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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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