Beloved Star Wars actor Dave Prowse dies aged 85

Marni Dixit
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Star Wars actor Dave Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original trilogy, passed away following a short illness on Sunday at the age of 85.

Dave wore the iconic Darth Vader suit in the original trilogy from 1977 to 1983 and was reportedly nicknamed Darth Farmer by his late co-star Carrie Fisher thanks to his strong English West Country accent.

Darth Vader actor Dave Prowse passed away at the age of 85 on Sunday following a short illness. Photo: Getty
Darth Vader actor Dave Prowse passed away at the age of 85 on Sunday following a short illness. Photo: Getty

The 198cm actor's agent confirmed the news, describing the news as "heart-wrenching", adding it brings "sadness for us and millions of fans around the world" according to The Sun.

Agent Thomas Bowington added: "May the force be with him, always!

"Though famous for playing many monsters - for myself, and all who knew Dave and worked with him, he was a hero in our lives."

The 198cm actor's agent confirmed the news, describing the news as "heart-wrenching". Photo: Getty
The 198cm actor's agent confirmed the news, describing the news as "heart-wrenching". Photo: Getty

Dave's Star Wars co-star Mark Hamill said he was "much more than Darth Vader".

He tweeted: "So sad to hear David Prowse has passed. He was a kind man & much more than Darth Vader.

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"Actor-Husband-Father-Member of the Order of the British Empire-3 time British Weightlifting Champion & Safety Icon the Green Cross Code Man.

"He loved his fans as much as they loved him. #RIP."

Dave's Star Wars co-star Mark Hamill described him as a "kind man" and said he was "much more than Darth Vader". Photo: Getty
Dave's Star Wars co-star Mark Hamill described him as a "kind man" and said he was "much more than Darth Vader". Photo: Getty

Dave landed the role of Darth Vader thanks to his imposing physique while James Earl Jones famously provided the voice of the character.

Director George Lucas reportedly spotted him playing a bodyguard in the 1971 film A Clockwork Orange and invited him to audition for Darth Vader and Chewbacca.

The actor was also personal trainer for the late Christopher Reeve, when he starred as Superman.

Dave Prowse as the Green Cross Man
Dave was famous in Britain thanks to his role as the Green Cross Code Man, a character used to promote road safety in a campaign aimed at children. Photo: Getty

He represented England in weightlifting at the Commonwealth Games in the 1960s before becoming an actor.

Dave was famous in Britain thanks to his role as the Green Cross Code Man, a character used to promote road safety in a campaign aimed at children.

He described the role as the "best job I ever had" and it earned him an MBE in 2000.

The actor is survived by his wife Norma and their three children.

He represented England in weightlifting at the Commonwealth Games in the 1960s before becoming an actor. Photo: Getty
He represented England in weightlifting at the Commonwealth Games in the 1960s before becoming an actor. Photo: Getty

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