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Peter Mayhew net worth is
$500,000

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Peter Mayhew Biography & Wiki 2017

Peter Mayhew was born on 19 May 1944, in Barnes, South West London, England. He is an actor, best known for his appearances in the “Star Wars” movies as the tall Wookie, Chewbacca. He’s also made appearances in other films and television series, but his popularity as (largely unseen) Chewbacca and the money he gets playing the role have helped put his net worth where it is today.

How rich is Peter Mayhew? As of early-2016, sources inform us of his net worth is at $500,000, mostly acquired through the various periods of time where he is needed to portray Chewbacca. Aside from being on screen, Peter has also released a few books that are focused on a younger audience.

Peter Mayhew Net Worth $500,000

Peter has Marfan syndrome, a disorder involving the connecting tissue which results in longer limbs, which made him very tall, to a height of 7 feet and 3 inches(215cm). He got his first acting job in the film “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger”(1976), when he was noticed by the film director from a photograph in a newspaper article detailing men with large feet, and Mayhew was cast as the mythical Minotaur. In the casting for the first “Star Wars” film, George Lucas had intended bodybuilder David Prowse for the role but David opted to play Darth Vader instead. This led to Lucas discovering Mayhew working as an orderly at Mayday Hospital; since then Peter has appeared in several “Star Wars” films including the original trilogy, “Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”, and the most recent “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. His net worth rose steadily.

Peter continued to play Chewbacca outside of these films, appearing in “Star Wars Holiday Special” and “The Muppet Show” as the famous hairy character. Mayhew even wore the costume for personal appearances, going to hospitals and visiting sick children as the character. He was honored by the 1997 MTV Film Awards for his role and was also honored by Playstation Portable during the release of the PSP Slim, where he wore the Chewbacca costume.

Outside of the costume, he has made appearances as himself on NBC’s “Identity” and “Slice of SciFi”. He even appeared in the 1978 horror film entitled “Terror”. He did some voice recording work for “Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 3” and “Dragon Ball GT: A Hero’s Legacy” – his net worth certainly benefited.

Peter has written two books, mainly focused on younger audiences – “Growing Up Giant” which tells of how being different is a strength, and “My Favorite Giant” which tackles anti-bullying.

For his personal life, Peter Mahew married Angie Luker in 1999, and they now reside in Boyd, Texas. He became a naturalized citizen during 2005 in a ceremony at Arlington, Texas, later joking about it in an interview telling how he didn’t get a medal, much like Chewbacca. He had double knee replacement surgery in 2013 and at the same year was crowned “Emperor of Life” by the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus. He also had a bout with pneumonia and was hospitalized in early 2015.

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Peter Mayhew Quick Facts

Birth date: 19 May 1944
Birth place: Barnes, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Profession:Actor
Nationality:British, American
Spouse:Angie Mayhew (m. 1999)
TV shows:“Star Wars Holiday Special”, “The Muppet Show”
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Peter Mayhew Interesting Facts

#Fact
1In 2013, he was forced to undergo double knee replacement surgery as a result of gigantism.
2(May 7-8, 2005) Attended the Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention in Malmõ, Sweden.
3Attended OmegaCon in Birmingham, Alabama. [March 2008]
4(November 14-16, 2008) Attended the Big Apple Comic Con.
5Currently resides in the town of Boyd, Texas and is a business owner. [April 2013]
6Became a naturalized United States citizen, along with 441 other people from 77 countries, in Arlington, Texas on October 17, 2005.
7Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) premiered on his 55th and 61st birthdays respectively. He appeared in the latter but not the former.
8Had the option of either playing Darth Vader or Chewbacca, as did David Prowse. Mayhew chose Chewbacca because he wanted to play a hero, whilst Prowse chose Darth Vader because he wanted to play a villain.
9Fell sick during the filming of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), which prompted director Irvin Kershner to bring in another extremely tall actor to fill in for him as Chewbacca. All the footage with the double was scrapped and reshot after Mayhew recovered because Irvin Kershner found that the double's body movements did not match Mayhew's.
10After getting the role of Chewbacca, Mayhew went to the zoo and began studying the movements and mannerisms of various large animals to incorporate into the character Chewbacca.
11Mayhew, like many actors connected with the Star Wars universe, makes frequent appearances at sci-fi conventions. Although famous guests at these events normally make a charge for autographs, some actors connected with famous movies from the past make their living touring different conventions.
12Chewbacca won a Lifetime Achievement award at the MTV Movie Awards.
13Prior to starring as Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy, he was an orderly at London's King's College Hospital.


