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Being Chewbacca: Peter Mayhew on Beyond Reason

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Actor Peter Mayhew need not disguise his voice when a trio of psychics tries to determine his identity. His best-known role involves groans, barks and his imposing seven-foot frame: he is the man under the Wookiee costume in the 1977 blockbuster Star Wars. In this segment from CBC's paranormal game show, the clairvoyant Irene senses the name "Peter" by handling Mayhew's empty wallet -- but she still loses to the astrologer and the graphologist.

Medium: Television
Program: Beyond Reason
Broadcast Date: Feb. 15, 1978
Hosts: Allen Spraggett, Bill Guest
Guest: Peter Mayhew
Duration: 9:53

Did You know?


• Peter Mayhew was born in 1944 and is best known for his work as Chewbacca in the first three Star Wars movies. He became a citizen of the United States in 2005.

• Mayhew reprised his role as Chewbacca for Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015) and Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017), sharing the role both times with Finnish actor and director Joonas Suotamo.

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