Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Kathleen Kennedy React to Peter Mayhew’s Death

Fellow #StarWars actor Harrison Ford released the following statements on the death of his colleague & friend Peter Mayhew:

“Peter Mayhew was a kind and gentle man, possessed of great dignity and noble character. These aspects of his own personality, plus his wit and grace, he brought to Chewbacca. We were partners in film and friends in life for over 30 years and I loved him. He invested his soul in the character and brought great pleasure to the Star Wars audience.”

The actor continued, “Chewbacca was an important part of the success of the films we made together. He knew how important the fans of the franchise were to it’s continued success and he was devoted to them. I and millions of others will never forget Peter and what he gave us all.  My thoughts are with his dear wife Angie and his children.  Rest easy, my dear friend…. “

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy released the following statement:

“We are deeply saddened today by the news of Peter Mayhew’s passing,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “Since 1976, Peter’s iconic portrayal of the loyal, lovable Chewbacca has been absolutely integral to the character’s success, and to the Star Wars saga itself. When I first met Peter during The Force Awakens, I was immediately impressed by his kind and gentle nature. Peter was brilliantly able to express his personality through his skillful use of gesture, posture, and eyes. We all love Chewie, and have Peter to thank for that enduring memory.”

In a tweet, Mark Hamill made the following statement:

Mark Hamill Tweet on Death of Peter Mayhew

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RIP Peter Mayhew

#RIP: we are extremely saddened to report the death of actor Peter Mayhew at the age of 74. He played the iconic #StarWars character #Chewbacca in the films #ANewHope (Ep. IV, 1977), #TheEmpireStrikesBack (Ep V, 1980), #ReturnOfTheJedi (Ep. VI, 1983) & #RevengeOfTheSith (Ep. III, 2005). He also appeared in the #HolidaySpecial (1978) and voiced Chewbacca in the film #TheForceAwakens (Ep. VII, 2015), as well as voicing Chewbacca in 1 episode of #TheCloneWars. He also appeared as the Minoton in #SinbadAndTheEyeOfTheTiger (1977).

We extend our deepest condolences to Mr. Mayhew’s family, friends, colleagues and fans. May he rest in peace. He is now one with the Force.

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Peter Mayhew (1944-2019)

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RIP Morgan Woodward

#RIP: actor Morgan Woodward has died at the age of 93. He played Capt. Tracy / Dr. Simon van Gelder in #StarTrek #TOS, Cayman in #BattleBeyondTheStars, Old Harry Cokely in #TheXFiles, Iron Lung Man in #Millennium, Sheriff Winston in #KnightRider, Uncle Jack / Nick Hall / Tribal Elder / Marshall Victor Grennan in #FantasyIsland, Martin in #PlanetOfTheApes (TV series), Morgan in #LogansRun (TV series), Carlton Tanner in #ProjectUFO, Ben Madrid in #TheIncredibleHulk, & much more.

Our condolences to his family, friends & fans. May he rest in peace.

Morgan Woodward

Morgan Woodward (1925-2019)

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Ben Affleck Steps Down As Batman

After months of speculation, actor Ben Affleck is will not be doing any more roles as Bruce Wayne / #Batman. According to a new announcement made this week from “Deadline Hollywood’s Twitter account, ‘The Batman’ is going to premiere in Summer of 2021 with a brand new actor in the role of Batman. And to confirm the story, Ben Affleck himself retweeted the story:

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