Mourning in the world of cinema. David Prowse, the actor who played Darth Vader in the first Star Wars trilogy, has died. He was 85 years old. The news was confirmed by his agents to the Hollywood Reporter.
Prowse was born in Bristol, England, and in his career had worked primarily as a bodybuilder and personal trainer for several actors, including Christopher Reeve, and played small parts in dozens of films. By far the most famous part remains that of Darth Vader, who he played in the first three films of the saga released between 1977 and 1983. In the Star Wars saga, however, his voice is not heard: due to his strong Prowse accent he was voiced by American actor James Earl Jones.
The actor had repeatedly said that the creator of Star Wars, George Lucas, noticed him in the movie A Clockwork Orange, in which he had a small part. Lucas invited him to audition to play Darth Vader or Chewbacca, the two most impressive characters in the film (Prowse was nearly two meters tall). He ultimately chose Darth Vader because, as he explained to BBC News years later, "the bad guys are the ones who remember".
Despite his participation in Star Wars and several other films, Prowse has always stated that his favorite part was that of Green Cross Code Man, a superhero who appeared in some progressive advertisements for road safety in England of the years. Seventy.