Facts about David Prowse

David Prowse is 85 years old
Born: July 1, 1935
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Best known as: The actor who played Darth Vader in Star Wars



David Prowse Biography

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 David Prowse’s signature role, one he played in two sequels: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983).  (Younger versions of Vader — then named Anakin Skywalker — were played by actors Jake Lloyd and Hayden Christensen in The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005). In the 2016 prequel Rogue One, the adult Darth Vader was played onscreen by 6’7″ British actor Spencer Wilding; Prowse was aged 81 by then, a little too old to take on the role.)

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 has listed his dream role as James Bond.


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