Harrison Ford fondly remembered his friend and "Star Wars" costar during a serious moment on "The Tonight Show." He paid tribute to Peter Mayhew, who died earlier this month.
On the late night show on Thursday, Harrison spoke about Mayhew, who played Chewbacca opposite his Han Solo. He revealed how fondly he felt for the actor, who acted in multiple "Star Wars" movies.
“He was a really sweet man, nice man, and he had a hard time physically,” Ford, 76, told Jimmy Fallon according to PEOPLE. “It was really hard for him to do what he did for us — what he did for all of us.”
Mayhew died on April 30 in Texas at the age of 74. His family released a statement announcing his death.
In this statement, the related how he “fought his way back from being wheelchair-bound to stand tall and portray Chewbacca once more” for 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Ford also discussed that moment in the interview.
“And he did it with real dignity and class,” Ford added about the way Mayhew overcame physical difficulties.
“He was a really neat guy. I miss him," concluded Ford.
After Mayhew's death was announced, Ford released a statement to PEOPLE. He remembered his personality and camaraderie.
He wrote, “Peter Mayhew was a kind [gentleman], possessed of great dignity and noble character.”
He continued, “These aspects of his own personality, plus his wit and grace, he brought to Chewbacca. We were partners in film and friends in life for over 30 years, and I loved him. He invested his soul in the character and brought great pleasure to the Star Wars audience.”
In the statement, he also noted how important Chewbacca was to the success of the films. For many people, he was one of the best parts of the movie.
Ford said, “He knew how important the fans of the franchise were to its continued success and he was devoted to them. I and millions of others will never forget Peter and what he gave us all. My thoughts are with his dear wife Angie and his children.”
“Rest easy, my dear friend," concluded Ford.
Ford is not the only "Star Wars" actor who missed Mayhew. Shortly after news of his death broke, costar Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, paid tribute to the 7 ft., 3 inches-tall Mayhew.
“A big man with an even bigger heart who never failed to make me smile & a loyal friend who I loved dearly — I’m grateful for the memories we shared & I’m a better man for just having known him. Thanks Pete."
Please pray for everyone who is mourning the passing of Mayhew. May God give them comfort and joy.