Jason Wingreen, Original ‘Star Wars’ Boba Fett Actor, Dead at 95

Wingreen voiced the fan-favorite bounty hunter in “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back”

Jason Wingreen, the first actor to voice “Star Wars” bounty hunter Boba Fett, died on Dec. 25. He was 95.

New York Times reported that the “Empire Strikes Back” actor’s son, Ned, confirmed his death.

With a career spanning more than five decades, Wingreen starred in films like “Airplane!” (1980) and TV series like “All in the Family, “Seinfeld,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and “Star Trek.”

Wingreen’s Boba Fett captured Han Solo (Harrison Ford) after he was betrayed by Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams). He was not initially credited with the part, and his voice was later replaced by the voice of Temuera Morrison in the 2004 DVD version of “Empire.”

The actor was born in Brooklyn on October 9, 1920 and he attended Brooklyn College. During World War II, he also served in the Army Air Forces in Europe.

He is survived by his son, his two grandchildren, and his sister Harriet Wingreen. His wife, Gloria Scott Backe, died in the mid-1990s.