“May the Force be with him”: David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the classic Star Wars trilogy, dies

After a short illness at the age of 85, the actor died David Prowsebest known for his role as Darth Vader from the classic trilogy “Star Wars“. The death of the actor was confirmed by his agent Thomas Bowington in a comment to NBC News.

“A constant source of inspiration, support and kindness. A truly heartbreaking loss for us and millions of fans around the world!” Said agent David Prowse in a statement. “Loving husband, father and grandfather. May strength always be with him!”

“It’s so sad to hear that David Prowse passed away. He was a kind man … Actor, husband, father, member of the Order of the British Empire, three-time British weightlifting champion and safety icon from” Man Green Cross Code “… He loved his fans as much as they loved him. Rest in peace, “wrote Mark Hamill.

It is known that on the set, the artist and part-time bodybuilder only portrayed Darth Vader in the frame, while James Earl Jones was the voice of a cult villain. This is due to the fact that David Prowse had a strong accent, which was not suitable for such a threatening character. Although David himself did not know that he would be dubbed.

The actor, who has an impressive height and physique, tried on the Darth Vader costume after he was noticed by the director of “Star Wars” George Lucaswho watched the movie “A clockwork orange“1971.

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