Darth Vader Actor David Prowse Passes Away At 85

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The actor who is best known for being the man in the Darth Vader suit David Prowse has passed away at 85. He died at a London Hospital on November 28, 2020.

Prowse was a British heavyweight weightlifting championship in 1962 and two further years, even representing England in the weightlifting event at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.

His first film role was in the 1967 James Bond film Casino Royale, but it was his role as a bodyguard in Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film adaption of the novel Clockwork Orange that would get him noticed by film director George Lucas. This would lead to his most famous role as the antagonist Darth Vader in the 1977 space opera Star Wars, later titled Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope. He would reprise the role which he shared with James Earl Jones, the voice of Vader, for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

A favorite among fans, he also appeared in “Order of the Sith: Vengeance” and its sequel “Downfall,” two fan films made to raise funds for the British charity Save the Children. In 2015, he appeared in I Am Your Father, a documentary made about his career.

Prowse is survived by his wife of 57 years Norma Scammell and his three children.

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