Peter Mayhew is an English-American actor who is best known for playing the role of Chewbacca in the film series Star Wars. He is also known for his gigantic height which comes to 7 feet 3 inches. This feature of his body bagged him the role of Chewbacca in Star Wars. He is suffering from a connective tissue disorder known as the Marfan syndrome which has caused him to grow up with this much height. Let’s learn more about the career, biography and net worth of Peter Mayhew in 2020.
Early Life & Biography:
Peter Mayhew was born in Barnes, Surrey on 19 May 1944. He was suffering from a genetic disease called Marfan syndrome and was treated for his overactive pituitary gland in his mid-teens. Before getting a role in movies, he had no experience in movies and was working as a hospital orderly. That is when he was discovered by the Star Wars producer, George Lucas.
Peter Mayhew always kept his personal life away from the limelight, so there is not much known about his family and relations. He married his love of life, Angie Mayhew on 7th August 1999 and since then there is no news of any linkups and affairs. Also, no one knows anything about their children yet. Apart from his Marfan syndrome, he also got his knees replacement surgery done in 2013.
Career, Awards & Nominations:
Mayhew got his debut movie, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, in 1976 when its producers noticed him in a photograph published in a newspaper article which was about men with large feet. The moment after seeing him, they cast him for the role of Minotaur in this movie. But the movie which rose him to fame was the Star Wars film. Its producer George Lucas was looking for a tall actor who could fit in the role of Chewbacca, and their search ended on Mayhew. He was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his role as Chewbacca at the MTV Film Awards 1997. Apart from Star Wars, he has also acted in many other movies like Terror, Dragon Ball GT: A Hero’s Legacy and Yesterday Was a Lie.
Net Worth & Earnings:
What can you expect from a man who has acted in the majority of the Star War series? A movie that has broken all the records at the box office must have some successful stars working in it. The net worth of Peter Mayhew is estimated to be around $1.5 million. All this comes not only from his movies but also the two books he wrote for children namely, ‘Growing Up Giant’ and ‘My Favorite Giant’.
After working for years, now he has retired from movies due to health issues and is a successful business owner. Currently, he lives with his wife Angie in Boyd, Texas. Some years back he also founded ‘The Peter Mayhew Foundation’ which is a non-profit charity organization. He has been an influential man throughout his lifetime.