[Movies] Original Chewbacca Actor Undergoes Double-Knee Replacement Surgery
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 09.12.2013
Peter Mayhew hoping to walk on his own again…
The Associated Press reports that Chewbacca actor, Peter Mayhew, is currently in recovery from a double-knee replacement surgery in a Texas hospital. Mayhew portrayed Chewbacca in the original Star Wars movie trilogy and also in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. He underwent surgery on Monday, September 9th.
Mayhew's wife, Angie Mayhew, says the surgery will hopefully allow her husband to walk again. Mayhew has largely been confined to a wheelchair for the past two years. Doctors also reportedly administered a tendon-stretching procedure, which is intended to help stabilize Mayhew's legs.
Mayhew is also documenting his recover on his Twitter account. His gigantism and medical problems are also being examined in the upcoming documentary, Standing in the Stars: The Peter Mayhew Story.