Peter Mayhew

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Peter Mayhew

Born

5/19/1944, Barnes, England, UK

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Also Known As

Chewbacca
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Biography

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Peter Mayhew, an English hospital worker who inadvertantly found himself catapaulted into films, was the towering gentle giant responsible for bringing Chewbacca to life. Mayhew, who stands 7'3", was born in Barnes, England. The son of a policeman, he spent a short time in the field of engineering…more

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    • Chewy: The only thing hairy than me on this ship is right between Princess Leya's Legs

    • Peter Mayhew: When you consider that you're a character that doesn't speak, but you've still got to react to the other actors, you've got to make a noise of some kind.

    • Peter Mayhew: Never having played Chess before, it was most interesting to be playing the game with no pieces in front of me. But I still knew how to stroke my hair when I won.

    • Peter Mayhew: It was a knitted mohair suit, with yak hair for the fluffy effect, and underneath I had a leotard, and body padding, so it was fairly comfortable when we were out on location, but in studios, with the lights, it did get rather hot and sweaty.

    • Peter Mayhew: I've been privileged to meet two of my heroes; Alec Guinness and Christopher Lee.

    • Peter Mayhew: I was in the costume department having the costume made the next day, and we were shooting two weeks later when the main unit returned from Tunisia.

    • Peter Mayhew: I think the things I wanted answered have been answered by people in the know that we can't talk about, so I'm perfectly happy with how Chewie came to be where he is and what is going on in Episode III.

    • Peter Mayhew: Peter Mayhew: I think by that time I knew where Chewie was going, and he left me to do what was called for, because the character had been well established. You know, it was like putting on a second skin by that time.

    • Peter Mayhew: I think by that time I knew where Chewie was going, and he left me to do what was called for, because the character had been well established. You know, it was like putting on a second skin by that time.

    • Peter Mayhew: George has only got to ring me. His imagination is so wonderful, I'd do any character he might create.

    • Peter Mayhew: Basically, Threepio was in a cargo net, and the net was attached to my back, and underneath the costume there was a body belt, and Threepio was literally hung from a bucket- the top half of his body.

    • Peter Mayhew: After my own for instance, my favourite is Princess Leia.

    • Peter Mayhew: After a while, the character sort of took over.

    • Peter Mayhew: A whole new generation is looking at the videos, and going to the video shop and buying the re-release of the complete trilogy, which you can buy at a reasonable price.

    • Peter Mayhew: A lot of people grew up with the Star Wars characters as part of their early childhood and saw them as role models.

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  • i love chewy

    8.6
    Chewbacca is one of the most be loved charectors in star wars. He was great for the part only one man could have done the part and that is Peter Mayhew. He was big and tall wich was perfect for the wookie Chewbacca but when you watch the Star Wars movies it's just the way he twitches his head or walks or choke Lando or growls when he talks to someone. every little thing he did was perfect. I am not sure if he did any other movies but if he didn't he should have because he is great actor.moreless
  • I love his role as Chewbacca.

    10
    The only movies with Peter Mayhew I have seen are Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. I think his role as Chewbacca was really funny. I only hope to find out how he met Han Solo and Lando Calrissian and whatever happened to his friend Tarfful. I love it when Chewie makes his roar.