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Peter Mayhew Net Worth: 5 Interesting Facts You Should Know



Peter Mayhew Net Worth

Peter Mayhew was an English-American actor known for playing the role of Chewbacca in ‘Star Wars’ film series.

Here are five facts about Peter Mayhew including his net worth, career, height, wife and more.

1. Peter Mayhew net worth is estimated to be $5 million.

Peter Mayhew net worth before his death is estimated to be $5 million. Richest lists his net worth to be only $500 thousand while Celebrity net worth lists his net worth to be $5 million which makes more sense actually considering the fact that his acting career has been spanning for almost 4 decades.

Peter earned most of his money by portraying his famous role Chewbacca in the Star Wars film series. He has played Chewbacca in five Star Wars films.

2. Peter is known for his massive height

Peter Mayhew was 7 feet 3 inches or 2.21m tall. He often stated that he did not have the condition known as giantism which is defined as “excessive growth” due to hormonal imbalance. When asked about his height he said: “I don’t have the big head, there was an overactive pituitary gland”. The actor did suffer from Marfan syndrome during his life. Marfan is a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue. It affects lungs, skins and nervous system.

His tall height had some consequences too. He got several health issues as he got older. In 2014, he revealed that the surgery on his knees cost somewhere in the range of $1 million. He was also seen many times with a cane or riding around in a wheelchair at many events.

3. Mayhew is famously known for his character ‘Chewbacca’ which he played in Star Wars.

Mayhew has portrayed Chewbacca in five Star Wars films including the original trilogy, Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He played the role in 1978 movie Star Wars Holiday Special and his last was in 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

In addition to that, he has made numerous appearances as Chewbacca outside of the Star Wars movie. Mayhew, appearing as Chewbacca was honored a Lifetime Achievement Award at MTV Film Awards in 1997. He retired from playing his favorite role due to health issues. His role is now handled by actor Joonas Suotamo.

4. He married Angelique Mayhew in 1999.

Peter Mayhew and his wife- Angelique Mayhew

Angie was born as Angelique Luker. She married Peter Mayhew on August 7, 1999, and the couple lived together in Boyd, Texas for almost 20 years, before his death. Peter and Angie share three children together including a daughter Katy Mayhew.

Mayhew family also runs a non-profit organization “the Peter Mayhew Foundation”. The organization provides resources to deserving children who are suffered by disease, pain and suffering by traumatic events. Following Peter’s death, Angie will now take over the day-to-day operations of the foundation.

5. Peter’s death cause is not identified at this time.

On April 30, 2019, at his home in Boyd, Texas, Peter died at the age of 74 surrounded by his loved ones. His death cause is not public but according to several sources, the actor had mobility issues in recent years and underwent spinal surgery in 2018. A report from TMZ noted that Mayhew died of a heart attack.

Peter who put his heart and soul into the role of Chewbacca for his entire life will be forever remembered by his fans.

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