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Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca, on Carrie Fisher:
Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca, on Carrie Fisher: 'A True Princess'
Published: 2016/12/28
Channel: ABC News
Peter Mayhew
Peter Mayhew
Published: 2013/05/03
Channel: DTheBroadcast
New Chewbacca actor on learning from Peter Mayhew
New Chewbacca actor on learning from Peter Mayhew
Published: 2018/05/19
Channel: Associated Press
Star Wars - Peter Mayhew Interview
Star Wars - Peter Mayhew Interview
Published: 2017/10/12
Channel: Novidades Cinema - Movie News
Star Wars Profiles - Episode #05 - Peter Mayhew
Star Wars Profiles - Episode #05 - Peter Mayhew
Published: 2016/06/08
Channel: HelloGreedo
'Chewbacca' Peter Mayhew
Published: 2016/04/29
Channel: City
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Chewbacca Bonus Feature (Eng Sub)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Chewbacca Bonus Feature (Eng Sub)
Published: 2016/05/09
Channel: mattelius
Peter Mayhew "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" World Premiere Red Carpet
Peter Mayhew "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" World Premiere Red Carpet
Published: 2017/12/10
Channel: MaximoTV
Chewbacca Speaks English
Chewbacca Speaks English
Published: 2011/02/08
Channel: Curt Hanks
Chewbacca Mom Gets a Surprise from the Real Chewbacca
Chewbacca Mom Gets a Surprise from the Real Chewbacca
Published: 2016/05/24
Channel: The Late Late Show with James Corden
Peter Mayhew Interview with StarWars.com | Star Wars Celebration Anaheim
Peter Mayhew Interview with StarWars.com | Star Wars Celebration Anaheim
Published: 2015/04/23
Channel: Star Wars
Joonas Suotamo, The New Chewbacca, Writes A Heartfelt Letter To Peter Mayhew
Joonas Suotamo, The New Chewbacca, Writes A Heartfelt Letter To Peter Mayhew
Published: 2017/02/22
Channel: Wochit Entertainment
Star Wars The Force Awakens Interview - Mark Hamill & Peter Mayhew
Star Wars The Force Awakens Interview - Mark Hamill & Peter Mayhew
Published: 2015/04/17
Channel: Flicks And The City
Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) teaches kids to talk like Chewy
Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) teaches kids to talk like Chewy
Published: 2008/10/20
Channel: Timothy Bowen
Actor Peter Mayhew Suprises Chewbacca Mom
Actor Peter Mayhew Suprises Chewbacca Mom
Published: 2016/05/24
Channel: Wochit Entertainment
How To Walk Like a Wookiee With Chewbacca Actor, Peter Mayhew!
How To Walk Like a Wookiee With Chewbacca Actor, Peter Mayhew!
Published: 2017/02/10
Channel: Jamie Stangroom
Peter Mayhew "Solo: A Star Wars Story" World Premiere Red Carpet
Peter Mayhew "Solo: A Star Wars Story" World Premiere Red Carpet
Published: 2018/05/11
Channel: MaximoTV
Ice Bucket Challenge - Peter Mayhew Chewbacca
Ice Bucket Challenge - Peter Mayhew Chewbacca
Published: 2014/08/19
Channel: VideoThatNeverSleeps
The Sissy Gamache Show with guest Peter Mayhew aka Chewbacca with wife Angie Part 1
The Sissy Gamache Show with guest Peter Mayhew aka Chewbacca with wife Angie Part 1
Published: 2012/05/08
Channel: sissygamache
Peter Mayhew celebrates 70th birthday during Stars of the Saga show at Star Wars Weekends 2014
Peter Mayhew celebrates 70th birthday during Stars of the Saga show at Star Wars Weekends 2014
Published: 2014/05/19
Channel: Attractions Magazine
Peter Mayhew & Mark Hamill Talk New Cast Members At Star Wars Celebration
Peter Mayhew & Mark Hamill Talk New Cast Members At Star Wars Celebration
Published: 2015/04/20
Channel: ScreenJunkies News
Carrie Fisher Memorial with Peter Mayhew
Carrie Fisher Memorial with Peter Mayhew
Published: 2017/01/04
Channel: Ideas are Bulletproof Studios
Evolution of Chewbacca in Movies & TV in 9 Minutes (2017)
Evolution of Chewbacca in Movies & TV in 9 Minutes (2017)
Published: 2017/12/13
Channel: Then & Now
Movie Geeks United Interview: PETER MAYHEW
Movie Geeks United Interview: PETER MAYHEW
Published: 2012/05/01
Channel: Movie Geeks United!
Peter Mayhew, Alan Tudyk and Jeremy Bulloch
Peter Mayhew, Alan Tudyk and Jeremy Bulloch
Published: 2017/08/01
Channel: Chris Williams
Peter Mayhew talks Chewbacca (The Feed)
Peter Mayhew talks Chewbacca (The Feed)
Published: 2014/04/30
Channel: The Feed
Peter Mayhew David Prowse SL ComicCon 2013
Peter Mayhew David Prowse SL ComicCon 2013
Published: 2013/09/19
Channel: Teankun
Peter Mayhew Interview (Dragon Con 2015)
