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Actor David Prowse, Who Played Physique of Darth Vader in Original Star Wars Trilogy, Passes Away at 85

David Prowse was one of the most celebrated actors in Hollywood. He played Darth Vader and gave life to the iconic villain from the original Star Wars trilogy. May his soul rest in peace!

Updated: November 29, 2020 1:32 PM IST

By Entertainment Desk | Edited by Vineeta Kumar

Darth Vader Actor David Prowse Passes Away at 85
David Prowse (File Photo)

Actor David Prowse, who played the role of Darth Vader in the Star Wars original trilogy, passed away at the age of 85. The actor was suffering from age-related ailments when he breathed his last, confirmed his management agency. “It’s with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world, to announce that our client DAVE PROWSE M.B.E. has passed away at the age of 85,” tweeted Bowington Management.

The UK-born weightlifter and bodybuilder rose to fame after playing the physique of Darth Vader in the super celebrated sci-fi franchise. Before landing himself the famous role, Prowse was known for his appearances on the small screen as the first Green Cross Code Man, a role that he portrayed in an advertisement spreading awareness about road safety among children. He even received an MBE in 2000 for the ad that ran for over two decades.

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Prowse made his movie debut in the year 1967 with a James Bond spoof Casino Royale. The entire industry mourned his death with actor Carl Weathers tweeting, “RIP David Prowse. That stature contributed so much to Darth Vader’s legend. #BePeace.” (sic)

May his soul rest in peace!

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