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Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew Hospitalized With Pneumonia

Star Wars veteran Peter Mayhew, who reprises his role as Chewbacca in The Force Awakens, has been hospitalized with pneumonia but is reportedly on the mend.

The actor's wife Angie Mayhew posted a note on Reddit saying that her 70-year-old husband would be in the hospital for a few days, but not to worry. "Thank you for all the well wishes, prayers, good vibes, and happy thoughts," she wrote. "Doctors are incredibly happy with his improvements."

Mayhew's Twitter account followed that with a message from his webmaster saying, "Peter is recovering well from his bout of pneumonia. He thanks you for the well wishes!!!"

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A mainstay of the international convention circuit, Mayhew portrayed Chewbacca on the big screen in the original trilogy and in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuts opens Dec. 18.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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