Peter Mayhew (1944-2019) was a British actor, best known for playing the Wookiee Chewbacca in the Star Wars franchise. Mayhew wore the suit for the character in the Star Wars films, and in a guest appearance on The Muppet Show episode 417.
In a 2013 Reddit AMA, Mayhew commented:
“I proved that Chewie does indeed have two left feet but I really really loved working with Jim Henson and the Muppets. Jim and Frank Oz always gave directing instructions in their characters of Kermit and Miss Piggy. I was so enthralled with the process that at one point I thought I had missed my calling and wanted to try to be a puppeteer.”
- ↑ Star Wars Insider #55, p.55
- ↑ Reddit.com, I am Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca from the Star Wars Saga, ask me anything September 2, 2013