Peter Mayhew Biography – Peter Mayhew Wiki
Peter Mayhew born Peter W. Mayhew, was an English-American actor and author. He was best known for portraying Chewbacca in the Star Wars film series. He played the character from the 1977 original to 2015’s The Force Awakens before his retirement from the role.
He was discovered by producer Charles H. Schneer while working as a hospital attendant in London, and cast in Ray Harryhausen’s “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger.” The next year, he was cast as Chewbacca, the 200-year-old Wookiee.
Mayhew went on to appear in “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” “Revenge of the Sith,” “The Force Awakens” and “The Star Wars Holiday Special.” He was active on the “Star Wars” convention circuit and wrote two books, “Growing Up Giant” and “My Favorite Giant.”
On TV, he made guest appearances on “Donny & Marie,” “The Muppet Show” and “Glee.” He seldom played roles outside of Chewbacca, except for “Dark Towers,” on which he played the Tall Knight and horror movie “The Terror,” in which he played the Mechanic.
Peter Mayhew Age
He was born on 19 May 1944 in Barnes, Richmond upon Thames, England, United Kingdom. He died on 30 April 2019 in Boyd, Texas, United States. He was 74 years old.
Peter Mayhew Wife
He was married to his wife Angelique Mayhew since 1999 to his death in 2019.
Peter Mayhew Children
He had three children.
Peter Mayhew Health
Mayhew underwent double knee replacement surgery in 2013. In January 2015, Mayhew was briefly hospitalised near his home in Texas, due to a bout of pneumonia. In July 2018, Mayhew announced via Twitter that he had successfully undergone unspecified spinal surgery to improve his mobility, and was recovering.
Peter Mayhew Death
Mayhew died on Tuesday April 30, 2019 at his North Texas home surrounded by his family. His family announced his death in a statement on his Twitter.
“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.”
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
Peter Mayhew Cause of Death
Peter Mayhew cause of death was not revealed.
Peter Mayhew Height
He stood at a height of 7 feet 3 inches (2.21 m) tall. His height was not due to gigantism; “I don’t have the big head”, Mayhew said when asked about the cause of his height.
Peter Mayhew Foundation
He established the Peter Mayhew Foundation to provide funds for those in need, and suported the 501st Legion, Wounded Warriors, Make-a-Wish and other non-profits.
Peter Mayhew Net Worth
Mayhew had an estimated net worth of $500, 000.
Peter Mayhew Nationality
He was of English-American nationality.