Jeremy Bulloch, Original Boba Fett Actor From ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Dies At 75
Jeremy Bulloch, the British actor best known for his performance as Mandalorian warrior and bounty hunter Boba Fett in the original Star Wars trilogy, died on Thursday.
The news was confirmed by a post on Bulloch’s Facebook page — which is private — and also by Daniel Logan, the younger actor who played the role in the prequel Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.
In an all caps Instargam post, Logan thanked Bulloch for teaching him the ropes and continued, “I’ll love you forever.!! Conventions wont [sic] be the same without you may the force be with you always.
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Bulloch wore Boba Fett’s armor in both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, though the character was voiced by Jason Wingreen. Interestingly, the character first made a small appearance in the infamous 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special.
According to IMDb, Bulloch also appeared in another role, that of Captain Colton, in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.
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Here is the post from Bulloch’s Facebook page:
Jeremy died peacefully on 17th December 2020 following health complications, including several years living with Parkinson’s disease. 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. Jeremy had a long and happy life as an actor and was best known for his roles in the films Summer Holiday, Star Wars and James Bond; TV series the Newcomers, Doctor Who, Agony and Robin of Sherwood, and several West End theatre productions. Away from the screen Jeremy was a talented footballer and cricketer. He also supported a number of charities including Great Ormond Street Hospital who saved his granddaughter’s life. He was devoted to his wife, three sons and ten grandchildren, who all love him dearly and will miss him terribly.
Boba Fett was always a fan favorite and, with The Mandalorian a certified hit on Disney+, the character’s stature has only grown. In fact, Fett made an appearance on the show earlier this month in the form of Temuera Morrison, the actor who previously played Boba Fett’s father, Jengo, in the prequel film “Episode II — Attack of the Clones. Jengo’s DNA provided the template for the Republic’s Clone Army in that film as well as for Boba.
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