No one can forget how cool and menacing Boba Fett was when he first appeared on screen in 1980, and that’s all thanks to actor Jeremy Bulloch, who has sadly passed away.
The English actor died at a hospital on Thursday from “health complications following his many years living with Parkinson’s disease,” according to his agent.
“He had a long and happy career spanning more than 45 years. He was devoted to his wife, three sons, and 10 grandchildren and they will miss him terribly,” a statement said.
Bulloch was best known for playing bounty hunter Boba Fett in Star Wars’ The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). He also appeared in a James Bond film, Octopussy in 1983 and BBC’s Doctor Who in the 1970s.
Daniel Logan, the actor who played young Boba Fett in the 2002’s Star Wars: Attack of the Clones paid tribute to Bulloch in an Instagram post. “RIP Legend I’ll never forget all you’ve taught me. I’ll love you forever,” he wrote.
Mark Hamill who plays Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy described Bulloch as a “quintessential English gentleman” on his Twitter.
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 wrote on Twitter, “Today, we lost the best bounty hunter in the galaxy.”
The official account of Star Wars also paid tribute to Bulloch, writing, “He will be remembered not only for his iconic portrayal of the legendary character, but also for his warmth and generous spirit which have become an enduring part of his rich legacy.”