Actor Peter Mayhew, Who Played Chewbacca In 'Star Wars,' Dies At 74 Mayhew died at his home in North Texas on Tuesday. When he landed the iconic role, he was a part-time actor working as a hospital orderly.

Actor Peter Mayhew, Who Played Chewbacca In 'Star Wars,' Dies At 74

Actor Peter Mayhew, Who Played Chewbacca In 'Star Wars,' Dies At 74

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With his distinctive growl and unwavering loyalty, Chewbacca was the heart of the Millennium Falcon. Peter Mayhew, the actor who gave life to the beloved Wookiee, has died at age 74.