'Star Wars' actor gets knees replaced at Texas hospital

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FORT WORTH - The actor who played Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" films has had a double knee-replacement surgery at a Texas hospital.

Actor Peter Mayhew is recovering at a Fort Worth medical center.

The 69-year-old's wife said he had the surgery in hopes of walking again.

Mayhew has been using a wheelchair for two years.

He was born with a condition known as gigantism, which causes excessive growth.

Mayhew is 7 feet 3 inches tall.

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