David Prowse Who Played Darth Vader in the Original ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy Dead at 85

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Actor David Prowse who played the villainous Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy consisting of Episodes IV to VI — A New Hope (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983) — has died at the age of 85.

Prior to portraying the most domineering villain in cinema history, David Prowse was a bodybuilder from a small housing estate in Bristol, born on July 1, 1935. His early jobs included a dance hall bouncer and a helper at a swim club. His interest in bodybuilding began at an early age, culminating in winning the British Heavyweight weightlifting championship in 1962. The notoriety gained from his bodybuilding allowed Prowse to transition into acting, with roles as Frankenstein’s monster in Hammer films, The Horror of Frankenstein, and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, as well as small roles in Casino Royale and A Clockwork Orange, where he was first noticed by George Lucas. At 6’6” tall, Prowse had the shape and build to be the formidable Sith Lord George Lucas was looking for in his sci-fi epic. Although happy to take the role of Darth Vader, Prowse has notoriously talked down his acting experiences, always feeling he deserved more responsibility and trust than was given – even as to suggest his potent district West Country accent deserved to be the voice of Darth Vader.

 

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