Prowse represented England in weightlifting on the Commonwealth Video games within the Fifties earlier than breaking into motion pictures with roles that emphasised his commanding measurement
Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who performed Darth Vader within the authentic “Star Wars” trilogy, has died. He was 85.
Prowse died on Saturday after a brief sickness, his agent Thomas Bowington mentioned Sunday.
Born in Bristol, southwest England, in 1935, Prowse represented England in weightlifting on the Commonwealth Video games within the Fifties earlier than breaking into motion pictures with roles that emphasised his commanding measurement, together with Frankenstein’s monster in a pair of horror movies.
Director George Lucas noticed Prowse in a small half in “A Clockwork Orange” and requested the 6-foot-6-inch (2-meter) actor to audition for the villainous Vader or the wookie Chewbacca in “Star Wars.”
Prowse later advised the BBC he selected Darth Vader as a result of “you all the time bear in mind the dangerous guys.”
Bodily, Prowse was excellent for the half. His lilting English West Nation accent was thought-about much less perfect, and his strains had been dubbed by James Earl Jones.
Prowse was additionally recognized to a technology of British kids because the Inexperienced Cross Code Man, a superhero in a collection of highway security commercials.
“Ant-Man” director Edgar Wright paid tribute to Prowse on Twitter.
“As a child Dave Prowse couldn’t be extra well-known to me; stalking alongside corridors as evil incarnate within the a part of Darth Vader & stopping an entire technology of kiddies from being mown down in road because the Inexperienced Cross Code man,” he wrote. “Relaxation in Peace, Bristol’s best.”