Peter Mayhew

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Star Wars' 'Gentlest of Giants,' Peter Mayhew, Dies at 74

Actor played Chewbacca in original trilogy

(Newser) - Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died at 74, Variety reports. His family announced Mayhew's death at his home in north Texas on Twitter . "He was the gentlest of giants," co-star Mark Hamill tweeted , saying Mayhew "never failed...

TSA Halts 'Chewbacca' Over 'Lightsaber'

Peter Mayhew's lightsaber-shaped cane causes brief uproar

(Newser) - The latest TSA brouhaha is more amusing than enraging: Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, was stopped last week because agents didn't like the looks of his cane ... probably because it looks like a lightsaber. The 69-year-old, 7-foot-2-inch actor tweeted about the incident, and says...

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