Jason Wingreen, known for his role in All in the Family and Archie Bunker’s Place, was also the voice of Boba Fett in the original Star Wars movies. His son Ned told The Hollywood Reporter that Wingreen passed away in his L.A. home on December 25th at the age of 95.
Wingreen played the role of Harry Snowden for 117 episodes in the CBS shows All in the Family and Archie Bunker’s Place between 1976 and 1983, long after making his movie debut in 1958 in the movie The Bravados, which starred Gregory Peck. Wingreen initially auditioned for the part of Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back, but as any Star Wars fan knows, Yoda is voiced by Frank Oz. Instead, he was given just four lines to speak as the part of Boba Fett, everyone’s favourite intergalactic bounty hunter.
“I think the actual work, aside from the hellos and goodbyes and all that, could have been no more than 10 minutes,” he said.
Interestingly enough, he was not initially credited for his role and it wasn’t known until 2000 that he had voiced the part of Boba Fett. According to The Hollywood Report, Wingreen received no credit nor residuals for his part from the movie itself or Boba Fett toys that use his voice as well.
According to IMDB, Jason Wingreen starred in everything from Seinfeld to Matlock, Gunsmoke, and more with 187 credits to his name.Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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