'Star Wars' actor gets knees replaced at Texas hospital

Published On: Sep 12 2013 02:23:52 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 12 2013 02:24:24 PM CDT

The actor who played Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films has had a double knee-replacement surgery at a Texas hospital.

Actor Peter Mayhew is recovering at a Fort Worth medical center.

The 69-year-old’s wife said he had the surgery in hopes of walking again.

Mayhew has been using a wheelchair for two years.

He was born with a condition known as gigantism, which causes excessive growth.

Mayhew is 7 feet 3 inches tall.


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