Peter Mayhew Get to know the 75-year old actor Peter Mayhew, before he got famous (e.g. Chewbacca in Star Wars, 221 cm height - Marfan Syndrome). IMDB reports The Making of 'Star Wars' (original title) was Peter Mayhew's first TV appearance in 1977. In 1977 he starred as Chewbacca in his first movie Star Wars. BirthdayMay 19, 1944NationalityAmerican, English,Name in PassportPeter MayhewDebut Star Wars(1977)EthnicityEnglish (Read: 16 Surprising Celebrity Ethnicities)Ethnic category/Race(?)WhiteSexuality - Gay or NayStraightHis home town is Barnes, London, England, UK. He is of English ethnicity. Peter Mayhew was born on May 19, 1944 on a Friday. Read: 19 Celebrity childhood Homes Younger Photos Credit: Pinterest.co.uk Photo of First movie or tv show debut Star Wars Character: Chewbacca| Date: 1977Footage of early or first TV Interview or Appearance Sunrise interview with Peter Mayhew and Yvonne Craig (~2002ish) Most popular video on Youtube Chewbacca Mom Gets a Surprise from the Real Chewbacca Views: 6.348.212 Share your real life experiences with Peter Mayhew here and rate your meeting! Correct our wiki/bio - is he not gay or straight or of different heritage? Let us know!