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Jeremy Bulloch, Boba Fett in first ‘Star Wars’ trilogy, passes away

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Jeremy Bulloch, the English actor who first donned a helmet, cape and jetpack to play Boba Fett within the original “Star Wars” trilogy, died Thursday.

Bulloch died at a London hospital from health complications after years of living with Parkinson’s disease, his agents at Brown, Simcocks & Andrews said during a statement. He was 75.

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Acting Career

As the Mandalorian bounty hunter Boba Fett, Bulloch made off with a froze-in-carbonite Han Solo in 1980′s “The Empire Strikes Back,” then zoomed around the desert of Tatooine in a jet pack in 1983′s “Return of the Jedi.”

“Today we lost the most effective bounty hunter within the galaxy,” Billy Dee Williams, whose Lando Calrissian appeared in key scenes with Bulloch in the films, said on Twitter.

Mark Hamill tweeted that Bulloch was “the quintessential English gentleman.”

“A fine actor, delightful company & so kind to everyone lucky enough to fulfil or work with him,” the Luke Skywalker actor said. “I will deeply miss him & am so grateful to possess known him. #RIP—DearJeremy.”

Boba Fett had just a few minutes of screen time, though important ones, between the 2 movies. He also speaks just four lines of dialogue that another actor performed. But Boba Fett quickly became a cult favourite, eventually emerging united of the foremost beloved figures within the “Star Wars” galaxy. With inspiring characters and plotlines in other “Star Wars” properties, most notably “The Mandalorian” on Disney+. That is where Boba Fett has recently reemerged.

The phenomenon made Bulloch an enormous draw on the convention circuit, where he was a regular in later years.

Life Story

Born in Leicester, England, Bulloch began acting in commercials as a youngster. He would also have over 100 credits during a career spent mostly in British television, with small roles on shows including “Dr Who,” “Crown Court” and “Sloggers.

He also appeared during a pair of Bond films, 1981′s “For Your Eyes Only” and 1983′s “Octopussy.”

Bulloch also played a pair of small “Star Wars” roles without the mask. He played as Lieutenant Sheckil in “The Empire Strikes Back” and Captain Jeremoch Colton in “Revenge of the Sith.”

Bulloch was the primary of 4 actors to have taken on the role in some form. Jason Wingreen performed the voice within the original trilogy. Temuera Morrison, who played Boba Fett’s father Jango Fett in 2002′s “Attack of the Clones,”. Plays an ageing, ravaged Boba Fett in season two of “The Mandalorian.”. Also, Daniel Logan played Boba Fett as a boy in “Attack of the Clones.”

“CONVENTIONS WON‘T BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU. MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU ALWAYS,” Logan said on Instagram together with a photograph of himself and Bulloch.

Bulloch told The Associated Press he would really like to return for the role when the prequels were still in development in 1999.

“But if he needs to show his face, he would be much younger. I would probably need a decent plastic surgeon!” Bulloch said.

He would settle instead for the small role of Captain Colton, pilot of Alderaan. With yet another flight through the “Star Wars” galaxy, instead.

Bulloch is survived by his wife Maureen and their three sons.

 

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