Veteran actor Jeremy Bulloch passed away on Thursday.
The English actor, who is best known for the role of the bounty hunter Boba Fett in the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy reportedly died at a London hospital following from health complications after years of living with Parkinson’s disease. He was 75, reports KCRA.
The actor’s death was confirmed by his agents at Brown, Simcocks & Andrews via his website, which said he spent his final days St George’s Hospital in Tooting, London.
“Jeremy died peacefully on 17th December 2020 following health complications, including several years living with Parkinson’s disease. He spent his final weeks in the wonderful care of staff at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, close to the house where he and his wife Maureen had lived together for more than fifty years. Maureen and two of his sons, Jamie and Robbie, were with him during his final days,” read the statement.
“Jeremy had a long and happy life as an actor and was best known for his roles in the films Summer Holiday, Star Wars and James Bond; TV series the Newcomers, Doctor Who, Agony and Robin of Sherwood, and several West End theatre productions.”
“Away from the screen Jeremy was a talented footballer and cricketer. He also supported a number of charities including Great Ormond Street Hospital who saved his granddaughter’s life. He was devoted to his wife, three sons and ten grandchildren, who all love him dearly and will miss him terribly,” the statement concluded.
Apart from his legendary ‘Star Wars’ character, Jeremy Bulloch also has other credits to his name including TV shows from the 1970s and ’80s, such as ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Robin of Sherwood.’ He also featured as a supporting actor in ‘James Bond’ films such as ‘Octopussy,’ ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ and ‘For Your Eyes Only,’ per NYTimes.
Jeremy Bulloch popularly played Boba Fett in 1980’s ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and 1983’s ‘Return of the Jedi.’
Several actor’s took to their social media to bid farewell to the iconic actor.
Daniel Logan, who played young Boba Fett in the ‘Star Wars’ prequel film ‘Star Wars: Attack of the Clones’ wrote: “IT BRINGS ME TO TEARS TO ANNOUNCE JEREMY BULLOCH HAS PAST AWAY.!! RIP LEGEND ILL NEVER FORGET ALL YOU’VE TAUGHT ME!! I’LL LOVE YOU FOREVER.!! CONVENTIONS WONT BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU ALWAYS.”
Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, tweeted that Jeremy Bulloch was “the quintessential English gentleman.”
“A fine actor, delightful company & so kind to everyone lucky enough to meet or work with him.”
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