Star Wars’ Darth Vader Actor David Prowse Dies At Age 85

Star Wars’ Darth Vader Actor David Prowse Dies At Age 85
David “Dave” Prowse, the actor under Darth Vader’s helmet and armor in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died after a short illness at the age of 85. His agent announced his death early on Sunday morning, saying:

“It’s with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and millions of fans around the world, to announce that our client Dave Prowse MBE has passed away at the age of 85.”

The former bodybuilder made his leap into a galaxy far, far away after George Lucas spotted him in a bit part in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. According to Prowse, he was offered a choice between playing Chewbacca or Vader and chose the latter on the basis that “everyone remembers the villain.”

Of course, fans will know that James Earl Jones provides the booming voice of Vader. George Lucas apparently planned this all along, too, as Prowse’s British
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