Actor David Prowse, The Physical Actor Behind Darth Vader, Passes Away

For many people, actor James Earl Jones is the only actor behind the most iconic science fiction villain of all time, Darth Vader. But Jones only provided the voice to the villain. The physical side of the character was portrayed by bodybuilder, David Prowse.

Browse portrayed Vader in all three of the original Star Wars films. Browse passed away at the age of 85. Prowse’s passing was confirmed on Twitterby talent agency Bowington Management. “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 MBE has passed away at the age of 85.”

Mark Hamill, who played Skywalker, shared a tribute to Prowse in a Twitter post early Sunday.

“So sad to hear David Prowse has passed,” Hamill wrote. “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.”

Prowse was asked to audition for the roles of Darth Vader and Chewbacca after “Star Wars” director George Lucas saw him in “A Clockwork Orange,” but he told BBC News in an interview he chose Vader because ”you always remember the bad guys.”

We will always remember your contributions to one of the greatest cinematic franchises of all time. David Prowse will be missed…

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