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01/20/2015 12:50 pm ET

Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew Recovering Following Pneumonia Hospitalization

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Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew, who portrays the lovable Wookiee in the "Star Wars" universe, was recently hospitalized for pneumonia. As TMZ reports, the 70-year-old star is expected to make a full recovery.

Mayhew canceled a Saturday appearance at a Texas comic-book store where he was schedule to promote Marvel's "Star Wars #1" alongside Mike Quinn (who played Nien Nunb in "Return of the Jedi" and helped with the animation in "Attack of the Clones") and Margo Apostolos (who played an Ewok).

"He will make a full recovery, and hope to be discharged within a few days," Mayhew's wife wrote on Reddit. "Doctors are incredibly happy with his improvements."

Mayhew's webmaster tweeted from the actor's account on Monday, confirming that he is making a smooth recovery.

Mayhew is set to star in the new "Star Wars" triology, starting with "The Force Awakens."

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