Happy Birthday, Peter MayhewMay 19, 2011 at 9:16 am | Posted in Birthday, Movies, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Today we wish Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew a very happy birthday. Mr. Mayhew portrayed the loveable, humorous, and iconic Chewbacca in Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope, Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Born in Barnes, England on May 19, 1944, he eventually grew up and took on a job as a hospital attendant in London where he was noticed by a film producer and cast into his first film role in the movie Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger. A year later he was asked to play another role as the mighty Chewbacca in George Lucas’ Star Wars. Interestingly enough, he was actually given the choice between Darth Vader and Chewbacca and chose Chewbacca because he wanted to be a good guy. From there a legacy was born.
Mr. Mayhew is now a naturalized citizen of the United States of America and currently resides in Texas. Along with continuing his film work, as well as making the Star Wars convention ciruit, Mr. Mayhew has written several books lately with deal with the very serious topics. My Favorite Giant deals with childhood bullying and strives to give children the confidence they need to persevere. His other book Growing Up Giant is about himself and how he dealt with gigantism. Both books are illustrated and provide positive messages for younger audiences. You can find out more by visiting Peter Mayhew’s official site.