Monday, 04 January, 2016

Voice of original Boba Fett, Jason Wingreen, has died

Jason Wingreen
David Chambers | 02 January, 2016, 16:36

Ortega/Getty Images Jason Wingreen, a Brooklyn-born, Queens-raised actor, was in dozens of TV shows, starting from "The Twlight Zone" to "Seinfeld".

Rest in peace, Jason Wingreen.


Wingreen initially auditioned for the part of Yoda in The Empire Strikes back but the role was handed to Frank Oz.

Boba Fett's voice, however, was changed in subsequent releases, replacing Wingreen's voice with Temuera Morrison, who portrayed Jango Fett, the father of the clone bounty hunter and clone troopers that appeared in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. Lucasfilm Ltd. Jason Wingreen exclusively offered the voice for 4 lines of conversation for the role of Boba Fett, & was by no means credited for his part within the film.

Wingreen was a prolific character actor with over 200 credits to his name; he played Harry the bartender in seven seasons of the sitcoms All in the Family and Archie Bunker's Place, and also had notable appearances in the likes of The Twilight Zone, The Untouchables and Star Trek. He tells the Classic TV History blog, "I loved it. It was wonderful ... allowed me to retire, let me put it that way".

Wingreen is survived by his son, two grandchildren, and his sister.