In Memoriam: “Darth Vader” David Prowse

In Memoriam: “Darth Vader” David Prowse

November 29, 2020 0 By 007 Travelers

Someone so special can never be forgotten.

David Charles Prowse, MBE (1 July 1935 – 28 November 2020) was an English bodybuilder, weightlifter and character actor in British film and television. Worldwide, he was best known for physically portraying Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy (with the character’s voice being performed by James Earl Jones); in 2015, he starred in a documentary concerning that role, entitled “I Am Your Father“. Prior to his role as Vader, Prowse had established himself as a prominent figure in British culture as the first Green Cross Code man, a character used in road safety advertising aimed at children (Wikipedia).

The first film of David Prowse was “Casino Royale” (1967), where his role was “Frankenstein’s monster”, a role he would later play again in the Hammer films “The Horror of Frankenstein” and “Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell“.

David Niven as James Bond and David Prowse as Frankenstein’s monster in “Casino Royale” (1967)
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