The New York-born actor, most famous for providing the voice of bounty hunter Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back, passed away at his home in Los Angeles on Friday (December 25th), the actor’s son confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
Born in Brooklyn in 1920 and one of the co-founders of the Circle in the Square theatre company, Wingreen was a hugely recognisable television presence in the US, appearing as the bartender Harry Snowden in All in the Family, alongside one-off roles in many popular television series, including Star Trek, The Twilight Zone and Seinfeld. However, it was his small role as the cult villain Boba Fett, the bounty hunter who captures Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back, that many will remember him for. However, Wingreen originally auditioned for the part of Yoda – a role that would eventually go to Frank Oz. Wingreen didn’t receive official credit for the role of Boba Fett until 2000.
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