British actor Jeremy Bulloch died December 17, 2020 in London as a result of complications from Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 75.
Bulloch is best known to “Star Wars” fans as the bounty hunter Boba Fett who after many attempts to collect a debt form Han Solo (played by Harrison Ford) chose to freeze Solo in carbonite and display him on the wall. Bulloch played the bounty hunter in short appearances in “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”. The four lines spoken by Boba Fett were delivered by another actor – Jason Wingreen.
While wearing a hemet as Boba Fett, Bulloch’s face was hidden; which allowed him to portray other characters in the “Star Wars” franchise; he was Lieutenant Sheckil in “The Empire Strikes Back” and Captain Jeremoch Colton in “Revenge of the Sith”.
Bulloch became a regular at “Star Wars” conventions.
One of six children, Jeremy Bulloch was born on February 16, 1945 in Leicestershire, England where he began acting in school when he was just five years old. At eleven he attended the Corona Academy Drama School and made his professional acting career at age 12 in a television commercial. Bulloch earned his “big break” at age 17 in the musical “Summer Holiday”.
Bulloch went on to appear in over 100 film and television productions including “Doctor Who” and three James Bond films – “For Your Eyes Only”, “Octopussy”, and “The Spy Who Loved Me”. Other roles during his 50plus year career include “Counter-Attack!”, “The Chequered Flag”, “Compact”, over 200 episodes of “The Newcomers” as Philip Cooper, “Agony”, an uncredited role as a news reporter in “The Final Conflict”, Edward of Wickham in “Robin Hood”, “Sloggers”, and “Starhyke”.
He is survived by his wife Maureen, three sons, and eleven grandchildren.
feature photo credit: By Corey Bond from United States – Jeremy Bulloch and Ryan Cropped prior to upload., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2559139