Peter Mayhew, who first played Chewbacca in Star Wars: A New Hope, passed away at his home in North Texas on April 30. He was 74.
“We are deeply saddened today by the news of Peter Mayhew’s passing,” says Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm. “Since 1976, Peter’s iconic portrayal of the loyal, lovable Chewbacca has been absolutely integral to the character’s success, and to the Star Wars saga itself. When I first met Peter during The Force Awakens, I was immediately impressed by his kind and gentle nature. Peter was brilliantly able to express his personality through his skillful use of gesture, posture, and eyes. We all love Chewie, and have Peter to thank for that enduring memory.”
From everyone at Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound: thank you, Peter. We’ll miss you.