Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca in the ‘Star Wars’ Films, Dies at 74

Mayhew's first role playing Chewbacca was in 1977's "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope".

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Peter Mayhew, who played shaggy, towering Chewbacca in several of the “Star Wars” films, has died, his family said Thursday. He was 74. Mayhew died at his home in Texas on Tuesday, according to a family statement. No cause was given. The 7-foot-3 Mayhew played the beloved and furry Chewbacca, sidekick to Han Solo and co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon, in the original “Star Wars” trilogy. He went on to…

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