With Star Wars: The Force Awakens currently smashing all box office records, Star Wars alumni, longtime television actor and cult hero Jason Wingreen has sadly passed away at the age of 95.
Jason Wingreen was everywhere in his illustrious career which spanned 5 decades, from the 1950s to the 1990s. Playing Harry the bartender on All In the Family and Archie Bunker’s Place among many other classic TV shows.
With over 20 credits on IMDB, Wingreen had roles on The Untouchables, 12 O’Clock High, Matlock, The Fugitive, The FBI, Ironside and even Star Trek before arguably earning his place in pop culture by voicing villain Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, his son Ned confirmed that his father had passed away surrounded by his family on Christmas day in his Los Angeles home.
Jason Wingreen had originally auditioned for the role of Yoda, before being cast as the helmet wearing bounty hunter Boba Fett. Although only recording four lines of dialogue for The Empire Strikes Back, the mysterious Boba Fett became such a fan favorite that George Lucas devoted large chunks of his prequel trilogy to the origins of Boba Fett and his lineage.
Sadly, working on the Star Wars epic wasn't an overly happy memory for Wingreen. He once said in an interview that "the actual work, aside from the hellos and goodbyes and all that, could have been no more than 10 minutes" and THR reports that it wasn't until 2000 that Wingreen was properly credited for his work with Boba Fett.
To add to the misery, no residuals have been paid to Wingreen (or his family) even though some of the Boba Fett toy action figures use his voice.
Jason Wingreen is survived by his son, two grandchildren and sister Harriet Wingreen. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently playing in theaters everywhere, with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story being released in December of this year.