Jeremy Bulloch, who played the bounty hunter Boba Fett in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died aged 75.
Bulloch appeared in one of the series’ most iconic roles in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back and 1982’s Return of The Jedi.
Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill was among those to pay tribute to Bulloch, remembering him as “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.”
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
Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian, also payed tribute. “Today we lost the best bounty hunter in the galaxy. RIP Jeremy Bulloch,” he said.
Today we lost the best bounty hunter in the galaxy 💔RIP Jeremy Bulloch #BobaFett
— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) December 17, 2020
The news of Bulloch’s death was confirmed by a number of his colleagues and fellow members of the entertainment world, including Daniel Logan, who portrayed a younger iteration of the character in 2002’s Attack Of The Clones.
“It brings me to tears to announce Jeremy Bulloch has past [sic] away,” he wrote on Instagram. “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.”
Bulloch also made a cameo in 2005’s Revenge Of The Sith, playing a character called Jeremoch Cotton, whose first name was a portmanteau of his own.
Born in 1945 in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, Bulloch made his acting debut aged 12 in a breakfast cereal commercial. His first film role was in the 1963 musical Summer Holiday, starring Cliff Richard. He also found fame in the 1960s appearing in soap opera The Newcomers.
In the 1970s he appeared in a number of James Bond films as Q’s assistant Smithers. He also appeared in Doctor Who on two separate occasions, and in BAFTA-winning 1980s series Robin Of Sherwood.
Last month, the man behind another of Star Wars‘ most famous characters, Darth Vader actor David Prowse, died at the age of 85. It followed a two-week battle with coronavirus.