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Jason Wingreen

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Jason Wingreen

Jason Wingreen, who first provided the voice of “Star Wars” bounty hunter Boba Fett, in 1980’s “The Empire Strikes Back,” died on Dec. 25, according to Variety. He was 95.

Wingreen appeared in many movies including 1980’s “Airplane!” and was a popular character actor on TV, guesting on series such as “Twilight Zone”,  multiple episodes of “The Fugitive,” the original “Star Trek” as Dr. Linke on the episode “The Empath”; “Seinfeld”; and “Matlock”. He is probably best known for playing Harry the Bartender on “All in the Family” and “Archie Bunker’s Place”.

In “The Empire Strikes Back,” Boba Fett captured Harrison Ford’s Han Solo after Lando Calrissian betrays Solo. Wingreen had tried out for the part of Yoda, but ended up as Boba Fett.

Wingreen was not initially credited with the part, and in the 2004 DVD version of “The Empire Strikes Back,” his voice was replaced by that of Temuera Morrison.

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He also had credits in the movies “Marlowe”, “The Terminal Man” and “Oh, God! You Devil.”

Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, Wingreen attended Brooklyn College, and he served in the Army Air Forces in Europe during World War II.

Wingreen’s wife, Gloria Scott Backe, died in the mid-’90s. Survivors include a son, Ned; two grandchildren; and a sister.

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