Yesterday Peter Mayhew, the original Chewbacca, revealed that he had undergone spinal surgery to help improve his mobility. Reporting to his fans that the surgery was a success.
The 7-foot-3 Star Wars star revealed the news on Twitter, posting a photo from a hospital bed and writing:
“Sorry, I’ve been quiet as of late. I’ve been planning & going through some spinal surgery to improve my mobility. It’s been a success & I’ll be spending the upcoming weeks recovering. A big thank you to the doctors, staff, my family & friends that have helped me through this.”
– Peter Mayhew
Mayhew added that because of the surgery, he will be unable to a appear at this years London Film & Comic Con. Understandably so, but don’t worry as he’ll be attending their show in March when recovered. He also encouraged well-wishers to donate to his charitable foundation in lieu of gifts or flowers.
Mayhew, now 74, originated the role of the towering Wookiee in the original Star Wars trilogy, he returned 22 years later to the role in 2005 prequel Revenge of the Sith and then another 10 years later in 2015’s The Force Awakens,though only donning the costume for scenes that involved Chewbacca sitting down. Finnish actor and former basketball player Joonas Suotamo has since taken over the role of Chewbacca since 2015. Portraying the Wookiee in The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and this years Solo: A Star Wars Story.
“It was really helpful for me to learn from his perspective what it was and he was so good about it, I never met a more gracious man to give me this gift.”
– Joonas Suotamo
For many years, Peter has walked with a walking stick (not just any walking stick, but a lightsaber walking stick) and has often used a wheelchair or mobility scooter to help him get around.
Here’s to a speedy recovery to the greatest co-pilot in the galaxy.