Chewbacca the Wookie Died

Peter Mayhew, the 7foot 3inch tall actor who played Chewbacca the Wookie, has died.

Is there anyone, Star Wars fan or not, who doesn’t know who Chewie is?

My late husband Jerry wasn’t a big movie buff, but he loved Star Wars and loved Chewbacca, the gentle giant.

There are certain iconic roles that are simply part of film culture, and that few of us who love movies would fail to recognize: Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz. Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca. Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind. Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront and The Godfather. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and for those of us who are or were Catholic, The Nun’s Story. Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs. Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde. Anne Bancroft in The Graduate.

Here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson.

Indelible part of film culture.

Who’s on your list?

6 thoughts on “Chewbacca the Wookie Died

  1. for Joyce: Love these! I remember seeing Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame. She was dazzling. And of course JAJ is iconic in whatever he does. A couple of years ago I saw him and Cicely Tyson in a remake of A Gin Game, about aging. They’d last been on the stage together 50 years before. JAJ is now 88 and Tyson is 94, so knock off a couple of years for my seeing them in the play. You had the sense of witnessing theater history. And they are both still fine and memorable actors.

  2. My favorite song to play while decorating for Christmas is “ We Need A Little Christmas”.

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