death, Dark Horse "Chewbacca #4"

From Dark Horse's Chewbacca issue 4 (a Legends comic published in 2000, which reflected on the death of Chewbacca in that continuity)

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    Seeing Han Solo like this kills me May 6 '19 at 18:38

He also played the metal minotaur in the Ray Harryhausen monster movie, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger.

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger

Much of the time, the minotaur was a miniature, but for long shots of the minotaur rowing Zenobia's boat, it was Mayhew in costume.


He toured Johnson Space Center 9 years ago this March and got to fly the Shuttle Mission Simulator. And yes, the phrase "Punch it Chewie" was said on the loops.

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    But did he crash?
    – Valorum
    May 3 '19 at 13:19
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    Everyone crashes the first time. May 3 '19 at 13:19
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    Odds were he would crash it. But nobody told them to him...
    – Machavity
    May 3 '19 at 19:28

Rest in peace, Chewie

You were the highlight of all of Star Wars.



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