STAR Wars actor Jeremy Bulloch, who played Boba Fett in the iconic original trilogy, has died at the age of 75, it's reported. Bulloch's family say he died following health complications which included Parkinson's.
A statement released tonight reads: "He spent his final days 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."
In addition to his "long and happy life as an actor" the statement said the star was also a "talented footballer and cricketer".
"He also supported a number of charities including Great Ormond Street Hospital, who saved his granddaughter's life," family said.
"He was devoted to his wife, three sons and ten grandchildren, who all love him dearly and will miss him terribly."
Luke Skywalker star Mark Hamill took to Twitter to pay tribute after hearing the news. "Jeremy Bulloch was the quintessential English gentleman," he said. "A fine actor, delightful company & so kind to everyone lucky enough to meet or work with him. [...] I will deeply miss him & am so grateful to have known him."
Billy Dee Williams, best known as Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars franchise said: "Today we lost the best bounty hunter in the galaxy - RIP Jeremy Bulloch."
The news was first reported by convention organiser Jason Griffiths and later confirmed by Daniel Logan, who played Boba Fett in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.
In a post on Facebook, Mr Griffiths said the actor, who began his career in British adverts in 1958, would be much missed. “It is with huge sadness I can report that we have lost Jeremy Bulloch,” he said. "Jeremy was always quick to joke about me being Welsh and I shall miss him dearly.”
Mr Logan said on Instagram: "It brings me to tears to announce Jeremy Bulloch has passed away. [...] RIP legend. I'll never forget all you've taught me. [...] I'll love you forever - conventions won't be the same without you. [...] May the force be with you always."
Bulloch's first major role came in 1960 TV series Counter-Attack, and he continued to work steadily over the next 30 years, appearing in shows such as Doctor Who, Robin Hood, and The Newcomers.
He first appeared as Mandalorian bounty hunter Boba Fett in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.
He went on to reprise the role in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi and in two Star Wars shorts, Return of the Ewok and Bulloch Fett. Bulloch had appeared in more than 100 projects at the time of his death, with roles in James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy.
Fans have taken to Twitter to pay tribute.
One said: "Boba Fett was and still is one of my favorite characters in the whole saga."
"Hearing the passing of Jeremy Bulloch, the actor in the suit that played Boba in the original trilogy, really broke me.
"First Vader, now Boba. I grew up with him and I’m glad to be here to honour him."
Another said: "Mr Bulloch had the amazing ability to remember fans' names for years. [...] I met him with my young son Spencer and years later he sees us and says, 'Hello Spencer, my you’re getting tall'."
Bulloch's death comes three weeks after Prowse, who played the legendary villain in the original Star Wars films, died of coronavirus in November. The Bristol-born star — also road safety superhero The Green Cross Man — had been in a London hospital for two weeks with Covid. He was 85.
Daughter Rachel, 50, said: “He might have looked quite scary but as a person he was a sweet, kind and generous man. [...] He really was a gentle giant. And to us he was our dad.”
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