Jeremy Bulloch, a veteran actor who portrayed Boba Fett in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has passed away at the age of 75…
Jeremy Bulloch, a veteran character actor who is best known for playing the bounty hunter Boba Fett in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died at the age of 75.
“Jeremy died peacefully on 17th December 2020 following health complications, including several years living with Parkinson’s disease,” his website posted on Thursday. “He spent his final weeks 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.”
Bulloch first appeared as Boba Fett in 1980’s “The Empire Strikes Back” and then again in 1983’s “Return of the Jedi” and while he was the man in the costume both times, it was actually another actor’s voice dubbed into the film. Originally it was Jason Wingreen and then after the “Star Wars” films were updated by original creator George Lucas, Boba Fett was voiced by Temuera Morrison, who currently portrays the character on “The Mandalorian.”
Jeremy Bulloch, whose unforgettable performance as notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett has captivated audiences since he first appeared in 1980's Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, has sadly passed away. pic.twitter.com/Wekhv3rxqN
— Star Wars (@starwars) December 17, 2020
In addition to his roles in the “Star Wars” films, Bulloch had appeared on “Doctor Who” as well as dozens of TV shows in his native England. He had also appeared in the James Bond film “Octopussy” and actually made a brief appearance on screen as a different character in the “Star Wars” prequel “Revenge of the Sith.”
“Jeremy brought the perfect combination of mystery and menace to his performance of Boba Fett, which is just what I wanted the character to convey,” Lucas said in a statement issues on Thursday. “In addition, Jeremy was a true gentleman who was very supportive of Star Wars and its fans, and I’m very grateful for his contributions to the saga and its legacy.”
Bulloch is survived by his wife and two sons.