Birthday: 19-05-1944
Age: 75
Star sign: Gemini

Peter Mayhew was born into this world on 19 of May 1944, in Barnes, London, England. Apart from his acting skills, he is known for his height and the reason behind his peculiar height Marfan syndrome (a connectivity tissue disorder).He is very well known for playing Chewbacca(a character in the Star Wars film franchise which looks like a big hairy beast.) in the Star Wars film series.

Peter Mayhew has played the character Chewbacca in five major Star Wars movies, the recent being Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015. He also made special appearances on The Muppet Show. He also dubbed for the movie Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 3rd episode "Wookiee Hunt.” Interestingly, the man who George Lucas wanted to play Chewbacca played Darth Vader instead, and hence Mayhew was the cast for the role of Chewbacca.

His audition consisted of him only standing up. He was casted as Chewbacca because of his abnormal height. According to various reports, once he landed the Chewbacca role, Mayhew went to a nearby zoo and began moving and understanding the manners of various animals to incorporate into the character of Chew-bacca. At his office, a huge Chewbacca poster hangs behind him. He became a naturalized U.S citizen along with 400 other people.

He is currently residing in Texas with his wife Angie Luker and is a business owner.He got his first acting gig in “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger” as the character “Minotaur” and nearly a year later he landed the Chewbacca gig and then his life took a turn for his own better. Before that, he was working as an orderly at London's King's College Hospital. He then went on to do many commercials dressed up in his Wookiee costume. Currently, he is a part of the Star Wars convention circuit where he signs autographs.

He was honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at the MTV Film Awards 1997. He has also written two books; one is “Growing up Giant” which tackles the issue of being different and how it is a strength and not a weakness. His second book was also for children and dealt with Anti-Bullying. In 2013, The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus crowned him "Emperor for Life". Mayhew is expected to portray Chewbacca in up-coming Star Wars Films such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi, etc.

Ken Leung

He was born on 21st January 1970, in New York City. He is a well-known actor who mostly plays roles which are silent and creepy. His family relocated to Brooklyn where he grew up and later finished his schooling in Old Bridge, New Jersey. His initially acting career mostly revolved around theaters with non-traditional productions such as Mayi, New Perspectives, etc. before moving on to his Broadway debut in “Thoroughly Modern Millie(2002)”. He got his first big screen gig in 1997, as the villainous henchman in Brett Ratner’s Rush Hour. Even though he was not a martial artist, his method acting made everyone think the contrary. He went on to act in three more Ratner movies notably Red Dragon X-Men The Last Stand and The Family Man.He also worked with many other notable filmmakers such as Spike Lee, Edward Norton, etc. According to the Washington Post, it is said that Norton said Leung’s “show-stopping performance...turned a throwaway scene into one of the film's best.” In X-Men The Last Stand he acted as a sadistic human-Porcupine mutants high school psychologist in “The Squid and the Whale” and a bizarre kooky karaoke machine salesman in Edward Norton’s Directoral debut,”Keeping the faith.”He has also worked in TV portraying character roles for Television series such as The Good Wife, Deadline, Law, and Order, etc. He also acted in the last season of “The Sopranos,” from season 4 to 6 in ABC’s drama “Lost” and recently he portrayed the role of Dr.Topher Zia in “The Night Shift” as a season regular from 2014-2016 for 35 episodes. His role in “The Sopranos” helped him become a rising star and get the attention of many prominent producers and directors. In “Lost” Leung’s scenes caught the attention of its executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. They were mesmerized by his acting skills and hence decided to write a part in the island drama only for the actor. But despite his track record of playing creepy and intense characters, Leung says he doesn't necessarily seek out these types of roles. "They're kind of offbeat parts of those stories," he said. Ken Leung has also said mentioned being an Asian–American actor, Leung would come across rude racial remarks during the filmmaking, and at times Ken couldn’t understand the meaning of these fallacious statements. He is a very talented artist who is recognized by many Hollywood directors, etc.

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