There has been a lot of discussion about Boba Fett recently, but today comes a very saddening one: Jeremy Bulloch, the original actor who brought the character to life in the original trilogy, has died at the age of 75.
Bulloch played Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and in Return of the Jedi, giving the bounty hunter of few words a threatening allure that managed to both convey that this wasn’t a guy you want to mess with but also was a guy you wanted to learn more about. A lot of that is because of the way Bulloch portrayed him. He was the guy in the suit, but much like they did with Darth Vader, the filmmakers brought in someone else to voice the character. Jason Wingreen supplied the voice until he was replaced by Temuera Morrison in the later versions of the film to keep cohesion with the prequels.
As a bit of a fun fact, Boba Fett was not the only Star Wars role that Bulloch played! He also played an Imperial lieutenant named Sheckil in The Empire Strikes Back for a cameo on Cloud City. The story goes that he was not originally supposed to play the character, but when the other actor was unavailable, Bulloch stepped in. He then returned to the franchise with a cameo in Revenge of the Sith, playing Captain Colton, the pilot of Bail Organa’s ship when he returns to Coruscant with Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Bulloch always seemed to be very pleasant with fans and very excited about his Star Wars role(s), and Boba Fett came to be maybe the most defining work of his career. In a statement released by Lucasfilm today, they said,
“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.”