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enlarge Mayhew arrives at the premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story at the El Capitan Theater on May 10, 2018 in Hollywood.

Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in all of the character’s live-action scenes until 2015 The power awakenshas died at his home in Texas. The British-born actor was 74 years old.

Mayhew was an aspiring actor who was working as a hospital nurse in 1976 when George Lucas urged him to take the part. Mayhew’s primary qualification for the job was his height: He was 7 feet 3 inches tall (220 cm). That was high enough to tower over Darth Vader, played by the 6-foot, 6-inch (200 cm) David Prowse. Mayhew didn’t utter Chewbacca’s famous grunts and growls – which were voiced by sound effect legend Ben Burtt.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mayhew went back to his hospital job after playing Chewie in Star Wars† He came back to play the character again in The Empire Strikes Back and then Return of the Jedi. At that point, his character had become so famous that he could make a living on the convention circuit.

“For over 30 years, Peter has traveled the world spending time with his fans and friends,” the family wrote in a commemorative statement. “Peter developed lifelong friendships with the other cast members and his fans throughout the convention circuit.”

Mayhew’s character was famous at the end of the original movie – Luke and Han got medals from Princess Leia, but Chewie got none. In 1997, the princess finally corrected that oversight at the MTV Movie Awards. Mayhew appeared – in costume – so that Carrie “Leia” Fisher could drape a medal around his neck.

Mayhew appeared in the 2005 Star Wars prequel, Revenge of the Sith

By the time the new trilogy started, Mayhew was in his 70s and had health problems. Videos from around this time showed him walking slowly using a cane. As his family put it, “he fought back from being wheelchair-bound to stay upright and re-portrait Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

After that 2015 film, he handed over the role to Finnish actor Joonas Suotamo, who most recently played Chewie. Star Wars movies and is expected to play it again this year The Rise of Skywalker (although he’s only a meager 6-foot-11).

Mayhew had spinal surgery last year to improve his mobility, a surgery he says explained a success.

“He was the kindest of all the giants,” Mark Hamill – who played Luke Skywalker –tweeted on Thursday. “A great man with an even bigger heart who has always made me laugh.”

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