Star Wars' Boba Fett actor Jeremy Bulloch dies aged 75

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
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Jeremy Bulloch, who played Star Wars' fan favourite, Boba Fett, has passed away at the age of 75.

The British actor starred as the bounty hunter in both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Boba Fett and Darth Vader
Jeremy Bulloch, who played Star Wars' fan favourite Boba Fett, has passed away at the age of 75. Photo: Lucasfilm

Jeremy also appeared in over 100 other projects including roles in Roger Moore's James Bond movies The Spy Who Loved Me and Octopussy, as well as appearances in Dr Who in the 60s and 70s.

The actor died at London's Tooting's St George's Hospital following a long battle with Parkinson's disease, his personal website shared.

The statement read: "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.

The actor died at London's Tooting's St George's Hospital following a long battle with Parkinson's disease, his personal website shared. Photo: Getty
The actor died at London's Tooting's St George's Hospital following a long battle with Parkinson's disease, his personal website shared. Photo: Getty

"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."

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Before this, the most recent update on his website was in August, 2018 where he shared "with a heavy heart" that he had decided to stop attending Star Wars conventions and "hang up the Fett helmet".

Speaking of the role of Boba Fett, Jeremy said, "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. It has been a privilege to have had the opportunity to inspire so many generations of Star Wars fans.

Jeremy said the role of Boba Fett changed his life. Photo: Getty
Jeremy said the role of Boba Fett changed his life. Photo: Getty

"I have had over 20 years of travelling 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."

New Zealand-born actor Daniel Logan, who played a young Boba Fett in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, shared his heartbreak over the loss of Jeremy on Instagram, writing, "It brings me to tears to announce Jeremy Bulloch has passed away!! RIP legend I'll never forget all you've taught me!! I'll love you forever!! Conventions wont be the same without you may the force be with you always."

Jeremy also made cameos in other Star Wars films as Lieutenant Sheckil in The Empire Strikes Back and Captain Jeremoch Colton in Revenge of the Sith.

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