Peter Mayhew has passed away a few weeks shy of his 75th birthday.
Despite being covered from head to foot in order to portray a walking carpet, his shuffling gait delivered more character than many of the million dollar digital creations of modern sci-fi movies.
He helped bring the Fuzzball, The Beast, The Mighty Chewbacca, to life.
I thought it was about time Chewbacca got his medal.
Hopefully Chewie will go on being a staple of Star Wars movies for decades to come (unless Abrams does the unthinkable (though without Han there, there wouldn't be the required emotional payoff)).
Peter Mayhew 1944-2019