The actor David Prowse dead at 85. He filled out Darth Vader’s tall frame in the original “Star Wars” trilogy. Mark Hamill, who played Skywalker, shared a tribute to Prowse in a Twitter post early Sunday. Prowse’s management company Bowington Management confirmed that the actor died following a short illness, writing on Twitter “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.” Prowse was asked to audition for the roles of Darth Vader and Chewbacca after “Star Wars” director George Lucas saw him in “A Clockwork Orange.” When asked why he chose the role of DV, Dave said, “Everyone remembers the villain.”
In addition to ‘Star Wars,’ Dave appeared in “The Saint,” “Doctor Who,” “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “A Clockwork Orange” and a bunch of horror films. Prowse was also famous for playing Britain’s Green Cross Code Man, a character created in the 1970s to teach children about road safety. In 2000, he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his service in that role. Prowse was born in 1935 in Bristol, England. Before acting, he was immersed in the world of bodybuilding, even competing in Mr. Universe competitions. He won the British heavyweight weightlifting championship three times and was selected to represent England at the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth, Australia. Prowse’s first film was 1967’s Casino Royale, where he played Frankenstein’s Monster.