Known for Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy and Revenge of the Sith
The actor behind the mighty Chewbacca will be at Star Wars Celebration Europe in Essen this July, greeting fans and signing autographs in the Celebration Autograph Hall.
Originally an English hospital worker, Peter Mayhew found himself catapulted into films when he was discovered when his photo was featured in a newspaper article about men with large feet. Mayhew, who stands 7’3”, was subsequently cast as the Minotaur in Ray Harryhausen’s Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger. Around the same time, he was cast by a young writer/director named George Lucas in a space fantasy known as Star Wars. The actor threw himself into the role – even visiting zoos to study the movement of bears, monkeys, gorillas and other animals with traits that could be used in defining the Wookiee co-pilot’s performance. Once inside the costume, Mayhew embodied the character singularly and completely, creating one of the trilogy's most enduring characters.
In addition to bringing the co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon to life in the original Star Wars trilogy, Mayhew returned to “a galaxy far, far away” to reprise the role of the Wookiee hero in Revenge of the Sith. He has appeared on television programs in the character of Chewbacca numerous times, even finally receiving his Yavin Medal of Bravery from Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) at the MTV Movie Awards. Like his onscreen character of Chewbacca, Mayhew has been a long-time favorite in the Star Wars fan community.
For more information on how the Autograph Hall will work, and for tips and tricks how to make the most of your autograph time at Celebration Europe, visit the Official Pix website: www.officialpix.com.