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British ‘Darth Vader’ actor David Prowse (85) died

British actor David Charles Prowse has died at the age of 85. The former bodybuilder is best known for his role as Darth Vader in Star Wars.

He was also previously known in Great Britain as the “Green Cross Man” who promoted road safety, especially for children, in numerous idealistic commercials for ten years. Prowse was particularly proud of that role for the National Road Safety Committee. He also received a royal award for it, said the BBC.

About two meters tall Prowse was a bodybuilder and weightlifter until he played his first role in a James Bond film in 1967. Prowse was Frankenstein’s Creature in the movie Casino Royale. He also returned as Frankenstein in other films.

Prowse’s acting career lasted about half a century. He has also starred in series such as The Saint, Space 1999 and Doctor Who. Director George Lucas saw Prowse play a bodyguard in the movie Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971) and asked him for the role of Darth Vader in Star Wars. However, his voice was not used and was recorded by James Earl Jones. Prowse’s accent from the west of England would have deterred the filmmakers.

A heartbreaking loss

Prowse’s agent, Thomas Bowington, calls the actor’s loss “a heartbreaking loss to millions of fans around the world.” “Although he was famous for playing monsters (bad guys ed.), He was a hero in our lives to me and to everyone who knew him. May the force be with him, always! ”

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