Before getting into acting, Mayhew worked as an orderly at London's King's College Hospital. He received his first acting job in 1977 when the producers of the movie Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger discovered Mayhew from a photograph in a newspaper article about men with large feet, and they cast in the role of the minotaur.
When casting roles for his first Star Wars film, producer George Lucas needed a tall actor who could fit in the costume for the beastly Chewbacca. He originally had in mind bodybuilder David Prowse, but Prowse instead decided to play the role of Darth Vader. This led Lucas on a search which turned up Mayhew, who has played the part of Chewbacca in four Star Wars films.
Mayhew was honored when Chewbacca was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1997 MTV Movie Awards.
Mayhew now lives in Granbury, Texas, and is the owner of his own business.
Peter Mayhew Facts
|May 19, 1944 (79)
|Barnes, England, United Kingdom
|7' 3" (2m21) How tall is Peter Mayhew compared to you?