David Prowse, the weightlifter-turned-actor who was the body, though not the voice, of Darth Vader in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, has died.
Tributes poured in on Sunday for David Prowse, the British bodybuilder-turned-actor best known for embodying Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” film trilogy. Prowse died at age 85, following a battle with prostate cancer.Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the franchise, paid tribute to the actor early Sunday. “So sad to hear David Prowse has passed,” Hamill tweeted. “He was a kind man & much more than Darth Vader. Actor-Husband-Father-Member of the Order of the British Empire-3 time British Weightlifting Champion & Safety Icon the Green Cross Code Man. He loved his fans as much as they loved him.”British writer-director Edgar Wright singled out Prowse’s role as the superheroic Green Cross Man in a TV ad campaign to promote pedestrian road safety in the 1970s and ’80s. “As a kid Dave Prowse couldn’t be more famous to me; stalking along corridors as evil incarnate in the part of Darth Vader & stopping a whole generation of kiddies from being mown down in street as the Green Cross Code man,” he tweeted. “Rest in Peace, Bristol’s finest.”Also Read: David Prowse, 'Star Wars' Actor Behind Darth Vader's Mask, Dies at 85While James Earl Jones won fame for voicing Darth Vader, Prowse’s performance behind the suit and the mask was often overlooked. But not by some fans.“David Prowse as Darth Vader was BRILLIANT. He was so unbelievably magical in that suit,” actor Joe Manganiello wrote. “I’ve watched Empire so many times with the sound off just to watch how he moved. His physical choices were as iconic as James’ voice to me & aside from all of that he was such a nice man.” Daniel Logan, who played young Boba Fett in “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” also offered his condolences. “Darth Vader wouldn’t be the same without you in the costume,” he tweeted. “We had many fun times & laughs at cons together over the years. Glad to have been able to call you a friend. Rest now and be one with the Force!”Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2020 (Photos)The 6-foot-6-inch Prowse first rose to fame as a bodybuilder who competed for Great Britain in the Commonwealth Games in the early 1960s.He landed his first film role, as Frankenstein’s monster, in the 1967 James Bond spoof “Casino Royale.” He played the character again in two early 1970s Hammer films, “Horror of Frankenstein” and “Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell.” After playing a bodyguard in 1971’s “A Clockwork Orange,” George Lucas cast him as the villainous Darth Vader in the original 1977 sci-fi “Star Wars” film — a role he reprised in both 1980’s “The Empire Strikes Back” and 1983’s “Return of the Jedi.”See more tributes below.So sad to hear David Prowse has passed. He was a kind man & much more than Darth Vader. Actor-Husband-Father-Member of the Order of the British Empire-3 time British Weightlifting Champion & Safety Icon the Green Cross Code Man. He loved his fans as much as they loved him. RIP pic.twitter.com/VbDrGu6iBz— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 29, 2020As a kid Dave Prowse couldn’t be more famous to me; stalking along corridors as evil incarnate in the part of Darth Vader & stopping a whole generation of kiddies from being mown down in street as the Green Cross Code man. Rest in Peace, Bristol’s finest. https://t.co/VYdxM37JWb— edgarwright (@edgarwright) November 29, 2020David Prowse as Darth Vader was BRILLIANT. He was so unbelievably magical in that suit. I’ve watched Empire so many times with the sound off just to watch how he moved. His physical choices were as iconic as James’ voice to me & aside from all of that he was such a nice man. RIP pic.twitter.com/8OXI7DFdWZ— JOE MANGANIELLO (@JoeManganiello) November 29, 2020When I was a kid my dad phoned from a comic convention and asked my mum if he could bring Darth Vader home for tea. And that’s how Dave Prowse ended up in my house bitching about having his voice dubbed in Star Wars and how his wife made him keep his Vader statues in the garage— Hayley Campbell (@hayleycampbell) November 29, 2020RIP David Prowse. That stature contributed so much to Darth Vader’s legend. BePeace https://t.co/0YWlZVolRV— Carl Weathers (@TheCarlWeathers) November 29, 2020May the force be with you, David Prowse.— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) November 29, 2020Sad to hear of the passing of a StarWars family member. RIP Dave Prowse. Darth Vader wouldn't be the same without you in the costume. We had many fun times & laughs at cons together over the years. Glad to have been able to call you a friend. Rest now and be one with the Force! pic.twitter.com/st28CQGckF— Daniel Logan (@Daniel_Logan) November 29, 2020Read original story Darth Vader Actor David Prowse Remembered by Mark Hamill, Edgar Wright and More: ‘Unbelievably Magical’ At TheWrap
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