STAR Wars actor Jeremy Bulloch, who played Boba Fett in the iconic trilogy, has died at the age of 75.
The star passed away in hospital in South West London after a battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Star Wars actor Jeremy Bulloch has died Credit: Rex Features
The star – pictured right as Boba Fett – was 75Credit: Kobal Collection – Rex Features
He played a Mandalorian bounty hunter in the original trilogy Credit: Rex Features
Bulloch shot to fame as the first actor to play the bounty hunter Boba Fett, appearing in The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi.
A statement from his agent said: “He died peacefully, in hospital, surrounded by his family, from health complications following his many years living with Parkinson’s disease.
“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.”
Bulloch, who was born in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, also had roles in James Bond film Octopussy and featured in a number of Doctor Who episodes in the 70s.
Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill labelled Bulloch as “the quintessential Englishman”.
He added: “A fine actor, delightful company & so kind to everyone lucky enough to meet or work with him.
The Boba Fett actor began his career in British ads before moving to films Credit: Kobal Collection – Shutterstock
Daniel Logan, who played Boba Fett in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, confirmed the news on InstagramCredit: Instagram
But he became a fan favourite when he joined the Star Wars cast Credit: Rex Features
Many will also know him as Edward of Wickham in Robin of SherwoodCredit: Rex Features
“I will deeply miss him & am so grateful to have known him.”
Billy Dee Williams, who starred as Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars films, tweeted: “Today we lost the best bounty hunter in the galaxy. RIP Jeremy Bulloch.”
Daniel Logan, who played a young Boba Fett in Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones, paid tribute to Bulloch on Instagram.
He wrote: “RIP legend I’ll never forget all you’ve taught me!!
“I’ll love you forever!! Conventions won’t be the same without you may the force be with you always.”
Bulloch’s death comes just three weeks after the death of Darth Vadar actor Dave Prowse.
The Bristol-born star — also road safety superhero The Green Cross Man — had been in a London hospital for two weeks with Covid. He was 85.
Daughter Rachel, 50, said: “He might have looked quite scary but as a person he was a sweet, kind and generous man.
“He really was a gentle giant. And to us he was our dad.”