Peter Mayhew, the actor who iconically portrayed Chewbacca in the Star Wars franchise, died Tuesday, his family announced. He was 74.
Mayhew played Chewbacca up until “The Last Jedi” — where he consulted to teach his successor.
“He put his heart and soul into the role of Chewbacca, and it showed in every frame of the films, from his knock-kneed running, firing his bowcaster from the hip, his bright blue eyes, down to each subtle movement of his head and mouth,” his family said in a statement. “But to him, the Star Wars family meant so much more than a role in a film.”
A memorial service will be held for family and friends on June 29, and a memorial will be set up for fans in early December in Los Angeles.
He is survived by his wife Angie and his three children.
Angie will head the Peter Mayhew Foundation.