It was announced Tuesday that Jeremy Bulloch, the man who first played our favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett, will be retiring from the convention circuit. A staple at most fan conventions for the past 20 years, Bulloch was one of the several actors who was able to capitalize on the legacy of such an iconic character – making him a welcome and beloved addition to the autograph tables.
According to his statement on the Official Boba Fett Fan Club website:
It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to stop attending conventions and hang up the Fett helmet. It has not been an easy decision to make. In 1979 I was called onto the set of Empire Strikes Back to play Boba Fett, and since that day it has changed the entire direction of my life in such a wonderful way. It has been a privilege to have had the opportunity to inspire so many generations of Star Wars fans. I have had over 20 years of travelling with my wife Maureen to some amazing countries and have met so many wonderful fans. Thank you all so much and we will miss you all.
‘May the Force be with you always’
This is an unfortunate theme of late. Last year, David Prowse (Darth Vader) retired from the convention circuit as well. Let this be a call to action for all of you geeks, nerds, fanboys/girls/nonbinaries/undecideds – get to your cons and meet your heroes!
For those of you who are looking for autographs to add to your collection, requests can still be made here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
From all of us at Geeky a Go Go, hats off and may the Force be with you.