David Prowse, actor of Darth Vader in the first Star Wars film, has died today at the age of 85 after a short illness. He was long known as the actor of Darth Vader, but had a different voice actor used over his voice, due to his accent (a distinctive west country accent that did not make him sound very menacing as a dark Lord of the Sith). It has been reported that he was close to rival bodybuilder competitors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno (from TV's Incredible Hulk) He also featured in a number of other films, including:

  • The Horror of Frankenstein
  • Dr Who (1 episode - "The Time Monster")
  • Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell
  • Space: 1999
  • The People that Time forgot
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes back
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

He was also known as the Green Code man, a character in British road safety aimed at children, which earned him an MBE. May the force always be with him.

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    Someone else got there first ... maybe you could post this as an answer on the other RIP post?
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Nov 29, 2020 at 8:47
  • @Randal'Thor on it, I didn't see the first one
    – Boolean
    Nov 29, 2020 at 8:57


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