Star Wars fans and readers of SciFiPulse across the Galaxy were saddened yesterday by the passing of Jeremy Bulloch. The actor who originated the role of Boba Fett in both Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of The Jedi.
The actor, who was 75 died from complications to do with Parkinson’s’ Disease of which he had been living with for many years.
“He had a long and happy career spanning more than 45 years,” a statement from his agent said.
“He was devoted to his wife, three sons, and 10 grandchildren and they will miss him terribly.”
Bulloch was best known worldwide for having originated the role of Boba Fett in the original Star Wars trilogy. It was a role that the actor took great joy and pride in and was often a fan favorite at science fiction signings and conventions around the world.
My Personal Fan Encounter
I was fortunate enough to meet the actor myself at a SciFi Ball event back in 2006 when the event was known as SF Ball and held in Bournemouth. Also, given that I had a VIP ticket that year. I was lucky enough to spend a bit of time with him and his wife at the party, which was held to open the event.
My experience of the late actor was of a very humble man. He was obviously very proud of the work he did in the Star Wars movies. As well as humbled by the fan reaction to Boba Fett and the opportunities that the role had afforded him. Moreover, he felt a responsibility to the fans and never took them for granted. Indeed, meeting this actor was one of my best experiences at a science fiction event.
Prior to playing the role of Boba Fett, which arguably raised his profile in the world of Science Fiction. Jeremy had also done a stint on Doctor Who as a character called Hal in ‘The Time Warrior’. This was the episode that introduced The Sontaran’s and it was also one of Jon Pertwee’s final serials playing The Doctor.
In the story. Hal was sort of a Robin Hood type of figure who subsequently wore lincoln green. Furthermore, he was a heroic character who helped the Doctor and Sarah Jane beat the Sontaran invader.
It is without a doubt. That Jeremy will be missed by his immediate family, but he’ll also be missed by an extended family of fans. His star shone brightly in the Star Wars universe and he will be greatly missed.
Rest in peace Jeremy. You were truly loved by all the fans that encountered you.