Jason Wingreen, the actor who provided the voice of Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back, died in his Los Angeles home on Christmas day at the age of 95, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Known primarily for his reoccurring role as barkeep Harry Snowden on All in the Family and Archie Bunker’s Place, Mr. Wingreen was a prolific character actor with over 180 credits listed on IMDB.
In addition to providing the voice of Boba Fett, Mr. Wingreen is known for genre roles in Star Trek, as Dr. Linke in the 1968 episode “The Empath” and as Dr Brody in 1980’s Airplane!
Originally auditioning for the part of Yoda, which went to Frank Oz instead, he was given the four lines of dialogue that made Boba Fett the enigmatic character he is known as today:
I think the actual work, aside from the hellos and goodbyes and all that, could have been no more than 10 minutes,
Mr. Wingreen didn’t receive any credit for his work, and no residuals for his performance in the film.
He is survived by his sister Harriet, his son, Ned, and two grandchildren.