Dave Prowse, the actor who played Darth Vader, has died

29 Novembre, 2020, 17:58 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Prowse playing the Green Cross Code Man

David Prowse's agent Thomas Bowington confirmed the news of the actor's death on early Saturday morning to The Guardian.

British actor David Prowse, who played the role of Darth Vader father of Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died after short illness at the age of 85.

Mark Hamill has hailed his Star Wars co-star Dave Prowse as "a kind man" who was "much more than Darth Vader" following his death aged 85.

Meeting fans at the Time and Space shop, Broadstairs, in 2008. Our thoughts are with his friends, family, and loved ones.

Prowse also worked as a trainer for other actors, helping Christopher Reeve prepare to be the Man of Steel in hit 1978 film "Superman".

He said on Twitter: "Sad to hear of Dave Prowse' passing. He loved his fans as much as they loved him". "#RIP (sic)" Hamill wrote.

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Darth Vader is often referred to as one of the most iconic movie villains of all time.

The former bodybuilder debuted in the iconic role, which was voiced by American actor James Earl Jones, in 1977's Star Wars. With his hulking 6ft 6in, the actor dominated the frames in the Star Wars trilogy. Instead, British stage actor Sebastian Shaw was used by Lucas.

While he has appeared in Star Wars events throughout the years, his relationship with Lucas deteriorated over the years until he was subsequently banned from attending official Star Wars events.

Prowse was born in 1935. Before acting, he was immersed in the world of bodybuilding, even competing in Mr. Universe competitions. He was also a master in weightlifting and had represented England in the Commonwealth Games in the early 1960s. He was so strong, Jack the Ripper - that was Dave's stage name - would shred phone books as a test of strength.

In Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" (1971), Prowse featured as the muscular manservant working for author Frank Alexander (Patrick Magee).

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