It’s been less than a month since Dave Prowse, the actor who brought Darth Vader to life, passed away and now we find ourselves saying goodbye to another Star Wars legend, Jeremy Bulloch. Jeremy is best known to fans as Boba Fett, a role he debuted in The Empire Strikes Back.
Before his notable role in Star Wars, Jeremy had already built up a big body of work including parts in one of the earliest Carry On films, Carry on Teacher. Jeremy also appeared alongside Cliff Richard in the movie Summer Holiday and had small roles in 3 Bond films as well as a long list of TV credits to his name.
He is also known by Doctor Who fans for appearing in two different stories with two different Doctors. His first was with First Doctor, William Hartnell in the story ‘The Final Phase’ as Tor and then later with Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee and Elisabeth Sladen in Time Warrior as Hal the Archer.
Jeremy also appeared in an uncredited role in my favourite episode of one of my top shows, Spooks. He played Roger Welks, the father or a kidnapped woman who would be returned in exchange for banking codes which Roger held.
The Empire Strikes Back was released in 1980 and due to another actor not being able to perform, Jeremy also played Imperial Officer Lt. Sheckil as well as Boba Fett, a role he would reprise in 1983’s Return of the Jedi.
A well known face on the convention circuit, Jeremy was one of the nicest guests you could ever meet and one of the first Star Wars guests I met. He was also well known for taking part in a variety of fan-films playing a number of different roles.
His final big screen Star Wars appearance was a cameo in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith as Captain Colton, commander of the Tantive III.
Sadly, Jeremy passed away after a battle with Parkinson’s Disease, surrounded by his family.
Jeremy may have become one with the Force but his legacy lives on.