Popular for portraying Boba Fett in the original Star Wars trilogy, Jeremy Bulloch died at the age of 75.
On his official Facebook page, the sad news was confirmed, explaining that he had been dealing with Parkinson’s disease.
It read: “On 17 December 2020, Jeremy died peacefully after health complications, including several years of living with Parkinson’s disease.”
At St George’s Hospital in Tooting, close to the house where he and his wife Maureen had lived together for more than 50 years, he spent his final weeks in the wonderful care of the nurses.
“Maureen and two of his sons, Jamie and Robbie, were with him during his final days.”
Jeremy had a long and happy life as an actor and was well known for his appearances in the films Summer Holiday, Star Wars, and James Bond; the Newcomers’ TV shows, Doctor Who, Sherwood’s Agony and Robin, and many theater productions in the West End.
Jeremy was a talented footballer and cricketer, just off the television.
He also supported a number of charities that saved the life of his granddaughter, including Great Ormond Street Hospital.
“He was devoted to his wife, three sons, and 10 grandchildren, who all love him dearly and will miss him terribly.”
In his later life, the British actor became a fixture at fan conventions but stopped attending in 2018.
He told fans he had “decided to quit going to conventions and hang up the Fett helmet”, saying it had “not been an easy decision to make”.
Jeremy recalled: “In 1979, I was called to play Boba Fett on the set of Empire Strikes Back, and it has changed the whole direction of my life in such a wonderful way since that day.”
Having had the ability to inspire so many generations of Star Wars fans has been a privilege.
“I have had about 20 years of traveling with my wife Maureen to some incredible countries and also have met so many wonderful fans. Thank you all very much and we will miss you all.”
At a young age, Jeremy began acting, with his first professional role being in a breakfast cereal commercial when he was 12.
However, even though he did not provide the voice, he is best known for appearing as Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
He also made an unmasked appearance in The Empire Strikes Back as another character, Lieutenant Sheckil, after nobody else was available for the role.