David Prow, the original Darth Vader, dies at age 85

According to his agent Thomas Boington, Prowse died after a brief illness. CNN reported in 2018 that Prowett was being treated for prostate cancer.

“It’s very sad and heartbreaking for us and for millions of fans around the world. To announce that our client Dave Proves MBE has passed away,” Boington management said on Twitter on Sunday.

“May the force always be with him!” His former agent Thomas Boington said in a statement to the BBC.

“Though famous for many monsters – for himself, and all who knew Dave and worked with him, he was a hero in our lives.”

Pratha played Darth Vader wearing a black suit and a helmet, but it was actor James Earl Jones who voiced the character. Prose’s West Country English accent was considered unsuitable for this part.

Dave played his role as a Green Cross Code Man with students from Lambeth Johann Primary School in London.

But he had a role as a “Green Cross Code Man” from a British road safety campaign, which Pruess said he was most proud of. He was awarded an MBE in 2000 for that role – a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Prowse was born into a working class family and grew up in a council estate in Southmead, in southwestern England. He received a scholarship to attend Bristol Grammar School.

He had a passion for bodybuilding and was crowned British weightlifting champion several times in the 1960s. According to the website IMDb, he became lifelong friends with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger during his weightlifting years.

His extensive physique and towering figure helped him in roles as monsters and villains in TV shows and films. He played the demon in “The Horror of Frankenstein” in 1970 and a bearded torture in “Carry on Henry” in 1971. The same year he made his mark as a bodyguard in the 1971 Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian film “Clockwork Orange”.

He played the role of Darth Vader in the original three “Star Wars” films in 1977, 1980 and 1983.

Health and fitness remained an interest for Proves, who also worked as a personal trainer for actors playing the role of Superman, including Christopher Reeve, and wrote a book called “Fitness is Fun”.

He published an autobiography “Force Mouth to Straight” in 2011.


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