Actor Who Played Chewbacca Peter Mayhew Passes At 74


"Solo:  A Star Wars Story" Photocall - The 71st Annual Cannes Film Festival

"Solo: A Star Wars Story" Photocall - The 71st Annual Cannes Film Festival

You may not know his face, but you knew his work. Peter Mayhew, the man who played Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” movies has dead at the age of 74. Mayhew's family says he passed away on April 30th at his home in North Texas.

In a statement, they said Mayhew put his heart and soul into playing the role of the tall, furry Wookie co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon. And his commitment to fans was never unnoticed, as he was credited with never missing a single “Star Wars” convention.

There's no word on the cause of his death, but Mayhew leaves behind a wife and three children, as well as millions of devoted fans.