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 Chewbacca 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 and The Force Awakens. Like his onscreen character of Chewbacca, Mayhew has been a long-time favorite in the Star Wars fan community.