Actor Dave Prowse has sadly passed away at the age of 85. The news broke in the early hours of this morning and came as a shock to Star Wars fans around the world. Prowse, who was best known as a bodybuilder before becoming an actor provided the statuesque body for Darth Vader, who would ultimately be voiced by James Earle Jones. Prowse, who broke into acting in the 1960s came up with other famous Bodybuilders such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferigno.
As an actor. Prowse became a household name in England for the road safety adverts where he played The Green Cross Code Man. Shortly after doing these adverts. He goes on to star as Darth Vader in George Lucas’s original Star Wars trilogy.
The actor’s agent Thomas Bowington shared some kind words about the actor with the BBC.
“May the force be with him, always!” Bowington said. “Though famous for playing many monsters – for myself, and all who knew Dave and worked with him, he was a hero in our lives.” He called the untimely tragedy, “a truly and deeply heart-wrenching loss for us and millions of fans all over the world”.
While being interviewed back in back in 2013. The actor told the BBC about the audition process he went through for Star Wars. He’s originally gone up for the role of Chewbacca but was also being considered for the villain. Subsequently, as we all know. He won the role of Darth Vader and rule the Empire with an iron fist. The actor happily accepted his turn to the Dark Side and stated that history always remembers a good villain. Which seems rather poignant now.
“What happened actually is my agent rang me up and said there’s a gentleman in town called George Lucas who would very much like to see you,” he explained. “So, I went out to see him and meet up with him. He took me into a room and showed me all these conceptual drawings. He said, ‘I would like to offer you one of two parts in this movie I’m doing.’”“The first one is a character called Chewbacca. I said, ‘What in the h*** is Chewbacca?’ He goes through the film on the side of the goodies, you see? I heard that and said, ‘Three months in a gorilla skin? No, thank you very much!’”
“The other one is called Darth Vader. He’s the big villain of the film, you see? I said, don’t say anymore George, I’ll have the villain’s part. He said, ‘Tell me why?’ Think back on all the movies you’ve ever seen when there’s good guys and bad guys. You always remember the bad guy!”
Prowse was often a favorite at various conventions and signings and often held court with his anecdotes about working on the films. Tributes on Twitter and across social media have been flying in from fans across the world. Indeed, Prowse was extremely popular with fans and will be greatly missed by all.
We here at scifipulse share in the sadness of this day and pass on our well wishes to the surviving family and friends of Dave Prowse.