Peter Mayhew Interview (Dragon Con 2015)
Published: 2015/09/14
Channel: DragonConTV
Peter Mayhew and Ian McDiarmid - Star Wars Panel at Alamocity Comic Con
Peter Mayhew and Ian McDiarmid - Star Wars Panel at Alamocity Comic Con
Published: 2017/07/12
Channel: Renegade Geek
That Star Wars Show: Is Peter Mayhew quitting the role of Chewbacca in EP: 8?
That Star Wars Show: Is Peter Mayhew quitting the role of Chewbacca in EP: 8?
Published: 2016/02/19
Channel: enoshfett
Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew talks Star Wars Episode VII in Walt Disney World talk show
Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew talks Star Wars Episode VII in Walt Disney World talk show
Published: 2014/05/17
Channel: Inside the Magic
Star Wars 100 Interviews - PETER MAYHEW as Chewbacca
Star Wars 100 Interviews - PETER MAYHEW as Chewbacca
Published: 2016/05/10
Channel: Sci Fi Central
Sunrise interview with Peter Mayhew and Yvonne Craig (~2002ish)
Sunrise interview with Peter Mayhew and Yvonne Craig (~2002ish)
Published: 2011/05/10
Channel: mickjt84
Peter Mayhew Interview - Rogue One A Star Wars Story Red Carpet World Premiere
Peter Mayhew Interview - Rogue One A Star Wars Story Red Carpet World Premiere
Published: 2016/12/11
Channel: Disneyland Experience
Star Wars Chewbacca Interview, Peter Mayhew
Star Wars Chewbacca Interview, Peter Mayhew
Published: 2013/09/05
Channel: Flicks And The City
Peter Mayhew Interview - Star Wars Celebration 2017
Peter Mayhew Interview - Star Wars Celebration 2017
Published: 2017/04/14
Channel: HeyUGuys
Chewbacca Humps Comic Con  ( with Peter Mayhew )
Chewbacca Humps Comic Con ( with Peter Mayhew )
Published: 2010/07/27
Channel: Break
Chewbacca Actor reveals plans for Wookiee Music in Star Wars! (Peter Mayhew Interview)
Chewbacca Actor reveals plans for Wookiee Music in Star Wars! (Peter Mayhew Interview)
Published: 2017/01/23
Channel: Jamie Stangroom
Star Wars Celebration 2017: Peter Mayhew "Chewbacca" Movie Panel Interview
Star Wars Celebration 2017: Peter Mayhew "Chewbacca" Movie Panel Interview
Published: 2017/04/14
Channel: ScreenSlam
'Chewbacca Mom' to Meet the Real 'Chewbacca' Actor Peter Mayhew
Published: 2016/05/24
Channel: Wochit Entertainment
Stars of the Saga - Peter Mayhew and Dave Prowse at Disney
Stars of the Saga - Peter Mayhew and Dave Prowse at Disney's Hollywood Studios (2008)
Published: 2014/05/20
Channel: WDW News Today
Peter Mayhew on the Holiday special
Peter Mayhew on the Holiday special
Published: 2007/08/30
Channel: zammap
Peter Mayhew Q&A @ Star Force The Fan Fest 2017
Peter Mayhew Q&A @ Star Force The Fan Fest 2017
Published: 2017/03/02
Channel: LosCriticologos
Star Wars 40 Years - George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill & Peter Mayhew (2017)
Star Wars 40 Years - George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill & Peter Mayhew (2017)
Published: 2017/04/14
Channel: moviemaniacsDE
Peter Mayhew Arrival and Interview - Star Wars The Force Awakens European Premiere Red Carpet
Peter Mayhew Arrival and Interview - Star Wars The Force Awakens European Premiere Red Carpet
Published: 2015/12/16
Channel: Disneyland Experience
Entrevista a Peter Mayhew, actor que interpreta a Chewbacca/ Loft Cinema
Entrevista a Peter Mayhew, actor que interpreta a Chewbacca/ Loft Cinema
Published: 2014/12/27
Channel: Función Excélsior
Peter Mayhew on Chewbaca
Peter Mayhew on Chewbaca's death
Published: 2007/08/31
Channel: zammap
Star Wars: Peter Mayhew returns as Chewbacca for Episode VII
Star Wars: Peter Mayhew returns as Chewbacca for Episode VII
Published: 2014/04/09
Channel: ODE
Proof Peter Mayhew - West Side Autographs
Proof Peter Mayhew - West Side Autographs
Published: 2016/10/19
Channel: West Side Autographs
Interview mit Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) und Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch)
Interview mit Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) und Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch)
Published: 2013/07/26
Channel: gamonaexklusiv
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Peter Mayhew
Peter Mayhew 2015.jpg
Mayhew in June 2015
Born (1944-05-19) 19 May 1944 (age 74)
Barnes, Surrey, UK
Residence Boyd, Texas, US
Nationality British, American
Occupation Actor
Years active 1976–present
Known for Playing Chewbacca in the Star Wars franchise
Height 7 ft 3 in (221 cm)
Spouse(s) Angie Luker (m. 1999)

