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18 Of The Most Touching Fan Tributes To Peter Mayhew, The Actor Who Played Chewbacca

Everyone knows Chewbacca, Han Solo’s fearsome but lovable first mate in the Star Wars saga, but non-obsessives may not know Peter Mayhew, the British-American actor, who portrayed Chewie from the beginning.

Mayhew passed away on Tuesday at the age of 74 and tributes and condolences are pouring in, both from fans and fellow Star Wars cast and crew.

A gentle giant at 7’3″ Mayhew was ideally suited to play the powerful wookie and endeared himself to fans everywhere.

In a statement Harrison Ford, who portrayed Chewie’s partner-in-crime Han Solo, called Mayhew “A kind and gentle man, possessed of great dignity and noble character.”

Warwick Davis, also a Star Wars alum, had fond memories as well.

Then there were the fans, who may have never met Mayhew but were touched by his legacy all the same.

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