David Prowse, the original Darth Vader, died at the age of 85


His agent, Thomas Bowington, said Prowse died after a brief illness. In 2018, CNN reported that Prowse was being treated for prostate cancer.

“It fills us and millions of fans around the world with great regret and heartbreaking sadness when we announce that our DAVE PROWSE MBE client has passed away at age 85,” Bowington Management told Twitter on Sunday.

– Always have the strength with him! his former agent, Thomas Bowington, told the BBC.

“While famous for playing a lot of monsters – for myself and all those who knew Dave and worked with him, he was a hero in our lives.”

Prowse wore a black suit and helmet to play Darth Vader, but the character’s voice was provided by James Earl Jones. We thought Prowse’s Western accent was inappropriate for the part.

Dave Prowse as a Green Cross Code man with students at Lambeth Johanna Primary School in London.

But in the role of a British road safety campaign “Green Cross Code Man”, Prowse says he is most proud. In 2000, he received the MBE – a member of the Superior Order of the British Empire – for this role.

Prowse was born into a working-class family and grew up on a council estate in Southmead, south-west England. He won a scholarship to Bristol High School.

He had a passion for bodybuilding and was crowned the British weightlifting champion several times in the 1960s. During his weightlifting years, he became lifelong friends with actors Arnold Schwarzenegger, writes the IMDb website.

His wide physique and towering figure helped him appear as monsters and villains in TV shows and movies. In 1970 he played the monster “Frankenstein’s Horror” and in 1971 he played the bearded torturer “Carry on Henry”. That same year, he starred as Stanley Kubrick in his 1971 dystopian film “The Clockwork Orange.”

He played Darth Vader in all three original “Star Wars” films in 1977, 1980 and 1983.

Health and fitness continued to show interest in Prowse, who worked as a personal trainer for actors playing the role of Superman, including Christopher Reeve, and wrote a book, “Fitness is Fun.”

He published his resume “Straight from the Mouth of Power” in 2011.