The actor behind the mighty Chewbacca will be at Star Wars Celebration VI, greeting fans and signing autographs in the Celebration Autograph Hall.
Peter Mayhew -- originally an English hospital worker who found himself catapulted into films -- stands 7'3", and was discovered when his photo was featured in a newspaper article about men with large feet. Mayhew 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. Like his onscreen character of Chewbacca, Mayhew has been a long-time favorite in the Star Wars fan community.
More Star Wars Cast and Crew Guests at Celebration:
Look to the Celebration Autograph Hall, run by Official Pix, for more cast and crew appearances all through the show. Official Pix is the official Star Wars autograph and photo provider, licensed by Lucasfilm.
Tim Rose: "It's a Trap!" The performer behind Admiral Ackbar, Tim Rose, will be at Celebration VI. The puppeteer also performed the iconic Sy Snoodles and Salacious Crumb.
Trevor Butterfield: Butterfield performed a variety of roles, including an Imperial Officer and Lt. Blount in Return of the Jedi.
Nick Maley: A make-up artist in The Empire Strikes Back, Maley was involved with Stuart Freeborn in the creation of Yoda.
Paul Springer: Mime artist and puppeteer, Springer portrayed a Gamorrean guard and the character Ree Yees in Return of the Jedi.
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 VI, visit www.officialpix.com.
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