Jeremy Bulloch, Who Played Boba Fett in ‘Star Wars’ Movies, Dies at 75
Jeremy Bulloch, the British actor who helped make Boba Fett, the menacing bounty hunter with a dented helmet and T-shaped visor, One of the most popular characters in the Star Wars firmament died on Thursday. He was 75 years old.
Mr Bulloch’s death was confirmed by a statement on his website stating that he had spent his final weeks at St. George’s Hospital in Tooting, London. Mr Bulloch has had health complications, including Parkinson’s disease, the statement said.
Mr. Bulloch became an actor and starred in commercials at a young age before expanding to television, stage, and film.
His credits included numerous television shows from the 1970s and 1980s, including “Doctor Who” and “Robin of Sherwood”. He also starred in three James Bond films – “Octopussy”, “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “For Your Eyes Only”.
However, he was best known for playing Boba Fett on “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”.
Mr. Bulloch got the role thanks to his half-brother Robert Watts, who, according to StarWars.com, was the associate producer of “The Empire Strikes Back”. “‘If the suit fits, it’s yours,'” Mr. Watts once recalled telling Mr. Bulloch. “He came in and it fit.”
Mr Bulloch said that putting on Boba Fett’s battered armor, jetpack and helmet was a pleasure and a life-changing experience, although the costume itself could be quite uncomfortable.
He said he modeled the slow, deliberate nod and coldness of the mysterious mercenary that physically turned Clint Eastwood as the laconic antihero in the classic spaghetti western “A Fistful of Dollars.”
“I thought of Boba Fett as Clint Eastwood in armor,” Bulloch once said, according to StarWars.com. Ben Burtt, the sound designer for “The Empire Strikes Back,” even added the sound of spurs clinking when fat went, the website said.
Jason Wingreen, a character actor best known for playing the genius bartender Harry on the hit sitcom “All in the Family,” voiced Boba Fett on “The Empire Strikes Back.” Mr. Wingreen died in 2016. He was 95 years old.
Mr Bulloch said he had great memories of portraying the character.
“The first time I went to the set in costume, George Lucas looked at the costume and kind of looked out and said, ‘Mm-hmm. Yup. OKAY. Welcome on board. It’s not a big role, but I’m sure you’ll have fun, ”he recalled in a 2015 interview with the Boba Fett Fan Club, one of many encounters he had with fans of the character and the series.
Mr Bulloch said he remembered going home after that first day and cheering his sons, “Yes! I’ll do it. “Her answer:” Papa, we have homework to do. We’ll talk later. “
Mr. Lucas said in a statement on StarWars.com that “Jeremy brought the perfect combination of mystery and threat to his performance by Boba Fett, exactly what I wanted the character to convey.”
Mr. Bulloch was born on February 16, 1945 in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England and also appeared in “The Empire Strikes Back” without Fett’s helmet as an Imperial officer escorting a captured Princess Leia. He had a small role in “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” as the captain of Tantive III, Captain Colton.
Mr. Bulloch is survived by his wife Maureen, three sons and ten grandchildren.
Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, said Mr. Bulloch was “the epitome of the English gentleman”.
“A good actor, delightful company and so kind to anyone lucky enough to meet or work with him,” wrote Hamill on Twitter.
Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian, said, “Today we lost the best bounty hunter in the galaxy.”