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World Darth Vader actor Dave Prowse dead at 85

14:55  29 november  2020
14:55  29 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

Darth Vader star dead at 85: British actor David Prowse dies

  Darth Vader star dead at 85: British actor David Prowse dies The British actor who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars triology has died aged 85.Dave Prowse, a former bodybuilder, was best known for playing the iconic super-villain in the original three George Lucas movies.

Dave Prowse , the Bristolian former bodybuilder best known for playing Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died aged 85 . Prowse was cast as Vader for his imposing physique, even though the role was voiced by James Earl Jones. But the weightlifter-turned- actor was most proud of playing the

Dave Prowse 's career spanned 50 years, but it was his role as Darth Vader in Star Wars that brought him global fame. Dave Prowse , the former bodybuilder best known for playing Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died aged 85 .

Dave Prowse, the British actor behind the menacing black mask of Star Wars villain Darth Vader has died at the age of 85, his agent said Sunday.

David Prowse smiling for the camera: David Prowse (L), played Darth Vader but did not lend the character his voice © THIERRY ZOCCOLAN David Prowse (L), played Darth Vader but did not lend the character his voice

A former body-builder turned actor, Prowse's towering stature at almost two metres (6.5 feet) clinched him the role of the infamous antagonist in the original Star Wars trilogy.

Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the epic saga, tweeted that he was "so sad to hear David Prowse has passed."

"He was a kind man & much more than Darth Vader," Hamill 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."

British actor Dave Prowse, who played Darth Vader, is dead

 British actor Dave Prowse, who played Darth Vader, is dead © THIERRY ZOCCOLAN AFP / File David Prowse (left), played Darth Vader but did not lend him his voice. British actor Dave Prowse, who played the character of Darth Vader in the first Star Wars trilogy, died this Saturday morning, November 28 at the age of 85, his agent Thomas Bowington announced on Sunday . Weightlifter turned actor, Dave Prowse landed the role of Darth Vader thanks to his build because he was nearly two meters tall.

Dave Prowse , the actor who played the iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader has died, his agent announced on Sunday.

He was 85 . Prowse 's death was confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter by his agent Thomas Bowington on Saturday night. Bowington Management also wrote on Twitter, "It's with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world, to announce that our client Dave

Prowse's agent Thomas Bowington announced the news on Facebook on Sunday, writing: "It's with great sadness that we have to announce that our client Dave Prowse... passed away yesterday morning at the age of 85."

David Prowse wearing a suit and tie: A former body-builder turned actor, Prowse's towering stature clinched him the role of Darth Vader © Pierre-Philippe MARCOU A former body-builder turned actor, Prowse's towering stature clinched him the role of Darth Vader

"May the force be with him, always!" the agent later told the BBC.

Bowington added that Prowse's death following a short illness was "a truly and deeply heart-wrenching loss for us and millions of fans all over the world".

But while he donned the glossy black armour and cape, Prowse's strong western English accent meant the filmmakers turned to US actor James Earl Jones for the chilling voice that would emerge from behind the mask.

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David Prowse , the actor who played the iconic villain Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy has died aged 85 . "It's with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world, to announce that our client DAVE PROWSE M.B.E. has passed away at the age of 85

Dave Prowse , the British actor who gave the imposing physical presence — but not the voice — to Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, died on Saturday in a hospital in London. He was 85 . Mr. Prowse ’s death was confirmed by Thomas Bowington, his agent, in a telephone interview.

Prowse nevertheless remained attached to the character, telling AFP in 2013 that he was "the greatest big-screen villain of all time".

- 'Remember the bad guys' -

Prowse was born in the southwest English city of Bristol on July 1, 1935 to a working class family, winning a scholarship to the prestigious local school Bristol Grammar.

He soon developed a love for weightlifting and went on to represent his country at the Commonwealth Games in the early 1960s before forging a career in Hollywood.

He trained Christopher Reeve for the role of Superman and was reportedly spotted by Star Wars director George Lucas as an extra in 1971's "A Clockwork Orange".

Lucas asked him to audition for the roles of Vader and hairy giant Chewbacca, with Prowse choosing the dark side because "you always remember the bad guys," he once told the BBC.

The Peter Mayhew Foundation, set up in memory of the actor who played Chewbacca, tweeted a picture of Mayhew with Prowse and their co-star Kenny Baker, along with the message: "RIP Dave Prowse."

"I hope you're up there sharing a pint and a story with the boys," it added.

At home, Prowse is equally well remembered for playing the "Green Cross Code" Man, a superhero created as part of a public information campaign to teach children road safety.

He played the role for almost 20 years, and earned an MBE in 2000.

Other film credits include 1972's "Minotaur" and 1977's "Jabberwocky", and he also appeared in many TV shows including "The Saint" and "The Benny Hill Show".

Since the original Star Wars trilogy was released in the late 1970s and early 80s, Prowse had travelled the world meeting hardcore fans.

However, it was reported that he later fell out with director Lucas and was banned from official events in 2010.

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