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.
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