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Height[edit]

Actually, he is 2.22 meters tall, according to a site I just recently hit. -The Bold Guy- 10:59, 11 July 2007 (UTC)

There is a lot of debate, and his height keeps getting edited, recently by making references to the Celebrity Heights website, which is based only in speculation. That website writes :"UK Actor, Chewbacca from Star Wars. Seen him stand 'tall' beside a 6ft 2 women and he looked not much more than 6.5 inches taller, so not near 7ft in 2007. His peak is still debatable." The man himself says he's 7'3" in his own website PeterMayhew.com. I've met Peter and I have no reason to doubt that he's lying about his height. Believe me, the guy is huge. Anyways, I've added the height he states is correct. Smylere Snape (talk) 00:07, 19 May 2008 (UTC)

In what way was 7'3" his 'peak' height? Has he shrunk since? 82.9.22.128 (talk) 22:34, 3 June 2008 (UTC) 82.9.22.128 (talk) 22:33, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

Everybody shrinks with age. Smylere Snape (talk) 17:06, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Him slouching, her in heals. I doubt he'd lie.
67.168.238.184 (talk) 20:13, 15 July 2008 (UTC)

Agreed, all these height claims on wikipedia for famous ppl are ridiculous to say atleast. Ofcourse he will claim 7'3 because Chewbacca was said to be 7'3 (220 cm) and thats his "hollywood height", but by comparing him next to 6'10 measured Ross Sambridge then he looks around 6'10 himself http://www.petermayhew.com/gallery/albums/friends/20090223_404.sized.jpg

From 7'3 to 6'10? no way... — Preceding unsigned comment added by 91.145.38.52 (talk) 14:28, 6 September 2012 (UTC)

If you have a reliable source, please share. Otherwise, there's nothing more to say here. - SummerPhD (talk) 00:39, 7 September 2012 (UTC)

Trivia section[edit]

I integrated the text of the trivia section into the article. I also removed some inaccurate statements, such as Peter appearing in Deal or No Deal. There was a guy dressed as Chewie, but it wasn't Peter. Peter himself has said he has retired from performing Chewbacca. Smylere Snape (talk) 02:22, 7 May 2008 (UTC)

Difficult photos[edit]

I've asked Mr. Mayhew for a photo for Wikipedia at GenCon 2008 but he refused, in a rather abrupt manner. My impression is that he is not an easy person to approach, unfortunately (out of about 500 people I asked for photos there, he was one of the only two who refused). --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 19:06, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

That's strange. I met Peter when he came down here for a Con, we even asked him out to dinner. He and his wife were extremely nice and accommodating. We have dozens of pictures of all of us. Smylere Snape (talk) 16:22, 22 August 2008 (UTC)
Perhaps he had a bad day; perhaps you could upload some of your photos? --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 12:36, 3 January 2009 (UTC)

Where was he born?[edit]

The text says Barnes, but the info box Great Yarmouth. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 84.177.133.146 (talk) 20:17, 20 December 2010 (UTC)

Also[edit]

'also'. How many times can you use 'also' in an article. Introduce variety — Preceding unsigned comment added by 93.193.47.48 (talk) 05:16, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

D.I.Y. - SummerPhD (talk) 00:44, 7 September 2012 (UTC)

Health Problems[edit]

The article currently says "His height is a product...of a genetic disease called Marfan Syndrome. The condition was treated successfully in his mid-teens." This is misleading. In fact, as the cited source states, the overactive pituitary gland causing his excessive growth was successfully treated in his mid-teens, but the Marfan Syndrome itself is not curable. Also, the article says "Mayhew's seven-foot, three-inch height has stressed his knees and he was forced to undergo double knee replacement surgery in 2013." It wouldn't be his height per sae, but the Marfan Syndrome itself that causes the knee problems, because it's a connective tissue disorder (I have a similar condition). I'm making small changes to the text to clarify this. FYI, pneumonia is also a common complication of Marfan Syndrome, but I don't have a source discussing Mayhew's case.Sadiemonster (talk) 14:00, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

Peter Mayhew is quoted as saying, "There was an overactive pituitary gland...I had treatment when I was about fifteen that slowed it down, they stopped it." Excess growth hormone from the pituitary gland is a cause of pituitary gigantism and can be treated by surgery, radiation, and/or medication. Removal of excess growth hormone does not reverse the rapid skeletal growth experienced in childhood and adolescence, however, and treated individuals maintain their tall stature. Marfan syndrome is a distinct disease, caused by an inherited mutation in fibrillin-1. As Sadiemonster stated, Marfan syndrome is not curable. Individuals with Marfan syndrome have a distinct body habitus characterized by disproportionately long extremities, such that the upper segment to lower segment (US/LS) ratio is decreased and the arm span to height ratio is increased. Reduced US/LS ratio for a white adult is <0.85. Based on this photo (circa 1977), Mayhew appears to have a US/LS ratio somewhere between 0.9 and 1.0 (i.e., within normal limits). He does not appear to exhibit arachnodactyly, another hallmark of Marfan syndrome. Thus, I propose that Mr. Mayhew does not have Marfan syndrome at all; rather, I believe this is a falsehood innocently perpetuated by laypeople in the online news and tabloid community (unless of, course, someone can provide a reputable source). While it is possible for an individual to have both pituitary gigantism and Marfan syndrome, this is highly unlikely. Additionally, back and joint problems are quite common in people of extreme height and do not indicate a connective tissue disorder. --Zfreeland (talk) 14:56, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

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The result of the move request was: moved per request. Favonian (talk) 18:32, 29 July 2013 (UTC)


– I went browsing peter mayhew -wikipedia and made it to the fourth page before seeing anything not about the Star Wars actor, and those results didn't relate to any of the other individuals we have articles on (they were Facebook and LinkedIn profiles for people of the same name). Finally on the sixth page, I found a reference to Peter Mayhew (biologist). Since the actor was in the news in June, I took a look at May's page views. He had 24,157, which easily puts him at the WP:PRIMARYTOPIC standard of more likely than all other pages combined (181 for the biologist and 77 for the film editor). Finally, the dab's 6258 views are astonishing, and strongly suggests we're astonishing some readers as well.

Let's clear the air here for a moment. Yes, Wikipedia tends to favor pop culture topics. But if that's what readers want, is it really in our best interests to ignore that just to try to look better? Let's do the right thing and revert a bold move from October. BDD (talk) 04:34, 22 July 2013 (UTC)

  • Support not per nom (sorry, BDD, that rationale would lead to more nonsense such as is going on at Talk:Sephiroth (Final Fantasy) and eventually pulpopedia) but firstly by WP:BRD (not so long ago) and secondly because the actor appears to be only contestant for WP:PRIMARYTOPIC in GoogleBooks. In ictu oculi (talk) 08:20, 22 July 2013 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page or in a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.