Peter Mayhew

Peter William Mayhew (1944 - 2019)

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Peter William Mayhew
Born in Barnes, Surrey, England, United Kingdommap
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Died in Boyd, Wise County, Texas, United Statesmap
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Peter Mayhew was an English-American actor, known best for his portrayal of the wookie Chewbacca in the Star Wars series.
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Peter William Mayhew was born 19 May 1944 in Barnes, Surrey, England, UK to Walter H. Mayhew and Constance E. Yeates. Peter was diagnosed with Gigantism accounting for his height and appearance.[1] In adulthood, he stood 7'4" tall.[2] He was married to Angie Jones in 1999, and together they had three children.[3]

Starting his life in engineering, Peter felt he was better suited to serving others in hospital work.[3] Peter worked as an hospital orderly in King's College Hospital's Radiology department until he was discovered by George Lucas. George let him know he had the role if all he did was show up. He loved his Star Wars family and put everything he had into being the best Chewbacca he could, going so far as to study the movements of bears, gorillas, and and monkeys to base his action as Chewie on. Peter reprised his role, originally in just the first three films, in the later films in the octave. He ended up consulting on 2017's "The Last Jedi", mentoring his successor, Joonas Suotamo.[2][3] He voiced Chewie in Star Wars animated shows.

Between movies, Peter lived quietly, often focusing on his charity work, in Yorkshire, England. Following his marriage to Angie, they moved to Boyd, Texas. He became a U.S. citizen in 2005.[3]

Peter died 30 Apr 2019 in Boyd, Texas, United States, following a heart attack.[4][2] Peter is interred at Azleland Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Reno, Parker County, Texas.[5]


  1. "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch ( : 1 October 2014), Peter W Mayhew, 1944; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Surrey North Eastern, Surrey, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Washington Post, Obituary
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The Peter Mayhew Foundation
  4. Zarrell, Matt; Rothman, Michael (2 May 2019). "'Star Wars' actor Peter Mayhew dies at the age of 74, family says". ABC News. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  5. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 12 December 2019), memorial page for Peter Mayhew (19 May 1944–30 Apr 2019), Find A Grave: Memorial #198812150, citing Azleland Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Reno, Parker County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .

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Mayhew-1383 and Mayhew-834 appear to represent the same person because: These profiles are the same person, Peter died a few days ago
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Peter is 25 degrees from Donald Howard, 25 degrees from Julia Howe and 23 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.