Peter Mayhew (born 19 May 1944)[1] is an English-American actor, best known for portraying Chewbacca in the Star Wars film series.

Early life[edit]

Mayhew was born on 19 May 1944 in Barnes, Surrey, where he was also raised.[1] His height is not a product of gigantism, "I don't have the big head", but of a connective tissue disorder called Marfan syndrome.[2][3] His maximum height was 7 feet 3 inches (221 cm).[4]

Career[edit]

Early work[edit]

Mayhew got his first acting job in 1976 when the producers of Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger discovered him from a photograph in a newspaper article about men with large feet, and cast him in the role of the minotaur.[5][6]

Chewbacca[edit]

Mayhew at the Big Apple Con, 14 November 2008, sitting in front of an image of Chewbacca

When casting his first Star Wars film, producer George Lucas needed a tall actor who could fit the role of the hairy alien Chewbacca. He originally had in mind 6-foot-6-inch (1.98 m) bodybuilder David Prowse, but Prowse chose to play Darth Vader. This led Lucas on a search which turned up Mayhew, who was working as an orderly and said that all he had to do to be cast in the role of Chewbacca was stand up.[citation needed]

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.[7] He played the role in the 1978 television film Star Wars Holiday Special and in an appearance on The Muppet Show. He also recorded dialogue for the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 3 finale episode "Wookiee Hunt".[8][9]

Mayhew plays the role in commercials and hospital appearances for sick children and has made numerous appearances as Chewbacca outside the Star Wars films. Mayhew as Chewbacca was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the MTV Film Awards 1997. He was additionally honoured at the release of the new PlayStation Portable where he dressed as Chewbacca and held up the new PSP slim version.

He has made other media appearances without the Chewbacca costume. He appeared on NBC's Identity, where his identity was based on the fact that he played Chewbacca and was a frequent guest in the early days of Slice of SciFi.

While Mayhew portrayed Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he was not in Star Wars: The Last Jedi but was listed in the credits as 'Chewbacca Consultant'.[10] Mayhew retired from playing Chewbacca due to health issues. Joonas Suotamo, shared the portrayal of Chewbacca with Mayhew on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and then replaced him in subsequent Star Wars films.[11][12]

Other work[edit]

Outside Star Wars, Mayhew has appeared in the 1978 horror film Terror, directed by Norman J. Warren. In the English version of Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's Legacy, he provided the voice for Susha. He also appeared in Yesterday Was a Lie.[13]

Books[edit]

Mayhew has written two books for younger audience: "Growing Up Giant"[14] which explains that being different is a strength instead of a weakness and anti-bullying book for children "My Favorite Giant".[15]

Personal life[edit]

