English actor Jeremy Bulloch will never be forgotten by “Star Wars” fans.
Bulloch was born in the United Kingdom on February 16, 1945. Although his career spanned six decades, he may be best known to the fanbase as the man under Boba Fett’s armor in the original “Star Wars” trilogy. He portrayed him in “The Empire Strikes Back” before the character seemed to meet a swift end in the Sarlacc Pit on Tatooine in “Return of the Jedi.”
Fortunately, Boba was able to survive and later made a return in the Disney+ live-action series, “The Mandalorian,” played by Jango Fett actor Temuera Morrison (which is appropriate casting, since Boba is technically Jango’s clone).
Bulloch actually passed away in December 2020 at St. George’s Hospital in London. He passed away from Parkinson’s disease, which he had struggled with for many years, at the age of 75. Although he has since passed on, many are still wishing Jeremy Bulloch a happy birthday on February 16!
The Peter Mayhew Foundation Remembers Friend Jeremy Bulloch
Today at #ThePeterMayhewFoundation, we are celebrating the birthday of our friend, Jeremy Bulloch. Not only did Mr. Bulloch bring life to Fett, but he was also 501st Legion member BH-5211 Photo: Art Andrews#happybirthday #bobafett#bountyhuntersguild #starwars #official501st pic.twitter.com/tGX6HJPjlk
— Peter Mayhew Foundation (@TheWookieeRoars) February 16, 2022
On Wednesday, the Peter Mayhew Foundation took a moment to remember the late actor’s birthday on Twitter. Fellow British actor Peter Mayhew was best known for playing the role of Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” film series, making his last appearance in 2015’s “The Force Awakens.” Born in May 1944, Mayhew sadly passed away in April 2019. He passed away of a heart attack at his home in Boyd, Texas, only three weeks shy of his 75th birthday.
“Today at #ThePeterMayhewFoundation, we are celebrating the birthday of our friend, Jeremy Bulloch,” they tweeted. “Not only did Mr. Bulloch bring life to Fett, but he was also 501st Legion member BH-5211.”
The 501st Legion is an international “Star Wars” costuming organization that builds and wears quality costumes at “Star Wars” related events and serve the community through charity and volunteer work. Many of their events have been captured on social media, making headlines as costumed volunteers visit children in hospitals and other charity events.
Fans Echo Birthday Messages: ‘Jeremy Walked So Temuera Could Run!
Jeremy walked so Temuera could run! pic.twitter.com/jIgxGIziM3
— killer wiener… run the hotdogs… (@heyitsaaron) February 16, 2022
“Jeremy walked so Temurea could run,” one fan wrote, showing a GIF of Temuera donning his iconic helmet in “The Book of Boba Fett.”
“I met Jeremy once at a comic con,” another fan commented. “He was so nice, stood in front of the tables chatting to people while all the others sat behind him.”
“My. Bulloch will always be my Boba Fett,” another added.
“I think he’s member 0001 of the UK Mandalorian Mercs too,” another shared. The 501st Legion costuming groups covers dark side characters, such as Darth Vader and Kylo Ren. The Rebel Legion covers light side characters, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Rey. The Mandalorian Mercs cover Mandalorian characters, such as Sabine Wren and Bo-Katan Kryze.
Even More Fans Remember Jeremy Bulloch On His Birthday!
— Marshall Julius (@MarshallJulius) February 16, 2022
Happy birthday to Jeremy Bulloch! The original actor to play Boba Fett would have turned 77 years old today. pic.twitter.com/lbY8l8uxkU
— Star Wars Holocron (@sw_holocron) February 16, 2022
Happy Birthday, Jeremy Bulloch! 💚 pic.twitter.com/SplyeFP65j
— The Star Wars Underworld (@TheSWU) February 16, 2022
— Today in Star Wars History (@TodayinStarWars) February 16, 2022
— Archive of Temuera Morrison (@TemArchive) February 16, 2022
A celebration wouldn’t be complete without acknowledging the immeasurable contributions given to us by our first on screen Boba, Jeremy Bulloch. Today we honor and remember this icon and pillar of the fan community on his birthday. 💚 #BobaFest pic.twitter.com/Q1SRR7oSBa
— Boba Fest 2021 (@Boba_Fest) February 16, 2022
— iCCCon (@ICCCNashville) February 16, 2022