Updated: January 3, 2016 3:40:42 pm
Jason Wingreen, the character actor who provided the voice of Boba Fett in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” has died. He was 95.
Known for his roles like Harry the bartender on “All in the Family” and Archie Bunker’s PlacAll in the “Family and Archie Bunker’s Place,” Wingreen died at his home here on Christmas Day, said The Hollywood Reporter.
The Brooklyn native also appeared in three episodes of “The Twilight Zone,” most notably portraying the real train conductor in the 1960 episode in “A Stop at Willoughby.”
On “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980), Wingreen auditioned for the role of Yoda, but did not get that part and was given four lines of dialogue spoken by the masked Boba Fett, the feared bounty hunter who captures Han Solo.
Wingreen was born October 9, 1920, in Brooklyn and raised in the Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens. He attended Brooklyn College, where he took his first acting class. His first job in the entertainment industry was with a marionette company.
He made his movie debut in 1958 with “The Bravados” and went on to star in films like, “A Guide for the Married Man”, “Marlowe”, “They Only Kill Their Masters,” “The Terminal Man,” “Oh, God! You Devil”.
He decided to retire in 1990s after appearances on “Seinfeld” and “In the Heat of the Night”.
Wingreen is survived by his son Ned two grandchildren and his sister, Harriet.
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