David Prowse, Who Was The Physical Embodiment Of The Darth Vader, Becomes One With The Force At Age 85

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David Prowse, the actor who physically brought Darth Vader to life on screen, has passed away at age 85. While James Earl Jones provided the voice of the character, Prowse was in the suit and gave fans the mannerisms of the Sith Lord, combining with Jones’ voice to round out one of the most recognizable and iconic characters in cinema history. A tribute from George Lucas from StarWars.com can be found below.

“David brought a physicality to Darth Vader that was essential for the character. He made Vader leap off the page and on to the big screen, with an imposing stature and movement performance to match the intensity and undercurrent of Vader’s presence. David was up for anything and contributed to the success of what would become a memorable, tragic figure. May he rest in peace.”

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The 6 feet, 7 inches tall Prowse was a bodybuilder winning the British heavyweight weightlifting championship three times. He would eventually find his way to acting, He caught the eye of Star Wars creator George Lucas became after Lucas seen him in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.

Prose also had small roles in series such as Doctor Who, The Saint, The Tomorrow People, The Beverly Hillbillies, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He also helped train and prepare Christopher Reeves for the role of Superman. Prowse was a regular at science-fiction and Star Wars conventions, always happy to meet and greet fans.

Prowse’s stature was key in giving Darth Vader his intimidating and menacing presence we all know and love. He will surely be missed by Star Wars fans, portraying one of the franchise icons on the screen, and one of, if not the best villain of all-time.

Thank you, David Prowse.

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