David Prowse


Born: 1 July 1935
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Best known as: The actor who played Darth Vader in Star Wars

Tall and broad-shouldered, David Prowse played the menacing villain Darth Vader in the 1977 film Star Wars. The film was a hit and Vader became Prowse's signature role, one he played in two sequels: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). David Prowse was once a competitive weightlifter, and his physique was his entree into the movies: he also appeared in the films Hammerhead (1968), The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) and as the wheelchair-carrying bodyguard in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971). He published an autobiography, Straight From the Force's Mouth, in 2011.

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David Prowse did the physical acting only for Darth Vader; the voice was dubbed by James Earl Jones… Prowse also was the Green Cross Man, spokesman for a British public safety program… David Prowse is 6’7″ tall… On his official website, Prowse lists his dream role as James Bond.

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