May 3, 2019
The man who brought life to the iconic character has passed away.
Peter Mayhew was born in London in 1944, but his life would change forever when he was cast as Han Solo’s co-pilot and conscious in Star Wars.
“We were partners in film and friends in life for over 30 years and I loved him.” – Harrison Ford
Mayhew stood 7’3″ at his peak height and was working as an orderly in Kings College Hospital in London when his massive height led to a role in a Ray Harryhausen film, and eventually to a meeting with George Lucas for a part in his upcoming space-fantasy epic.
The legend goes that when Mayhew stood up to greet Lucas as he walked into the room Lucas turned to his producer and said, “I think we found him.”