David Prowse, Darth Vader actor in Star Wars, useless at 85
Star Wars lost another legend.
David Prowse, who physically played Darth Vader in the original trilogy, has died. He was 85. His agent Thomas Bowingtonsaid BBC News that Prowse passed away after a brief illness. In 2018, CNN reported that Prowse was being treated for prostate cancer. The actor is survived by his wife, ruleand their three children.
Bowington called his death “a truly and deeply heartbreaking loss for us and millions of fans around the world.” In his statement to BBC News, he also said, “May the force be with him always! Although he is famous for playing many monsters – to me and everyone who knew and worked with Dave, he was a hero in our lives.” . “
Prowse, a former 6’7 “bodybuilder, was cast as Darth Vader because of his imposing body and played the masked villain personally. James Earl Jones ensured his booming voice as Prowse’s English accent was considered unsuitable for the role. In the final film of the original trilogy, Return of the Jedi, the late Sebastian Shaw physically portraying Vader as his face was revealed to the main character Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill.