Peter Mayhew

Dwindle William Mayhew (19 May 1944 – 30 April 2019) was an English-American actor, best known for portraying Chewbacca in the Star Wars film arrangement. He played the character in the majority of his real to life appearances from the 1977 original to 2015’s The Force Awakens before his retirement from the job.

Early life

Diminish Mayhew was conceived on 19 May 1944 in Barnes, Surrey. His tallness was not an item of gigantism; “I don’t have the enormous head”, Mayhew said when gotten some information about the reason for his height. His crest stature was 7 feet 3 inches (2.21 m).

Peter Mayhew
Peter Mayhew


Early work

Mayhew landed his first acting position in 1976 when the makers of Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger discovered him from a photo in a paper article about men with expansive feet, and cast him in the job of the minotaur.

Mayhew in departmental photograph of the radiology division, King’s College Hospital, London, 1972

Mayhew at the Big Apple Con, 14 November 2008, sitting before a picture of Chewbacca

Star Wars

When throwing his first Star Wars film, creator George Lucas needed a tall entertainer who could fit the job of the shaggy outsider Chewbacca. He initially had at the top of the priority list 6-foot-6-inch (1.98 m) bodybuilder David Prowse, yet Prowse decided to play Darth Vader. This drove Lucas on a pursuit in which he found Mayhew, who was filling in as an orderly in the radiologydepartment of King’s College Hospital, London, and said that all he needed to do to be thrown in the job of Chewbacca was stand up.

Peter Mayhew
Peter Mayhew

Mayhew has played Chewbacca in five Star Wars films: the original trilogy (Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi), Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He assumed the job in the 1978 TV film Star Wars Holiday Special and in a 1980 appearance on The Muppet Show. He likewise recorded discourse for the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 3 finale scene “Wookiee Hunt”.

Mayhew assumed the job in advertisements and clinic appearances for wiped out kids, and showed up as Chewbacca outside the Star Wars films. Mayhew, showing up as Chewbacca, was respected with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the MTV Film Awards 1997. He was furthermore regarded at the arrival of the new PlayStation Portable where he dressed as Chewbacca and held up the new PSP thin version.

He likewise shown up outside of playing Chewbacca. He showed up on NBC’s Identity, where his personality depended on the way that he played Chewbacca and was a successive visitor in the good ‘ol days of Slice of SciFi.

Peter Mayhew
Peter Mayhew

While Mayhew depicted Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he was not in Star Wars: The Last Jedi but was recorded in the credits as “Chewbacca Consultant”. Mayhew resigned from playing Chewbacca because of wellbeing issues. Joonas Suotamo shared the depiction of Chewbacca with Mayhew in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and afterward supplanted him in subsequent Star Wars films.

Other work

Outside Star Wars, Mayhew showed up in the 1978 awfulness film Terror, coordinated by Norman J. Warren. In the English adaptation of Dragon Ball GT: A Hero’s Legacy, he gave the voice to Susha. He additionally showed up in Yesterday Was a Lie.


Mayhew composed two books for more youthful audience: Growing Up Giant, which clarifies that being diverse is a quality rather than a shortcoming, and the counter tormenting book for children My Favorite Giant.

Individual life

Mayhew lived with his better half Mary Angelique (“Angie”) in Boyd, Texas, and was an entrepreneur. He progressed toward becoming a naturalised citizen of the United States in 2005 at a service in Arlington, Texas. In a meeting with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he clowned that he didn’t get a decoration at this function either, a reference to the Star Wars scene in which Luke Skywalker and Han Solo get awards yet Chewbacca does not. Mayhew noted in an MTV interview that in spite of the fact that Chewbacca does not get an award in the film, he gets the last line, when he roars.

Peter Mayhew
Peter Mayhew

Mayhew experienced double knee replacement surgery in 2013. In January 2015, Mayhew was quickly hospitalized close to his home in Texas, because of a session of pneumonia.In July 2018, Mayhew declared via Twitter that he had effectively experienced unspecified spinal medical procedure to improve his versatility, and was recovering.

Mayhew kicked the bucket of a heart attack on 30 April 2019 at his home in Boyd, Texas, at the time of 74.



Year Title Role Notes Ref.

1977 Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger Minoton Uncredited

Star Wars Chewbacca

1978 Terror The Mechanic

1980 The Empire Strikes Back Chewbacca

1982 Return of the Ewok Video short

1983 Return of the Jedi

1987 Star Tours Short, uncredited

2004 Dragon Ball GT: A Hero’s Legacy Susha Voice job;

English dub

2004 Comic Book: The Movie Himself

2005 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith Chewbacca

2008 Yesterday Was a Lie Dead Man

2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Chewbacca Shared job with Joonas Suotamo

2016 Killer Ink Uncle Clyde

2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi N/A Chewbacca Consultant

2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story


Year Title Role Notes

1977 Donny and Marie Chewbacca

1978 Star Wars Holiday Special TV Special

1980 The Muppet Show Episode: The Stars of Star Wars

1981 Dark Towers The Tall Knight

1985 The Kenny Everett Television Show Various Episode #3.

2011 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chewbacca Voice job; Episode: Wookiee Hunt

Glee Episode: Extraordinary Merry Christmas