David Prowse, who performed Darth Vader within the first three Star Wars movies, has died on the age of 85. Prowse’s agent confirmed the information to the Hollywood Reporter on Saturday night.
Prowse was a physique builder who stood six toes, seven inches tall when he received the Vader function for the unique 1977 Star Wars. Prowse additionally performed Vader in The Empire Strikes Again and Return of the Jedi.
In 2016 interview, Prowse mentioned that George Lucas supplied him a selection between taking part in Darth Vader or Chewbacca. Prowse selected Vader, and the Chewbacca function went to Peter Mayhew, who died final 12 months.
However whereas Prowse provided Vader’s physique, George Lucas determined to not use the Brit’s voice. He dubbed in traces by the baritone James Earl Jones as a substitute.
When Darth Vader subsequent appeared in a Star Wars characteristic movie, in 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, he was performed by Hayden Christensen, the actor who performed Annakin Skywalker within the prequels.
The Hollywood Reporter described Prowse’s formative years:
Born on July 1, 1935, in Bristol, England, Prowse was misdiagnosed with tuberculosis of the knee and compelled to put on a leg splint for 4 years as a teen (it turned out he really had osteoarthritis). But he went on to compete for the Mr. Universe bodybuilding title in 1960 earlier than capturing the British weightlifting championship three straight years operating, from 1962-64. (At age 50, he was nonetheless in a position to dead-lift 700 kilos.)
Prowse performed a bodyguard within the 1971 movie A Clockwork Orange. He additionally appeared in plenty of lesser-known movies. He performed Frankenstein’s Monster in three completely different movies within the late Nineteen Sixties and early Seventies. Across the identical time, he turned identified within the UK for taking part in “Inexperienced Cross Code Man” in site visitors security commercials.
Prowse’s agent advised CNN that he died after a brief sickness. Prowse had beforehand been recognized with prostate most cancers.
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