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'Chewbacca' has knee surgery at Fort Worth hopital September 11, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Actor Peter Mayhew, who portrayed Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" films, has had double knee-replacement surgery at a Texas hospital.
Mayhew was recovering Wednesday at Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth. Angie Mayhew says her 69-year-old husband had the surgery Monday and hopes to walk again. She says her spouse has been using a wheelchair for two years.
Angie Mayhew says her husband also had a tendon-stretching procedure to stabilize his legs. Peter Mayhew was born with a condition known as gigantism, which causes excessive growth. He's 7 feet 3 inches tall.
The British-born actor's medical issues will be the subject of an upcoming documentary, "Standing in the Stars — The Peter Mayhew Story."
The Mayhews live in Boyd, about 20 miles northwest of Fort Worth.