Sad news came to us this week. Jeremy Bulloch, the actor who portrayed Boba Fett in the 1980 film Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, has passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020 he was 75.
Jeremy was born on 16 February, 1945 in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England. He began acting at the age of 10 and later went on to be trained at the Corona Stage Academy.
While he appeared in dozens of movies and television shows including a couple of episodes of Doctor Who, it was his portrayal of the Mandalorian armored bounty hunter, Boba Fett that he is most known for, despite his limited screen time.
How that came about was a bit of good luck for him. Jeremy’s half brother, Robert Watts, was working as an associate producer on Empire Strikes Back, and was tasked with finding an actor who would fit the Boba Fett costume. Robert called up his half brother Jeremy, who, at the time was working on the British television show Agony.
Jeremy then met with Tiny Nicholls, the wardrobe supervisor for ESB and after 20 minutes of dressing, found that he was a good fit.
Being a versatile actor, Jeremy also played the imperial officer (Lieutenant Sheckil) who grabs Leia when she tries to warn Luke Skywalker about Vader’s trap. His only non-masked appearance in the original trilogy.
He reprised his role of Boba Fett in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, where he was disappointed about the character’s believed demise in the sarlacc pit. Jeremy said that he would have liked to explore the character more.
About the character, Jeremy once said that portraying Fett was the most uncomfortable of his career and that “the jet pack was very heavy.” Jeremy has said that the inspiration for how Boba Fett moved came from Clint Eastwood in A Man with No Name and A Fistfull of Dollars. His slow movement, his stance, even how he held his blaster was pure Eastwood.
Jeremy was very devoted to and appreciative of his fans. He enjoyed attending conventions and according to Wikipedia, he was actually an official member of the 501st Legion and trooped as Boba Fett.
Jeremy was inducted into the Mandalorian Mercs as an Honorary Member on 30 November, 2008 by the Vok’chi Clan.
For all of the joy and inspiration that Jeremy has given those of us who have chosen to walk the way of the Mandalore, we thank you.