David Prowse, known for being the original body actor for Darth Vader, has passed away at 85

Written by: Haley Mendoza – November 30th, 2020 3:49pm pst

David Prowse passes away at 85

Credit: Edward Webb

Legendary actor, David Prowse, has passed away at age 85. 

Best known for his role as the body actor for Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, Prowse is considered a legend in the industry. Actor James Earl Jones was the voice behind Vader and Prowse was the man behind the mask. Due to his looming physique and bodybuilding background, Prowse was the perfect person to physically portray the character.

While this is the role he was best known for, the actor was in many other accredited films and shows. 

You may recognize David Prowse from the infamous film, A Clockwork Orange, where he played Julian. This role was fitting, as it had him serving as Frank Alexander’s bodyguard. This is also the role that first had him noticed by George Lucas. 

Other roles he held include a Minotaur in the 1972 Doctor Who film, The Time Monster. 

He played Frankenstein in 70’s films such as Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell. 

In the United Kingdom, where the actor was from, he was famously known for being Green Cross Code Man. This character was a children’s superhero who promoted road safety for children in the UK. 

He also frequently appeared on the show, The Tomorrow People, in which he played an android. 

The actor may be notoriously well-known for his strong physique, but people who knew him say he was extremely kind-hearted. He will certainly be missed.

About The Author:

Haley Mendoza is a lover of all things film and TV. Whether you want to bond over horror movies or competition shows, she’s always down. Haley attends Emerson College, pursuing a degree in Media and Visual Arts and writing scripts in her spare time.

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