Jeremy Bulloch Passes Away
Jeremy Bulloch only spent a few minutes of actual screen time as the infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett, but the legacy of the mysterious character is still wildly popular. The actor passed away peacefully at the age of 75 due to health conditions brought on by Parkinson’s disease. The news was reported by another Boba Fett actor, Daniel Logan, who played the younger version of Fett in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Bulloch’s wife Maureen and two of their children were with him when he passed away on December 17 at St. George’s Hospital in Tooting.
The Original Boba Fett
The character of Boba Fett was first introduced in animated form in the Star Wars Holiday Special in 1978. But it was Bulloch who brought the character to life in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Although Bulloch gave Fett’s lines for filming, Jason Wingreed provided the voice in the finished film. Temuera Morrison’s voice later replaced Wingreed’s in the Special Edition of the film. Fett’s first appearance sparked a world-wide fever for the character who met an unceremonious demise in Return of the Jedi.
It is a little-known fact that Bulloch had another role in The Empire Strikes Back. He played Lieutenant Sheckil, a somewhat cocky and cowardly imperial officer during a scene on Bespin. Jeremy also had a cameo in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. He had numerous roles on stage and on television throughout his 45-year career. Bulloch even shared the screen with future Darth Vader actor David Prowse (who recently passed away) in the Doctor Who episode “The Time Warrior” with John Pertwee.
Bulloch announced his retirement from the convention circuit in 2018 and was made an honorary member of the 501st Legion.
The character of Boba Fett has recently had a resurgence in popularity. The bounty hunter was believed dead, but has resurfaced in The Mandalorian. Fett survived his encounter with the Saarlac and has been alive and well on Tatooine. Temuera Morrison portrays and voices the character in order to remain true to Star Wars canon.
I had the pleasure of meeting Jeremy Bulloch at Mad Monster Party in 2016. He and his wife were very kind and gracious; it was my honor to meet and speak with them. You can see the interview below.