Mayhew lives with his wife Mary Angela ("Angie") in Boyd, Texas[16] and is a business owner. He became a naturalised citizen of the United States in 2005 at a ceremony in Arlington, Texas.[17] In an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he joked that he did not get a medal at this ceremony either, a reference to the Star Wars scene in which Luke and Han get medals but Chewbacca does not. Mayhew noted in an MTV interview that although Chewbacca does not get a medal in the film, he does get the last line, when he roars.[18]

Mayhew underwent double knee replacement surgery in 2013.[19] In January 2015, Mayhew was briefly hospitalised near his home in Texas, due to a bout of pneumonia.[20][21]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1977 Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger Minoton Uncredited [5]
Star Wars Chewbacca [7]
1978 Terror The Mechanic
1980 The Empire Strikes Back Chewbacca [7]
1982 Return of the Ewok Video short
1983 Return of the Jedi [7]
1987 Star Tours Short, uncredited
2004 Comic Book: The Movie Himself
2005 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith Chewbacca [7]
2008 Yesterday Was a Lie Dead Man [13]
2015 Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens Chewbacca Shared role with Joonas Suotamo [7]
2017 Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi Chewbacca Consultant [10]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1977 Donny & Marie Chewbacca Episode # 3.1
1978 Star Wars Holiday Special TV Special
1980 The Muppet Show Episode: The Stars of Star Wars
1981 Dark Towers The Tall Knight 5 episodes
1985 The Kenny Everett Television Show Various Episode #3.3
2011 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chewbacca Episode: Wookiee Hunt, voice
Glee Episode: Extraordinary Merry Christmas

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Entertainment". Washington (PA) Observer-Reporter. 19 May 2009. p. C6. 
  2. ^ Karl Quinn (12 April 2014). "Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew in Melbourne for Supernova fan convention". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Vankin, Jonathan (20 January 2015). "'Star Wars' actor, Peter 'Chewbacca' Mayhew, 70, stricken with pneumonia – sends fans message from hospital". Inquisitr. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Peter Mayhew". Petermayhew.com. Archived from the original on 10 May 2008. 
  5. ^ a b Clark, Mark (2015). Star Wars FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Trilogy That Changed the Movies. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. ISBN 978-1480360181. 
  6. ^ Hutchinson, Sean (19 May 2015). "15 Chewbacca Facts in Honour of Peter Mayhew's Birthday". Mental Floss. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Ben Child (8 April 2014). "Original Chewbacca actor set to return in Star Wars: Episode VII". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  8. ^ Remaking Wookiee: Chewbacca Becomes a Character on 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars', retrieved 31 May 2011 
  9. ^ The Clone Wars Episode Guide: Wookiee Hunt, StarWars.com, retrieved 1 April 2011 
  10. ^ a b "Star Wars: The Last Jedi - full credits". IMDB. Retrieved 6 January 2018. 
  11. ^ Rebecca Hawkes (6 January 2016). "The 'secret' Chewbacca: meet the 6'11" basketball star who shared the role with Peter Mayhew in Star Wars: The Force Awakens". The Telegraph. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  12. ^ http://movieweb.com/star-wars-force-awakens-chewbacca-actor-joonas-suotamo/
  13. ^ a b Martin Chilton (4 May 2011). "Ewoks, sex dolls and comedy: what happened to the Star Wars cast". The Telegraph. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  14. ^ Peter Mayhew; Angie Mayhew (19 November 2013). My Favorite Giant. One Mans Posse Production. ISBN 978-1-62098-826-8. 
  15. ^ My Favorite Giant by Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), by Carrie Goldman
  16. ^ Malone, Megan (9 February 2012). "Chewbacca Making Dallas-Area Appearances" NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth". KXAS-TV.
  17. ^ "Star Wars actor who played Chewbacca to become American citizen". The Canadian Press. 12 October 2005. p. 16. 
  18. ^ "'Star Wars' actor, others pledge their allegiance", Fort Worth Star-Telegram, People Watch, Metro Section, page B2, 18 October 2005.
  19. ^ "Wookie knee repair: 'Star Wars' actor Peter Mayhew hopes to walk again after Fort Worth surgery". The Dallas Morning News. 11 September 2013
  20. ^ Sacks, Ethan (19 January 2015). "‘Star Wars’ star Peter Mayhew hospitalized for pneumonia: report ". Daily News (New York).
  21. ^ Parker, Ryan (19 January 2015). "'Star Wars' actor Peter Mayhew hospitalized with pneumonia ". Los Angeles Times.

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