The Star Wars actor was the first person to play Boba Fett in the famous trilogy

Jeremy Bulloch, who played bounty hunter Boba Fett in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died at the age of 75

The English actor died on Thursday in a London hospital after living with Parkinson’s for years

As the Mandalorian bounty hunter Boba Fett, Bulloch set out with a Han Solo frozen in carbonite in the 1980s film The Empire Strikes Back before jetpacking through the desert in the 1983 version of Return Of The Jedi zoomed in

Boba’s appearances were brief and Bulloch’s vocal performance was repeated in later releases of the films, but the character became a cult favorite and even reappeared in The Mandalorian on Disney

Star Wars creator George Lucas called him a “true gentleman,” while Billy Dee Williams – whose Lando Calrissian appeared with Bulloch in the films – said, “Today we lost the best bounty hunter in the galaxy”

Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, repeated Lucas’ words and tweeted that Bulloch was “the epitome of the English gentleman”

Hamill added, “A good actor, delightful company and so kind to anyone lucky enough to meet or work with him

Bulloch is said to have taken over the role of Boba in part because it fitted perfectly into the costume, impressed Lucas and thus boosted his most enduring role

Bulloch was born in Market Harborough, Leicester, and has starred on a number of UK television programs including Doctor Who, Crown Court and Sloggers

The official Twitter account for the Star Wars franchise paid tribute to the actor, saying: “He will be remembered not only for his iconic portrayal of the legendary character, but also for his warmth and generous spirit that made it a lasting one Have become part of its rich heritage “

His death comes less than a month after that of David Prowse, the man who donned the iconic Darth Vader suit in the original Star Wars trilogy

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