Darth Vader is dead: mourning actor David Prowse

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“May the force always be with him” – Darth Vader actor has died

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David Prowse, the man behind the mask of Darth Vader (right)

David Prowse, the man behind the mask of Darth Vader (right)

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He was 1.98 meters tall and of imposing stature: For example, the former weightlifter Dave Prowse got the role of Darth Vader in “Star Wars” – and that despite a huge flaw. Now the Briton has died at the age of 85.

Trougher for David “Dave” Prowse: The actor of the dark hero Darth Vader from the first “Star Wars” trilogy is dead.

The British actor died on Saturday at the age of 85, his agent Thomas Bowington announced on Facebook on Sunday. Prowse died after a short illness. His death is a great loss for millions of fans, Bowington told the BBC and added: “May the force always be with him.”

Thanks to his height of 1.98 meters and his imposing stature, the former weightlifter was selected for the role of the knight of the “Dark Power”.

He was just not allowed to speak

Because of his strong West English dialect, however, he was speechless: Instead, the US actor James Earl Jones gave the masked figure his frightening voice. And also in the fight scenes he was replaced by another: the fencer Bob Anderson, who died in 2012 at the age of 89.

David Prowse next to his alter ego

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(FILE PHOTO) It has been reported on November 29, 2020 that Dave Prowse, a former bodybuilder turned actor, best known for playing Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy and the Green Cross Code Man in the UK, has died aged 85. English bodybuilder and actor, Dave Prowse, flexes his muscles, 23rd July 1981. Prowse is best known for playing Darth Vader in the original 'Star Wars' trilogy. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

Muscle games, 1981

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(FILES) This file photo taken on November 18, 2015 during a photocall in Madrid shows British actor David Prowse, the British actor behind the menacing black mask of Star Wars villain Darth Vader, who died aged 85 his agent said on November 29, 2020. (Photo by Pierre-Philippe MARCOU / AFP)

The man and (s) a famous sentence

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With his black armor, his characteristic artificial breathing and his unconditional devotion to evil, the dark lord quickly rose into the pantheon of dark figures. His shocking revelation to his opponent Luke Skywalker became famous: “I am your father.”

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Prowse remained attached to his character even after decades. In 2013, he described the black lord in an AFP interview as “the greatest screen villain of all time”.


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