Actor who played Chewbacca resting after surgery in Fort Worth

Peter Mayhew

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Actor Peter Mayhew arrives for St. Jude's 30th anniversary screening of 'The Empire Strikes Back' at Arclight Cinema on May 19, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

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Posted on September 9, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 10 at 8:39 AM

FORT WORTH, Texas -- You know him best as Chewbacca, the "Star Wars" sidekick of intergalactic cowboy Han Solo.

Peter Mayhew, the actor who gave life to the furry and beloved character, is in a Fort Worth hospital recovering from knee surgery.

"Peter will be in the hospital for the next few days, and hopefully able to stand soon," said spokesman Barry Rogers in a written statement.

Mayhew, 69, is a North Texas resident who was born in England. He portrayed Chewbacca in four "Star Wars" films.

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