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Jeremy Bulloch (1945–2020), original Boba Fett actor

by Kirk Fox

Jeremy Bulloch was the British actor who played bounty hunter Boba Fett in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi.’

  • Died: Thursday, December 17, 2020. (Who else died on December 17?)
  • Details of death: Died at the age of 75 in London, England, from complications of Parkinson’s disease.
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Star Wars icon

Jeremy Bulloch played the Mandalorian bounty hunter Boba Fett in 1980’s ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and 1983’s ‘Return of the Jedi,’ both movies part of the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy. He began acting as a child and appeared in Disney movies and sitcoms. At 17, he starred in the movie musical ‘Summer Holiday’ with Cliff Richard, and he later appeared twice on ‘Dr. Who.’ He was best known for wearing the costume for bounty hunter Boba Fett in ‘Star Wars’ while actor Jason Wingreen voiced the character. Bulloch would appear often at Star Wars events, including the Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

He didn’t audition for the role of Boba Fett

“No, I’ve said before, if I hadn’t fit in the outfit, I wouldn’t have played the part. There was only one costume. My half-brother, Robert Watts, was an associate producer and he said, ‘Look, get your agent on to this. It’s not very much, but you never know.’ So I went back and put the outfit on. And that was the interview with producer Gary Kurtz, putting bits of the outfit on and it fit like a glove. I always say to people, ‘It was meant to be.’” —2010 interview with Vanity Fair


Tributes to Jeremy Bulloch

Full Obituary: Variety

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