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    Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew Dies at 74

    Mayhew, who played the hairy, lovable Wookiee in the original Star Wars trilogy and two other films in the series, died at home in Texas April 30. The 7-foot-3-inch actor chose not to pursue a broader career beyond the sci-fi franchise, and instead became a stalwart of the Star Wars convention circuit. Mark Hamill remembered his British co-star, who is survived by his wife and three children, as “the gentlest of giants.”

    What’s Mayhew legacy? He spent much of his post-Star Wars life helping charities, including Wounded Warriors and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, through his Peter Mayhew Foundation.

    Check out this OZY story about the closest thing to real-world Jedi training.

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