LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" films, has died. Mayhew's family said in a statement Thursday that he died at his home in Texas on Tuesday. He was 74. No cause was given.
The 7-foot-3 Mayhew played the towering Chewbacca, sidekick to Han Solo and co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon, in the first "Star Wars" trilogy and two other films. The English-born Mayhew was working as a hospital orderly when George Lucas cast him in 1977's "Star Wars."