A ‘Star Wars’ legend has died. Jason Wingreen, the voice of the villainous Boba Fett, passed away on Dec. 25 at the age of 95. He died after struggling with a brief illness.
The Star Wars universe is in mourning. Jason Wingreen, who notably voiced the character of Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back, died on Dec. 25 at 95, his son confirmed. Jason, who also played Harry the bartender on All in the Family, was a legendary actor and will be missed.
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“He died at home in Los Angeles on Dec. 25, 2015 after a brief illness. He is survived by his one son (me) and two grandchildren, and his sister Harriet Wingreen (the former NY Philharmonic pianist) and her family,” Jason’s son, Ned, said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly.
Jason appeared on dozens of TV shows over the course of his career. He played Harry Snowden for seven seasons and 117 episodes in total on All in the Family and Archie Bunker’s Place. He also had roles on The Twilight Zone, The Fugitive, Matlock, Star Trek, Charlie’s Angels and more. He retired after guest appearances on Seinfeld and In the Heat of the Night in 1994.
His most widely recognized role, even though he was uncredited, was Boba Fett in the 1980 Star Wars movie The Empire Strikes Back. He was eventually replaced by Temuera Morrison, but Jason admitted the role changed his life forever. Catch up on all the Star Wars movies by signing up for Amazon Prime now!
“I’ve signed a lot of photos of Boba Fett. I was living a quiet, peaceful, unencumbered life until that news broke, and when the news came out in a Star Wars magazine, for which I’d done an interview, the letters just never stopped,” he said in an interview, according to EW.
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