- He died on Saturday morning, stated his agent
- He performed Darth Vader within the authentic Star Wars trilogy
- “He was a form man, far more than Darth Vader,” stated Mark Hamill
Dave Prowse, the British actor behind the menacing black masks of Star Wars villain Darth Vader, has died, his agent Thomas Bowington stated Sunday. “It is with nice unhappiness that we now have to announce that our consumer Dave Prowse… handed away yesterday morning on the age of 85,” Thomas Bowington wrote on Fb. “Could the power be with him, at all times!” the agent instructed the BBC. Thomas Bowington added that Prowse’s loss of life was “a very and deeply heart-wrenching loss for us and thousands and thousands of followers everywhere in the world”. Mark Hamill, who performed Luke Skywalker within the epic saga, tweeted that he was “so unhappy to listen to David Prowse has handed. He was a form man and far more than Darth Vader,” he wrote.
“Actor-Husband-Father-Member of the Order of the British Empire-3 time British Weightlifting Champion. He liked his followers as a lot as they liked him.” A former body-builder turned actor, Prowse’s towering stature at nearly two metres (6.5 toes) clinched him the position of the instantly-recognisable antagonist within the authentic Star Wars trilogy.
However whereas he donned the shiny black armour and cape, the Bristol native’s robust western English accent meant the filmmakers turned to James Earl Jones for the chilling voice that may emerge from behind the masks. Dave Prowse however remained connected to the character, telling AFP in 2013 that he was “the best big-screen villain of all time.”
He was born within the southwest English metropolis on July 1, 1935, to a working class household, successful a scholarship to the distinguished native faculty. He quickly developed a love for weightlifting and went on to signify his nation on the Commonwealth Video games within the early Nineteen Sixties earlier than forging a profession in Hollywood.
He skilled Christopher Reeve for the position of Superman and was reportedly noticed by Star Wars director George Lucas as an additional in A Clockwork Orange. Lucas requested him to audition for the roles of Vader and furry big Chewbacca, plumping for the darkish aspect as a result of “you at all times keep in mind the dangerous guys,” he as soon as instructed the BBC.
At residence, he’s equally effectively remembered for enjoying the Inexperienced Cross Code Man, a superhero created as a part of a public info marketing campaign to show youngsters highway security. He performed the position for nearly 20 years, and earned an MBE in 2000.
Different movie credit embody 1972’s Minotaur and 1977’s Jabberwocky, and he additionally appeared in lots of TV exhibits together with The Saint and The Benny Hill Present. Because the authentic Star Wars trilogy was launched within the late Nineteen Seventies and early 80s, Dave Prowse had travelled the world assembly hardcore followers.
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