Peter Mayhew Trademarks

#Trademark
1Towering height and slender frame
2Chewbacca from the Star Wars films


Peter Mayhew Quotes

#Quote
1When I go to restaurants I can never get my legs under a table. I bump my head in planes. People who sit behind me in the theater hate me. But I have given up apologizing to the world.
2It's curious that when you look down at people you see their defects, their irregularities more clearly. I like my bird's-eye view. I think it's what gives Chewie his pride, his bigness. Bigness of heart.


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Peter Mayhew Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Late Show with David Letterman2005TV SeriesChewbacca / Top Ten List Presenter
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith2005Chewbacca
Comic Book: The Movie2004VideoPeter Mayhew
Comic Book Villains2002VideoPeter Mayhew
Doragon bôru GT: Gokû gaiden! Yûki no akashi wa sû-shin-chû1997TV MovieSusha (English version, voice)
Comic Book Kid1993Peter Mayhew
Star Tours1987ShortChewbacca (uncredited)
The Kenny Everett Television Show1985TV SeriesVarious
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi1983Chewbacca
Return of the Ewok1982Video shortChewbacca
Dark Towers1981TV SeriesThe Tall Knight
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back1980Chewbacca
The Muppet Show1980TV SeriesChewbacca
Hazell1979TV SeriesGiant
The Star Wars Holiday Special1978TV MovieChewbacca
Terror1978The Mechanic
Donny and Marie1977TV SeriesChewbacca
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger1977Minoton (uncredited)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope1977Chewbacca
Star Wars: Episode VIII2017post-productionChewbacca
Killer Ink2016Uncle Clyde
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens2015Chewbacca
Star Wars: Battlefront2015Video GameChewbacca
Breaking In2012TV SeriesPeter Mayhew
Glee2011TV SeriesChewbacca
Star Wars: The Clone Wars2011TV SeriesChewbacca
Fanboys2009Peter Mayhew (uncredited)
Yesterday Was a Lie2008Dead Man

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Star Wars: The Clone Wars2011TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
The Characters of 'Star Wars'2004Video documentary short special thanks
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy2004Video documentary acknowledgment: stills and posters courtesy of / special thanks
The Jedi Hunter2002Short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Standing in the Stars: The Peter Mayhew Story2016Documentary post-productionHimself
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - World Premiere2016TV MovieHimself - Chewbacca
The Force Awakens: Crafting Creatures2016Video documentary shortHimself
The Scavenger & the Stormtrooper: A Conversation with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega2016Video documentary shortHimself
Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey2016DocumentaryHimself
Comic Book Men2013-2015TV SeriesHimself
Heroes of Cosplay2013TV SeriesHimself
Chronicles of Comic Con2013TV SeriesHimself
Indie Cinema Showcase2012TV SeriesHimself
Nerdist: Course of the Force2012TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Attack of the Show!2012TV SeriesHimself - Actor / 'Chewbacca'
Jedi Junkies2010DocumentaryHimself
The Sissy Gamache Show2010TV SeriesHimself (2012)
Sketch of Life2009Documentary shortHimself
Bring Back... Star Wars2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Heart of an Empire2007DocumentaryHimself
Identity2007TV SeriesHimself - Stranger
Space Top 10 Countdown2006TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to George Lucas2005TV SpecialHimself
'Star Wars': Feel the Force2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2005TV SeriesHimself
The Ultimate Film2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Characters of 'Star Wars'2004Video documentary shortHimself - 'Chewbacca'
When Star Wars Ruled the World2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy2004Video documentaryHimself - 'Chewbacca'
Wizard World Chicago 20022002TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Mythology of 'Star Wars'2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Unauthorized 'Star Wars' Story1999Video documentaryHimself
Light Lunch1998TV SeriesHimself
1997 MTV Movie Awards1997TV Special documentaryChewbacca
Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi1983TV Movie documentaryHimself / Chewbacca
No 731983TV SeriesHimself
SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back1980TV Movie documentaryHimself / Chewbacca
Beyond Reason1978TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Making of 'Star Wars'1977TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Drunken Peasants2015-2016TV SeriesChewbacca
Star Wars at the BBC2015TV Short documentaryChewbacca (uncredited)
TMZ on TV2014TV SeriesChewbacca
Edición Especial Coleccionista2014TV SeriesChewbacca
20 to 12010TV Series documentaryChewbacca
A New Chapter: The Story of 'The Force Unleashed'2008Video documentary shortChewbacca
5 Second Movies2008TV SeriesChewbacca
Science of Star Wars2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / Chewbacca
Of Muppets and Men: The Making of 'The Muppet Show'1981TV Movie documentaryChewbacca

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