(May 19, 1944 – April 30, 2019)
Words escape me. He didn’t speak English, but Chewbacca was certainly one of the more entertaining Star Wars characters. The actor underneath all the fur, Peter Mayhew, passed from this life April 30.
The actor’s family shared the news via his official Twitter account:
The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home. pic.twitter.com/YZ5VLyuK0u
— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) May 2, 2019
The official Star Wars account and several other people involved with the franchise shared memories and photos on Twitter, as did fans of the lovable fuzzball…
"We are deeply saddened today by the news of Peter Mayhew’s passing. Since 1976, Peter’s iconic portrayal of the loyal, lovable Chewbacca has been absolutely integral to the character’s success, and to the Star Wars saga itself."-Kathleen Kennedy.
— Star Wars (@starwars) May 3, 2019
He was the gentlest of giants-A big man with an even bigger heart who never failed to make me smile & a loyal friend who I loved dearly-I'm grateful for the memories we shared & I'm a better man for just having known him. Thanks Pete #RIPPeterMayhew #Heartbroken @TheWookieeRoars pic.twitter.com/8xbq9HEWF2
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 2, 2019
— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) May 3, 2019
RIP Peter Mayhew. To create a beloved character with warmth and humor is a testament to any actor’s spirit. To do it under a half ton of yak hair takes a true legend. ❤️❤️
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) May 3, 2019
R.I.P 😔 pic.twitter.com/FWRgaOS0Tf
— Joonas Suotamo (@JoonasSuotamo) May 2, 2019
#Mayhew did an extraordinary thing, conveyed empathy, humor and an incomparable soulfulness, all from inside that furry suit. My dad often said, “Chewie is the moral center of Star Wars.” It’s something Peter created & @JoonasSuotamo has faithfully continued and expanded.
— Jon Kasdan (@JonKasdan) May 2, 2019
— DARTH VADER (@isDARTHVADER) May 2, 2019
"I loved him." Harrison Ford bids farewell to 'Star Wars' co-star Peter Mayhew https://t.co/aRdZ6cEu8I
— TIME (@TIME) May 3, 2019
George Lucas remembered Peter Mayhew: “He was the closest any human being could be to a Wookiee: big heart, gentle nature … and I learned to always let him win. He was a good friend and I’m saddened by his passing" https://t.co/kkPgKJs9dR
— Variety (@Variety) May 3, 2019
— Matt Lanter (@MattLanter) May 3, 2019
Peter Mayhew created one of the greatest film characters of all time. Chewbacca was funny, courageous, and caring. He did it all without the benefit of speech, just that vocal growly cry that 1 in 100 fans can do real well when they're drunk. He was always really nice to me.#RIP
— alan tudyk (@AlanTudyk) May 3, 2019
You will always represent the best friend I have been drawn to all my life. Thank you Peter Mayhew for breathing life and sensitivity into #chewbacca #rip #becurious @starwars https://t.co/GpzMUWReBp pic.twitter.com/muKRkasvf0
— Dominic Monaghan. (@DomsWildThings) May 3, 2019
So sorry to hear the news that the great Peter Mayhew has passed away. His portrayal of Chewbacca in the #StarWars universe was humorous, heartfelt and tough – all at the same time. He will be missed. My condolences to Angie and all his family. May the Force Be With You Always! pic.twitter.com/pVrwn6nxHf
— Stephen Stanton (@Stephen_Stanton) May 3, 2019
Thank you, Peter Mayhew.
Goodbye, Chewie 😔 pic.twitter.com/WfzTpUGvNH
— pictoline (@pictoline) May 3, 2019
R.I.P. Peter Mayhew😔 pic.twitter.com/nWpAjkWzte
— Eva Calviño (@calvino_eva) May 3, 2019
— brian kesinger (@briankesinger) May 3, 2019
“Chewie, we’re home.” The new Star Wars trailer features Han Solo, Chewbacca, a mangled Darth Vader mask, and more!
MAKE IT FULLSCREEN…
…AND WATCH IT (at least) TWICE.
Man, I cannot wait until Christmas! J.J. Abrams is one of my favorite people in the world right now.
May the Force be with you.