Jeremy Bulloch, a British actor renowned for his role in the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy, has passed away at 75.
Simcocks & Andrews, his representatives, who broke the sad news in a statement, said the veteran actor breathed his last on Thursday.
The statement added that Bulloch died in the hospital following complications from Parkinson’s disease, an ailment he had been battling with for years.
“He died peacefully, in hospital, surrounded by his family, from health complications following his many years living with Parkinson’s disease,” the statement read.
“He had a long and happy career spanning more than 45 years. He was devoted to his wife, three sons, and ten grandchildren and they will miss him terribly. We ask that their privacy be respected at this very difficult time.”
The Star Wars franchise took to its Twitter page to pay tribute to the deceased as words of his death spread.
Jeremy Bulloch, whose unforgettable performance as notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett has captivated audiences since he first appeared in 1980's Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, has sadly passed away. pic.twitter.com/Wekhv3rxqNAdvertisement
— Star Wars (@starwars) December 17, 2020
He will be remembered not only for his iconic portrayal of the legendary character, but also for his warmth and generous spirit which have become an enduring part of his rich legacy.
— Star Wars (@starwars) December 17, 2020Advertisement
Bulloch, who featured as Boba Fett, a Mandalorian bounty hunter in ‘Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back,’ a 1980 movie, was also known for his roles in films like ‘Summer Holiday’ and ‘James Bond’; TV series like the ‘Newcomers,’ ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Agony and Robin of Sherwood,’ and several West End theatre productions.
Bulloch is survived by his wife, three sons, and 10 grandchildren.
Mark Hamill, an actor who played Luke Skywalker in the ‘Star Wars’ series, took to his Twitter page to pay tribute to Bulloch.
“Jeremy Bulloch was the quintessential English gentleman. A fine actor, delightful company & so kind to everyone lucky enough to meet or work with him. I will deeply miss him & am so grateful to have known him,” he wrote.
Daniel Logan, who played a young Boba Fett in ‘Star Wars: Attack of the Clones’ in 2002, also paid his last respect to Bulloch.
“RIP legend I’ll never forget all you’ve taught me! I’ll love you forever! Conventions won’t be the same without you – may the force be with you always,” he wrote.
See more tributes below:
— Coffee With Kenobi with Dan Z (@CoffeeWthKenobi) December 17, 2020
Jeremy Bulloch was the quintessential English gentleman. A fine actor, delightful company & so kind to everyone lucky enough to meet or work with him. I will deeply miss him & am so grateful to have known him. 💔 #RIP_DearJeremy pic.twitter.com/SMvjtQsSwZ
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 17, 2020
— Alex Warnham (@AlexWarnham1998) December 17, 2020
Today we lost the best bounty hunter in the galaxy 💔RIP Jeremy Bulloch #BobaFett
— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) December 17, 2020
I am sad to hear of the passing of Jeremy Bulloch a Star Wars family member. I will never forget all you taught me and all the good times we had together. You will be forever remembered. Cons won't be the same with out you. The Force will be with you always. RIP my Mando brother! pic.twitter.com/IacykI6N9B
— Daniel Logan (@Daniel_Logan) December 18, 2020
RIP Jeremy Bulloch, aka Boba Fett.
The English actor, 75, played the legendary bounty hunter in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), as well as an Imperial official in ESB, and Captain Colton in Revenge of the Sith (2005). pic.twitter.com/tlUfcxOOUE
— The Spaceshipper (Ex-Spaceshipsporn) 🚀 (@TheSpaceshipper) December 17, 2020
To paraphrase Boba Fett, he’s worth a lot to all of us: rest easy Jeremy Bulloch and may the force be with you 🥀🖤 pic.twitter.com/ilz0zYHTJF
— Dee Dee (@douglasdoba_txt) December 17, 2020
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