LOS ANGELES – Jeremy Bulloch, the English actor who first donned a helmet, cape and jetpack to play Bob Fett in the original Star Wars trilogy, died on Thursday.
Bulloch died at a London hospital from health complications after years of living with Parkinson’s disease, his agents at Brown, Simcocks & Andrews said. He was 75.
As the Mandalorian bounty hunter Bob Fett, Bulloch took Han Solo’s frozen carbonite in 1980, “Empire Strikes Back,” and then zoomed around the Tatooine Desert in the 1983 jet pack “Return of the Jedi.”
“Today we lost the best bounty hunter in the galaxy,” Billy Dee Williams, whose Lando Calrissian appeared in key scenes with Bulloch in the movies, said on Twitter.
Mark Hamill tweeted that Bulloch was “the most prominent English gentleman.”
“A nice actor, wonderful company and so kind to anyone who is lucky enough to meet or work him,” actor Luke Skywalker said. “I will miss him deeply and I am so grateful to have known him. #RIP_DearJeremy. “
Boba Fett had only a few minutes of screen time, although important, between the two films and speaks only four lines of dialogue performed by another actor. But Boba Fett quickly became a cult favorite and will eventually appear as one of the most beloved figures in the Star Wars galaxy, inspiring characters and actions in other Star Wars properties, most notably the “Mandalorian” at Disney +, where Boba Fett recently reappeared.
The phenomenon brought Bulloch great appeal at the congressional round, where he was a regular member in later years.
Born in Leicester, England, Bulloch began acting in commercials as a teenager and would have more than 100 credits in a career spent mostly on British television, with small roles in shows including “Dr. Who,” “The Crown Court” and “Slogans.
He also appeared in a pair of James Bond films, 1981. “Just for Your Eyes” and “Octopussy” from 1983.
Bulloch also played a couple of small roles in “Mask Wars” without a mask, Lieutenant Sheckil in “Empire Strikes Back” and Captain Jeremoch Colton in “Revenge of the Sieve.”
Bulloch was the first of four actors to take on a role in some form. Jason Wingreen performed the voice in the original trilogy. Temuera Morrison, who played Bob Fett’s father Young Fett in the 2002 film “Attack of the Clones”, plays the aged, devastated Bob Fett in the second season of “Mandalorians”. And Daniel Logan played Bob Fett as a boy in the movie “Attack of the Clones.”
“THE CONVENTIONS WILL BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU SO THAT FORCE CAN ALWAYS BE WITH YOU,” Logan said on Instagram along with a photo of himself and Bulloch.
When the prequels were still developing in 1999, Bulloch told the that he would like to return because of the role.
“But if he has to show his face, he’d be a lot younger and I’d probably need a good plastic surgeon!” Bulloch said.
Instead, he would settle for the tiny role of Captain Colton, the Alderaan pilot, and another flight through the Star Wars galaxy.
Bullock is survived by his wife Maureen and their three sons.