Star Wars star Jeremy Bulloch, who played Boba Fett, dies at the age of 75

His agent confirmed in a statement to CNN that Bulloch died on Thursday, December 17.

“He died peacefully in the hospital, surrounded by his family, due to health complications after many years of living with Parkinson’s disease,” the agent said.

“He had a long and happy career of over 45 years. He was devoted to his wife, three sons and ten grandchildren and will miss him terribly. We demand respect for privacy at this very difficult time.”

Bulloch played Boba Fett, a Mandalorian bounty hunter, in the 1980 film Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Flips “and in the 1983 sequel” Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi. ”

Subsequently, he attended many Star Wars conventions over the years and was celebrated by fans around the world.

Tributes were paid to Bulloch, featured here as Boba Fett "Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of the Jedi," died Thursday.

The role of Boba Fett was resumed in the 2002 film “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones”, the character being played by actor Daniel Logan, who wrote on Twitter: “I will never forget everything you taught me and all the moments good things we had together. You will be remembered forever. “

The Star Wars franchise also paid tribute to Bulloch. In a tweet on Thursday, it was said that “his unforgettable show” “captivated the audience”.

“He will be remembered not only for his iconic portrait of the legendary character, but also for his warmth and generous spirit, which have become a lasting part of his rich heritage,” Tweet said.

American actor Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, said Bulloch was “the quintessential English gentleman” and that he was “so kind to everyone lucky enough to meet or work with him.”

“I will miss him deeply and I am so grateful to have met him,” he wrote in a tweet on Thursday.

Bullock was born in 1945 in Leicestershire, in the East Midlands of England, and appeared in the James Bond film “Octopussy” and the BBC TV series “Dr Who” before taking on the role of Boba Fett.

Last month, British actor David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, died at the age of 85, after a brief illness. CNN reported in 2018 that Prowse was being treated for prostate cancer.

“It is with great regret and sadness of heart for us and millions of fans around the world to announce that our client Dave Prowse MBE has passed away,” his leadership said in a statement sent to Twitter at the time.

CNN’s Angela Dewan and Samantha Beech contributed to the report.