Jeremy Bulloch, the actor who first portrayed the masked villain Boba Fett war of starsdied at the age of 75.
Bulloch put on Fett’s battered Mandalorian armor The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jediand brought the faceless bounty hunter a cold gravita as he chased Han Solo (Harrison Ford) across the galaxy.
Bulloch played the character on-screen while another actor provided the voice, much like Darth Vader actor David Prowse.
Bulloch died Thursday of health complications after years of battling Parkinson’s disease. This is evident from a statement on its official website. He is survived by Maureen, his wife of 50 years, as well as his three sons and 10 grandchildren.
Daniel Logan, who played Boba Fett in the prequel film as a child Attack of the clones, announced Bulloch’s death in an Instagram statement on Thursday.
“It brings me to tears to announce that Jeremy Bulloch is over,” he wrote. “Conventions won’t be the same without you. May the Force always be with you.”
Bulloch was born in Leicestershire, England and started playing as a child. He has appeared on several British television programs, including Doctor Who and Robin from Sherwood. He also played an MI6 assistant in several James Bond films.
However, he is best known for playing Boba Fett The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983).
The masked, largely silent bounty hunter became a cult favorite among Star Wars fans after his debut. The character later received an origin story in the prequel trilogy, although Bulloch was not part of it. However, he had a cameo role in Revenge of the Sith (2005).
Bulloch accepted his time as Boba Fett and was a mainstay on the Fan Convention Circuit for years until 2018. His 2004 autobiography, Flying Solo: Tales of a Bounty Hunter, relied on the character’s profession for its title.
“In 1979 I was called to the set of Reich strikes back Playing Boba Fett, and since that day it has changed the whole direction of my life in such a wonderful way, ”he wrote in 2018 when he stated that he could no longer attend congresses.
“It was a privilege to have had the opportunity to inspire so many generations of Star Wars fans.”
The role of Boba Fett has since been taken over by Temuera Morrison. He first played Fett’s father in Attack of the clonesand his voice was carried over to the original trilogy to match Bulloch’s physical performance.
Morrison recently returned to the role as the voice and body of Boba Fett on the Disney + series The Mandalorian.
Jason Wingreen, who provided Boba Fett’s original voice, died in 2016 at the age of 95.