Sigh, first Darth Vader. Now we have lost Boba Fett. Reel 360 is sad to report that actor Jeremy Bulloch, who embodied the character of Boba Fett in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, has passed away at the age of 75.
Bulloch, who was born in Leicestershire, England, in 1945, started his acting career in commercials before starring in shows like Doctor Who and Robin of Sherwood as well as movies like Mary, Queen of Scots and The Spy Who Loved Me.
After hanging up his laser pistol and helmet, Bulloch returned to Star Wars for 2005’s Revenge of the Sith where he made a cameo appearance as Captain Colton.
While the latest cuts of those early Star Wars movies now feature Temuera Morrison’s voice, it’s obviously still Bullock beneath the iconic helmet (and he never actually voiced the character; that was Jason Wingreen).
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“In 1979 I was called onto the set of Empire Strikes Back to play Boba Fett, and since that day it has changed the entire direction of my life in such a wonderful way,” Bulloch said. “It has been a privilege to have had the opportunity to inspire so many generations of Star Wars fans. I have had over 20 years of traveling with my wife Maureen to some amazing countries and have met so many wonderful fans. Thank you all so much and we will miss you all.”
Bulloch still became synonymous with the role in the years that followed, and when he gave up the convention circuit in 2014, the actor shared a touching message with his fans.
May the Force Be With You, Jeremy.
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