By Chris Nashawaty
May 19, 2009 at 11:39 PM EDT

While my colleague and fellow Star Wars drooler, Marc Bernardin, regards May 19th as a glass-half-empty kind of day, allow me to introduce a sunnier note. A long time ago, in a galaxy very much like our own, Peter Mayhew was born. That’s right, “The dude inside the Chewie suit” turns 65 today!

And while I have no clue whether or not Harrison Ford bothered to send the gentle giant a card from Hallmark’s delightful Shoebox collection, perhaps the rest of us should take a moment to watch the wonderful Wookiee at work and send Mayhew our best wishes.