Jeremy Bulloch, who many fondly remember as the man originally behind the suit of Boba Fett in the original Star Wars trilogy, has passed away at 75.
The English actor died “peacefully” in a hospital in London, according to his agents from Brown Simcocks and Andrews.
“We are very sad to announce the death of actor Jeremy Bulloch, earlier today. He died peacefully, in hospital, surrounded by his family, from health complications following his many years living with Parkinson’s disease. Jeremy was best known for the role of Boba Fett in the original Star Wars trilogy. He had a long and happy career spanning more than 45 years. He was devoted to his wife, three sons, and ten grandchildren and they will miss him terribly,” said the agency in a statement.
“He spent his final weeks in the wonderful care of staff at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, close to the house where he and his wife Maureen had lived together for more than fifty years. Maureen and two of his sons, Jamie and Robbie, were with him during his final days,” wrote the official JeremyBulloch.com website.
Bulloch was born in Leicestershire in 1945. His acting career began in 1958 shooting commercials as a teenager.
His rise to fame became most prominent in the 1980s, having appeared as Smithers in Octopussy (1983), as well as the aforementioned Boba Fett in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983). Bulloch also returned to the Star Wars prequel trilogy as Captain Jeremoch Colton in Revenge of the Sith in 2005.
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