David Prowse, the British weightlifter who became a film icon for his role as Darth Vader from the Star Wars trilogy, has passed away at 85.
The bodybuilder-turned-actor played the physique of the iconic villain from the 3 original Star Wars films. However, Vader’s role was voiced by James Earl Jones, and fight scenes were done by former Olympic fencer Bob Anderson.
His agent, Thomas Bowington, said in a statement that Prowse died after a brief illness.
“May the force be with him, always! Though famous for playing many monsters – for myself, and all who knew Dave and worked with him, he was a hero in our lives,” Bowington said, adding that Prowse’s passing was heartbreaking for “millions of fans all over the world.”
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