Darth Vader actor Dave Prowse dies aged 85 | Star Wars

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David “Dave” Prowse, the actor greatest recognized for enjoying Darth Vader within the unique Star Wars trilogy, has died on the age of 85, his agent has mentioned.

Agent Thomas Bowington mentioned: “It’s with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world, to announce that our client Dave Prowse MBE has passed away at the age of 85.”

Jason Joiner, an occasions producer who labored with Prowse, introduced the demise on a Fb web page devoted to the actor, including: “Dave was dedicated to meeting the fans for decades and lots of fans’ first ever guest they met was Dave in the early days of Comic Cons and collators’ events. Dave was larger than life and he will be so very much missed. Our love and thoughts go out to his family.”

Prowse was a former bodybuilder who had a sequence of roles as monsters and villains earlier than being invited by George Lucas to audition for the roles of Vader and Chewbacca. He selected Vader and when requested why, replied: “Everyone remembers the villain.”

Dave Prowse, left, with fellow Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca.
David Prowse, proper, with fellow Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew, who performed Chewbacca, in 1999. {Photograph}: REX/Shutterstock

Born in Bristol in 1935, Prowse was, in keeping with IMDB, raised by his mom and by no means knew his father. He developed a ardour for bodybuilding and weight coaching in his early teenagers and competed in Mr Universe competitions, the place he grew to become pals with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno. He additionally shredded cellphone books beneath the stage-name Jack the Ripper.

He received the British heavyweight weightlifting championship thrice and was chosen to characterize England on the 1962 Commonwealth Video games in Perth, Australia.

Prowse’s first movie was 1967’s On line casino Royale, the place he performed Frankenstein’s Monster. Though the casting was primarily based on Prowse’s stature, he developed a robust curiosity in performing and determined to pursue it additional. His CV included roles in A Clockwork Orange and lots of Hammer Horror movies, and he was the non-public coach who ready Christopher Reeve for the function of Superman in 1978.

Prowse was within the Vader go well with for a lot of the Sith Lord’s display time and seemingly even received to talk his traces on set, although his west nation tones had been dubbed over with these of American actor James Earl Jones in post-production, and lots of the struggle scenes featured British Olympic fencer Bob Anderson.

Prowse as the Green Cross Man in a 1970s road safety campaign
Prowse because the Inexperienced Cross Man in a 1970s street security marketing campaign. {Photograph}: Night Commonplace/Getty Photos

So as to add insult to damage, when Vader’s face was lastly proven to audiences as he lay dying in 1983’s Return of the Jedi, producer George Lucas selected to solid the British stage actor Sebastian Shaw as a substitute.

Prowse and Lucas later fell out, resulting in Prowse being banned from official Star Wars actions in 2010

Regardless of the celebrity he received as Vader, Prowse mentioned he was most happy with his function because the Inexperienced Cross Man in a long-running British street security marketing campaign, for which he was awarded and MBE in 2000.

In a column for the Guardian in 2014, Prowse wrote: “Many people will know me for being the ultimate screen villain, Star Wars’ Darth Vader. But being a “goodie goodie” and heading up the Inexperienced Cross Code marketing campaign, serving to to save lots of hundreds of lives has all the time been the final word honour.”


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