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

Published on : 29/11/2020 – 10:25

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. But since the strong accent of the actor from Bristol, in the west of England, was deemed inappropriate, the character’s voice was played by James Earl Jones. He had represented England in weightlifting for the Commonwealth Games in the early 1960s before embarking on a career as an actor.

« Vader is the biggest big screen villain of all time », Claimed Dave Prowse in 2013 during a Star Wars festival in Cusset, in Allier. For many years, the representative of the dark side of the force has traveled the planet meeting fans of the flagship trilogy of the early 1980s.

« May the force be with him, always Said his agent, Thomas Bowington, at the BBC, deploring a ” genuinely and deeply heartbreaking loss to us and to millions of fans around the world ».

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