- He died on Saturday morning, mentioned his agent
- He performed Darth Vader within the unique Star Wars trilogy
- “He was a kind man, much more than Darth Vader,” mentioned Mark Hamill
Dave Prowse, the British actor behind the menacing black masks of Star Wars villain Darth Vader, has died, his agent Thomas Bowington mentioned Sunday. “It’s with great sadness that we have to announce that our client Dave Prowse… passed away yesterday morning at the age of 85,” Thomas Bowington wrote on Facebook. “May the force be with him, always!” the agent informed the BBC. Thomas Bowington added that Prowse’s loss of life was “a truly and deeply heart-wrenching loss for us and millions of fans all over the world”. Mark Hamill, who performed Luke Skywalker within the epic saga, tweeted that he was “so sad to hear David Prowse has passed. He was a kind man and much more than Darth Vader,” he wrote.
“Actor-Husband-Father-Member of the Order of the British Empire-3 time British Weightlifting Champion. He loved his fans as much as they loved him.” A former body-builder turned actor, Prowse’s towering stature at virtually two metres (6.5 ft) clinched him the position of the instantly-recognisable antagonist within the unique Star Wars trilogy.
But whereas he donned the shiny black armour and cape, the Bristol native’s sturdy western English accent meant the filmmakers turned to James Earl Jones for the chilling voice that might emerge from behind the masks. Dave Prowse however remained connected to the character, telling AFP in 2013 that he was “the greatest big-screen villain of all time.”
He was born within the southwest English metropolis on July 1, 1935, to a working class household, profitable a scholarship to the celebrated native college. He quickly developed a love for weightlifting and went on to characterize his nation on the Commonwealth Games within the early 1960s 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 large Chewbacca, plumping for the darkish facet as a result of “you always remember the bad guys,” he as soon as informed the BBC.
At house, he’s equally properly remembered for taking part in the Green Cross Code Man, a superhero created as a part of a public data marketing campaign to show youngsters highway security. He performed the position for nearly 20 years, and earned an MBE in 2000.
Other movie credit embrace 1972’s Minotaur and 1977’s Jabberwocky, and he additionally appeared in lots of TV reveals together with The Saint and The Benny Hill Show. Since the unique Star Wars trilogy was launched within the late 1970s and early 80s, Dave Prowse had travelled the world assembly hardcore followers.
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