Peter Mayhew - Overview

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Place of Birth: Barnes, England
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Even though he was hidden under massive amounts of yak hair, Peter Mayhew nonetheless carved out a niche of recognition for himself for portraying the vertically imposing but lovable Chewbacca, the Wookkie friend, co-pilot and sidekick of Captain Han Solo in all three original "Star Wars" films, as well as appearances in both the final prequel, "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith" (2005), and the franchise reboot "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015). Born May 19, 1944 in Barnes, England, Mayhew never had aspirations for acting. Parts were scarce for a man who, at 7'3," towered over all others. But while working as a hospital orderly at King's College Hospital in London, he was spotted by producer Charles H. Schneer, who cast him in the Ray Harryhausen fantasy epic, "Sinbad & The Eye of the Tiger" (1977). He later learned of a casting call for another fantasy film in the making, "Star Wars," which was shooting in London. Upon meeting the film's young writer-director, George Lucas, Mayhew got the job on the spot the moment he stood up to shake Lucas' hand. There we... Read More