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Peter Mayhew


He earned a location in cinematic background for his function seeing that Chewbacca in the Superstar Wars franchise. He also supplied the voice from the sidekick Wookie in the growing season 3 finale from the Clone Wars. He was boosts in Barnes, Surrey, Britain. He made an appearance as the Minotaur within a 1976 version of Sinbad and the attention from the Tiger; he was ensemble due to his large foot. He appeared being a Wookie in the Muppet Show, through the infamous Superstar Wars Holiday Particular. He was created and elevated in Barnes, London, and wedded Angie Luker in 1999. He performed the sidekick to Harrison Ford’s Han Single in the initial Superstar Wars trilogy.

Quick Facts

Full Name Peter Mayhew
Date Of Birth May 19, 1944
Place Of Birth London, England
Height 2.18 m
Profession Movie Actor
Nationality English, British, American
Spouse Angie Mayhew
Children Katy Mayhew
Movies Star Wars, Star Wars Holiday Special, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Ewok, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Yesterday Was a Lie, Killer Ink, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
TV Shows Star Wars Holiday Special, Dark Towers
Star Sign Taurus

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1In 2013, he was forced to undergo double knee replacement surgery as a result of gigantism.
2(May 7-8, 2005) Attended the Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention in Malmõ, Sweden.
3Attended OmegaCon in Birmingham, Alabama. [March 2008]
4(November 14-16, 2008) Attended the Big Apple Comic Con.
5Currently resides in the town of Boyd, Texas and is a business owner. [April 2013]
6Became a naturalized United States citizen, along with 441 other people from 77 countries, in Arlington, Texas on October 17, 2005.
7Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) premiered on his 55th and 61st birthdays respectively. He appeared in the latter but not the former.
8Had the option of either playing Darth Vader or Chewbacca, as did David Prowse. Mayhew chose Chewbacca because he wanted to play a hero, whilst Prowse chose Darth Vader because he wanted to play a villain.
9Fell sick during the filming of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), which prompted director Irvin Kershner to bring in another extremely tall actor to fill in for him as Chewbacca. All the footage with the double was scrapped and reshot after Mayhew recovered because Irvin Kershner found that the double's body movements did not match Mayhew's.
10After getting the role of Chewbacca, Mayhew went to the zoo and began studying the movements and mannerisms of various large animals to incorporate into the character Chewbacca.
11Mayhew, like many actors connected with the Star Wars universe, makes frequent appearances at sci-fi conventions. Although famous guests at these events normally make a charge for autographs, some actors connected with famous movies from the past make their living touring different conventions.
12Chewbacca won a Lifetime Achievement award at the MTV Movie Awards.
13Prior to starring as Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy, he was an orderly at London's King's College Hospital.



Late Show with David Letterman2005TV SeriesChewbacca / Top Ten List Presenter
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith2005Chewbacca
Comic Book: The Movie2004VideoPeter Mayhew
Comic Book Villains2002VideoPeter Mayhew
Doragon bôru GT: Gokû gaiden! Yûki no akashi wa sû-shin-chû1997TV MovieSusha (English version, voice)
Comic Book Kid1993Peter Mayhew
Star Tours1987ShortChewbacca (uncredited)
The Kenny Everett Television Show1985TV SeriesVarious
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi1983Chewbacca
Return of the Ewok1982Video shortChewbacca
Dark Towers1981TV SeriesThe Tall Knight
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back1980Chewbacca
The Muppet Show1980TV SeriesChewbacca
Hazell1979TV SeriesGiant
The Star Wars Holiday Special1978TV MovieChewbacca
Terror1978The Mechanic
Donny and Marie1977TV SeriesChewbacca
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger1977Minoton (uncredited)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope1977Chewbacca
Star Wars: Episode VIII2017post-productionChewbacca
Killer Ink2016Uncle Clyde
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens2015Chewbacca
Star Wars: Battlefront2015Video GameChewbacca
Breaking In2012TV SeriesPeter Mayhew
Glee2011TV SeriesChewbacca
Star Wars: The Clone Wars2011TV SeriesChewbacca
Fanboys2009Peter Mayhew (uncredited)
Yesterday Was a Lie2008Dead Man



Star Wars: The Clone Wars2011TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
The Characters of 'Star Wars'2004Video documentary short special thanks
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy2004Video documentary acknowledgment: stills and posters courtesy of / special thanks
The Jedi Hunter2002Short special thanks



Standing in the Stars: The Peter Mayhew Story2016Documentary post-productionHimself
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - World Premiere2016TV MovieHimself - Chewbacca
The Force Awakens: Crafting Creatures2016Video documentary shortHimself
The Scavenger & the Stormtrooper: A Conversation with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega2016Video documentary shortHimself
Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey2016DocumentaryHimself
Comic Book Men2013-2015TV SeriesHimself
Heroes of Cosplay2013TV SeriesHimself
Chronicles of Comic Con2013TV SeriesHimself
Indie Cinema Showcase2012TV SeriesHimself
Nerdist: Course of the Force2012TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Attack of the Show!2012TV SeriesHimself - Actor / 'Chewbacca'
Jedi Junkies2010DocumentaryHimself
The Sissy Gamache Show2010TV SeriesHimself (2012)
Sketch of Life2009Documentary shortHimself
Bring Back... Star Wars2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Heart of an Empire2007DocumentaryHimself
Identity2007TV SeriesHimself - Stranger
Space Top 10 Countdown2006TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to George Lucas2005TV SpecialHimself
'Star Wars': Feel the Force2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2005TV SeriesHimself
The Ultimate Film2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Characters of 'Star Wars'2004Video documentary shortHimself - 'Chewbacca'
When Star Wars Ruled the World2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy2004Video documentaryHimself - 'Chewbacca'
Wizard World Chicago 20022002TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Mythology of 'Star Wars'2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Unauthorized 'Star Wars' Story1999Video documentaryHimself
Light Lunch1998TV SeriesHimself
1997 MTV Movie Awards1997TV Special documentaryChewbacca
Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi1983TV Movie documentaryHimself / Chewbacca
No 731983TV SeriesHimself
SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back1980TV Movie documentaryHimself / Chewbacca
Beyond Reason1978TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Making of 'Star Wars'1977TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

The Drunken Peasants2015-2016TV SeriesChewbacca
Star Wars at the BBC2015TV Short documentaryChewbacca (uncredited)
TMZ on TV2014TV SeriesChewbacca
Edición Especial Coleccionista2014TV SeriesChewbacca
20 to 12010TV Series documentaryChewbacca
A New Chapter: The Story of 'The Force Unleashed'2008Video documentary shortChewbacca
5 Second Movies2008TV SeriesChewbacca
Science of Star Wars2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / Chewbacca
Of Muppets and Men: The Making of 'The Muppet Show'1981TV Movie documentaryChewbacca

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1When I go to restaurants I can never get my legs under a table. I bump my head in planes. People who sit behind me in the theater hate me. But I have given up apologizing to the world.
2It's curious that when you look down at people you see their defects, their irregularities more clearly. I like my bird's-eye view. I think it's what gives Chewie his pride, his bigness. Bigness of heart.

1Towering height and slender frame
2Chewbacca from the Star Wars films

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