“Chewie, we’re home.”
Extremely sad news today as Peter Mayhew, the man behind Chewbacca has passed away April 30 at the age of 74.
Matthew’s family tweeted the following today:
If you don’t know, Chewbacca was hired by George Lucas himself for A New Hope back in 1976 and after May 1977, Mayhew’s Chewbacca had become a household name and part of pop culture and out hearts ever since.
I have two Peter Mayhew moments in would like to share here.
1. Celebration Anaheim 2015, I was on my way to the celebrity photograph area and standing at a desk, talking to an employee, Peter rolled by in his motorized chair. Trying to think quick, I yelled, “Hey, Peter! What’s up?” Peter smiled and acknowledged me as he buzzed by, trying to get backstage.
2. This one is my favorite and from Wondercon when it was still in San Francisco, CA. I met Peter at his booth and had him sign my Star Wars A New Hope DVD and upon taking a picture with him, I kneeled down a little and did my best Chewie roar and this is what I got:
Peter is survived by his wife, Angie, and three children.
We love you Peter. Thanks for the memories.
May the Force be with you.