Peter Mayhew photo signed Star Wars Chewbacca with Solo and Skywalker
Authentic Peter Mayhew photo signed Star Wars Chewbacca with Solo and Skywalker. Photograph measures 11×14″, signed in blue marker in London 2018, his last signing in the UK.
Peter William Mayhew (May 19, 1944 – April 30, 2019) was a British-American actor. Best known for portraying Chewbacca in the Star Wars film series. He played the character in all of his live-action appearances from the 1977 original to 2015’s The Force Awakens before his retirement from the role.
When casting the original Star Wars (1977); director George Lucas needed a tall actor who could fit the role of the hairy alien Chewbacca. He originally had in mind 6-foot-6-inch (1.98 m) bodybuilder David Prowse, but Prowse chose to play Darth Vader. This led Lucas to cast Mayhew, who was working as an orderly in the A & E Dept Mayday University Hospital, Thornton Heath, Croydon. Surrey. He became aware of a casting call for Star Wars which was filming at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire. The 7-foot-3-inch (2.21 m) tall actor was immediately cast as Chewbacca after he stood up to greet Lucas. Mayhew continued working as an orderly, at Mayday Hospital (now Croydon University Hospital); in between filming the original Star Wars trilogy.
Mayhew modelled his performance of Chewbacca after researching the behaviour of bears; monkeys and gorillas he saw at London Zoo. Lucas said Mayhew was “the closest any human being could be to a Wookiee; big heart, gentle nature and I learnt to always let him win”. The character did not have any lines, the sounds he made being derived from sound recordings of animal noises.
Mayhew played Chewbacca in five Star Wars films; the original trilogy (Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi), Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars; The Force Awakens. Played the role in the 1978 television film Star Wars Holiday Special and in a 1980 appearance on The Muppet Show. Recorded dialogue for the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 3 finale episode “Wookiee Hunt”.
Mayhew played the role in commercials and hospital appearances for sick children; and made numerous appearances as Chewbacca outside the Star Wars films. Also, Peter Mayhew signed photo, appearing as Chewbacca, honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the MTV Film Awards 1997.
He also made other media appearances outside of playing Chewbacca. He appeared on NBC’s Identity, where his identity based on the fact that he played Chewbacca and was a frequent guest in the early days of Slice of SciFi.
While Mayhew portrayed Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he was not in Star Wars: The Last Jedi but was listed in the credits as “Chewbacca Consultant”. Mayhew retired from playing Chewbacca due to health issues. Joonas Suotamo shared the portrayal of Chewbacca with Mayhew in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and then completely replaced him in subsequent Star Wars films.
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