Per the BBC, Star Wars alum Jeremy Bulloch has passed away from complications of Parkinson’s disease. The actor is, of course, known to generations of Star Wars fans as Boba Fett, the bounty hunter extraordinaire who in turn inspired fan groups and the Disney+ series, The Mandalorian.
Bulloch first took up the Mandalorian armor for 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back. He also appeared in the film as an Imperial officer escorting Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) to Darth Vader’s (David Prowse) shuttle. He would reprise the Boba Fett role in 1983’s Return of the Jedi for a handful of scenes and cameo sans helmet in 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. He was also a popular draw on the convention circuit, where he became friends with fellow Boba Fett actor Daniel Logan, who wrote in a statement, “Conventions won’t be the same without you. May the force be with you always.”
The actor will also be familiar to fans of Doctor Who in a handful of roles during the 1960s and ’70s. His most high profile on the series was as Hal in the 1974 serial “The Time Warrior.” As an archer in medieval England, he aided The Doctor (Jon Pertwee) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elizabeth Sladen) in defeating a robber baron and his Sontaran accomplice. In talking about the story and Bulloch’s performance decades later, then-producer Barry Letts said he considered keeping Bulloch on as a second companion for Pertwee’s final season. If you have access to the serial, we suggest watching to see how fine an actor Bulloch could be without the Star Wars armor.
Beyond his contributions to science fiction history, Bulloch appeared in over a hundred productions including dramas like Law & Order UK and films like O Lucky Man. And, as mentioned earlier, he was a delight at conventions. His presence in the fan communities will be sorely missed.