The British actor - who first stepped into the hairy Wookie costume in 1977's EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE - has occupied the two decades since the original trilogy appearing at Star Wars conventions across the world.
And at one particularly memorable meeting, he was approached by a Star Wars fanatic - who ultimately became his wife.
He says, "I met my wife ANGELIQUE seven years ago at a Star Wars convention in the United States. When the later Star Wars films came out, I decided to give up my job and earn my living from going to these meetings of fans.
"She is a bigger Star Wars fan than I am and we got talking. So yes, Star Wars has been great to me."
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