Dave Prowse, the actor who put the physique (however not the voice) of Darth Vader, has died

Weightlifter turned actor, he donned the costume of the Star Wars villain within the unique trilogy.

His was the defiant stroll that fascinated generations, however not the voice that frightened them. Dave Prowse died at 85. He was a British weightlifter turned actor who performed Darth Vader within the unique trilogy of Star Wars.

Prowse died Saturday after a short sickness, his agent, Thomas Bowington, introduced Sunday.

Born in Bristol, within the southwest of England, in 1935, Prowse represented England in weightlifting on the Commonwealth Video games within the Nineteen Fifties earlier than breaking into motion pictures with roles that emphasised his imposing dimension, together with Frankenstein in a few horror motion pictures from legendary manufacturing firm Hammer.

Director George Lucas noticed Prowse in a small position in A Clockwork Orange and requested the 2-meter actor to audition for the 2 tallest characters within the sequence: the villain Vader or Chewbacca.

Prowse later informed the BBC that he selected Darth Vader as a result of “You all the time bear in mind the dangerous guys’.

Bodily, he was good for the position, however his accent was deemed lower than ideally suited, and his strains had been dubbed by James Earl Jones.

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