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Star Wars actor Jeremy Bulloch, who played Boba Fett in the original movies, died at the age of 75.
According to his agent, the English actor died in hospital on Thursday of “health complications following his many years of life with Parkinson’s disease.”
In The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983, Bulloch played the Bounty Hunter. “We are very sad to announce the death of actor Jeremy Bulloch earlier today,” a statement from his agent said.
He died in peace, in the hospital, surrounded by his family.
In the original Star Wars trilogy, Jeremy was best-known for the role of Boba Fett.
“He’s had a long and happy career spanning more than 45 years. He devoted himself to his wife, three sons, and ten grandchildren, and they are going to miss him terribly. We ask that at this very difficult time, their privacy be respected.
Born in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, Bulloch also had roles in the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy and appeared in a number of episodes of Doctor Who in the 70s.
On social media, some of Bulloch’s Star Wars co-stars paid tribute.
Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, tweeted that The quintessential English gentleman was Jeremy Bulloch.”
A great actor, a lovely company & so kind to everybody who is lucky enough to meet or work with him.
I’m going to miss him deeply & I’m so grateful to have known him. RIP-DearJeremy.
In the original trilogy, Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian, said: “Today we lost the galaxy’s best bounty hunter, RIP Jeremy Bulloch Boba Fett.”
“He will be remembered not only for his iconic portrayal of the legendary character but also for his warmth and generous spirit that have become an enduring part of his rich legacy,” the official Star Wars Twitter account also paid tribute, writing:
Daniel Logan, who played a young Boba Fett in 2002’s Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, paid tribute on Instagram to Bulloch, writing: “The RIP legend I’ll never forget all you taught me!” I will forever love you! Without you, conventions will not be the same; may the force always be with you.