English bodybuilder and actor David Prowse who is most well known for his role of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars Trilogy has passed away at 85.
The news comes from Prowse’s agent, Thomas Bowington who took to Twitter to say:
It's with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world, to announce that our client DAVE PROWSE M.B.E. has passed away at the age of 85. #DaveProwse @starwars #DarthVader #GreenCrossCodeMan #iconic #actor #bodybuilder #MBE pic.twitter.com/dL2RmdIqg8
— Bowington Management (@BowingtonM) November 29, 2020
Prowse played the role of Darth Vader during the run of the original Star Wars trilogy with James Earl Jones giving the character its voice. Prowse’s co-star on the Star Wars movies, Mark Hamill had this to say:
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, 2020
Prowse, in addition to the Star Wars movies had also worked on films such as Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, A Clockwork Orange and Jabberwocky and many others. He was born in 1935 in Bristol, U.K. Prior to working in movies he was a bodybuilder. Back in the U.K. he was primarily known as the very first Green Cross Code man who is a character often portrayed in road safety videos. It is alleged that he passed away from Dementia which followed an earlier bout with prostate cancer.
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