Star Wars actor Jeremy Bulloch, who played the role of Boba Fett in the famous franchise, has passed away aged 75.
Bulloch was born in Leicestershire town Market Harborough. His most prominent role came as the bounty hunter in Star Wars’ The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. He also appeared in multiple episodes of Doctor Who and performed in the James Bond film Octopussy.
Tributes have already poured in for Bulloch with Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, tweeting: “Jeremy Bulloch was the quintessential English gentleman. A fine actor, delightful company and so kind to everyone lucky enough to meet or work with him. I will deeply miss him & am so grateful to have known him. RIP – Dear Jeremy.”
The official Star Wars Twitter account posted: “He will be remembered not only for his iconic portrayal of the legendary character, but also for his warmth and generous spirit which have become an enduring part of his rich legacy.”
A statement from Bulloch’s agent said: “We are very sad to announce the death of actor Jeremy Bulloch earlier today. He died peacefully, in hospital, surrounded by his family. Jeremy was best-known for the role of Boba Fett in the original Star Wars trilogy. He had a long and happy career spanning more than 45 years.
“He was devoted to his wife, three sons and 10 grandchildren and they will miss him terribly. We ask that their privacy be respected at this very difficult time.”