Star Wars fans are mourning the original Boba Fett
London, United Kingdom - Jeremy Bulloch, the English film star who suited up as the fan-favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died, according to another actor who played the character.
He was 75.
Bulloch’s death was announced Thursday by Daniel Logan, who portrayed a young version of Boba in the 2002 Star Wars prequel movie Attack of the Clones.
“It brings me to tears to announce Jeremy Bulloch has past [sic] away,” Logan wrote Thursday in an Instagram tribute.
“RIP legend I'll never forget all you've taught me!! I'll love you forever. Conventions wont be the same without you may the force be with you always.”
Bulloch first wore Boba’s weathered green-and-white helmet and armor in 1980's Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and returned as the character for 1983's Return of the Jedi.
Boba was originally voiced in The Empire Strikes Back by Jason Wingreen, but a 2004 rerelease of the film had Temuera Morrison provide the vocals instead.
Despite the character’s lack of screen time in those 1980s movies, Boba became wildly popular among Star Wars fans due to his cool looks and reputation as a fierce bounty hunter.
The jetpack-wearing character seemingly met his demise when he was knocked into the pit of a Sarlacc monster in Return of the Jedi, though it has since been revealed that he survived.
Morrison now plays the character on the live-action series The Mandalorian.
The actor also appeared in James Bond films, including The Spy Who Loved Me and Octopussy, as well as in TV series such as Doctor Who and Robin of Sherwood.
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